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New Developments. [05 Mar 2008|12:37pm]


Lynxmotion R/C Spider Uses PS2 Controller
OSP Robot Is Human Sized Roomba For Oil Spills
iBird R/C Toy Looks Like Flapping Good Fun
iCub Baby Robot to Undergo Developmental Training, Still Isn't a Real Kid
Military Turing test to make autonomous war robots legal?
Army orders 24 new sentry-bots, Judgment Day moved up two months
The Awkward Japanese Robot That Can Jump Up From Flat on Its Back
REEM B Humanoid Service Robot May Give ASIMO A Run (Ok, Stroll) For Its Money
Autonomous Robots: Ethical Combatants or Suicide Bombers?
Homegrown security bot heckles vagrants, longs to be a real cop

Other Future-y Stuff This Week:
British Navy Working on Developing Invisible Ships Using Metamaterials
DARPA Close To Awarding Contract For Spy Plane That Stays Aloft For 5 Years
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'Robots Will Win' Special Report: Warbots [03 Aug 2007|02:22am]


Click here for the WIRED story.

The U.S. Military has been using robots in the current war with Iraq since the initial invasion, but until now, there have been no fully-armed warbots. Last week, I linked a story on the first drone fighter squadron deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, which are controlled by operators (safe-as-houses operators sipping coffee in Nevada, mind you). Today's news shows that this is the start of a horrifically inevitable trend in the way war is waged on Earth. Human lives will now be taken by robots in the course of human war. Starting...now.

'UK Ministry of Defence Grand Challenge' Warbots Contest
Pentagon to Implant Microchips in Soldiers' Brains
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How long until these things are so good you cut your own hand off for one? [24 Jul 2007|03:23am]


Really Slick iLimb Robotic Hand
Awesome Steampunk Robot Art
First Prosthetic Dog Paw Surgery a Success
T-35 Giant Terrifying Rescue Robot
U.S. Deploys First Aerial Drone MQ-9 'Reaper' Squadron Video Here
Life-Size Flying Robotic Fly
Video of Lockheed's RC MULE Armored Vehicle
Short Circuit's Johnny 5 (UPDATE: was) on eBay?!
NASA Tests Future Moon-Landing Bots in Canada
Scary Nanogenerator Makes Energy From Your Circulating Blood

Other Future-y Stuff This Week:
Nifty Computer Security Ring
MIT Scientists 'Cure' Fear in Mice
Cybernetic Botanicals? Get Electronic Water Requests from Your Plants
DARPA Developing 'Crystal Ball' Battle Prediction
Moller Hovercar in Production!
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Engineer Gets Jollies Kicking Robot Dog. [17 Jul 2007|07:03am]


DARPA-Funded "Big Dog" Quadrupedal Packbot Project
Robotic Spacecraft "Phoenix" Headed for Mars
RobuDog, Windows XP Puppybot
Yaskawa's Package-Sorting Mailbots
Bionic Legs Allow Miracle Crash Survivor to Walk Again
Runbot, a Dynamically-Learning Walking Robot
Update: Now With Climbing Ability!
ESA's 3-Armed Spacebot Passes Weightlessness Testing
iBotics Stingray Robosub
Mitsubishi Hiring Out Robot Receptionists
Decepticon Soundwave MP3 Player Upgrade!
NASA Working on Biological Nano-Battery
Life-Size Robot Elvis Head Thanks You...Very Much

Other Future-y Stuff This Week:
The Magic Wheel
Taser's Shockwave Six Shooter
Air-Filtering Bike Helmet
MIT's Revolutionary (and Stylin') BioSuit
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Flight of the Conchords Know the Score [11 Jul 2007|04:27am]


MIOpup, Sega's Robot Dog
Build Your Own Beetle Robot
Solar Powered Pool Cleaning Robot
Early Animatronics
Off-Shore Sea Sentinels to Improve Port Security
Autonomous Weed Trimmer
Aldebaran's Nao Robot
Honda's Humanoid Robot Workers
ISELLA Robotic Arm
WowWee's Roboquad Reviewed
Australian Police Worried About Robot/Cyborg Crime
Solid Midfield Goal Scored at RoboCup 2007
World's First Programmable Robot, Circa 60 AD
Parasailing Robot
Lightweight Leaping Bots for Planetary Exploration
BJ, the New Robot Mutt on the Block
RoboCup Footage Round-Up!

