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Rhex Robot Goes Everywhere

Some robots go into hospitals, others are getting ready to head into space, and some lucky robots are built to go just about anywhere that they need to. One of those robots in Rhex, whose name is pronounced rex, and with a funky set of semi-circle legs this bot can do some advanced manuvers.

Robots Learn to Hack

One new robot R2B2, or Robotic Reconfigurable Button Basher is the forfront of the new computer hacking, by allowing a robot to make brute force attacks to smart phones. It isn't much to look at, the main componet is a set of robotic fingertips that actually do the key entering. The robot has, thus far, been used to hack into Android phones with a fair rate of success.

Robots Gain Glow Skin

A team of researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have created the world first light up robot skin. The robot works with a simple touch. When the skin is pressed it glows. The system has been dubbed eSkin and it users a series of organic light-emitting diodes to generate the light.

Robot to Do Magic

A robot, dubbed Baxter, is currently in training to work as an illusionist under the training of Marco Tempest, a magician of some note. Baxter is able to learn a simple task in about 30 minutes, and he is currently in training with the magician to act as his assistant. Though who knows, the robot may just show up in some nifty tricks when all is said and done.

Da Vinci Robot System Under Scrutiny

The da Vinci surgical system robot has gotten a lot of hype in the recent past. It has been used to help famous athletes repair damage done to their body from their job related injuries. But those issues are not without their risks. The company that makes the da Vinci surgical system, Intuitive Surgical, is coming under fire for a few concerns around the system.

Robots to Kill Ticks

Ticks suck, literally. Seeing as one of the things that they would like to suck on is our body we go to some lengths to stop them from sucking on us. A team of engineers at the Virginia Military Institute is currently in the testing phase of a tick-killing robot that could help to thin the population of the disease carrying insects.

Human Powered Helicopter Wins Sikorsky Prize

A team from Canada managed to create the first human-powered helicopter, winning a $250,000 prize for a competition that had remained open for over 20 years, a first and great innovation in aeronautics. The winning flight was done in a stadium last month.

Grade Schools Kids Make Robots

When it comes to building a robot how young is too young? A class of primary school children at Princeton Friends School, which is based in the city of Princeton, New Jersey, is doing just that. The kids, as young as the age of 11, are building bots with 3D printers. 

How Do Humans Want to Interact with Robots?

When all the hardware is strung thogether and all of the code has been written you have a robot on hand. The question is how do you want to interact with them once they are built? One team of researchers is trying to figure out that question right now.

Sphere Bot Can Go Anywhere

A new sphere shaped robot designed by a team at the Robotics and Cybernetics Research Group at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid is designed to move in places where normal robots fear to tread. The robots spherical shape allows it to go places where others cannot.