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My desire for a mechanized mixologist is as strong as an overproof rum. Much to my chagrin, and despite a long history of inventors toiling to perfect the drink-mixing machine, the practice is still largely the domain of human beings. That said, two Kickstarter projects are offering a new, more co...

July 31st 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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If you don't like the thought of autonomous robots brandishing weapons, you're far from alone. A slew of researchers and tech dignitaries (including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak) have backed an open letter calling for a ban on any robotic weapon where there's no human input involv...

July 27th 2015 at 10:59am 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: A Chrysler with a smart entertainment system was proven to be hackable and the company is releasing software to patch it. A martial arts company in Singapore is teaching swordplay with light sabers. And a new MIDI device for musicians will let them sync work over...

July 22nd 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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If you can't greet the president in person, don't worry... as of now, you can send a robot in your stead. President Barack Obama has welcomed a telepresence robot into the White House for the first time, letting Disability Visibility Project founder Alice Wong attend a celebration and say hello to...

July 21st 2015 at 2:10pm 0 Comments
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France isn't the only European country grappling with suspicious drone flights, it seems. Reportedly, guards at the Spanish royal family's La Zarzuela palace have spotted numerous robotic aircraft flying through its airspace at night, including the residences. That's bad enough by itself, but the...

July 20th 2015 at 1:31am 0 Comments
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Forget safeguarding drones against hacks -- if Boeing and Hacking Team have their way, robotic aircraft would dish out a few internet attacks of their own. Email conversations posted on WikiLeaks reveal that the two companies want drones to carry devices that inject spyware into target computers...

July 18th 2015 at 9:27pm 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: A kid exhibit in New York uses Kinects for an immersive environment experience. A robot is hitchhiking across the U.S. and wants strangers to take it to places like the Grand Canyon for the photo-ops. And game coders hacked up Doom to play another version of Doom...

July 18th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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See that Nao robot waving its hand up there? It's not starting a dance routine: it just had a light-bulb moment, so it's trying to catch a human's attention. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Selmer Bringsjord programmed the three robots to think that two of them were given a "dumbing pil...

July 17th 2015 at 9:22am 0 Comments
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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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Today on In Case You Missed It: A prototype marijuana breathalyzer came out and oh lord, the glory days are over. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got the best ever photos of Pluto and these scientists are adorably jacked up about it. And a Swiss motion capture company wants to put sensors and VR...

July 15th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: The nightmare-like genius of Theo Jansen's Strandbeest inspired a Segway-like inventor to get creepy with personal transport. Comic-Con attendees will of course see R2-D2; but this time, he'll also be flying overhead. And a new 3D-printed robot is inspired by a spec...

July 11th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: Case Western Reserve University students put HoloLens to work to learn parts of the human body. The classic '60s TV show Thunderbirds is coming back for more episodes of puppet goodness thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. And a new robot aimed at teaching kids to prog...

July 10th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments