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The military has been employing more robots and drones to help with combat for some time. Now, their latest team member is Spot, a robotic dog designed by Google owned Boston Dynamics (Google in charge of anything military? Seems wrong). The robot served as a military scout in different simulated combat drills at the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. Over the past week the bot has been put to the test and has proved itself worthy of being part of the crew. Missions Spot participated in include ...
Hadrian, a bricklaying robot by Fast Brick Robotics. With the cost of housing rising, many countries are trying to meet a demand for affordable housing. In Australia, Mark Pivac has created an automated, bricklaying robot that can answer this demand by building a brick house in only 2 days. (via Fast Brick Robotics.) The more time passes, the more convinced I become that the movie iRobot will become like Déjà vu for future generations. Hopefully Will Smith will still be alive ...
Is this supercomputer too good to be true? A computer in Boston can apparently diagnose patients and even predict how long they have left to live. (via bt) Is this really useful or really creepy? Apparently a “supercomputer” that can predict when a patient will pass away has been developed in Boston. The machine housed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, uses artificial intelligence to not only map out your fate, but also diagnose conditions before doctors have the chance t ...
The power of flight can be yours for a heavy price tag. Martin Jetpack has been in development since the 80s and will be ready for emergency services starting in 2016. (via Martin Jetpack) I know this is, somewhat, old news. Jetpacks… Do you think these are simply toys for the ultra-rich, or a step towards the future? (I suppose automobiles were toys for the wealthy at one point.)   According to various sic-fi movies and TV shows, by this time humans should have the power of fli ...
Buddy is not only adorable, but can also be handy helper. Blue Frog Robotics' Buddy is an advanced robot companion to help around the house and even act as a watch dog. (via Blue Frog Robotics)   If the Jetsons have taught us anything it's that robot companions are handy and cool. Who doesn't want their own version of Rosie to help out around the house? Of course companion robots have been around for a number of years, but they're usually novelties or toys instead of tools. Thanks to Blue ...
Nao learning a task (via cnrs) We've seen these cute little Nao robots before. We know they can dance and be self-aware, but did you know they can record and relay repair instructions? Now they can thanks to researchers from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) that have given “autobiographical memory” to their Nao robot. This is a system made to assist those on the International Space Station (ISS) during expeditions. Usually, astronauts spend six months on ...
Mark Pollock with his trainer. A robotic exoskeleton has allowed Mark Pollock to gain some control of his legs once again. (via eksobionics & UCLA) Could this exoskeleton suit be the next medical breakthrough in helping those paralyzed from the waist down walk again? Recent results involving patient Mark Pollock may suggest so. Pollock, who was paralyzed from the waist down in 2010, has tested Ekso Bionics' exoskeleton previously, but in a new video posted by UCLA he's shown to have even ...
Anyone else get the Star Wars BB-8 toys this past Force Friday?   The Pi Ball next to the Hasbro BB-8 and the Sphero BB-8, respectively.   I was able to get both the Hasbro and Sphero version. The Hasbro one does give the impression it can be modded fairly easily. My first thought, could I put the drive mechanism in the “Pi Ball” project, or perhaps a new version. A mobile and wireless Raspberry Pi? (See the Pi Ball here: Pi Ball – A Spherical and Interactive Ras ...
I think the Anki Drive toys are great, I even talked about them a bit last year. A step up over those old slot/track cars from the 80s. Same basic concept, but modern.   Anki Drive, an advanced racing game that allows players to use an actual battle equipped toy car with a companion mobile app, was introduced almost two years ago and gained quite a following for its ideal concept. Now, the company is back with a follow up to the successful racing game. Anki Overdrive is a  beefed up v ...
Meet the happy couple: Frois and Yukirin. The first ever robot wedding is held in Japan.   A bizarre story out of Japan shows that maybe robots can love after all. In what has to be one of the weirdest events in technology, the first ever robot wedding was held in Japan on June 27. And yes, people actually attended. About 100 people showed up in Tokyo to witness the event for the price of $81. They even received special invitations featuring the robotic couple in a heart. The newlyweds ar ...
Through the National Institutes of $41.5 million Health Human Placenta Project, researchers recently developed a placenta on a chip that successfully mimics the process of bodily fluid exchange between mother and child. (via NIH) As cases of cancer and fetal abnormalities surface each year, the National Institutes of Health believes the placenta holds the key to understanding how the human body functions. The organization recently declared it will invest $41.5 million in furthering placenta ...

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