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ANYMal ALMA Robot

Boston Dynamics SpotMini now has some competition, courtesy of ANYMal, developed by ETH Zurich Robotic Systems Lab researchers. In this newly released video, we see the torque-controlled, quadrupedal robot, equipped with a six degrees of freedom robotic arm, turn a handle, push a door open, and then proceed to walk through it. A human standing nearby pushes it around, but it stands up to the roughness like a champ. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Self-Solving Rubik's Cube

Love Rubik's Cubes, but can never quite solve one? Well, this innovative 3D-printed, self-solving version might be just what you need. A Japanese inventor made this a reality with a host of servo motors, Arduino boards and lots of trial & error. Unfortunately, there's no detailed manual explaining how everything works, but its creator did upload a disassembly video. Continue reading to watch and for more information.

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DelFly Nimble Flying Robot

From afar, the DelFly Nimble may appear to be a giant fly, but it's actually a quad-wing flying robot made by researchers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Using this four wing setup, it controls three axes of flight, enabling the robot to go left or right by changing the way each one of its wings flap, just like a real insect. Continue reading for another video, two more pictures and additional information.

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Deus Ex Bionic Arm

Most known Deus Ex, as a series of action role-playing first-person shooter stealth video games that explore human augmentation, and the team behind these titles have teamed up with a number of partners to create prosthetic limbs inspired by the universe. Open Bionics ended up creating a "semi-functional prototype", and best of all, the design files will be made open source for those who want to 3D-print the arm at home. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Fusion Robotic Hands

Always wanted an extra pair of hands? Then look no further than Fusion, a wearable robotic device that was developed by researchers from Japan's Keio University and the University of Tokyo. This backpack-like robot boasts two arms and a head that can be operated remotely by a human using a VR headset and controllers. Best of all, it can be used in various configurations, such as moving freely by themselves, controlled by the host, or attached to the wearers' arms using wrist cuffs. continue reading for another video and more information.

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New Sony Aibo Dog

Photo credit: Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters

For those who have always wanted Sony's AIBO robotic dog, but didn't manage to pick one up when they were discontinued in 2006, rejoice! The company announced today that their all-new version will be coming to the US, priced at $2,899, which includes three years of Sony's AI Cloud service too. Unlike its predecessors, this model uses AI Cloud to send its daily activities back to Sony's servers, shaping the robot's personality as well as enabling owners stay connected to their device over Wi-Fi or LTE through AT&T. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.

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Where's Waldo Robot

Remember those "Where's Waldo" books? Well, now there's a robot designed to find him in just about any picture. It's called "There's Waldo," and it consists of a Raspberry Pi-controlled uArm Swift Pro equipped with a Vision Camera Kit for facial recognition. First, the camera snaps a photo of the page, uses OpenCV to find the possible Waldo faces in the photo, and then the faces are then sent to be analyzed by Google's AutoML Vision service trained on photos of Waldo. If the 95 percent confidence match or higher is confirmed, it points out all the Waldos it can find on the page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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SEER Emotional Expression Robot

We have seen the future of robotics, and it includes SEER, the emotional expression robot capable of accurately mimicking human facial expressions. It can also maintain eye contact, thanks to a camera that tracks the position of a person's face and the orientation of their facial features, like eyebrows, lips and eyelids. All of this happens in real-time, and without the need for a remote operator. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Aerial Biped Robot

Quadcopter drones are nothing new, but this is the first to be used in this way, or so we've seen. Called the "Aerial-Biped," it was designed by researchers at the University of Tokyo, and uses a quadcopter to help reduce gravity, thus staying upright on on its thin flamingo-like legs. "We aim to develop a biped robot that has the ability to display desired motions, including various dances, in addition to walking...by enabling movements that have been impossible due to the constraints of the mechanisms," said University of Tokyo's lead project researcher Azumi Maekawa. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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CafeX Robot Barista

Sure, in many cases Starbucks may be the most convenient option for coffee lovers on the run, but what if you could get a drink made to your liking, but without any risk of things going wrong? Introducing Cafe X. This futuristic coffee shop of sorts uses industrial-grade robotic arms to make your drink, and it's open 24-hours to boot. Simply enter your order into a tablet kiosk (or app), along with payment details, and the arms go to work. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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