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Sphero RVR wants to be your future hackable robot kit

“Misty Robotics, a spin-off of Sphero, has a hackable robot called Misty II that can prototype advanced ideas like future home and or enterprise robotics… but it costs $2,000” writes Scott Stein for cnet.com. Out of the box, RVR starts a lot more simply, as a basic remote-controlled but programmable robot not unlike the company’s many robot balls.RVR (pronounced “rover”) isn’t a toy: it’s a base for robotics to build on.The new $250 robot, coming in September, is really almost like the moving base you might create more things on…

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The popular ILife V3s robot vacuum is on sale for just $112, today only

“If you want a great little robot vacuum cleaner that forgoes the bells and whistles to keep the price down, the upgraded version of the ILIFE V3s Pro Robotic Vacuum is just about as good as it gets” writes Maren Estrada for bgr.com. That price drops even lower than normal today, however, because Amazon is running a big one-day sale that slashes this great model to just $111.99!. Here’s some additional info from the product page: Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we…

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A definitive ranking of the robots in Alita: Battle Angel

“In the world of Alita: Battle Angel, robots (or cyborgs) are commonplace” writes Feb Est for polygon.com. We’ll never know, but Alita has robot dogs, and they deserve recognition for being very, very good boys.But just as there can only be one true champion in Motorball (which should be an Olympic sport, just one woman’s opinion), there can only be one robot champion to come out of Alita: Battle Angel.Would Alita have avoided bombing at the box office if the fact that there are robot dogs in it had been…

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‘Self-aware’ robot REPAIRS SELF…

“Now a Columbia University project has broken new ground in the search for artificial intelligence, after building a self-aware robot arm” writes Columbia University Phd for express.co.uk. Robert Kwiatkowski, a phd student at Columbia University’s prestigious Creative Machines Lab, has exclusively revealed the robot arm’s AI capabilities.Deep learning, meanwhile, uses fancy linear algebra and matrix multiplications to attempt to mimic how nerves operate in the brain. Source: express.co.uk

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‘This is a hard day:’ NASA’s Opportunity rover is dead, ending the longest-running Mars mission in history

“The dust storm on Mars finally began to clear in late August” writes Dave Mosher for businessinsider.my. Opportunity, the longest-operating robot on the Martian surface, has died from a one-two punch of aging hardware and a “historic” dust storm, NASA said on Wednesday.In June, regional dust storms began to engulf Mars in a record-setting global tempest, prompting NASA to park the rover and hunker down.Opportunity still did not respond, even as light intensity increased on the sun-facing hill where engineers had parked the rover before the storm. Source: businessinsider.my

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Are robots better baristas? Berkeley’s Bbox café thinks so

“Bbox has outsourced most of the work associated with running a coffee shop to robots or the customers themselves” writes Cirrus Wood for berkeleyside.com. With the opening of Bbox, Berkeley’s first robot café, that list of commonalities is slashed in half.And because robots don’t have the same costs as their human counterparts, Bbox can pass savings along to customers.With a heavy emphasis on speed and savings, Bbox may stretch what many customers imagine of a local coffee shop. Source: berkeleyside.com

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Amazon slashes prices on robot vacuums in time for Valentine’s Day

“Amazon is slashing the prices on robot vacuums like the Ecovacs Deebot N79S self-cleaning robot vacuum” writes Jenifer Calle for digitaltrends.com. The Ecovacs Deboot N79S Self-Charging Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Max Power Suction is a more affordable robot vacuum that packs the same smart technology and suction capability that make robot vacuums appealing.With a handy robot vacuum, you can cut a lot of the unnecessary hassle of domestic upkeep.Find more vacuum deals, Roomba deals, and more on our curated best deals page.When the robot vacuum runs out of juice it will…

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The sex robot manufacturers vying to hit the mainstream

“Marrying the lucrative sex-doll market with a consumer appetite for artificial intelligence is the logic behind a burgeoning but divisive world of erotic robots” writes James Titcomb for telegraph.co.uk. Currently in the hands of just a few global players vying for a stake in a predicted $30bn (£23bn) market, the race to turn a fetish into a mainstream proposition is not without challenges. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Government officials have no idea how to regulate the growing sex robot industry

“Read more:A new report showed all the different ways that sex robots could be used in society Childlike sex robots are robots, not humans” writes Francis X for businessinsider.com. It is regularly labeled a sex robot, yet when I interviewed its creator, Ricky Ma Tsz Hang, he was quick to clarify that Mark 1 is not intended to be a sex robot.Read more: ‘Sex robots’ are on the rise — and experts say we need to start talking about the consequences Bans on childlike sex robots, however, may be different.The…

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