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Boston Dynamics Atlas


It's only a matter of time until we robots walk among us on the street, but for this dog walker, spotting Boston Dynamics' 5'9" tall Atlas humanoid robot in the woods was definitely unexpected. This machine includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso. It was designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular virala videos today, including one of video game records that will never be broken.

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SpotMini

Google-owned Boston Dynamics has unveiled SpotMini, a smaller version of the Spot robot. Weighing 55-pounds (65-pounds if you include its arm), it's all-electric (no hydraulics) and can run for 90-minutes on a single charge, depending on the task(s). It boasts a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs, which help with navigation and mobile manipulation. Continue reading for the full demo video and more information.

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DARPA Prosthetic Arm

Unlike other prosthetics, DARPA's robotic arm is connected directly to the user's motor cortex - the part that controls muscle movement - and sensory cortex - used to identify tactile sensations when you touch things. The wires from the motor cortex enable the wearer to control the motion of the arm, and pressure sensors that loop back into the sensory cortex are used for the touch sensation. 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 just how crazy the new Superman virtual reality roller coaster really is.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn is basically a new game that lets players take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy, as they explore a lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Stunningly detailed forests, imposing mountains, and atmospheric ruins of a bygone civilization meld together in a landscape that is alive with changing weather systems and a full day/night cycle. Sony hired Hollywood special effects Spectral Motion to create this amazing animatronic mecha dinosaur suit for E3 2016. 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 insane F1 sidecar racing.

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RoBattle Combat Robot

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) aims to take robotic warfare to the next level with RoBattle. Designed to be used as a decoy or for surveillance during ground missions, it comes equipped with vehicle control, navigation, real-time mapping, autonomy, motion sensors, manipulator arms, remotely controlled weapons, and radars. No word yet on if we'll see a consumer version that you'll be able to modify to your liking. 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 Game of Thrones, Mario style.

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Deus X Bionic Arms

Open Bionics, Eidos-Montreal and Razer have partnered to bring Deus Ex-inspired bionic arms to life, bridging the gap between fiction and reality. They'll work together to 3D print, scan, power, and create affordable bionic hands in the "Augmented Future" initiative. The ultimate goal being to make fashionable robotic prosthesis accessible to a larger audience. 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 a 5,000-shot firework Desthstar.

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DOGO Combat Robot

We have seen the future of tactical combat technologies, and it includes DOGO, a 26-pound tank robot that boasts an integrated Glock 26 (Baby Glock) 9mm pistol that can fire 5-rounds in 2-seconds. To aim the weapon, an operator would simply use the "Point & Shoot" software interface. Just touch the aim point on the control unit's screen - 360° video provided by 6 cameras, and you're ready to fire. It's also capable of climbing stairs and comes equipped with a two-way audio communications system, just in case the enemy is willing to surrender. Fully charged, expect 2-hours of continuous use while chugging along at 2.5mph. 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 Star Wars battle filmed with drones.

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Hyundai Exoskeleton

Hyundai has just unveiled a new powered exoskeleton inspired by the Caterpillar P-5000 Powered Work Loader from the movie Aliens. The entire system consists of a backpack with leg / arm attachments with claw-like appendages that enable one to lift objects weighing hundreds of pounds. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bizarre pit bull and dachshund mix.

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Robot Lawyer

Joshua Browder, a 19-year-old British programmer currently studying at MIT, has created "DoNotPay", the world's first robot lawyer. Registered users can use the service to ask any kind of legal question and receive relevant auto-generated answers. This project began as a free website to help people appeal parking tickets, which soon became an automatic appeal generator, using previously successful letters as a template. "As a 19-year-old, I have coded the entirety of the robot on my own, and I think it does a reasonable job of replacing parking lawyers. I know there are thousands of programmers with decades more experience than me working on similar issues. If it is one day possible for any citizen to get the same standard of legal representation as a billionaire, how can that not be a good thing," said Browder. Continue reading for a video demonstration and more information.

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Scarlett Johansson Robot

Ricky Ma, a 42-year-old graphic designer from Hong Kong, taught himself everything about robotics from scratch, and spent over $50,000 building a Scarlett Johansson-like robot. He was able to manufacture 70% of the robot's body using a 3D printer, and through trial-and-error, setbacks, like burnt-out electric motors and it continuously toppling over, were overcome. "When I started building it, I realized it would involve dynamics, electromagnetics, and programming. I have never studied programming, how was I supposed to code? Additionally, I needed to build 3D models for all the parts inside the robot. Also, I had to make sure the robot's external skin and its internal parts could fit together. When you look at everything together, it was really difficult," said Ma. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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