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THORwin isn't can't quite bend it like Beckham, but when it comes to robotic soccer players, it's one of the best. The US-made machine has just won top prize in the adult-sized category at this year's RoboCup in China, an international annual soccer competition for robots that aims to pit them aga...

July 23rd 2015 at 11:57pm 0 Comments
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An icy moon with hidden oceans would of course require an underwater probe, but what about gas giants with no solid surface to land on or water to swim in? A team of NASA JPL scientists believes the answer lies in robots that can float in the atmosphere for extended periods of time, without depend...

July 23rd 2015 at 4:44am 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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If you want to fly an interchangeable-lens camera on a DJI Phantom-sized drone, Blackmagic has two options coming soon, the 1080p Micro Cinema Camera and the 4K Micro Studio Camera. Now there's another one -- the E1, a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) interchangeable-lens camera small enough replace a GoP...

July 20th 2015 at 7:01am 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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The first FAA-ok'd parcel delivery by drone took place in rural Virginia on Friday at Wise County, Virginia's annual Remote Area Hospital. The RAH pops up every summer in Wise, which is deep in Appalachia, as a makeshift field hospital that treats hundreds of uninsured area residents for free. Thi...

July 17th 2015 at 4:46pm 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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It's bad enough that robots are writing professionally (albeit badly), but now they're criticizing, too? IBM has unveiled the Watson Tone Analyzer, the latest tool in its "cognitive computing" suite of cooking, health, shopping and other apps. Once you input a piece of text, the system will perfor...

July 17th 2015 at 6:11am 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: Japan's come up with some cool tech in the past, but this week it reached a whole new boss level. A new hotel opened in Nagasaki, manned by talking robots-- including a dinosaur robot. GE Healthcare showed off its new full-color 3D ultrasound machine. And Google...

July 16th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments