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Manus industrial robots

The 30 second mark is quite interesting and odd how the robots move the way they do when humans are walking bye. Manus is a set of ten industrial robots that are programmed to behave like a pack of animals. While each robot moves independently, they share the same central brain. So instead of acting in isolation, they have intertwined behaviors that ripple through the group as people walk by.

TED: Raffaello D'Andrea - The astounding athletic power of quadcopters

In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D'Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D'Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together -- and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.

Flying Robot Rockstars. KMel Robotics presents a team of flying robots that have taken up new instruments to play some fresh songs. The hexrotors create music in ways never seen before, like playing a custom single string guitar hooked up to an electric guitar amp. Drums are hit using a deconstructed piano action. And there are bells. Lots of bells.

The Drone That Will Change Graffiti: An Interview with KATSU. KATSU is an artist and a vandal and a clever hacker too. His work pushes our idea of what can be achieved with the graffiti artist’s limited tool-set. Having established himself as one of New York City’s most prolific and imaginative taggers in the 1990s, he garnered admiration from the arts community (and condemnation from the authorities) when he pioneered the fire extinguisher spray can, which has permitted him to expand the scale of his art by orders of magnitude. He famously demoed it at “Art in the Streets,” a 2012 show at the the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, when, without invitation, he left his multi-story calling card on the side of the museum. Source

CINDY - a capable robotic helper. Here we see a fully autonomous robot by the name of “Cindy”, navigating through a building, when a remote human operator gets in touch with her, informing her that Commander Z needs a medical kit and that one should be located in the room she is in. Cindy is able to infer the implicit instruction from the dialogue and offers her help to get the medical kit. When her offer is accepted, she forms a goal to look for a medical kit in the current room, but she also discovers that she does not know what the medkit looks like, so she asks and gets a description. From that description, she is able to build a visual model of the medkit, which allows her to look for it. Once she finds it on the table, she approaches the table and aligns herself with it, carefully looking for the handle which will allow her to pick it up. Although she has never picked up a medkit before, she is able to plan (through internal simulations) a trajectory for her right hand to grab the medkit, at which point she forms a goal to drive to the room with the green door, where she was told Commander Z is located. All reasoning, inference, natural language understanding, as well as perceptual and action learning algorithms are general and implemented in our DIARC control architecture. Source

The Latest Advancement in Ice Fishing From Lakemaid Beer. Drone delivery of beer right to your doorstep. It’s should be arriving soon in a fish house or ice shack near you. Each bottle will feature one of 12 Lakemaids properly attired for the cold, winter months. And each bottle cap will feature Lakemaid Beer’s new unique winter bottle cap icons for hours of fun in the ice-fishing shack. Source

Robots May Replace One-Fourth Of U.S. Combat Soldiers By 2030, Says General

Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System (MAARS) 
MAARS is a remote-controlled gunbot. It can be fitteed with machine guns and grenade launchers, as well as less lethal weapons like tear gas. It’scontrolled by a person, for now at least. 

By the middle of this century, U.S. Army soldiers may well be fighting alongside robotic squadmates. General Robert Cone revealed the news at an Army Aviation symposium last week, noting that the Army is considering reducing the size of a Brigade Combat Team from 4,000 soldiers to 3,000, with robots and drones making up for the lost firepower. Cone is in charge of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), the part of the Army responsible for future planning and organization. If the Army can still be as effective with fewer people to a unit, TRADOC will figure out what technology is needed to make that happen.

While not explicitly stated, a major motivation behind replacing humans with robots is that humans are expensive. Training, feeding, and supplying them while at war is pricey, and after the soldiers leave the service, there’s a lifetime of medical care to cover. In 2012, benefits for serving and retired members of the military comprised one-quarter of the Pentagon’s budget request.

To understand what Cone is proposing (besides robot soldiers), we need to understand two fundamental building blocks of the modern U.S. Army. The first is the nine-man squad, almost the smallest useful unit of force. For some purposes, it can be split into two smaller fireteams, but the Army designs vehicles with the nine-man squad in mind, and then writes doctrine for how these squads (some with, some without vehicles) will move and fight.

