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Lego goes robot

Lego goes robot

Unimaginable events are taking places in this high tech age and one shouldn’t be surprised to know that now Lego goes robot. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), in collaboration with LEGO, has arranged a competition where youngsters will build robots using blocks of toys. The competition attracted 280,000 kids studying in 4th to 8th grades from 80 different countries. Dubbed as the “First LEGO League”, the competition is aimed at turning the study of science, technology and math into fun for kids. Students participate in groups and the groups are segregated in events according to their…

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Meet the Interstellar robot

Meet the Interstellar robot

Christopher Nolan, the director of Hollywood sci-fi extravagant “Interstellar” prefers giving his movies realistic touch as much as possible. The science fiction that is going to rock the world of movie goers includes two characters that are “monolith-like” robots called “TARS” and “CASE”. Generally we would conceive that the process by which they were created involves mostly digital technology; however, the fact is that there’s hardly any digital effects found in these two robots. Let’s meet the Interstellar robot TARS of which Nolan spoke in a pre-production stage of the movie; he did not want the robot to look anything like conventional sci-fi…

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Time to meet Fiat’s new robot

Time to meet Fiat’s new robot

There is a robot out there called “Racer” who can beat Marco Belinelli, the dependable shooting guard of San Antonio Spurs. Comau SpA, the famous Italian industrial automation producer has built this machine for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Company. It’s a three point shooting robot which demonstrates motion that is agile enough to basket a ball from a distance. It is time to meet Fiat’s new robot in a YouTube video where Racer is featured with Belinelli and shows off some extraordinary skills. The machine is even capable of skillfully spinning a basketball on its fingertip. In the video, Racer competes…

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White House goes for robots this Christmas

White House goes for robots this Christmas

The annual holiday tour at the White House will display a combination of traditions and modern digital technology this year. Along with the age old gingerbread White House, Christmas trees and traditional ornaments, the White House goes for robots this Christmas. Visitors will have glimpses of corresponding robotic figures of “Bo” and “Sunny”, which are robot replica of the first family’s two dogs.  Crowd-sourced pattern of lighting paired with motion sensors that are infrared has also been employed. The first family of the United States has released its “interactive White House holiday card”, making it the first of its kind….

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Amazon shipping out its holiday robots

Amazon shipping out its holiday robots

Holiday shopping season is here and online retailers are busier than ever before; the busiest working day for them is the “Cyber Monday” when millions of orders are to be sorted, packed and shipped to consumers. Even last year, workers at Amazon’s order fulfillment centers had to run back and forth through miles of aisles to pick up merchandise that are to be shipped to customers. However, things are changing and Amazon is shipping out its holiday robots for that particular job at different fulfillment centers. The e-commerce giant is deploying 15,000 robots to its largest warehouses all over the…

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GoPro to start delivering consumer drones in 2015

GoPro to start delivering consumer drones in 2015

Action camera maker GoPro, after gaining sufficient financial success from the selling of its environmental cameras, will be looking to deliver consumer drones during the 2nd quarter of next year. The price of these consumer drones will fall between $500 and $1000. Thanks to the pricing of the drones, as well as the company’s decision to start producing such products, GoPro will be up against companies like DJI, Parrot, and 3D Robotics. Thanks to accumulated cash from its recent IPO, GoPro has the financial capacity to start gambling on a new product. GoPro’s action cameras are being used to shoot…

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Robots replace humans in Chinese restaurants

Robots replace humans in Chinese restaurants

Mr. Lu owns a cafe in the seaport city of Ningbo in China’s Zhejiang province and he has a radical idea. Perhaps inspired by the American teen sitcom “Sam and Cat” (Bots Cafe), he replaced the eatery’s human waiters/waitresses with autonomous robots. These are the first robots to replace humans in Chinese restaurants to take orders and serve customers their food and beverage at the tables. Each of these robots costs about $9500 (6000 pound sterling), they are not cheap; however, Mr. Lu figured out that they will save him a fortune in the long run in terms of employee…

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A $10 robot is here to stay

A $10 robot is here to stay

Middle school and high school students can learn artificial intelligence and programming with the help of AERobot, a robot created by Mike Rubenstein in collaboration with two researchers at Harvard University. The device is the outcome of 2014 AFRON Challenge, which inspired researchers to build inexpensive robotic systems for educating children in developing countries. AERobot is instrumental in a nationwide effort called the “code literacy movement” that aims at enabling increasing number of children at early stages to learn computer programming and other related skills. The machine is unbelievably cheap ($10.70), making it the first $10 robot to entice kids…

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Andy is heading for the Moon

 Andy is heading for the Moon

A group comprising of about 30 computer science students at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has built a rover that is 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. The rover, which has been named “Andy” in memory of Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, founders of CMU, is getting ready to win Google Lunar XPrize of $20 million for landing a robot on the Moon, driving it around 500 meters and transmitting live information back to earth. The CMU team, in collaboration with Pittsburgh’s Astrobotic Technology, has test driven the robot and Andy is heading for the Moon boarding a SpaceX built…

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Robots are digging deeper into the Antarctic Sea secrets

Robots are digging deeper into the Antarctic Sea secrets

Any physical survey on or underneath the Antarctic sea is extremely difficult because of harsh climatic conditions. The remote polar region has environmental implication for the entire planet and that is why it is important to explore the Antarctic sea. There have been ongoing process of obtaining environmental data of the Arctic region through satellite images but those are often blurred by seasonal snow. Moreover, ice under the ocean is very difficult to measure as there is problem of accessibility. The good news is that now underwater robots are digging deeper into the Antarctic sea secrets that enable BAS (British…

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