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Anki Strikes Back with a Cute Little Robot

    Anki Strikes Back with a Cute Little Robot

Anki first hit the market with overdrive, a track and a set of small robotic cars that can race autonomously. First showcased at the Apple WWDC 2013, it paves the way for a new breed of entertainment by mixing of video games and real world objects. Cars can race for

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Will Boston Dynamics Make Domestic Robots?

    Will Boston Dynamics Make Domestic Robots?

The latest Boston Dynamics video is about the SpotMini, a new smaller version of the Spot four-legged agile robot. However, while the Spot is hydraulically actuated, the SpotMini is 100% electric with a battery that lasts about 90 minutes on a charge . This is why the SpotMini much less

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Will Your Next Robot Take Care of Folding Your Clothes?

    Will Your Next Robot Take Care of Folding Your Clothes?

FoldiMate is a startup that is making a new breed of domestic robots that will take care of folding your laundry. This new machine will fold and treat most of your laundry (e.g. shirts, pants, towels), except for large items like linen or small items like underwear or socks. As

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Machines Uprising: From Fun To Deep Thoughts

    Machines Uprising: From Fun To Deep Thoughts

Technology and more specifically artificial beings (i.e. robots) have always made people imagine dystopian futures. The predicted outcome resembles the Terminator films or the Ex Machina movie, where machines become smarter than humans, and kill their creators in the pursue of world domination. However, these dark scenarios can also be

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Automation for Pets Care = Less Chores + Happier Pets

    Automation for Pets Care = Less Chores + Happier Pets

Whether you decide to visit friends or family for dinner, or you travel for few days, you need plan ahead for someone to take care of your pet. Fortunately, there are gadgets that can make your life easier, and allow you make impromptus decisions to go out or have a

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Grillbot Takes Care of the Chore of BBQ Grill Cleaning

    Grillbot Takes Care of the Chore of BBQ Grill Cleaning

Scraping and brushing take the fun out of barbecue parties. Having a robot to relieve you from the chore of cleaning your grill, and let you get back to the party is a great idea. In fact, such a robot exists. It is the Grillbot. This unique robot automatically roams

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Roomba 980 vs Neato BotVac Connected: Review of the Two Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaners

    Roomba 980 vs Neato BotVac Connected: Review of the Two Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaners

One of the innovations introduced by Neato Robotics since its inception is systematic cleaning. While competition simply replicated the iRobot Roomba random navigation and bouncing on furnitures and walls, Neato vacuum robots build a map of your home and cover every part of it methodically. The path followed ressembles very

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Neato Botvac Connected: The First Vacuum Robot Controlled from a Smartwatch

    Neato Botvac Connected: The First Vacuum Robot Controlled from a Smartwatch

Neato Robotics, maker of the first laser-based systematic cleaning vacuum robot continues to surprise the market with new innovations. After being faster than iRobot (maker of the famous Roomba) at releasing a wifi-enabled vacuum robot, they are now the first to make a robotic vacuum controlled from a smartwatche. On

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Best Wireless All-In-One Inkjet Printers with Scanner and Copier

    Best Wireless All-In-One Inkjet Printers with Scanner and Copier

So, your old printer is broken and you are looking for a replacement? This review is for you. We have analyzed +100 WiFi all-in-one inkjet printers. We review here the best ones of the four major brands: Brother, Canon, Epson, and Hewlett Packard (HP). Although they are all very good,

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Drone Racing League Level 1: Miami Lights Semi Finals

    Drone Racing League Level 1: Miami Lights  Semi Finals

The videos of the semi finals of Drone Racing League (DRL) of the 2016 season are out. At this stage, 8 pilots battle for the most points. Each race is made up of a number of heats. Pilots scores are determined by their total points over those heats. Pilots earn

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Vacuum Robot Love Story Commercial

    Vacuum Robot Love Story Commercial

The german company Vorwerk issued a cute ad video (see below) featuring their new vacuum cleaner robot Kobold VR200. The story is inspired from the Disney-Pixar’s great movie Wall-E: a toy robot falls in love with the new shiny robotic vacuum. When looking at Kobolds, one quickly has a déjà-vu

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Drone Racing League 2016 Season Debuts on February 22nd

    Drone Racing League 2016 Season Debuts on February 22nd

With the technology becoming mature, a drone racing competition was unavoidable. That’s what the Drone Racing League (DRL) is about, with its drone championship debuting this year. The first round will take place in Miami’s Sun Life stadium next February 22nd, 2016. The teaser video below gives a glimpse of

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Pepper Still Needs Paper Instructions!

