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WAO-1 Robotic Facial Massage

My lovely Vietnamese house boy might give a decent facial massage, but I don’t think he would quite compare to this robotic massager. Researchers at the Waseda University in Tokyo have developed the WAO-1 Face Massaging Robot, hoping for its use in the medical field. The movement of the robot’s arms is programmed using a complex set of algorithms made ...

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Xilo Lego Robot Plays Music

This arachnid looking creation is actually a musical genius. Well, genius for a homemade robot that is. Xilo is a machine made of Lego’s that can play the xylophone. Xilo strikes the metal tubes based on your movements. To create this yourself you don’t necessarily need a xylophone, a wind chime would work just as well. Xilo uses a vision ...

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Giant insect spider robot from outer space…we mean Earth. Sorry FBI

This spider robot looks a lot scarier than it really is. In fact, it might save your life. The Ellos RescueBot is designed to reach untraversable areas where humans can’t squeeze their meager two legs into, sort of like the Amoeba Bot. The damage resistant robot is a perfect example of Asimov’s laws of robotics. It saves you without getting ...

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New life-saving robot: The iRobot SUGV Early

Robots have been so widely used in Afghanistan and Iraq that there have surely been thousands of lives saved by the mechanical wonder dogs. Boeing and iRobot have joined hands in tech harmony to create the SUVG Early, a next-gen reconnaissance robot capable of even more than previous models. The SUGV will be faster, lighter, and smarter than its older ...

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LawnBott helps you be productively lazy

We’re all so, so lazy. With a show of hands, who actually enjoys mowing their lawn other than Forest Gump? Hmm, nobody? Understandable. Allergies are my excuse. LawnBott makes excuses unneeded. The LawnBott LB2000 Professional Robot Mower is a fully autonomous lawn mower which will mow your lawn for you daily if left on the programmed dock. If you have ...

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The Pentagon wants a liquid robot

The Pentagon’s own DARPA has put out a call to the public for a design concept for a shape-shifting “chemical” robot that would be able to liquify and squeeze into small areas. This robot would have static dimensions that could be changed on command, much like the robot unit from Terminator 2. The militairy already uses robots in a variety ...

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Amoeba Bot totally propelled by its skin

Much like the lifting robot doesn’t use typical motors to provide its strength, the Amoeba Bot, made by Virgina Tech, is a robot that contains no legs or wheels. Based on the single-celled amoeba, the “Blob” bot uses nothing but its own skin to propel its body on its way. Shaped toroidally, pretty much like a long tube shaped donut ...

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The human-sized Android power lifting robot

Strongest Man competitors should be worried. They might have some non-human competition this human sized android who has been showcasing its lifting power over in Tokyo. Most recently, the Japanese lifting robot was spotted on display, lifting a 66 lb package off of a desk, and lifting a human-sized doll weighing 145 lbs. The 154 lb, 61 in tall android ...

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Gummi Bot: Soft-body robot

Robots might be super effective and helpful, but they just look so un-huggable. These Biomimetic Soft-Bodied “Gummi Bots” seem so much more cuddly, and certainly more agile. Though, Gummi’s have more of a purpose then looking adorable. Metallic robots are often limited in movement by their clumsy joints. This robotics project at Tufts University is looking into a flexible, silicone ...

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Quad-legged robot baby could be the star of a horror movie

Mixing the best of natural genetics and robotic technology, Thomas Edwards created this totally horrifying “Robo Baby”, which is more like a baby head on a robot. Sure, it might be “art”, but why the hell put the head on top of a weird quad-legged body? If we saw this thing crawling along our floor, we would be screaming like ...

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