Other future-y stuff this week:
The U.S. Navy Wants Boatcars
Unbelievable Wireless Tazer Projectile
Self-Balancing Wheelchair
Advanced Lightweight Armor Suit
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The Congressional Caucus on Robots: Likely Collaborators in the Eventual Robot Takeover. [04 Jul 2007|07:21pm]


Taser/iRobot to Produce Weapons-Capable Robots
Congressional Caucus on Robots
Vortex's Wall-Climbing Robot
Fruit-Picking Robots to Replace Migrant Workers
NASA Releases Robot Software to the Public
Arctic Robots to Search for Life on Earth
Robotic Venus Fly Trap Eats Live Flies
Robotarium X - Artificial Life Zoo
Another New Robotic Hand
New Miniature Touch Sensor
R2D2 DVD Player/Projector
RoboCup 2007 Gets Underway!

Other Future-y News:
DARPA Funds Invisible Shield Technology
Two New Jet Pack Models on Sale
Artificial Skin Merges with the Real Deal
Slick Video-Conferencing Watch Communicator
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Pretty Robot News Week! [27 Jun 2007|03:03pm]


1. NASA's "Scarecrow" Mars Rover.

2. Kawada Waterproof Workbot.

3. Nike's Robotic Hand.

4. Blubber Bots: Autonomous Robot Blimps.

5. Microbot Vein Crawler.
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Robot Fingers w/ Honey Mustard or BBQ Sauce [19 Jun 2007|02:37pm]


Take-G's Robot Wooden Toys
Man Defeats Robot Using Gun & Axe
Robotic Replacement Fingers
Homemade Transformer Costumes that Transform
Kansei, Robot with Reactive Facial Expressions
Robot Reptile Collects Data
Robot Art in Museum Show
More RoboGames News
Robot Master of Wedding Ceremonies
Robot Power Legs
Awesome Indoor R/C Plane
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RoboGames and RoboManslaughter [06 Jun 2007|03:23am]


RoboGames 2007 June 15-17
Robot Lawnmower Kills Man
European Robots Assist* Children in Forming Relationships
Living Memory Chip
New Manoi Model PF-01
Rescue Bot w/ Changeable Track Formation
Korean School Security Robot
Creepy Child Bot
Hasbro's Real-life Gadget Transformers
Reddy the Emotional Robot
"The Robot That Sweats" Art Installation

* Hinder
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More Terrifying (but Awesome) Developments. [30 May 2007|02:36am]


DUALIS Ad Campaign
Tiny Solar Robots
Termite Killer Bot
Open Source Unmanned Copter
Rugged Recon Scout
Homebot with Facial Recognition
Dean Kamen's Robot Arm (Awesome)
Pilotless Police Drone
Wowwee Robot Guard
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Robots_Will_Update [03 May 2007|04:34pm]


Team Osaka's RoboCup Entrants
Walking Spider Car Video
SPARKy Prosthesis
Robot Art from Stephane Halleux
Whale-Tracking Autonomous Sub-Bots
DARPA Prosthetics Challenge Candidate
UK Scientists Building Robot Village
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Cute little fuel cell powered UAV. [19 Apr 2007|01:50pm]


Check out the story and video clip over here.
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RC Steam Beetle! [26 Mar 2007|12:22pm]


Pics & Video here.
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This is Real. [14 Sep 2006|01:47pm]


I know it's been quite a while, but I just couldn't pass this one up. You guys. Wow.

Edit: And here's a bonus one-legged hopbot.
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Transformers rule. [17 Jan 2006|09:29pm]


Transformer Vid up on Apollo Pony
Robots on the Streets
New Reasoning Robot
Creepy New Roachborg
Cool Plantbot
Next Gen Robosapiens
Hacks/Mods for Your Furby
Hair-Sized Robot
Creating Synthetic Life
Dinosaur Comics on Robots
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Man, there is SO MUCH robot news this month! [05 Dec 2005|07:10pm]

