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The ATLAS Robot Will Soon be Walking Without a Tether

As impressive as Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot ATLAS moves, it's still not completely free to explore wherever it wants. Thick trunk lines keep it tethered to machinery and pumps that provide power, hydraulic fluids, and of course communications and data. But researchers at MIT are now working to free ATLAS of its leash-like umbilical cord sometime in the next six months. Read More >>

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With Dyson and Google Investing, Are We Now Nearing the Age of the Robot Butler?

That mountain of washing up. The pile of dirty laundry. The steaming cat litter tray. Get on with it -- they won't clean themselves. Or at least, not yet. Dyson has become the latest company to announce significant investment in the robotics industry, bringing us one step closer to our own mechanical Jeeves. Read More >>

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A Human's Guide to Google's Many Robots

Google can't stop buying robotics companies. In the past two months, eight of the 12 companies the search giant has acquired have "robotics" in their name or descriptions. Here's your complete breakdown of the robot army presently at Google's command. Read More >>

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Google Might Withdraw From DARPA Robotics Challenge (Phew!)

Google's purchase of bonkers robotics company Boston Dynamics in December prompted lots of hand-wringing: owning a Department of Defense supplier doesn't jive with many people's concept of "don't be evil." At the time, Google said it wasn't interested in becoming a military contractor, and today's rumour seems to confirm that: according to PopSci, Google is withdrawing its teams from the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Read More >>

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If You Could Have Any Boston Dynamics Robot, How Would You Use It?

Today's big robot news is Google buying Boston Dynamics. Lazy writers, myself very much included, spent the day making tired old jokes about this being the dawn of the machine uprising. But there's gotta be an alternate fantasy, where these robots do something more awesome than overthrow their creators. Let's dream one up together! Read More >>

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Google Adds New Firm to Growing Robotics Portfolio

Google confirmed yesterday that it has acquired Boston Dynamics, maker of creepy walking humanoids and creepy running animal bots. Talk about a power couple. Read More >>

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Human-ish ATLAS Robot Can (Almost) Traverse a Teenager's Messy Bedroom

ATLAS, Boston Dynamic's great robotic hope and the obvious star of DARPA's Robotics Challenge, is one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever created. It's capable of surprisingly human like movements and motions, and could one day replace soldiers in the battlefield the same way drones have (sort of) replaced pilots in the skies. Read More >>

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ATLAS: Probably the Most Advanced Humanoid Yet, and Definitely Terrifying

As impressed by we all were by Petman, DARPA and Boston Dynamics' remarkably agile and nimble humanoid, it's about to get upstaged by the company's latest and greatest robot creation: ATLAS. Designed to compete in DARPA's upcoming Robotics Challenge, we actually already got a glimpse of ATLAS' impressive skills back when it was just a prototype, but as it nears completion we're now seeing just how damn impressive it really is. Read More >>

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The World's Scariest Robot Now Listens to Human Master

There's nothing on the planet that's equal parts terrifying and spectacular quite like DARPA's LS3 "Big Dog" robot. It has the horrific realism of an actual dog, mixed with the horrific robot quality of... a robot. Now it's even more powerful. Read More >>

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Boston Dynamics' Latest Humanoid Robot Is Better Coordinated Than You

Say hello to Pet-Proto. Manufactured by Boston Dynamics, which makes robot versions of everything from fleas to horses, it's a humanoid robot that can run, jump and climb over objects—probably a damn site better than you're able. Read More >>

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Pentagon's New Mechanical Horse Is Smart Enough to Follow Its Masters

Boston Dynamics keeps refining its Legged Squad Support System, the robotic quadruped descendant of the good old and creepy Big Dog. The new version of the eerie mechanical horse, which will aid US Marine squads once finished, got some cool upgrades. Read More >>

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This Remote Controlled Car Can Jump 9 Metres In the Air

There is a new version of Sand Flea, the amazing 5kg radio-controlled car beast that can race and jump over buildings. Read More >>

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Watch the Amazing BigDog Robot's Big Brother Romp Around the Woods

The BigDog robot was terrifying and all, but its big brother the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is stronger, lasts longer, and should make life way easier for our soldiers. Here's what it looks like in the great outdoors. Read More >>

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Double-O Snooze: Why the Gadgets in James Bond Films Don't Excite Us Anymore

The title and casting for the new James Bond film, Skyfall, has finally been announced. Enough time has passed so that everyone has forgotten the travesty that was Quantum of Solace, so we're now eagerly looking forward to seeing James Bond back on the big screen, encountering a new threat to world peace and giving it a swift kick to the goolies. One thing we're not excited about, however, are the gadgets. Read More >>

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The Coolest Humanoid Robot Is Not Japanese But American

This is the new Petman, by our friends at Boston Dynamics, the creators of Big Dog and BigDog 2. It's like a robotic marine that never gets tired. You tell him to give you a thousand and he'll do it, no problem. Read More >>

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