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Build a Kickass Robot Arm: The Perfect Arduino Project for Beginners
In this guide, we're going to introduce you to Arduino using the meArm robot arm project as a guide to a variety of skills. The meArm is an open-source kit with all the parts you need to build a small, Arduino-powered robotic arm. You can order a ready ...

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This cuddly Japanese robot bear could be the future of elderly care
The Verge
Deep in the bowels of a secluded facility outside the central Japanese city of Nagoya, a team of dedicated researchers has been working on a monster. It's a primal, animalistic robot that uses advanced technology to power its intelligent vision ...

Entertainment Weekly (blog)

'F--k Society,' declare new ads for USA's 'Mr. Robot'
Entertainment Weekly (blog)
USA Network's marketing campiagn for its new hacker drama Mr. Robot is pretty blunt: “F–k Wall Street,” “F–k Society,” “F–k Social Media,” “F–k the System.” While the F-word isn't fully spelled out in the attention-getting series of ads, it's not hard ...


Yes, these tiny robots can (autonomously) move a car
A swarm of small robots developed by a team of European scientists can carefully extract and transport vehicles up to two tons in weight. These tiny machines and their larger deployment unit are collectively called Avert, short for "Autonomous Multi ...
These Small Robots Can Move Your CarTech Times

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Wall Street Journal (blog)

Is Your Job Creative Enough to Resist Robot Automation?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Think your job is too creative for a robot to do it? Think again, warns a new report co-authored by Oxford University academics. “Jobs that are considered creative today may not be so tomorrow,” according to the report, Creativity versus Robots ...

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MIT Technology Review

Rethinking the Manufacturing Robot
MIT Technology Review
In a workshop at the Boston headquarters of Rethink Robotics, engineers are tending to a troop of eight bright red robots called Baxter. Each robot has a humanoid upper torso and a pair of friendly blue eyes on a small screen that track the robots' two ...

Hackers hijack a surgery robot - with potentially LETHAL consequences
The communications (between surgeon and robot) ran along a dedicated fibre optic cable provided specifically for the operation. More recently, however, surgeons have been using ordinary web communication links to perform remote operations as they can ...
Researchers mount cyber attacks against surgery robotHelp Net Security
Surgery-bot can be hacked to HACK YOU TO PIECESThe Register

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The First Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization has created the world's leading high school robotics competition which is recognized around the world by tens of thousands of schools.

The organization created a set of robotics competitions such as the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League, Junior FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions

One the most famous leagues is the FIRST LEGO League, in which students from all around the world compete by designing, building and programming LEGO Mindstorms NXT kits to achieve a mission which changes yearly. In 2012 the topic was: “Improve and maintain the quality of life of senior citizens” where more than 250,000 students from all around the world participated in the league.

The competitions are taking place in local levels, scaling to the national level, when every nation’s winner is competing on the international level. (once a year)
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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.