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Robots hit the streets -- and the streets hit back - Apr. 28, 2017
The robot era is here, and man-on-machine violence is already beginning.

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Video from Pike River shows workers and a robot inside the mine, months after the explosion
Families of the Pike River mine explosion feel "deceived" after video footage appears to show a robot and two workers inside mine drift, three months after the 2010 disaster. Sonya Rockhouse, whose son, Ben, was among the 29 men killed, said she ...
Bill English claims he did not know about Pike River robot footageNewshub
Footage from inside Pike River mine leakedNew Zealand Herald

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Chinese inventors unveil new gladiator robot Monkey King to battle against US team Megabots
According to co-creator Sun Shiqian - who hopes to finish the menacing robot within the next year - Monkey King cost a whopping "few hundred million yuan" to construct over the course of two months. His team has already formally challenged the US ...
China takes its turn at a giant fighting robotEngadget

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PM says robot footage from inside Pike River mine 'doesn't change anything' about re-entry risk
PM says robot footage from inside Pike River mine 'doesn't change anything' about re-entry risk. 12:45pm. share. Source: 1 NEWS. Prime Minister Bill English says newly-revealed footage from inside the Pike River mine "doesn't change anything" about ...

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The Seattle Times

A robot that picks apples? Replacing humans worries some
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Harvesting the vast fruit orchards of Eastern Washington each year requires thousands of farmworkers, many of them working illegally in the United States. That system could eventually come to an end as at least two companies are rushing to get robotic ...
A robot that picks apples? Washington state's orchards could see a 'game-changer'The Seattle Times
Biggest orchards could soon use ROBOT fruit pickersDaily Mail

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Los Angeles Times

MIT researchers create a robot that can 3-D-print a building in hours
Los Angeles Times
The future of construction just got a little bit more real. Researchers at MIT have created a mobile robot that can 3-D-print an entire building in a matter of hours — a technology that could be used in disaster zones, on inhospitable planets or even ...
Watch This Robot 3D Print a Building Out of Spray FoamIEEE Spectrum
MIT invented a robot that can 3D-print an entire buildingBGR
Watch this robot construct the world's biggest botmade building by itselfScience Magazine
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The Wilson Times (subscription)

Forest Hills students' robot solves Rubik's Cube
The Wilson Times (subscription)
“In the coming future we won't need one robot to solve the Rubik's Cube. There will be robots which will be working for us,” Dutt said. “We need people who can program these robots because if we don't have those people, then nothing will get done. We ...

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A Thermistor is a temperature sensor that can be used to monitor internal temperatures of the robot. Usually thermistors are used on battery packs to monitor the it while charging and discharging. If a battery pack gets too hot, the robot or charging system will acknowledge that and take steps to reduce the temperature (stop charging, shutdown the system, etc.). A thermistor is an important element in the battery monitoring system.

Thermistors are made from special semiconductor material that changes resistance with temperature. As the temperature of the thermistor changes, the resistance of the device will change - which you robot can detect. More information about thermistors can be read below:

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The AIBO (Artificial intelligence roBOt, homonymous with "pal" or "partner" in Japanese: aibō (相棒)) was one of several types of robotic pets designed and manufactured by Sony.

There have been several different models since their introduction on May 11, 1999 although AIBO was discontinued in 2006.

AIBO is able to walk, "see" its environment via camera and recognize spoken commands in Spanish and English. AIBO robotic pets are considered to be Autonomous robots since they are able to learn and mature based on external stimuli from their owner, their environment and from other AIBOs. Artist Hajime Sorayama created the initial designs for the AIBO.

The original designs are part of the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution. The design won Sony and its designer Sorayama the highest design award that may be conferred by Japan. On January 26, 2006 Sony announced that it would discontinue AIBO and several other products as of March, 2006 in Sony's effort to make the company more profitable. It also stopped development of the QRIO robot. AIBO will still be supported until 2013 (ERS7 model) and AIBO technology will continue to be developed for use in other consumer products.

AIBOware (a trademark of Sony corporation) is the title given to the software the AIBO runs on its pink Memory Stick. The Life AIBOware allows the robot to be raised from pup to fully grown adult while going through various stages of development as its owner interacts with it. The Explorer AIBOware allows the owner to interact with a fully mature robot able to understand (though not necessarily willing to obey) 100 voice commands. Without the AIBOware, the AIBO will run in what is called "clinic mode" and can only perform basic actions.

Many AIBO owners enjoy teaching their pets new behaviors (or Robot Apps) by reprogramming them in Sony's special 'R-CODE' language. However, in October 2001, Sony sent a cease-and-desist notice to the webmaster of Aibopet, demanding that he stop distributing code that was retrieved by bypassing the
copy protection mechanisms of the robot. Eventually, in the face of many
outraged AIBO owners, Sony released a programmer's kit for "non-commercial" use.
The kit has now been expanded into three distinct tools: R-CODE, AIBO Remote Framework, and the OPEN-R SDK. These three tools are combined under the name AIBO Software Development Environment. All of these tools are free to download and can be used for commercial or non-commercial use (Except for the OPEN-R SDK, which is specifically for non-commercial use).

Since the first release of OPEN-R, several AIBO programming tools have been developed by university labs, including URBI, Tekkotsu, Pyro and AiBO+. The Open-R and GCC based toolchain has been updated by the community to use GCC 4.1.2, Binutils 2.17 and Newlib 2.15. The packaged version of the old and updated AIBO toolchain is available for Ubuntu in a PPA.

AIBO's complete vision system uses the SIFT algorithm, to recognise its charging station. The newest versions are equipped with a Wi-Fi connection, allowing them to send the pictures they take via email which led to the Roblog.

AIBO's sounds were programmed by Japanese DJ/avant-garde composer Nobukazu Takemura, fusing mechanic and organic concepts.

The bodies of the "3x" series (Latte and Macaron, the round-headed AIBOs released in 2001) were designed by visual artist Katsura Moshino. The aibo was mass produced by Sony.