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Watch OSU’s blind robotic ostrich stumble over obstacles without falling

OSU researchers have designed a robot called ATRIAS that is capable of recovering from curbs, pits, puddles, and various other hurdles -- without having to see the obstacle or plan its movements in advance.
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Disaster robots from around the world face off in Robotics Challenge final

More than 20 teams from around the world will descend on LA this weekend for the final of DARPA's robotics challenge. Each bot will have to complete eight tasks to have a chance of taking a share of the $3.5 million prize money.
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Watch this tiny robot assemble itself, carry things around, and dissolve into nothing

When placed on a heated surface, the bot's PVC layer will contract, which, thanks to a series of strategically placed cuts, causes it to fold up into an origami shape with legs and a body.
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Yangyang is an eerie female robot that can talk, smile, shake your hand, and hug you

Yangyang is a female robot that will cause you to marvel at the capabilities of modern technology, creep you out, or remind you of Sarah Palin –- maybe all of the above. The humanoid can talk, blink, smile, shake your hand, and even hug…
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Watch this tiny robot drag a 45-pound weight across the floor like it’s nothing

A group of mechanical engineers from Stanford University has developed a set of tiny robots capable of lifting/pulling objects hundreds of times their own weight -- including one that can move objects over 1700 times its own…
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UN told to ban killer robots before they become a reality

Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic have a strong and eye-catching message for the U.N.: “Ban killer robots.” In a 38-page report, the two groups lay out their concerns and propose an…
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Amazon’s X Factor-for-robots wants precise packers, not melodic megastars

In its ongoing effort to streamline costs and transform its vast distribution centers into fully automated operations, Amazon is holding a contest to find the perfect robot for picking and packing items that it sells to customers.
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Robots sent into schools to inspire students to code

A new education program called Teach Wonder was launched this month in more than 150 American schools. Wonder Workshop deployed its Dash and Dot robots into 150 US schools to inspire kids to learn to code.

PancakeBot: The future of breakfast has arrived on Kickstarter

Ever wanted a robot that makes pancakes for you? Well good news -- not only does such a robot exist, it also happens to be on Kickstarter right now for under 200 bucks.
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Meet Robear, a Japanese robot nurse with the face of a bear

With its population aging fast and birth rate falling, Japan is set to call on robots to help care for its senior citizens. A team of researchers in Nagoya recently unveiled the third version of Robear, a robot with a bear's face capable of…
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Watch Google’s new robo-dog recover from an unexpected kick

It's been a while since we last saw something from Boston Dynamics, but the company has recently produced a smaller (more kickable) version of its signature four-legged robots, and has released some fresh footage of it in action.