The second building block worth knowing is the Brigade Combat Team. It’s the smallest large unit that can be sent into combat independently. If the Army can reduce number of people in squads, it can reduce the total manpower everywhere, and it can acquire vehicles that are both smaller and cheaper. In order to reduce manpower without reducing fighting ability, the Army will need to make sure that Brigades have everything they need to be just effective. In order for that to happen, Cone said the Army will “need to fundamentally change the nature of the force, and that would require a breakthrough in science and technology.” Cone expects this to happen by 2030 to 2040.

A Pair Of Robots On A Stroll 
The LS3 is a robotic pack mule developed by Boston Dynamics. 
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This is a huge change under consideration, but the Army already has some robot warriors on hand. In October, the Army tested multiple remote-controlled gun-firing robots. Bomb squad robots were used Iraq and Afghanistan to dispose of IEDS. BigDog, a robotic pack mule now owned by Google, received funds from DARPA for further development. The RQ-11 Raven drone is a remote-controlled scout, tossed into the air like a javelin, that streams video back to soldiers, letting them know what’s lurking behind the next hill.

Moving from the adoption of new technologies to actually making doctrine that relies on the new technology would be a huge step for the military. Cone’s comments suggest that the military is at least willing to consider a day when soldier and robot will fight alongside one another. 

[Defense News]

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For Your Next Bike Ride, Bring Along This Friendly Drone

The Cyclodrone will fly in front of and behind cyclists to warn them of upcoming danger and help alert drivers. Maybe a drone-filled future isn’t so bad after all.

Someday in the not-too-distant future, you might take a bike ride with a couple of drones—one flying in front, one in back—to protect you from nearby cars. As you ride around tight corners, the “Cyclodrone” will shine a beacon of light to warn drivers that you’re there, hosting a tiny camera to record any accidents.

The design is one of several concepts from a team at frog design that wanted to rework the current evil image of the drone. “Drones are taking a beating in the press, being characterized as spies and assassins,” says Cormac Eubanks, who developed the Cyclodrone. “At frog, we are more fascinated by the design potential at the leading edge of technology. We believe now is the time to explore how drones could be a force for good.”

Along with the Cyclodrone, the designers suggested that drones could be used to help firefighters find victims in burning buildings (and even automatically lead those victims to safety). Another variation could help find victims in avalanches or deliver rescue packages to lost hikers. A final design could help farm remote, difficult-to reach areas, doing everything from scouting out locations to fertilizing the soil and harvesting crops.

It might take a little while before all of the ideas could actually be produced. “Some of the ideas are workable today, while others are a little more visionary and will require advances in battery, sensor, and materials technology to be feasible,” Eubanks says.

The Cyclodrone could be made today, but would be tricky for longer rides, since the battery would need frequent recharging. The designers considered the possibility of using a generator on the rear sprocket of the bike to keep the battery charged.

In its current form, it also might not be as convenient for a simple ride around town, since you would need to pre-program your route into the device so the drone in front knows where to go. The drone in back, however, could follow the bike by using the GPS in the cyclist’s phone as a guide.

Why not just use stronger lights attached to the bike itself? “Lights work great at night, but during the day they need to be unbelievably bright to be visible in sunlight. During the day, our visual systems are more sensitive to moving physical objects,” Eubanks explains. On a blind curve, the milliseconds of extra warning that the drones provide might be enough to save a life.

As drone designs rapidly evolve, Eubanks predicts that it won’t be long before more positive drones are on the market. Already, drones are being used to protect endangered wildlife.

The public image of the drone might take a little longer to catch up. “Here’s an analogy: When the automobile first appeared people were wary of the technology and not sure how it would integrate into a world that had evolved without it,” he says. “It took decades before it became fully ingrained in our social fabric. Drones will probably need a similar acclimation period.”

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Robots test their own world wide web, dubbed RoboEarth

Robot assistants will use the system to help patientsThe RoboEarth system will be tested in a hospital setting

A world wide web for robots to learn from each other and share information is being shown off for the first time.

Scientists behind RoboEarth will put it through its paces at Eindhoven University in a mocked-up hospital room.

Four robots will use the system to complete a series of tasks, including serving drinks to patients.

It is the culmination of a four-year project, funded by the European Union.

The eventual aim is that both robots and humans will be able to upload information to the cloud-based database, which would act as a kind of common brain for machines.

