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You can drive this robot vacuum with your smartphone
USA TODAY
Neato may have just unveiled new robot vacuums in May, but the company is already back with a new WiFi-enabled robot vacuum. It's called the Botvac Connected and with its accompanying Neato app, it allows you to remotely start cleaning programs and ...

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Financial Times

Pepper the robot cannot rescue us from demographic decline
Financial Times
Pepper, a companion robot “that has its own emotions”, went on sale in Japan in June; the first batch sold out within a minute. Pepper does not actually do anything apart from provide sympathetic company. Still, the product represents in microcosm an ...



BBC News

Starfish-killing robot close to trials on Great Barrier Reef
BBC News
An autonomous starfish-killing robot is close to being ready for trials on the Great Barrier Reef, researchers say. Crown-of-thorns starfish have have been described as a significant threat to coral. The Cotsbot robot, which has a vision system, is ...

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Bloomberg

This Preschool Is for Robots
Bloomberg
The robot's otherwise childlike manner isn't a quirk of its design; it's intentional. Unlike most industrial robots, which are programmed to complete specific tasks, the Brett project teaches robots to learn using methods based partly on the ways young ...

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Robots Lay Three Times as Many Bricks as Construction Workers
MIT Technology Review
In this human-robot team, the robot is responsible for the more rote tasks: picking up bricks, applying mortar, and placing them in their designated location. A human handles the more nuanced activities, like setting up the worksite, laying bricks in ...



Hidden Remote

What new TV shows should learn from the year's best original series, “Mr. Robot
Quartz
Tonight, Sept. 2, the season finale of the year's best TV show will air. It won't be on the perennially prestigious HBO or AMC. Instead, it'll air on USA Network, a cable channel with a middling reputation, previously known best for the glossy legal ...
Is 'Mr. Robot' the Next 'Breaking Bad'?Hidden Remote

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The Guardian (blog)

Summer TV catch-up: Mr Robot, Halt and Catch Fire and more hits you missed
The Guardian (blog)
Summer TV catch-up: Mr Robot, Halt and Catch Fire and more hits you missed. Summer months are traditionally a dumping ground for shows that aren't up to snuff, but this season's television offerings have thrown up some interesting fare. Binge Binge ...


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Grounding is used as a safety feature on some circuits and equipment to prevent the device from shocking the user. Robots that might source power from the mains (wall socket) sometimes have a third prong on the power cable. This third prong (common on all computer power cables) contains an "earth ground" connection which is connected to any exposed metal surface - such as a metal case or body panel.

Earth ground is an important safety feature because it provides a low resistance return path for the Electricity to travel in case of an unforeseen emergency - such as insulation failure or moisture condensation. Most large robots that run off of mains power contain grounded connections, which reduces the likelihood of electrical shock to the user or operator. The earth itself can be considered a giant conductor and thus maintains a somewhat consistent voltage. By utilizing this concept, we can use it as a return path and reduce electrical shock hazards.


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NXT
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT better than ever: new models, more customisable programming and all-new technologies! MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 combines the versatility of the LEGO building system with all-new technologies, an intelligent microcomputer brick and intuitive drag-and-drop programming software. The new 2.0 toolkit features everything you need to create your first robot in 30 minutes and then thousands of other robotics inventions that do what you want!
LEGO Mindstorms is a line of Lego Group products combining programmable bricks with electric motors, sensors, Lego bricks, and Lego Technic pieces (such as gears, axles, beams, and pneumatic parts) to build robots and other automated or interactive systems.
LEGO Mindstorms can be consired toys and/or educational microworlds to learn computer programming.

History
Orgininally, this product has been co-developped with the Epistemology and Learning Group of MIT Media Lab. Since collaboration has ended, this research group renamed to Lifelong Kindergarden worked on other systems, e.g. Crickets (marketed by another company)

Software
LEGO sells different variants of this product: RCX and the recent NXT
For each LEGO provides software (programming languages), but there are numerous other ones that one can use instead.