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Friday Video: Think you have nothing to fear from robots? This one cheats at Rock, Paper, Scissors

Thanks to Isaac Asimov, a lot of people think that robots are actually infused with his Three Laws of Robotics:   A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Hex-footed robot transforms from beach ball to crab, insect, or battle droid and back.

Watching the MorpHex robot transform from one movement mode to the next is a study in mechanical ballet. I’ve never seen a robot with so may modes of movement. It looks like it’s partly inspired by one of George Lucas’ … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Multicore, ARM-powered CubeStormer II solved Rubik’s Cube puzzle in world-beating 4.762 seconds

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a video of the ARM-powered CubeStormer II, a robotic mechanism constructed from four Lego Mindstorm NXT kits, that’s purpose-built to unscramble Rubik’s Cubes in the minimum amount of time. The CubeStormer II envelops … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Rubik’s Cube puzzle solved with Lego Mindstorms robot and… Cadence Incisive Formal Verifier???

Normally, you don’t use a formal verification tool to solve puzzles like Rubik’s Cube and you also don’t normally connect the verification tool to a robot. No, things are usually more cut and dried than that. However, there’s nothing that … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Willow Garage PR2 Robot participates in Hot Chips 23 keynote, demonstrates how tough a design problem autonomous robotics will be

Last week at the Hot Chips 23 conference held at Stanford, Willow Garage President and CEO Steve Cousins gave attendees a 1-hour taste for the difficulties associated with designing autonomous robots that can freely interact with people without hurting them. … Continue reading

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