Common brain

The system has been developed by research scientists from Philips and five European universities including Eindhoven.

"At its core RoboEarth is a world wide web for robots: a giant network and database repository where robots can share information and learn from each other," said Rene van de Molengraft, the RoboEarth project leader.

The four robots selected to test the system in a public demonstration will “work collaboratively” to help patients, he told the BBC.

One robot will upload a map of the room so that others can find their way around it, others will attempt to serve drinks to patients.

"The problem right now is that robots are often developed specifically for one task," he said.

"Everyday changes that happen all the time in our environment make all the programmed actions unusable."

The aim of the system is to create a kind of ever-changing common brain for robots.

"A task like opening a box of pills can be shared on RoboEarth, so other robots can also do it without having to be programmed for that specific type of box," he added.

Home robots

The cloud-based system will also mean that some of the robot’s computing or thinking tasks can be offloaded, meaning that a robot wouldn’t need so much onboard computing or battery power.

Robot assistants are likely to be available in homes within 10 years, experts believe.

It is already possible to buy robot vacuum cleaners, robots that wash the windows and robot lawnmowers.

More humanoid robots, able to assist disabled or elderly people, are now being developed.

Author James Barrat, who has written extensively about the dangers of robots gaining their own intelligence, thinks there need to be safeguards.

"In the short term, RoboEarth adds security by building in a single point of failure for all participating robots," he said.

"In the longer term, watch out when any of the nodes can evolve or otherwise improve their own software. The consequences of sharing that capability with the central ‘mind’ should be explored before it happens."

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Robotic Animals

Black Phoenix is a fictional military corporation that manufactures robots in a not-so-distant future. The idea is creating an album that would be full of designs that could represent a whole line of products from utility and semi-civilian drones to multi-purpose mobile weaponry systems and vehicles.

“Black Phoenix Project” is a collaboration with photographer Maria Skotnikova who is responsible for creating HDR Environment Maps that I used as lighting source as well as backplates. Visit Maria’s website here.

The images below represent “10 Days of Mech” session. The goal during this exercise was to create 1 mech design every day in 3d, from start to finish, without creating preliminary 2d sketches, during non-stop 10 days period. The first 8 designs followed this rule and the 9th design “Ambulance Mech” took 2 days as I wanted to show “an open cockpit” version of it, which took an extra day. So after the exercise was over I decided to make an extra design ( with another 2 days) as a bonus entry just to make it to “10” as a total number of robots.

Before starting this exercise I spent some R&D time establishing the overall workflow for speed-modeling and tried different techniques that enabled me to accelerate design process in 3d. The workflow included re-using premade kit-bash parts, graphics/decals, non-subdivision based concept modeling and image-based lighting for the final rendering. Click here to read more about the work-flow. Click here to visit the online-store where you can purchase original kit-bash sets that were used for the “Black Phoenix” Project designs.

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Algorithms, Robots and the Future of Management

Over at the HBR Blog network Walter Frick has an interesting article/blog post entitled:

“Algorithms Won’t Replace Managers, But Will Change Everything About What They Do”

I recommend that you go and read the whole thing because I think that the potential disruption from robotics and improved artificial intelligence is huge.

Part of my response is:

I think that the interview that Walter has done isinteresting but I do not think that it addresses a key point which is that the fundamental nature

of management is changing anyway without these advances. Existing changes and disruptions that are enabling connections between people through social media and social business tools are re-ordering the way that work and strategy are carried out. On top of that the capacities we are giving to individuals and small networks mean that many things that required a large organisation to carry out 5 years ago no longer do so.

This means that the role of management is in part being devolved to the network and so existing concepts of the middle manager are already almost obsolete and therefore

to look at the future through a frame of disrupting that role is missing the point. 

The role of management is moving towards one of coach and facilitator rather than management and the more skills and capacities that individuals in the network gain, the harder that role will become and the lower the number of ” managers” required.

