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Tinkering When You Don’t Have a Leg to Stand On

In 2003, a stroke left a Walt the schnauzer unable to use his front… (Check out this amazing post about a tinkerer who invented revolutionary prosthetics for animas!
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Why the world might need robotic prostitutes

Why the world might need robotic prostitutes | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Sex with a machine might not be so bad, say researchers, especially as an alternative to human trafficking and the resulting spread of sexually transmitted infections ("Robot sex 'won't sound nearly as weird' in 2050 as it does today."
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Africa's Role in Robotics - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

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Africa's Role in Robotics

"I’m convinced Africa is going to play a key role in advancing information technologies."

contributor Ken Goldberg 

see also IEEE Spectrum piece by Erico Guizzo announcing AFRON, the African Robotics Network

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Shampooing robot gives ultimate head massage

Shampooing robot gives ultimate head massage | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Move aside scary robot barber, there’s a new machine in the salon that’ll put humans in a sudsy heaven as it shampoos heads with 24 finger-l...
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TechCrunch | Can President Obama Drive A Sphero Robotic Ball? Yes He Can! [Video]

TechCrunch | Can President Obama Drive A Sphero Robotic Ball? Yes He Can! [Video] | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The Sphero is a clever little gadget. It's instantly addictive made possible by an incredibly intuitive control scheme. In short the little robotic ball is controlled by simply drawing on the connected smartphone's screen.
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Meet the huggable, semi-robotic (and semi-creepy) pillow phone - CNN (blog)

Meet the huggable, semi-robotic (and semi-creepy) pillow phone - CNN (blog) | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Digitaltrends.comMeet the huggable, semi-robotic (and semi-creepy) pillow phoneCNN (blog)The "Hugvie" robot reportedly is the work of Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, who, among other things, is known for making a robotic version of himself.
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Dr. Roboto? Interactive Teddy Bear Helps Kids Manage Diabetes

Dr. Roboto? Interactive Teddy Bear Helps Kids Manage Diabetes | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Jerry the Bear has Type 1 Diabetes, and kids who share his illness can take care of him to learn about their own symptoms.
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Latitude-Robots-at-School-Findings.pdf

From our recent work with children, we know that young people instinctively expect technology to respond to them in very human-like ways—to motivate and empower them, often serving as a sort of companion, rather than merely a tool for solving specific problems. While many adults think about technology as separate from humanness, kids tend to think of it as fundamentally human. It comforts us; it keeps us company; it helps us learn and grow; and, in some cases, it can fulfill certain emotional needs more reliably than other people.

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Robert Scoble on the startups that cross the ‘freaky line’, at TNW2012 [Video]

Robert Scoble on the startups that cross the ‘freaky line’, at TNW2012 [Video] | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
In his role as Startup Liaison Officer at Rackspace, Robert Scoble gets to travel the world, meeting and interviewing the startups that are shaping the future.

At The Next Web Conference ...
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This $20 Trillion Rock Could Turn a Startup Into Earth's Richest Company

This $20 Trillion Rock Could Turn a Startup Into Earth's Richest Company | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Meet Amun 3554. Doesn't look like much, right? Little more than a mile wide, it's one of the smallest M-class (metal-bearing) asteroids yet discovered.
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Five Reasons Robot Sex Partners Won't End Human Trafficking - Technology Review

Five Reasons Robot Sex Partners Won't End Human Trafficking - Technology Review | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Power, economics and the Uncanny Valley. (RT @anamariecox: Can't we stop picking on Callista now?
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Q&A: Explorer and Robotics Engineer on Historic SpaceX Flight

Q&A: Explorer and Robotics Engineer on Historic SpaceX Flight | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
This is the second in a series of Wired Q&As with spaceflight experts leading up to SpaceX's launch. Read the first installment.We may b...
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Herb Learns to Microwave Frozen Dinners, Robot Research Can Stop Now - IEEE Spectrum

Herb Learns to Microwave Frozen Dinners, Robot Research Can Stop Now - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
CMU teaches their robot butler, Herb, to zap TV dinners in a microwave (RT @ericoguizzo: Herb Learns to Microwave Frozen Dinners, Robot Research Can Stop Now http://t.co/JaT7FGgD...)...
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LASR: behind the curtain of the Navy's robotics laboratory

LASR: behind the curtain of the Navy's robotics laboratory | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
I don't know all that much about the Naval Research Laboratory when I arrive in DC for 'the public's first opportunity to look (LASR: behind the curtain of the Navy's robotics laboratory: I don't know all that much abo...)...
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MAKE’s Exclusive Interview with Andrew (bunnie) Huang – The End of Chumby, New Adventures

MAKE’s Exclusive Interview with Andrew (bunnie) Huang – The End of Chumby, New Adventures | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
One of my heroes and friends happens to be one in the same person, Andrew (bunnie) Huang.
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VENTURE CAP TV Episode 10 - Ahmed Siddiqui, Andra Keay, Saurabh Palan, Mega Startup Weekend Part 2

VentureCapTv today interviews Ahmed Siddiqui, Andra Keay and Saurabh Palan from Mega Startup Weekend! Executive Producers: Kristina Tomaz-Young Patrick Barbe...
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A prototype of Ava, iRobot's mobile robot, takes in her surroundings. - CNET

A prototype of Ava, iRobot's mobile robot, takes in her surroundings. - CNET | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A prototype of Ava, iRobot's mobile robot, takes in her surroundings.CNETSomeday soon Ava the robot may bring you to the Roomba vacuum cleaners at Best Buy or call you if an elderly relative at home fell down and can't get up.
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NAO Robot Impresses With New Abilities At Paris Conference - Singularity Hub

NAO Robot Impresses With New Abilities At Paris Conference - Singularity Hub | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Singularity HubNAO Robot Impresses With New Abilities At Paris ConferenceSingularity Hubby David J. Hill April 30th, 2012 | Comments (0) Five Next Gen NAO robots break it down to celebrate the start of the Dev Days weekend.
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Finally, a Robot That Wants to Build You a House...

Finally, a Robot That Wants to Build You a House... | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Finally, a Robot That Wants to Build You a House Instead of Terrify You MIT engineers are at it again, building amazing things that do amazing things. The Mediated Matter Group has been training the...
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Do Kids Care If Their Robot Friend Gets Stuffed Into a Closet? - IEEE Spectrum

Do Kids Care If Their Robot Friend Gets Stuffed Into a Closet? - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Researchers force Robovie into a closet as a way of testing whether children see robots as moral beings...
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Matt Uebel - Google+ - An electron microscope photograph shows a human figure…

Matt Uebel - Google+ - An electron microscope photograph shows a human figure… | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
An electron microscope photograph shows a human figure created by a newly developed 3D printing technique for nano structures Researchers from the… (An electron microscope photograph shows a human figure created by a newly developed 3D printing technique...
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iPhone4 Walking Robot

I heard you just said "You again??" I know I know you already bored, but I have to make it walk once I got new gadget... If you would like to know more info ...
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