    Pepper Still Needs Paper Instructions!

In a recent video (see below) by Aldebaran Robotics, their community leader Nicola Rigaud reports recent stories about Pepper. Riguaud gives an overview of projects presented during the finals of the SoftBank Challenge for Japanese developers. He also visited some shops where Pepper is actually put to work. A funny

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Turn your Web Searches into Trees and Help Reducing CO2 in the Atmosphere

    Turn your Web Searches into Trees and Help Reducing CO2 in the Atmosphere

The Climate World Summit COP 21 is taking place in Paris. Governments from all countries are discussing policies to deal with the global warming. While we can expect a new agreement that will help making a step forward, it is likely to be insufficient to fully address the problem. There

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Computers with Emotions Talk by Peter Robinson

    Computers with Emotions Talk by Peter Robinson

The importance of emotional expression as part of human communication has been understood since the seventeenth century, and has been explored scientifically since Charles Darwin and others in the nineteenth century. Recent advances in Psychology have greatly improved our understanding of the role of affect in communication, perception, decision-making, attention

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Robots can Help Understand Humans Talk by Pierre Yves Oudeyer

  Robots can Help Understand Humans Talk by Pierre Yves Oudeyer

A great mystery is how human infants develop: how they discover their bodies, how they learn to interact with objects and social peers, and accumulate new skills all over their lives. Such development is organized and progressive, and results from

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Human-Level AI Talk by Murray Shanahan

  Human-Level AI Talk by Murray Shanahan

Murray Shanahan is Professor of Cognitive Robotics in the Dept. of Computing at Imperial College London, where he heads the Neurodynamics Group. His publications span artificial intelligence, robotics, logic, dynamical systems, computational neuroscience, and philosophy of mind. He was scientific

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Upgrade Your Roomba to Control it via Your Smartphone

  Upgrade Your Roomba to Control it via Your Smartphone

One of the innovations introduced first by Neato’s BotVac Connected and more recently by iRobot’s Roomba 980 is the ability to control the robotic vacuum via smartphone. The app turns your smartphone into a remote to drive your vacuum, schedule

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Starwars BB-8 Droid Working Miniature Version Awakens

  Starwars BB-8 Droid Working Miniature Version Awakens

With the latest episode of star wars comes a wave of toys and figurines of main characters. The new droid BB-8 is no exception. But, making a working version of BB-8 is challenging. Fortunately, Sphero, the robot manufacturer already had

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Best Alternative to iPad Mini 4: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8″

  Best Alternative to iPad Mini 4: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8″

After its introduction in 2010, the iPad quickly led the tablets market. Apple has always been good at designing streamlined devices with a slick UI that makes great user experience. Beside the design, it is no secrete that the ecosystem

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Learn How Make Robots Hear and Localize Sound Sources

  Learn How Make Robots Hear and Localize Sound Sources

A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), on Binaural Hearing for Robots will start on May 11th, 2015. It will adress fundamental issues in robot hearing and will describe methodologies requiring two or more microphones embedded into a robot head, thus

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Terminator 2 Inspires a Revolutionary 25x Faster 3D Printing Process

  Terminator 2 Inspires a Revolutionary 25x Faster 3D Printing Process

Remember the T-1000 from the Terminator 2 movie and how it emerges from its “liquid metal”? At the TED 2015 event, Joseph DeSimone showcased CLIP a 3D printer that does exactly that. The process behind the CLIP allows making objects

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Insect-Size Micro-Robots

  Insect-Size Micro-Robots

In her talk at TED, Sarah Bergbreiter head of the Maryland Microrobotics Laboratory at the University of Maryland gives an overview of research conducted in her lab. The goal is to make autonomous micro-robots, as small as a grain of

