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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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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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HRP-4C, HRP-4‘s older sister, did a nice dance demonstration along with some human fellows. The female robot (or gynoid) comes form a large humanoid robot family made by Kawada. The HRP-4C nevertheless, is by far the most human-like of all the  brothers. Via BotJunkie.

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Artist Carl Pisaturo creates some amazing kinetic sculptures. His robotic creation, Slave Zero (video above), is an amazing half-human scale robotic creation with life-like motions which are controlled via an intricate web of cables. Slave Zero uses 21 servos to drive 41 joints and achieves incredibly fluid motion. [Via Robot Snob]

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  The RoboBuilder robotics kits from a Korean company of the same name (or is it IRobou?) is now available for purchase from RobotShop. The kits, which are similar to the Bioloid robotics kits from Robotis, employ modular components, like motors and sensors, to allow builders to quickly create a wide variety of robotic creations. […]

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A couple of notable interviews hit the web today. The first is Astrobiology Magazine’s interview with Alex Ellery. Ellery heads the Surrey Space Centre’s Robotics group and is taking part in the European Space Agency’s ExoMars project. The second comes from BusinessWeek, who interviews Tatsuya Matsui on the future of humanoid robotics. Matsui’s the fellow […]

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