You can read the whole thing HERE

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An insect-like, crash-happy flying robot. Gimball likes to make contact. In fact, this small ultralight flying spheroid resembles an insect as it goes around bumping into things. The goal of EPFL researchers was to develop a machine that could operate in extremely chaotic environments without the need for fragile sensors. Source

The Open Hand Project: A Low Cost Robotic Hand (Indiegogo Campaign)

What is it? The Open Hand Project is an open source project with the goal of making robotic prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees. The Dextrus hand is the realization of this goal, it’s a robotic hand that can be put together for well under £650 ($1000) and offers much of the functionality of a human hand.

Who’s it For? The Dextrus hand is for anyone who wants an advanced robotic hand. This could be an amputee who wants a little more than a metal hook, a researcher who’s looking into control systems for telepresence robots or perhaps a hobbyist who is making a humanoid robot.

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Boston Dynamics didn’t only introduced the WildCat today. They also shared informations about Atlas and the LS3 aka Big Dog. Atlas - our beloved anthropomorphic robot - is now able to operate on rough terrain:

The video shows Atlas balancing as it walks on rocky terrain and when pushed from the side. The balance and control system places the feet and swings the arms and upper body to stay upright. The controller uses inertial, kinematic and load data from Atlas’s sensors. Atlas is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA’s M3 program. For more information visit www.BostonDynamics.com 

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Robots at Work and Play

Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more. These machines — some fully autonomous, some requiring human input — extend our grasp, enhance our capabilities, and travel as our surrogates to places too dangerous or difficult for us to go. Gathered here are recent images of robotic technology at the beginning of the 21st century, including robotic insurgents, NASA’s Juno spacecraft on its way to Jupiter, and a machine inside an archaeological dig in Mexico. [32 photos]

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Bipedal humanoid robot “Atlas”, primarily developed by the American robotics company Boston Dynamics, is presented to the media during a news conference at the University of Hong Kong, on October 17, 2013. The 6-foot (1.83 m) tall, 330-pound (149.7 kg) robot is made of graded aluminum and titanium and costs HK$ 15 million ($1.93 million). It is capable of a variety of natural movements, including dynamic walking, calisthenics and user programmed behaviors, according to the University of Hong Kong’s press release. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

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French patient Florian Lopes, 22, holds a tree branch with his new bionic hand at the readaptation center of Coubert, southeast of Paris, on June 3, 2013. Lopes lost three fingers in an accident at the end of 2011 and was the first French patient to receive this type of artificial limb, worth 42,000 euros, already used in Scotland or the US. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

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An MVF-5 Multifunctional Robotic Firefighting System by company Dok-Ing sprays water canon as part of a TIEMS annual conference entitled “Robotics in emergency and crisis management, use of UGVs, from Military and EOD to Civil protection” at the Bouches-du-Rhone Fire Department school (SDIS 13) in Velaux, southern France. (Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images)

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A man holds a Telenoid R1 robot during the Innorobo 2013 fair (Innovation Robotics Summit) as companies and research centers present their latest technologies in robotics in Lyon, on March 19, 2013. The Telenoid R1 is designed as a telepresence robot, to serve as a remote presence for a person, such as a grandchild, and allow people to communicate in a more natural setting.(Reuters/Robert Pratta)

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Two four-legged robots, part of DARPA’s Legged Squad Support System (LS3) program, run through a field during testing. The semi-autonomous LS3 machines are being designed to help carry heavy loads through rugged terrain, interacting with troops in a similar way to a trained pack animal. (DARPA)

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On October 9, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew by Earth using the home planet’s gravity to get a boost needed to reach Jupiter. The JunoCam caught this image of Earth, and other instruments were tested to ensure they work as designed during a close planetary encounter. Juno was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on August 5, 2011. Juno’s rocket, the Atlas 551, was only capable of giving Juno enough energy or speed to reach the asteroid belt, at which point the Sun’s gravity pulled Juno back toward the inner solar system. The Earth flyby gravity assist increases the spacecraft’s speed to put it on course for arrival at Jupiter on July 4, 2016.(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems)

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In this October 6, 2013 photo, laser lights outline a robot during a performance at Robot Restaurant in Tokyo.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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A SWAT robot, a remote-controlled small tank-like vehicle with a shield for officers, is demonstrated for the media in Sanford, Maine, on, April 18, 2013. Howe & Howe Technologies, a Waterboro, Maine company, says their device keeps SWAT teams and other first responders safe in standoffs and while confronting armed suspects. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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Graduate student Baker Potts handles a prototype robotic eel in a pool inside the engineering building at the University of New Orleans, on October 2, 2012 in New Orleans. The robotic eel might be able to wriggle through dangerous waters with almost no wake, letting it move on little power and with little chance of radar detection as it looks for underwater mines. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) 

