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Method-2 Robot


Hancook Mirai's Method-2 was officially unveiled this past December, and is currently the world's first manned, bipedal robot. Standing 13-feet tall and weighing in at 1.6-tons, this $200-million piece of machinery is controlled from a glass pod in its torso by a human operator. One thing you may not already know is that each of its arms weighs 286-pounds. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently tested the robot at the MARS (Machine Learning Automation, Robotics and Space Exploration) conference, where digital and technological intelligence was showcased. 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 an incredible fan-made car commercial.

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SpotMini

Google's Boston Dynamics has an interesting new robot, called SpotMini, and it's the stuff of nightmares, or so we think. Weighing 55 lbs dripping wet - 65 lbs if you include its extendable arm, it's all-electric, without no hydraulics whatsoever, and runs for about 90 minutes on a full charge. It comes equipped with a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. 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 world's first clear Samsung Galaxy S8.

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Solar 3D Printer

MIT researchers have just created a solar-powered robot that can 3D print the entire basic structure of a building using on-site materials. A user could customize the structure any way they see fit, thanks to a vehicle with one large robotic arm with a second smaller and more precise arm at the end. The vehicle also comes equipped with a scoop, so that it can help prepare the building area and pick up building materials on its own. They recently showcased the technology by building a 12-foot high, 50-foot wide dome out of foam-insulation framework, in just 14-hours. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when you shoot a glass Prince Rupert's Drop at point blank range with a high-powered gun.

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Fedor Terminator Robot

Officially called a "cyber cosmonaut," the 6-foot-tall FEDOR robot has also been given the nickname of "Terminator" after demonstrating that it can shoot a gun using both of its hands. "The robot of the F.E.D.O.R. platform showed skills of firing using both arms. Currently the work on fine motor skills and decision algorithms is underway. This thing can work without a space suit, live not only in a crew vehicle, but even outside it," said deputy premier Dmitry Rogozin. 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 Last Jedi Easter eggs that you may have missed in the trailer.

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OctopusGripper Bionic Tentacle

Inspired by real octopus tentacles, Festo's OctopusGripper is a bionic robotic arm that consists of a silicone structure fitted with two rows of suction cups. It can be pneumatically controlled, and once compressed air is applied, the tentacle curls inwards, wrapping itself tightly around objects and gripping them with its vacuum-like suction cups. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images of Steampunk robots, gadgets and cars, all made entirely from scrap metal.

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Amazon Alexa Skull

Amazon Echo is great for simple tasks, but one man has transformed it into "Yorick", something worthy of a haunted house or horror movie. That's right, Mike McGurrin has managed to make Alexa talk in sync with a skull prop, and it's powered by Raspberry Pi running AlexaPi software. "I like to decorate for Halloween, including various talking skeletons that I've set up over the years. For Christmas 2015, my wife gave me a great 3 axis talking skull with moving eyes so I could upgrade one of the skeletons from just a moving jaw skull. Then a friend suggested that there had to be other applications for the rest of the year. This got me thinking, and when I saw the Alexa Billy Bass I knew what I had to do, and the Yorick project was born. I'm pretty happy with the result," said McGurrin. Continue reading for another video, pictures and information.

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Forpheus Ping Pong Robot

Guinness World Records has recognized Forpheus as the "first robot table tennis tutor". The machine, which holds a ping pong paddle, can not only play against a human, but teach them as well. How? It taps artificial intelligence to determine the ability of its opponent, while using two vision sensors to keep a robotic eye on the ball, as well as a movement sensor that focuses on the human player's movement. Cameras located over the table keep track of the ball's position at a staggering rate of 80-times per second.Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Handle Robot

Boston Dynamics' "Handle" is essentially a research robot that stands 6.5-feet tall, and can travels at speeds up 9mph as well as jumping 4​ -feet vertically into the air. Electric power is used to operate both electric / hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on a full charge. "​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles​ found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds," according to the company. 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 an indestructible drone.

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3D-Printed T800

Programmer Alexander Osipovich from Russia has always been a fan of "The Terminator" series, and decided to create a real-life version of the T-800. It all began when he started work on a program while in college, but little did he know that this would eventually become the brain of his exoskeleton. The next 2-years were spent developing multiple versions in Visual Basic, and in 2011, Google just happened to be promoting DIY projects. So, they sent him a detailed schematic for 3D-printing the T-800, complete with the exact positioning of the actuators that would power its movements. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Paper Airplane LEGO Robot

It's no drone, but this custom LEGO robot is designed for something much cooler...folding and launching paper airplanes automatically. Arthur Sacek, a LEGO enthusiast and designer, used the colorful bricks to create a machine that could not only fold the planes, but launch them automatically as well. That's right, once folded, the machine shoots it down a 'runway' directly into flight. LEGO Mindstorms computers were used to precisely calculate the folds and just how quickly the airplane is folded. Continue reading for another behind-the-scenes video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus custom LEGO creations.

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