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PR2 Robot Now Pours Beer for You, Promises Not to Spill It

PR2 Robot Now Pours Beer for You, Promises Not to Spill It
Maybe robots won’t kill us all after all. There are some signs of a coming utopia… robots that pour beer for you for instance. That’s right, things are looking up thanks to robots like the PR2 here who makes sure that you have a beer as soon as your mug…

Robot Carries Objects on Serving Trays: Robo-Butlers Around the Corner

Robot Carries Objects on Serving Trays: Robo-Butlers Around the Corner
After watching the Woody Allen classic, Sleeper for the 1000th time, I assumed that we’d all have cold, impersonal robot butlers in our homes by now. Well, it turns out that one of the main challenges for robo-butlers is their lack of ability to carry items on a tray without…
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Robot Programmed to Pick Up Poop: It’s Sh*t Like This That Will Bring Skynet on Our Asses

Robot Programmed to Pick Up Poop: It’s Sh*t Like This That Will Bring Skynet on Our Asses
The nerds at the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Laboratory seem to be fond of acronyms. As you may have guessed, GRASP itself is an acronym for General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception. These are the guys that doomed all of humanity by programming a robot to pick up poop, and…

BakeBot Makes a Giant Cookie from Scratch

BakeBot Makes a Giant Cookie from Scratch
Ready for the creepiest three minute cooking show ever? No, I’m not talking about Rachael Ray and Alton Brown getting freaky with cake mix and Jell-O. I’m talking about BakeBot. It’s Willow Garage’s PR2 robot in the kitchen.…

Willow Garage PR2 SE Revealed: One-Armed Robot Costs $285K

Willow Garage PR2 SE Revealed: One-Armed Robot Costs $285K
We have seen the Willow Garage PR2 robot a few times now and each time the ‘bot is doing some pretty cool stuff. This is a  serious robot that is much more than some cool toy. It is used in research for all sorts of things from studying man-machine interfaces…

Willow Garage Studies Ways to Help the Disabled Using its PR2 Robot

Willow Garage Studies Ways to Help the Disabled Using its PR2 Robot
From the time I was born, my grandfather was paralyzed from the waist down and spent his days sitting in a wheelchair. I never really thought it was strange that he couldn’t walk growing up; it’s just the way he was to me. I do remember him having a hard…

Kinect Minority Report Hack: Fingers Detected!

Kinect Minority Report Hack: Fingers Detected!
Engineers from MIT CSAIL have figured out out how to get the Xbox 360 Kinect to not just sense larger body movements, but to actually detect individual fingertips in mid-air.…

Robots Start Playing Pool and Hustling Humans

Robots Start Playing Pool and Hustling Humans
I used to love playing pool when I was younger. I still do from time-to-time, but not like I did before. Well, if you thought that you were the best at pool, you’d better move along – because soon, pool ‘bots everywhere will start hustling you for your money! The…
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