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Eurathlon 2015 Competition Will Mix Air, Land, and Sea Robots

  Eurathlon 2015 Competition Will Mix Air, Land, and Sea Robots

Eurathlon is a robotic competition, supported by the European Commission in the FP7, through the eu-robotics association. The vision behind it is to provide real-world robotics challenges that will test the intelligence and autonomy of outdoor/off-road robots in demanding mock

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Spare Parts: the Movie on Robotics Clubs, Competition, and Friendship

  Spare Parts: the Movie on Robotics Clubs, Competition, and Friendship

The SPARE PARTS movie is out in the US. The plot is a true life story about four hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school’s newest teacher, Fredi (George Lopez). With no

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Robot Competitions Kick Innovation in Cognitive Systems and Robotics

  Robot Competitions Kick Innovation in Cognitive Systems and Robotics

Robot Competitions Kick Innovation in Cognitive Systems and Robotics (RoCKIn) is an EU-funded Coordination Action aimed at the promotion of research and education through competitions. The RoCKIn Camp 2015 aims at leveraging the preparation of teams to participate in the

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Meet Ozobot : the Miniature Robot that Roams over Digital Screens

  Meet Ozobot : the Miniature Robot that Roams over Digital Screens

This cute little robot is great for learning logic and programming while having fun playing games. The playground can be a sheet of paper or a cardboard on which you can draw color lines. The Ozobot detects them using its

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Machine Learning “Summer” School (MLSS), Austin, Texas, January 7-16, 2015

  Machine Learning “Summer” School (MLSS), Austin, Texas, January 7-16, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin will be hosting the Machine Learning “Summer” School (MLSS) this coming winter from January 7 – January 16, 2015, co-chaired by Pradeep Ravikumar and Peter Stone. The field of machine learning is at the

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Supplemental NSF Grants to Support US-EU Collaborations

  Supplemental NSF Grants to Support US-EU Collaborations

If you have an existing NSF-IIS National Robotics Initiative award or a Robust Intelligence award that focuses on robotics, you may be interested in this opportunity for supplemental grants. Submission Deadline: January 1, 2015. Maximum Budget: $50,000 Over the last

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10 Christmas Robotic Gift Ideas

  10 Christmas Robotic Gift Ideas

Christmas is getting close and its time to look for gift ideas. If you are looking for a gift for a robot fan, this post is for you. We have gather a list of robotic items for all budgets and

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How Many Actuators are Needed to Build a Robot?

  How Many Actuators are Needed to Build a Robot?

Building robots with a minimal number of actuators is compelling. It allows for a reduction of cost, weight, as well as energy consumption. Besides, the robot needs to carry less battery. However, minimizing the number of actuators is not an

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All Time Best Robot Family Movies

  All Time Best Robot Family Movies

Astro Boy Bicentennial Man D.A.R.Y.L. Forbidden Planet Planet 51 Robots Short Circuit The Iron Giant Wall-E . Astro Boy 94 min – Animation, Action, Family – 2009 This film is loosely based on the mangas and anime series of the

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Amazon Picking Challenge: The Next Step Towards Fully Robotic Warehouses

  Amazon Picking Challenge: The Next Step Towards Fully Robotic Warehouses

Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is a deep believer in robotics. In 2012, Amazon acquired Kiva systems a company specialized in robotic warehouses (see Video 1). It revolutionized warehouses by introducing a large fleet of robots carrying product racks to human

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Free Online Course on Developmental Robotics and AI

  Free Online Course on Developmental Robotics and AI

A team of french scientists in developmental robotics led by Olivier Georgeon is launching the IDEAL MOOC on developmental robotics and AI. This free online course targets a wide audience, since no prior background is required. It aims at introducing

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Wall-E Disney-Pixar Movie

  Wall-E Disney-Pixar Movie

This Pixar gem is a romantic robotic love story. A must to share with your kids. The main character is a small waste collecting robot named Wall-E, left behind by humans who had quit a too polluted planet. The cute

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Sharing USB Devices over Wifi using Arduino Yún