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Robot-One Update!
Edumacational Robo-legs
Square Wheels Win!
Erector Speed Play (Man, that is one to many double entendres.)
Robot Breakdancing!
More on Cyber-Hand
Intelligent Microbots
New Robotic Knee
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One day they will replace us, and we won't even notice. [03 Dec 2005|05:43am]

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TOP STORY: Android Advancements Continue

According to Dictionary.com, Robot = "A mechanical device that sometimes resembles a human and is capable of performing a variety of often complex human tasks on command or by being programmed in advance," and Android: "An automaton that is created from biological materials and resembles a human. Also called humanoid." I'm gonna dispute the 'biological materials' part of the android def, but otherwise, I think the point is that like the relationship between squares and rectangles, all androids are robots, but not all robots are andriods. Personally, I prefer only slightly humanoid robots. Cute ones, tough ones, even boring ones, but these rubber-faced bots with mechanical facial features just creep me out.

Several More Pics of the Creepy Android Girl
New Bionic Hand, Pretty Slick
Transformable Robot Costumes!
HAL-5 Suit Upgraded
Bandai Swiffer Robot
Make Your Own PVC ROV Sub!
U.S. Border Drones
HOAP-3 Hits Stuff!
Korea's Smart Arm Wrestling Robot
Two-Armed Assembly Robot
Voice-Activated R2-D2
SORA Reception Robot
Bluetooth-enabled Robot
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[23 Nov 2005|06:58pm]

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Top Story: President Meets Future Robotic Overlord

I don't have much to say about the Albert Hubo robot, except that I'm a little creeped out by the decision to use a human-like head, let alone with an beloved, historical figure's facial features. However, communicable emotions might be a useful trait for robots to have for human-robot task cooperations. Still creepy. Personally, I'd go with some tv-screenish, heads with interchangeable display faces represented in 3-D. I like my robots a bit more...robotic. Anyway, check it out:

Albert Hubo: Creepy Souless Einstein
Solar Underwater Robot
Robot Glacier Project
Sensitive Robot Barkeep
Bacteria-based Camera
Robot Eyes Aid in Medical Training
More Robot Crafts

Don't forget about our new open robot images community, RoboFamilyAlbum!
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Beck's new dancers are HOT, until their fans kick in. [16 Nov 2005|05:49am]

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Top Story: Beck Video Features QRIO Robots

Beck's new video is now available on his website. It requires registration to view, but it's pretty simple. Anyway, the video either has Sony's QRIO robots in the place of backup dancers, or Beck in the place of a QRIO spokesperson. I can't tell. It's neat that the video is utilizing actual robot capabilities, but it doesn't make for very engaging entertainment, as the entire thing looks like a Sony product presentation (which we're all familiar with around here). Anyway, check it out. [Link]

Tyco Cyberbeast: Named Too Scary for X-Mas
Cubic Robotic Blimps
How to Make a Robot RC Car
Robot Quilts
Army Developing Synthetic Gills
Robotic Lawyers
Remote Controlled Spy Turtles
2005 Eastern Canadian Robot Games
7' Robby the Robot!

Thanks for all the kind comments on the last post. Robots_Will_Win will stay pretty much the same, but with a bit more talking from me. However, I've decided to start a new community for posting images of robots and YOU'RE ALL INVITED!

The new community is called RoboFamilyAlbum, a name suggested by my pal heroprotagonist. In general, I'm thinking that Robo Family Album's fun/art images can be the balance to this site's "news only" images. Check it out!
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BRAIN CELLS IN A ROBOT? [10 Nov 2005|04:25am]

It's like every scary sci-fi idea comes true, you guys. I can't tell if they're using the term 'brain cells' loosely here, or if they mean biological cells, like it sounds. Of course, we remember the rat brain cells taught to fly Microsoft Flight Simulator a while back. Anyway, here's the robot with (supposedly) 20,000 brain cells:
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Robot has 20,000 Brain Cells
Robot Plays Harp (Well that's considerably less terrifying, eh?)
Robot Rings the NASDAQ Opening Bell
Vintage Robot Auction
More on Our Favorite Robot, Manoi!
Amoeba-like Robot Spotted in Virginia
Researchers Improving Robot Muscles

I'm thinking about actually opening this thing up and letting it be a real community. I suppose quality-control would drop a bit, but perhaps updates would be more frequent and you guys could be more involved. Thoughts?
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