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Robots can learn how to cook by watching YouTube videos, thanks to DARPA

Give a robot a cooking program and you feed it for a day; teach a robot how to learn by watching how-to cooking videos and you feed it for a lifetime. A DARPA program has enabled robots to learn how to cook by watching YouTube videos.

Add Wi-Fi and HomeKit compatibility to your Roomba with this clever retrofit

Designed to replace the faceplate of your existing Roomba, Thinking Cleaner connects the bot to your home wireless network and gives it all the features and functionality that iRobot forgot to include
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Remember Wall-E? You could film it for real in Amazon’s new fulfillment centers

Amazon announced that 15,000 robots from Kiva Systems will be deployed in 10 fulfillment centers in order to combat the holiday rush. Don't fret, humans: Amazon will also bring aboard 80,000 seasonal workers.
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HBO is turning Michael Crichton’s Westworld into a TV series, coming 2015

Popular 1973 movie Westworld will be adapted into a TV show for HBO in 2015, starring actors like Sir Anthony Hopkins and directed by J.J. Abrams.
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of November 2, 2014

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Keecker, the projector-packing robotic butler, is now on Kickstarter

Ever wanted a little R2D2-like robot that could follow you around the house and play movies and music wherever you go? Well good news -- Keecker does exactly that, and it's just launched on Kickstarter

Toshiba’s new robo-vacuum has a self-emptying bin

In addition to a host of advanced navigational sensors, Toshiba's newest robotic vacuum cleaner can empty its own bin when it gets too full
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Night at the Museum: You can tour this U.K. art gallery in the dark, using a robot avatar

Art-loving tech enthusiasts can enjoy a night at the museum this week as four camera-equipped robots gear up to live stream tours of the London's Tate Britain art gallery. Time your visit right and you can even take control of one of the…
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Japan wants to see robots compete against each other in the 2020 Summer Olympics

Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics, and if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has any say in the matter, the world will see the world’s robots come together to compete for robotic supremacy.
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South Korean baseball team installs robots to replace absent fans

If you're a fan of the Hanwah Eagles, then you can cheer your team on from anywhere. The Eagles' stadium has been kitted out with robot supporters that can beam your messages to the players.
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UK set to take on US and Japan for bigger slice of robotics technology market

The UK appears to have woken up to the fact that the robotics industry is set to expand massively in the coming years. With this in mind, the government is launching a strategy to help it better exploit the industry's commercial…