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This Incredible Robotic Building Set is Like Lego Come to Life

In today's toy-scape, robotic building sets have handily made the transition from fad to staple, and for good reason—they are awesome. But in a world where Lego Mindstorms reigns king, nothing has managed to combine function, universal appeal, and straight up fun quite like TinkerBots. This could be your kids'—and, for that matter, your—new favourite toy. Read More >>

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Creepy Robot Takes the Form of Your Friends, Knows What You're Thinking

Humans are the worst—there's no denying it. But isolating yourself from the rest of humanity doesn't exactly come with the best track record either. Now, though, you can get the best of both worlds thanks to SociBot-Mini, a depth-sensing, mood-reading, friends'-identity-stealing disembodied robot torso. Read More >>

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Fukushima Could Make Japan a Leader in Nuclear Cleanup Tech

The idea that a nuclear disaster could actually drive innovation is definitely a new way to look at Japan's ongoing Fukushima debacle. But a new report from the AP does just that, suggesting that the long-term cleanup effort that Japan now faces will make it a world leader in decommissioning nuclear plants. Read More >>

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Wheelchair-Bound Woman Walks Again With a 3D Printed Exoskeleton

In 1992, Amanda Boxtel suffered a vicious skiing accident that left her paralysed from the waist down. Doctors said she would never walk again. This week, she proved them wrong, with the help of the world's first 3D printed exoskeleton that gives her the ability to climb out of her wheelchair and walk once again. Read More >>

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Reimagining the Home Bar of the Future

Take a look at this video. It's a concept from Pernod Ricard called Project Gutenberg, and it's what the home bar of the future could look like. We've definitely seen plenty of robot bartenders in the past, but this is something different. This is something you actually might want prominently displayed in your living room. Read More >>

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Report: Google and Foxconn Building Roboticised Factories of the Future

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and Foxconn are working together to create a new vision of roboticised factories. 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's Buying an AI Startup Called DeepMind for £300M (Update)

Clearly not content with buying a terrifying robot army, Google is now purchasing a London-based artificial intelligence company to go with it—for just over £300 million. Read More >>

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Heart Cells Power This Swimming, Sperm-Like Bio-Bot

Say what you will about these sperm-like bio-bots; they've got heart. The beating of live heart cells propels a tail back and forth, so that these self-powered swimming bio-bots—the first of their kind—could one day wriggle through your body delivering drugs. No batteries needed. Read More >>

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These Robotic Super Socks Will Aid Rehabilitation

Science fiction has given us a vision of the future where humans might one day enjoy super-strength and abilities while wearing a rigid robotic exoskeleton suit. But back here in reality, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a soft bio-robotic socks designed to assist those who have difficulty with something as simple as walking. Read More >>

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These Spherical Robot "Hands" Let You Build Things With Balls

Who says you need opposable thumbs to assemble objects or operate complex machinery? Empire Robotics has been working on the plush sphere of the future with their so-called "jamming-based robot grippers," otherwise known as the Versaball system. Read More >>

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Just Look at This Cube Balance, Jump and Walk

This robot may not look like much—it is, after all, just a cube—but despite its simple geometry, it's capable of balancing, jumping, and even walking. Read More >>

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A Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton Will Kick Off 2014's World Cup

It won't be a superstar football player who takes the first kick of 2014's Football World Cup in Brazil. Nope, instead, it will be a teenager, paralysed from the waist down, who will use the world's most advanced mind-controlled exoskeleton to get things underway. Read More >>

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Google's Newly Acquired SCHAFT Robot Walks Away A Winner

The teams have broken down their robots and packed them up in crates and suitcases, loaded them into trucks and taken them on flights home. Some will lick their wounds and rebuild to fight another day. 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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NASA's New Robot Looks Like Iron Man, May Save Your Life One Day

Let's be honest: Most robots look pretty dumb these days. Whether it's the little disc-shaped Roomba that cleans your floor or the jumble of rods and wires that builds your car, these machines seem—for lack of a better term—rudimentary. Not the Valkyrie. Read More >>

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