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What has a pair of seven degree of freedom robotic arms, 360 degree sonar and inherited a bunch of robust features from its industrial “father”? Why, the Baxter Research Robot of course! This next generation educational / research tool combines features normally found only on expensive industrial robots with highly versatile software into an affordable […]

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Baxter Research Robot Front View

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When we first saw Robotis release their new line of professional (and large) Dynamixel Pro servo motors, we knew it would not be long until they were used to create larger humanoids. So, not long after their release, “THOR” was revealed; Robotis’ child-sized humanoid entry into the DARPA humanoid challenge. The latest iteration of this […]

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THOR-MANG

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In the past, ASIMO’s public performances have heavily monitored by humans and orchestrated by hidden operators. With the hope of rendering the robot more autonomous, Honda has partnered with Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation to create an interactive presentation with their little humanoid robot. Since Asimo was completely on its own this […]

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ASIMO working at Meuseum

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We covered previously the announcement of the 2013 DARPA Robotic Challenge. Today, DARPA released two very interesting videos: one presenting Atlas, the official humanoid platform for the challenge developed by Boston Dynamics, and another introducing the other contestants in the challenge (Chimp, HUBO, Robosimian, Valkyrie, SCHAFT, and THOR). Without further ado, meet Atlas, a ridiculously advanced and […]

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Atlas going for a ride

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PETMAN, the biped humanoid from Boston Dynamics, recently got to do its job: to test military clothing and equipment. As seen in the video below, the robot was given some clothes and equipment to test… and it did just that. It is very interesting to see the robot walk and move effortlessly. What do you think of this kind of […]

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Petman tries on its new clothes

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The SyFy Channel recently launched the new “Robot Combat League“; a new series featuring large, ~2m tall humanoid robots fighting against each other one on one (almost identical to the robots in the movie “Real Steel”). Each robot is controlled by two operators (one for the upper torso and and the other for the legs). Take a look at […]

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Robot Combat League

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Humanoid robots are becoming larger and more capable, and the prices are dropping every year, contributing to the dramatic increase in popularity. Since we are privileged to have access to the most popular ones, including the Bioloid, DARwIn OP, Nao, and Robokind, we created the picture below so you can see them side-by-side in a police-style lineup. […]

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The Usual Humanoids

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The Korean Institute of Science and Technology had the very good (read “terrible”) idea of giving a very sharp kitchen knife to a robot and teaching it how to use it. Fortunately until now, CIROR, the knife-wielding humanoid robot, can only cut cucumbers with its new tool. It is nice to see how robots evolve and become […]

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CIROS Robot Cuts Cucumber