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Gotta catch em all: Harvard’s undersea grabber is a Poké Ball for sea life

Harvard’s new folding origami robot grabber is designed to perform delicate feats, such as catching underwater creatures with ease -- and crucially, without injuring them in the process.
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This spider robot moves around to keep the plant on its head alive

Inspired by a dead sunflower, the founder of the robotics company Vincross modified his company's spider-like robot so that it could care for plants by moving to the sun and monitoring water levels.
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Cornell’s popcorn-powered robots are far more practical than they sound

Popcorn is tasty, goes well with your favorite Saturday night movie and … could help power future robots? At least, that's the unorthodox conclusion from researchers at Cornell University.
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Need validation in your life? This gleeful clapping robot will provide it

Ever wish that your every move could be gleefully applauded like you're the main character in a sitcom? A new robot called Big Clapper promises to fill that very role in your life.
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Harvard’s latest robot can walk on water. Your move, Jesus

Researchers at Harvard University have built an insect-inspired robot that is able to walk on (and under) water as well as it can on land. Here is how it pulls off its miraculous locomotion.
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MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot doesn’t need sight to navigate stairs

Capable of navigating without using cameras to guide it, the Cheetah 3's innovative navigation algorithms could make the robot suitable for reconnaissance and search and rescue missions.
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This Minion-looking robot will nag you to improve your posture as you work

Called Giiro, this Alexa-connected desktop robot and smart mat posture coach will nag you to stand up straight as you work. Here's how you can get your hands on one, for your own benefit.
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Pepper the robot is now working at a bank in New York City

Pepper the robot has been given a variety of customer-facing roles in its three-year existence, admittedly with varying degrees of success. Now HSBC is hiring it to perform tasks at its flagship branch in New York City.
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MIT researchers develop a robot system controlled by brainwaves

What if you could watch a robot work and, with a simple hand movement, stop it before it made a mistake? That’s the promise of new research from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
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Zume Pizza robots are getting arms to help retrieve and box pies

The pies from Zume Pizza are made by robots. It is the latest in a new trend within the food industry to increasingly depend upon software and hardware rather than human labor. Now, Zume robots are getting arms.
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Watch this Japanese ‘dragon’ drone slither through the air like a flying snake

Drones are awesome, but there are only so many conventional quadcopters you can see before you start to get a bit jaded. That's where a new drone from the University of Tokyo comes into play.
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This remote control robot promises to destroy a tank from three miles away

An Estonian defense company has teamed up with a missile manufacturer to create an anti-tank missile-firing unmanned ground vehicle that's capable of penetrating 39.3 inches of steel armor plating.
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Who needs a nurse? This robot can extract and analyze your blood

Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a blood-drawing robot for inserting intravenous needles into people’s arms with the purpose of drawing and analyzing blood samples.
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Robot-controlled table lets you manipulate liquid rocket fuel with your face

We love ferrofluid. We love robots. And we love amazing A.I. tech like face tracking. This amazing robotic table, which uses face tracking to manipulate liquid rocket fuel pixels, has all three.
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Forget Roomba, your most important house robot could be the one that hugs you

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany are busy developing a robot whose only mission is to give you really, really good hugs. Here's why,
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It’s not Terminator time yet, but robots with living muscle tissue are on the way

So it's not quite the cyborg from the Terminator movies just yet, but researchers from Japan have demonstrated a new robot finger gripper that uses lab-grown muscles to move things around.
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Watch Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot evolve from a stagger to a sprint

For the past five years, Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot has lived up to A.I. expert Gary Bradski’s 2013 statement that “a new species, Robo sapiens, [is] emerging.” Here are seven milestones on that journey.
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Watch Disney’s Stickman robot show off its amazing acrobatic skills

Disney's Stickman is an unorthodox robot capable of performing some spectacular acrobatic flips by swinging from a near-20-foot ceiling-mounted wire. Check out its amazing feats.