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Japan's first robot-staffed hotel opens this week and we just got the full tour. While the main attraction may be the bordering-on-human receptionist (left) and the English-speaking dinosaur (er, right), the hotel has a whole family of robots performing varying degrees of useful work. Think: room...

July 15th 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Yes, Google hates lag on smartphones as much as you do -- enough so that the search giant has a robot dedicated to spotting that delay between your finger input and what happens on screen. Meet the Chrome TouchBot, an OptoFidelity-made machine that gauges the touchscreen latency on Android and Chr...

June 28th 2015 at 7:31pm 0 Comments
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Toshiba's newest hire (of sorts) is called Aiko Chihara -- and she's manning a reception desk at the company's booth at CEATEC 2014 in Japan. Oh, and she's silcone-coated robot. Interaction isn't in her repertoire just yet -- a Toshiba spokesman said that it was certainly a possibility in the futu...

October 7th 2014 at 8:38am 0 Comments
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The Connor family may be doing a great job preventing Skynet from becoming self-aware and declaring war on humanity, but Google apparently isn't taking any chances. The internet giant has quietly uploaded a "killer-robots.txt" Easter egg file that tells Terminators to avoid hunting down the compan...

July 5th 2014 at 11:12pm 0 Comments
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Machinarium may be over three years old at this point, but that doesn't mean that the adorability factor of its squat robotic protagonist has diminished in the interim since its release in October of 2009. In fact, we'd go so far as to say that the little guy has appreciated in cuteness since then,...

January 5th 2013 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with "Insert Coin" as the subject line. Remote-controlled cameras are nothing new -- heck, some even ride atop robotic vacuums -- but t...

July 27th 2012 at 2:18pm 0 Comments