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Letrons Transforming BMW Robot

Letvision's Letron is no longer a concept, and the life-sized transforming BMW 3-series robot has hit the streets. Unlike other giant robots, this one was created from a real car, and boasts a hydraulics system that can be remotely controlled for the transformation process. Future upgrades plan to make it drivable, which would integrate a passenger seat, though it won't exactly be street legal. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how the NES Zapper light gun works.

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Hanook Mirae Method-2 Robot Suit

We gave you a first look at the 13-foot Hankook Mirae Method-2 Robot Suit last week, but now, it has successfully performed the first walking test. At 1.5-tons, a human pilot sits inside the cockpit where there are controls to move the arms, which weigh 286-pounds each. While the current prototype is tethered, future models should be able to move more freely, according to the company's chairman Yang Jin-Ho. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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InMoov 3D-Printed Robot

David Levy, an artificial intelligence expert, expects human and robot marriages to become commonplace by 2050, and one French woman is already kicking things off. Lilly is reportedly only attracted to robots and dislikes physical contact with humans. Until 3D-printing became more affordable, falling in love with one of these machines just wasn't possible. Thanks to the open-source technology from a French company InMoov, it has now become a reality. The two are purportedly "engaged," and will be marry as soon as human-robot marriages become legal in France. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Real Gundam Robot


A team of engineers in Korea have built a real 13-foot-tall manned Gundam robot that could soon be used in war, or at the very least, battle bot-style competitions. Unfortunately, not much is known about this behemoth right now, other than works is progressing swiftly. "To answer one of the most common questions what is this for I'll just say for now that from a mechanical/software/hardware/electric engineering stand point it was quite an ambitious project that required developing and enhancing a lot of technologies along the way. That growth opens up many real world applications where everything we have been learning so far on this robot can be applied to solve real world problems - I'm not just talking bipedal robots. One of such projects is already in development, but I'm not allowed to say more at this moment," said designer Vitaly Bulgarov. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five mos tpopular viral videos today, including one of molten copper being poured on a cube of neodymium magnets.

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Cyborg Beetle

Dr. Hirotaka Sato, an aerospace engineer at Nanyang Technological University, and his team, have managed to turn live beetles into cyborgs by electrically controlling their motor functions. Simply put, the researchers wired the insects so that they could be controlled by a switchboard after countless hours of research on their neural networks. This means they can manipulate the different walking gaits, speeds, flying direction, and other forms of motion, thus becoming robots of sorts. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of baby Groot in a new Guardians of the Galaxy 2 teaser.

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Animatronic Dinosaur Dino-A-Live

We're at least decades away from a real-life Jurassic Park, if ever, but that hasn't stopped a Japanese company ON-ART Corp. from envisioning an animatronic dinosaur park called Dino-A-Live where visitors can see realistic dinosaur replicas live. Guests who attended a recent performance at a hotel were greeted by full-sized dinosaur robots, which included a 26-foot tall Tyrannosaurus rex, along with an allosaurus and raptors. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the best DIY fire tornado.

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Autonomous RoboRace

Many auto and robotics enthusiasts already know that Roborace will be a motorsport championship with autonomously driving, electrically powered vehicles, held on the same tracks as the Formula E championship season. This will be the first global championship for driverless cars, and "DevBot #1" managed to complete 12 laps around a track without crashing. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Infineon Rubik's Cube Machine

Most would consider solving a Rubik's Cube in minutes to be impossible, but Infineon Technologies engineer Albert Beer has manged to create a robot that set a new world record by taking just 0.637-seconds to complete the puzzle. "It takes tremendous computing power to solve such a highly complex puzzle with a machine. In the case of 'Sub1 Reloaded', the power for motor control was supplied by a microcontroller from Infineon's AURIX family, similar to the one used in driver assistance systems. Minimal reaction times play an even greater role in autonomous driving. A high data-processing rate is necessary to ensure real-time capabilities with clock frequencies of 200 MHz. As a result of this ability, a vehicle can safely and reliably apply the brakes when it approaches a barrier," said Beer. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to fix a fire with a broken lighter.

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Kobi Robot

If money is no object, why cut grass or shovel snow manually, when you could get Kobi to do it? That's right, this autonomous robot can not only keep your lawn mowed during the warmer months, including using weather forecasts to know when to cut and mulching the clippings to keep your yard healthy, but a separate modules enable it to clear both your yard and driveway of leaves, as well as snow. It's powered by near-silent brushless motors and runs off a lithium-ion battery, which lets it automatically return to its charging station when it's running low on power. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Ghostbusters outtakes you probably haven't seen before.

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BMW Transformer

Over the years, we've seen plenty of computer-rendered transforming robots, whether it be cell phones or cars, but now, Turkish company Letron might have just created the real deal. They took a real BMW E90 3-Series car, took apart the body, and created a giant robot that can be remotely controlled. Apparently, they have plans to create more versions, using different bodies. Click here for more pictures of the build process. Continue reading for a video of an earlier transforming prototype.

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