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President Barack Obama shakes a robotic hand as he looks at science fair projects in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 22, 2013. Obama hosted the White House Science Fair and celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) 

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A robotic dragon from the medieval spectacle “The Dragon’s Sting” burns Christmas trees in Furth im Wald, Germany, on January 24, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa/Armin Weigel)

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A robotic camera platform records Norway’s driver Andreas Mikkelsen and Finnish co-driver Mikko Markkula as the drive their Volkswagen Polo R WRC during the qualifying stage of the FIA World Rally Championship of Italy near Olbia, on the Italian island of Sardinia on June 20, 2013. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

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The CEOs of Marathon set and prepare Robotic Moving Targets for use in the Moving Target Technique Limited Objective Experiment 2 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, on September 24, 2013. The robots, developed by the Australian company Marathon, present a target the size of an average person, fall over when shot and can simulate average walking and running paces from four to eight miles an hour. The experiment tests the most effective technique and method to engage moving targets with the M-4 carbine and M-27 infantry automatic rifle. (U.S. Marine Corps/Pfc. Eric T. Keenan) 

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Robots deliver dishes to customers at a Robot Restaurant in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, on January 12, 2013. Opened in June 2012, the restaurant has gained fame in using a total of 20 robots, which range in heights of 1.3-1.6 meters (4.27-5.25 ft), to cook meals and deliver dishes. The robots can work continuously for five hours after a two-hour charge, and are able to display over 10 expressions on their faces and say basic welcoming sentences to customers. (Reuters/Sheng Li) 

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A mobile fish pen system, developed by Lockheed Martin, constantly moves along the ocean’s surface, in waters over 12,000 ft deep, working to solve the potential problems of impacts on water quality or impacts on the seafloor. The system operates by integrating satellite communications, remote sensing data feeds, robotics, motor controls, and command and control and situational awareness software. (PRNewsFoto/Lockheed Martin)

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A Toshiba decontamination robot, for work inside a nuclear plant, during a demonstration at Toshiba’s technical center in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo, on February 15, 2013. The crawler robot blasts dry ice particles against contaminated floors or walls and will be used for the decontamination in TEPCO’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

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Danish scientist Henrik Scharfe (right) poses with his Geminoid-DK robot during its presentation at the National Robotics Olympiad in San Jose, on August 16, 2013. The Geminoid-DK is a tele-operated Android in the geminoid series and is made to appear as an exact copy of its creator, Professor Scharfe. (Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate)

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This image provided by NASA is one of a series of still photos documenting the process to release the SpaceX Dragon-2 spacecraft from the International Space Station, on March 26, 2013. The spacecraft, filled with experiments and old supplies, can be seen in the grasp of the Space Station Remote Manipulator System’s robot arm or CanadArm2 after it was undocked from the orbital outpost. The Dragon was scheduled to make a landing in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of California, later in the day. The moon can be seen at center.(AP Photo/NASA)

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Zac Vawter, a 31-year-old software engineer from Seattle, Washington, prepares to climb to the 103rd story of the Willis Tower using the world’s first neural-controlled Bionic leg in Chicago, on November 4, 2012. According to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, their Center for Bionic Medicine has worked to develop technology that allows amputees like Vawter to better control prosthetics with their own thoughts. (Reuters/John Gress)

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Camels ridden by robot jockeys compete during a weekly camel race at the Kuwait Camel Racing club in Kebd, on January 26, 2013. The robots are controlled by trainers, who follow in their vehicles around the track. (Reuters/Stephanie McGehee)

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NASA’s new Earth-bound rover, GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research, in Summit Camp, the highest spot in Greenland, on May 10, 2013. GROVER is an autonomous, solar-operated robot that carries a ground-penetrating radar to examine the layers of Greenland’s ice sheet. Its findings will help scientists understand how the massive ice sheet gains and loses ice. After loading and testing the rover’s radar and fixing a minor communications glitch, the team began the robot’s tests on the ice on May 8, defying winds of up to 23 mph (37 kph) and temperatures as low as minus 22 F (minus 30 C). (Lora Koenig/NASA Goddard) 