  Sharing USB Devices over Wifi using Arduino Yún

In this tutorial, we show how to use the Arduino Yún to connect a USB device through Wifi to your Linux based computer. We rely on the USB/IP project that allows USB device sharing over IP networks. This utility is

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Upgrade the Arduino Yún’s Linux

  Upgrade the Arduino Yún’s Linux

A new release of the OpenWrt-Yún (the Linux distribution for the Arduino Yún) is out. So, you probably want to upgrade your Yún board to benefit from the latest fixes and improvements. The purpose of this tutorial is to help

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DJI Phantom vs. Parrot AR Drone

  DJI Phantom vs. Parrot AR Drone

Drones also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have gained a huge popularity. They allow for unique videos such as Videos 1 and 2 below. Besides, flying a drone is much easier compared to RC aircrafts, since drones manage most

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ROS Indigo Igloo Preinstalled Virtual Machine

  ROS Indigo Igloo Preinstalled Virtual Machine

Usually, we issue a Virtual Machine (VM) with ROS preinstalled for each ROS release. This time, we decided to issue two VMs for ROS Indigo: a 32 bits version and a 64 bits one. Depending on the amount of resources

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Getting Started with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

  Getting Started with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) also known as Drones is among the hottest topics in robotics. These flying robots can have different shapes, but they often often look like RC planes or helicopters with one or more rotors (typically four with

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Petition Against the F.A.A. Ruling on The Personal & Commercial Use Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

  Petition Against the F.A.A. Ruling on The Personal & Commercial Use Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Here at NooTriX we believe in robots for good. The recent F.A.A. “Notice of Clarification” will have great negative impact on the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This ruling will prohibit the use of these aircrafts for civilian applications

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Neato Botvac 85 vs. Roomba 880

  Neato Botvac 85 vs. Roomba 880

Update: Checkout our review of BotVac Connected the latest robotic vacuum from Neato Robotics and how it compares to the Roomba 980 by iRobot. Neato revealed no less than four new robotic vacuums: the Botvac series. Sounds cool. But, let’s

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Giant Robot Slippers with Sound

  Giant Robot Slippers with Sound

Fathers’ day is really close and you still don’t have a gift yet for your robot fan? Here is a cool one. Buy him these giant robot slippers for approximatively $45. Beside the robotic look these slippers do also make

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PiBot: The Raspberry Pi-Based Robot

  PiBot: The Raspberry Pi-Based Robot

Give the maker community a board with computing power and IO ports and you’ll get a robot not before too long. This already happened in the Arduino community. We eventually got the Arduino Robot which even has its own competition

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Which Roomba to Choose?

  Which Roomba to Choose?

Update: Checkout our review of the Roomba 980 by iRobot and how it compares to the BotVac Connected the latest robotic vacuum from Neato Robotics. There is no doubt that the iRobot Roomba is among the best robotic vacuum cleaners,

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Pepper the Wheeled Brother of Nao, by Aldebaran

  Pepper the Wheeled Brother of Nao, by Aldebaran

In our review of humanoid robots at the Innorobo event, we had mentioned that Romeo, the long awaited Nao’s bigger brother is not ready yet. It seems that SoftBank Mobile, the owner of Aldebaran wants to get some return on

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Hands on the Arduino Yún

  Hands on the Arduino Yún

The Arduino Yún is a really cool board (checkout Video 1 for an overview). It is a mixture of a plain Arduino board (the Leonardo) and a Linux powered board. And of course those two parts are bridged, so you

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First Trailer of the Big Hero 6 Movie by Disney

  First Trailer of the Big Hero 6 Movie by Disney

This movie is the first 3D animation by Disney adapted from a Marvel’s comics since its acquisition in 2009. The story is about a young roboticists Hiro who fights a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the city of San

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Jimmy the 3D Printed Open Source Humanoid Robot Alternative to Nao

  Jimmy the 3D Printed Open Source Humanoid Robot Alternative to Nao

There is no doubt that the future of robotics is 3D printing and open-source license for both software and hardware. Such robots are already a reality as we had already reported. This group of alternatives to Nao the humanoid from

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