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R2-D2 Sphero

Sphero's R2-D2 Droid is no ordinary toy, as you're able to control this iconic droid with compatble smart devices. That's right, it comes complete with sounds, bright LEDs, and you'll even see R2-D2's front leg retract to go from driving to waddling - just like on screen. Explore holographic environments like the Millennium Falcon and Obi-Wan's House, and immerse yourself in the Star Wars galaxy. Get one here now. Continue reading for a hands-on video review, more pictures and information.

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Harvard RoboBee

Inspired by the biology of a bee, researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have created RoboBees. These manmade systems could one day perform various roles in agriculture or disaster relief. Each one measures about half the size of a paper clip, weighs less that one-tenth of a gram, and flies using artificial muscles made from materials that contract when a voltage is applied. Continue reading for another video of it flying and more information.

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Spot Robot


Google's Boston Dynamics has created some interesting robots over the years, and SpotMini is definitely no slouch. It's basically a quad-legged robot robot that maps the space around it, handles objects, climbs stairs - and could soon even be helping you out around the house. On a full charge, the non-hydraulic mini version of the company's Spot robot can run for 90-minutes and has different sensors including depth cameras and a a solid state gyro to help it move around and interact with its environment. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a leaked viral video from a Foxconn plant that allegedly shows the iPhone 8's rear shell.

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SAM Bricklaying Robot

Let's face it, building walls takes time, and lots of manpower, that is unless...you're using SAM (Semi-Automated Mason). This high-tech robot, created by NY-based Construction Robotics, aims to increase productivity while reducing overall labor costs. The company claims that it can lay bricks at least six times faster than humans, without err. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Eagle Prime Robot

Eagle Prime is America's entrant into the Giant Robot Duel, and also the first MK3-class MegaBot from MegaBots, Inc. Weighing in at a hefty 12-tons, and standing 16-feet-tall, this massive robot seats two, is powered by a 430-horsepower V8 LS3 engine, and will set you back a cool $2.5-million - cupholders come standard. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Moon Mining

The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Moon Express have just announced a collaboration for the delivery of the first International Lunar Observatory to the South Pole of the Moon in 2019 (ILO-1). This will be the world's first instrument to image the Milky Way Galaxy and to conduct international astrophysical observations and communications from the lunar surface. "Moon Express now has all the capital it needs to land its small robotic spacecraft on the surface of the moon. The company's goal is twofold: 1) mine the moon for valuable resources, such as Helium-3, gold, platinum group metals, rare earth metals and water; and 2) help researchers develop human space colonies for future generations," said co-founder and chairman Naveen Jain. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Ganker Fighting Robot

Ganker's Fighting Robot is fully-customizable and features a modular design, with many parts pre-equipped with servo motors for responsive movements. Every piece of robot armor is equipped with a sensor to detect contact. When it's struck in specific critical areas one health point of "blood" is deducted. If your "blood" level reaches zero, you lose the match. Once built, a smartphone app lets you easily control the machine in real-time, while keeping score when battling with a friend. Get one here now. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Tesla Drone Charging

We have seen the future of Tesla car charging stations, and they could include a drone. Simply put, when a Tesla vehicle pulls in, a drone autonomously docks on the moving car and plugs itself into its charging port. Once secure, it enables the car to move about while charging, before the drone autonomously unplugs itself after a full charge, and returns to the docking station. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Ultimate Lightning McQueen

Sphero's Ultimate Lightning McQueen robot vehicle boastsanimated eyes, an animatronic mouth, and an emotive suspension, just like its Pixar movie counterpart. Connect to the app, hit the gas, and see Lightning respond to your commands with his personality on display, thanks to emotive actions and speech. Bluetooth Smart and WiFi allow for updates and app control, while the main processor controls the eye animations and more. Get one here now. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Lada Transformers Robot

Gennadiy Kocherga and his son Sergey from Russia spent nearly 6-months transforming their old VAZ-2110 Lada into a real-life Transformers robot, complete with automatic weapons. "It looks like a world-class car, it can drive and shoot, it performs the same tricks as seen in the film, in the cartoons. The next year, we plan to build another two cars, based on the same concept. We already have a lot of quirky ideas," said Gennadiy. 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 that puts ten grapefruit gadgets to the test.

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