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These New Robots Look Freaky But Can Do Amazing Things

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In labs around the world, robots are sprouting legs. Engineers are fine-tuning their abilities to walk, climb, and stay balanced so they can carry heavy loads or scout hazardous environments.

Just a few years ago, many of the elite robots at the DARPA Robotics Challenge struggled with simple tasks. But robots are becoming more nimble all the time, and the age of awkward, clumsy machines is receding.

Many of these impressive robots don’t look particularly humanoid — or friendly. Handle, the newest limbed robot from Boston Dynamics, has even been described as “nightmare-inducing” by company founder Mark Raibert. Others scuttle along with an unsettling resemblance to spiders, ostriches, and mammals.

But their freaky designs are meant to help these robots move about more easily, both in remote wilderness and human cityscapes. Soon, legged robots will walk among us, and their inventors are already planning how they will make our lives easier and safer. Here are a few of the newest generation of bizarre-looking but mobile robots.

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Image: Cassie Agility Robotics is planning to use Cassie for future tasks including telepresence, inspecting industrial sites, and curb-to-doorstep package delivery. Agility Robotics

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http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/technology/these-new-robots-look-freaky-can-do-amazing-things-n731151

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Is the age of the flying car upon us?

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It might seem like the stuff of fantasy, but two pioneering brands are making claims about turning flying cars into reality. Jeremy White looks at whether it’s blue sky thinking.

Ah, the future. Meals will be pills (delivered by personal robots, no doubt), living on the moon will be a reality and, of course, flying cars will be de rigueur. Yes, ever since the Curtiss Autoplane was unveiled at the Pan-American Aeronautic Exposition in New York in February 1917 we seem to be obsessed with the dream of making automobiles fly, with The Jetsons and Back to the Future keeping that excitement fuelled.

The Curtiss Autoplane was a triplane, using the wings from a Curtiss Model L trainer on an aluminum body that resembled a Model T Ford. It had three seats, with the pilot/chauffeur sitting in the front and two passengers side-by side in the rear.

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!!!!!TheAeromobil1The Aeromobil, scheduled for 2017

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/technology/80255/is-the-age-of-the-flying-car-upon-us.html

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RoboSavvy’s Amazing New 3D Printed Humanoid Robot Utilizes Oculus Rift and a Segway for Control

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I have said it once, and I’ll say it again. 3D printing and robots will continue their inevitable convergence, leading to completely custom robots which can perform virtually any human-like task, and feature an appearance tailored to our individual preferences. We aren’t all the way there yet, but with 3D printing, we are getting ever so close.

One company, called RoboSavvy, is probably as close as any other company out there though, with their latest creation of a 3D printed humanoid robot. This robot is unlike any other robot you have seen before, and it is built mostly of 3D printed parts.

“The hands, fingers, forearms, head, chest shell, and several internal supports as well as the custom handle on the Segway are 3D printed,” Samantha Mehditash of RoboSavvy tells 3DPrint.com. “[The parts were printed on a] Makerbot Replicator 2X 3D Printer and our custom made large size 3D printer.”

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robosavvy5RoboSavvy’s Robot

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RoboHow is translating the internet for robot use

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RoboEarth. No, it’s not a lame SNES game from 1994, it’s a cloud network that lets robots learn from the actions of other bots. It started over three years ago, and now, a new, related project has sprung from that initiative at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bremen in Germany. Called RoboHow, it seeks to translate info on the web meant for human consumption into something our electromechanical helpers can understand. Imagine a future in which you ask your house robot to whip you up something new for dinner; RoboHow would ingest your chosen recipes from Epicurious and turn them into instructions said bot can execute.
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Go High Tech With Gifts for Dads and Grads

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Whether you’re sending a grad out into the world or celebrating a dad who’s always there for you, gadgets make great modern gifts. But there’s so many to choose from — so we’ve done the heavy lifting.

In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to update our Dads and Grads Gift Guide with hot and unique high-tech gift ideas for every dad, grad and budget level. 

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The Top 10 Science Jokes, As Told By Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking may be best known as a physicist, cosmologist and one of the world’s smartest people, but these videos are proof he should add ‘comedian’ to his already robust résumé.
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Google acquires Boston Dynamics, the robot builder behind Big Dog and Cheetah

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The New York Times reports tonight that Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, builder of terrifying walking robots DARPA-related projects like WildCat/Cheetah, Atlas, Petman and Big Dog. Andy Rubin has moved over from leading Android to directing Google’s robotics efforts and tweeted a link to the story, commenting that “The future is looking awesome!” While we’re sure it does — if you always thought the T-1000 was just misunderstood — reactions from meatbags are ranging from slightly uneasy to completely freaking out that a company with robots that go anywhere is teaming up with a company that seems to know everything about us.

There’s no word on how much Google spent to snap up the robotics company, but its founder Marc Raibert is quoted by the Times saying “I am excited by Andy and Google’s ability to think very, very big, with the resources to make it happen.” When we interviewed Raibert during Expand earlier this year (included after the break) he specifically highlighted his company’s recent growth and the possibility of building consumer-focused robots in the future.

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