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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

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Nigel Ackland had the misfortune of losing his hand in an accident. He is now the proud owner (and tester) of a BeBionic3 robot hand.  This bionic prosthesis senses the electrical activity in his arm muscles and activates gripping or wrist rotating actions accordingly, allowing the user to move the hand “naturally”. As the video below illustrates, this hand […]

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Nigel Ackland uses bionic hand to pour beer

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We reported on the DARPA Humanoid Challenge before, but now we finally have a video that shows what would be the ideal winner of the contest, as imagined by the Universities behind the HUBO humanoid robot. Of course this is just an animation showing a perfect scenario, but as far as what is publicly known, […]

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HUBO holding a powertool

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As we reported before, DARPA issued its latest challenge where they will require a humanoid robot to complete a series of tasks (worthy of an action movie) which include driving a car, breaking down a wall, and using tools – all with the goal of “saving the day” during a mock industrial accident. The challenge officially started today, […]

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Atlas by Boston Dynamics

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Heartland Robotics, founded by Rodney Brooks as reported before, changed its identity to Rethink Robotics.  And rethinking robotics they do as they recently released Baxter, a robot with common sense as they brand it. Baxter redefines industrial robots since it allows small and large manufacturers to incorporate it in their manufacturing process to help humans and do repetitive or dull tasks […]

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Baxter overview

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Boston Dynamics’ “Cheetah” robot just broke its own speed record. This in and of  itself is quite an achievement, considering it was already the fastest legged robot in existence, but it also broke Usain Bolt’s record (100m and 200m sprinting world champion)! The cheetah robot was able to achieve 45.5 km/hr, smashing Usain ‘s record of 44.7 km/h. […]

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Boston Dynamics' Cheetah

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The CRX10 is designed to satisfy the demand for versatile, affordable and safe educational robots. This capable little rover is easy to use and links theory and practice in order to help students learn the principles of robotics. The robot includes wireless communication, making it essay to control via its specialized computer software, or via a smartphone or tablet app. […]

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CRX10 Educational Robot

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We all certainly love robots and we are thrilled to see new advancements in robotics. However, sometimes we wonder if humans have already gone too far in their quest to make ever more capable (and dangerous) robots. The “LaserSnake” illustrates well this well: Researchers from OC Robotics were not content enough to have developed an amazing […]

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LaserSnake Cutting Through Metal