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Humanoid robot bartender “Carl” gestures to guests at the Robots Bar and Lounge in the eastern German town of Ilmenau, on July 26, 2013. “Carl”, developed and built by mechatronics engineer Ben Schaefer who runs a company for humanoid robots, prepares spirits for the mixing of cocktails and is able to interact with customers in small conversations. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

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An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) after completing its first arrested landing on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. The landing marks the first time any unmanned aircraft has completed an arrested landing at sea. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3nd Class Christopher A. Liaghat)

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Bipedal humanoid robot “Atlas”, primarily developed by the American robotics company Boston Dynamics, practises tai chi during a news conference at the University of Hong Kong, on October 17, 2013. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

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A robot helps passengers to find their way through the baggage claim area of the Geneva International Airport, on June 13, 2013. Geneva airport is using the autonomous robot to accompany travelers to a dozen destinations such as trolleys, ATM, lost luggage room, showers or toilets. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images) 

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A view from the front hazcam of NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity, on Sol 3412 (August 29, 2013), still operating, driving across Mars’ surface and collecting data nearly 10 years since its January, 2004 landing. (NASA/JPL) 

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Kokoro displays the company’s humanoid robot called “Actroid” (left) and its internal workings (center) at Sanrio’s headquarters in Tokyo, on February 7, 2013. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images) 

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Rosser Pryor, Co-owner and President of Factory Automation Systems, sits next to a new high-performance industrial robot at the company’s Atlanta facility, on January 15, 2013. Pryor, who cut 40 of 100 workers since the recession, says while the company is making more money now and could hire ten people, it is holding back in favor of investing in automation and software.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Chinese inventor Tao Xiangli welds a component of his self-made robot (rear) in the yard of his house in Beijing, on May 15, 2013. Tao, 37, spent about 150,000 yuan (USD 24,407) and more than 11 months to build the robot out of recycled scrap metals and electric wires that he bought from a second-hand market. The robot is 2.1 meters tall and around 480 kilograms (529 lbs) in weight.(Reuters/Suzie Wong)

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Photographers take photos of Toshiba Corp’s new four-legged robot which the company says is capable of carrying out investigative and recovery work at tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant during a demonstration at the company’s Yokohama complex in Yokohama, on November 21, 2012. The new tetrapod robot, which is able to walk on uneven surfaces, avoid obstacles and climb stairs, integrates a camera and dosimeter and is able to investigate the condition of nuclear power plants by remote-controlled operation. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao)

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A robot used to explore ruins in the entrance of a tunnel in an archaeological section of the Quetzalcoatl Temple near the Pyramid of the Sun at the Teotihuacan archaeological site, about 60 km (37 miles) north of Mexico City, on April 22, 2013. The robot has discovered three ancient chambers in the last stretch of unexplored tunnel at Mexico’s famed Teotihuacan archaeological site, the first robotic discovery of its kind in the Latin American country. Named Tlaloc II after the Aztec god of rain, the robot was first lowered into the depths of the 2,000-year-old tunnel under the Quetzalcoatl Temple to check it was safe for human entry. After months of exploration, the remote-controlled vehicle has relayed back video images to researchers of what appears to be three ancient chambers located under the Mesoamerican city’s pyramid. (Reuters/Henry Romero)

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An engineer makes an adjustment to the robot “The Incredible Bionic Man” at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on October 17, 2013. The robot is the world’s first-ever functioning bionic man made of prosthetic parts and artificial organ implants. (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

Welcome to the future people. This shit is kinda creepy. Introducing WildCat. WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA’s M3 program. Source

Dyson engineers build flying machines - Challenge Dyson 2013: Airborne. Dyson engineers are problem solvers and when they’re not working on new Dyson technology, they occasionally take on other engineering challenges after hours. The latest challenge was to build a machine that could fly through an obstacle course built from spare Dyson parts.

More than 100 Dyson engineers entered in both the UK and South-East Asia to compete. Balloons, planes, helicopters and several machines that defied description took to the air. Here are the results. Source