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Mech Warrior Costume

For many years, Ryan Bowen had the idea of creating a life-sized MechWarrior BattleMech suit, a game he used to play during high school. Within this game, players take control of a single BattleMech and combat other BattleMechs, tanks, infantry, and more, from within the cockpit of their machine. Fast forward to this year, approximately 2-months before his son Geraint was born, he began work on the costume you see above. As you can see, things turned out quite nicely for the now 6-month-old. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Dyson 360 Eye

Most vacuums require lots of elbow grease, but Dyson's 360 Eye is unlike any of its predecessors. James Dyson says it features the most powerful suction of any robot vacuum, along with a futuristic 360-degree vision system with infrared sensors sees capable of seeing in all directions at once. The Eye even selects reference points to track its position. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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We have seen the future of ice cream, and it's probably going to come in all shapes, thanks to 3D printing. MIT students Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker and David Donghyun Kim have created a prototype 3D printer that can make extremely soft serve ice cream in various shapes. According to the trio, "First, we needed to print into a cooled environment so that the ice cream would hold its shape once printed. We bought a small upright freezer which was large enough to both put the Solidoodle inside and allow for the full build volume we were aiming for." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Google's "BigDog" robot, officially known as the 'Legged Squad Support System', is being tested in its first live military trial with Marines in Hawaii. This robotic mule can walk and run over rugged terrain, while following a soldier while carrying 400lbs of their kit and weapons.

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Developed by a Japanese company that Google recently acquired, Schaft is basically a humanoid robot which can walk, climb, use tools and even drive a car. That's not all, the bot also won a military 'robo-olympics' and is set to become the company's first commercial robot. Standing 1.48m (4ft 11in) tall, the robot utilizes a new high-voltage liquid-cooled motor technology that uses a capacitor, rather a battery, for power, enabling its arms move and pivot at higher speeds than would otherwise be possible, in effect giving it stronger 'muscles'. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Spider-Man fans rejoice! You're one step closer to being able to acquire a set of Doctor Octopus-like arms. A team of researchers from MIT recently unveiled shoulder-mounted robotic arms that "actually watch what you're doing with your biological arms and try to figure out what you need from them - they will help hold an object over your head for work above, or try to push open a door so you can get through with a large box in your arms." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Running robots are nothing new, but here's a new one that thieves won't be able to out run. This raptor-inspired bot has two powerful legs that can propel it to speeds of 28.5mph (46km/h), which believe it or not, is just fast enough to beat Usain Bolt in a race. It Twas created by a team of engineers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kaist) and has a mechanism that mimics a tail, as well as its two nimble legs. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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SRI International has unveiled micro robots that can actually put together mechanical assemblies and electronic circuits. Diamagnetic Micro Manipulation (DM3) utilizes small magnets that move under a circuit board to get the micro-robots to follow a set pattern based on a set of preprogrammed instructions. They may look miniscule, but these micro bots can move up to 1-foot every second to transport micro manufacturing supplies. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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At first glance, this may look like a prop for an upcoming Star Wars movie, but it's actually the MorpHex II, which was created by Norwegian Engineer Kare Halvorsen. This updated version not only has the ability to transform from a ball to a robot, but it's also to roll about while in sphere form. To accomplish this, the six-legged robot uses the motors on one side of its body to push itself along while contracted into a ball. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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German researchers at Festo have unveiled a new robotic kangaroo that mimics the movements of its real-life counterpart. It's officially called the "BionicKangaroo", and is capable of making stabilized jumps via a gesture-based remote control. That's not all, this kangaroo also replicates the animal's natural ability of storing energy between jumps. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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