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Indie-developed mech battle game MAV wants to teach us a valuable lesson: that the best walking tank is the one you build yourself. Inspired by games like Chromehounds, MAV (short for "Modular Assault Vehicle") is a mech battle game about creating and customizing the best rompin', stompin' robot...

February 9th 2014 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
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EPFL's been tweaking its eerily floating AirBurr since 2009, and its latest iteration adds four carbon-fiber legs, hopefully ensuring you'll never have to chase after and recover it after a crash. When the seemingly clunky frame crashes, it's that same intentional design that will ensure gravity r...

June 15th 2012 at 3:32pm 0 Comments
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Land-bound robots? Been there, done that. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are taking things up a notch with a bird-style bot capable of autonomous flight. By replicating the features that enable birds to make a soft landing -- including the flapping wings that help th...

May 2nd 2012 at 6:19am 0 Comments
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Beetles packing cybernetic implants that control their brains make a cheaper and more useful micro-air-vehicle than a fully robotic one -- but due to the weight of the battery packs required, development has been slow. Now a DARPA-funded team at the University of Michigan thinks it's eliminated...

September 1st 2011 at 7:43pm 0 Comments
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We'd love to head on down to Fukushima with a DSLR and some iodide pills, but that's obviously not going to happen. Sending in a flying robot seems to be the next best thing, though, and that's exactly what Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has done. T-Hawk, a US-made MAV (Micro Air Vehicle) commonly us...

April 21st 2011 at 6:48pm 0 Comments
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When we heard that the National Science Foundation awarded $10 million to Harvard to make a swarm of robot bees, our first thought was: "We could do it for half the price." Then we remembered that the university has been down this path before, including its robot fly program (whatever happened to t...

October 9th 2009 at 3:14pm 0 Comments