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Watch the Navy’s LOCUST launcher fire reconaissance drones like they’re missiles

Not to be outdone by the military’s other branches, the Navy has developed swarming drones at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The drones can be launched into flight in single file, but in quick succession, before grouping…
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Harvard scientists just figured out how to make their robotic bee 'perch' on objects to save energy

At less than four thousandths of an ounce, the RoboBee is tinier than a real bee, and small even for MAV standards. Its size enables the machine to perch on surfaces using electrostatic adhesion.

The world's first smart ping pong robot wants to turn you into a champion

Trainerbot is “the world’s first smart ping pong robot” that claims to simulate specific shots and games to help players at any level practice and get better.
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Hate ordering fried chicken from human beings? KFC’s new restaurant has you covered

Have you ever wanted to order a bucket of fried chicken without having to speak to a single a human being? Now you can! KFC, in partnership with Chinese search engine giant Baidu, has just opened the world’s first human-free…
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Robopups, robopals and robolackeys hit the Robot Runway at CES Asia

The Robotics Runway at CES Asia 2016 brought out a parade of cute bots, from children’s learning robots to roaming TV bots, and dog-like luggage bots that follow you around.
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Robot hordes are one step closer as robo roaches learn to work together

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed robotic cockroaches that work in tandem to overcome obstacles, such as climb steps.
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Autonomous surgical robots are practicing on pigs

The next time you check into the hospital to undergo an operation, you may be surprised by the doctor who is scheduled to perform the procedure. Instead of a physician, your next surgeon may be a STAR, a Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot.

Meet Otto, Samsung’s cute personal assistant robot that’s always watching you

Otto is a diminutive robot from Samsung that could one day help you control your smart home. Similar to Amazon's Echo device, Otto responds to voice commands, though also comes with an HD camera giving it home-security functionality.
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Humanoid robot can dive to great depths while human operator stays safe and dry

Developed and built by scientists at Stanford University, the OceanOne humanoid robot can navigate underwater with or without the help of a human pilot. It was designed to sensitively study coral reef and shipwrecks.
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How do we teach robots right from wrong? Soon the problem won’t be hypothetical

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter, but as Microsoft’s recent Twitterbot meltdown demonstrates, we don’t seem to be any better at teaching it right from wrong. So how to do we build a robot conscience?
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MIT researchers 3D-print robots that can literally walk off the printer when done 1:19

By creating a new printing method called "printable hydraulics," researchers at MIT found a way to 3D-print a working robot in just one session. After installing a battery and motor, the robot is capable of walking off the…
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Robo-love? Study shows that humans get aroused when asked to touch intimate robot body parts

According to a Stanford study, humans experience physiological arousal when touching robot body parts. When participants were asked to touch the robots' eyes and buttocks, they tapped into social norms in order to understand how…