President Obama Plays Soccer With Honda's Asimo Robot

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While visiting the Miraikan Science Expo in Tokyo, Japan, President Barack Obama spent a brief moment with Honda's Asimo Robot. Asimo, which made a recent debut in the US, showed off its new skills by running, jumping, and rambling in its awkward robotic voice. During the presentation, Asimo bowed to President Obama and then punted a soccer ball. Though it was a 'pretty impressive' kick, President Obama was able to intercept it. Not surprisingly, someone managed to record a video of all of this.

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Gymnast Robot Lands A Perfect Double Backflip With A Twist

Hinamitetu, the YouTube user behind the triple backflip robot, has developed his nineteenth gymnast robot. The 'No.19' robot is capable of performing a double backflip, but it adds a twist in the middle of the stunt. To top it off, it lands perfectly in the end!

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5 Hardworking Robots That Can Automate Your Spring Cleaning

For many people, Spring cleaning can be pretty tiresome. Fortunately there are robots on the market that can help us! Whether the job includes mopping the entire house or cleaning the gutters, these robots can automate your Spring cleaning!

iRobot Braava (AKA Mint Robotic Cleaner) - The iRobot Braava offers the most bang for your buck. For $199, this robot offers automated sweeping and mopping. It'll tackle that pesky pet hair too!

iRobot Looj - Cleaning the gutters isn't an easy task. The Looj from iRobot may be able to help. Simply place it in the gutter and it will sweep out all that nasty debris.

iRobot Roomba 770 - iRobot's latest Roomba floor cleaner, the 770, is great at cleaning carpets and hard surfaces. It'll pick up solid dirt, pet hair, and other unwanted nastiness.

Neato XV Signature Pro Pet & Allergy Robot Vacuum Cleaner - The Neato floor cleaning robot offers the same cleaning capabilities as the Roomba, but some customers have noted that it has superior navigation.

iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot - The iRobot Braava 380t offers a longer battery life and an upgraded navigation system when comparing it to the original iRobot Braava. When it's time to clean the floor, this robot won't disappoint you.

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Honda's New Asimo Robot Was Revealed Today - Video

Today, Honda's new Asimo robot made its first US debut on the show "LIVE with Kelly and Michael." Asimo showed off its new abilities as well as some new dance moves. For more information on this new model, click here.

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Pocket-Sized Robot Prints As It Rolls Across Paper

Mars-black robot printer
Most of our technology has gone mobile, allowing for our favorite gadgets to travel with us and not remain on our desktops. This goes for phones, televisions, and even computers. One essential device, however, hasn't gone mobile and some could even argue that it's equally as important. It's the printer. However, by combining the technology behind the printer and small, mobile robots, Israel-based Zuta Labs has come up with the solution. Pocket Printer is a small robotic printer that can go wherever you go. It's small, portable, and it's using Kickstarter to land in the hands of the everyday consumer.

 While the robot is small, it still packs the same functionality of a normal-sized printer into a small, portable package. Some of its features include omni-directional wheels for improved printing accuracy, a USB rechargeable battery, Bluetooth, and a printing speed of 1 page per minute. The robot also supports Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, and Windows.

The robot supports both iOS and Android
The Pocket Printer features a rounded design with a sharp corner; this design allows the user to align the robot with the page's corner. Printing then begins when a sliding hatch on the bottom of the robot opens. After the hatch opens, the inkjet is revealed and the robot starts to roll across the paper left to right. The current version of the robot is capable of printing over 1000 pages per inkjet cartridge and run for an hour on a single charge. Although it's currently limited to printing in grayscale, color printing may follow.

SimpleBotics recently contacted Zuta Labs through email. Their future plans for this portable, printing robot include, "adding sensors and maybe even color ink and having it print on any type of service." For now, "the price range will be about $240 retail price for the Mars-black printer." Personally, I believe this robot could revolutionize printing. The Pocket Printer would allow printing to be easier, more accessible, and portable! Visit their Kickstarter campaign for more information. Early backers who back this project now will receive a Mars-black printer for $180!

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Robot Kangaroo Takes A Leap Into The Future

Festo, the Germany-based company behind the robotic 'SmartBird' and 'BionicOpter', has added another robot to their collection of nature-mimicking robots. BionicKangaroo, as they call it, lives up to its name as it looks and hops just like a real kangaroo.

With a height of 36 inches, a weight of 15 pounds, and a body that looks exactly like a kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo is able to lunge forward (or hop) 2 feet in length. It also has a vertical jump of around 1 1/2 feet. See image below.

BionicKangaroo leaping
To mimic the movements of a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo follows a sequential order of mechanical operations. First off, pneumatics and elastic bands work together and create tension. The two hip motors then push the robot forward to shift its center of gravity. Once the center of gravity positions the robot at an ideal angle, the pneumatics release the tension stored in the elastic bands and the robot lunges forward. This is where it gets interesting...

The robot has 2 leg motors, 1 tail motor,  multiple sensors, and a compressed air reservoir  
By the time the BionicKangaroo has prepared for the next jump, the pneumatics and elastic bands have already absorbed the energy from the previous jump. This energy is then used for the next jump. This energy absorption allows for the robot to jump again and again. See photo above.

 A wearable band allows for human control
An additional feature of the BionicKangaroo includes human control through a wearable bracelet. In conjunction with the wearer's arm movements, the robot can be controlled to move forward or turn in small circles. More information on this robot can be found on Festo's site.

Original source: FESTO, Images: FESTO

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Drone Gets Hacked, Then Crashes And Injures Athlete

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Package delivery, aerial photography, and emergency response aren't the only things that drones are capable of. In Australia, a drone was reportedly 'hacked' and then sent plummeting to the ground. On its way down, the drone struck a triathlete in the head which caused a head injury.

According to a recent report by ABC, a drone owned by New Era Photography and Film's Warren Abrams was filming the Endure Batavia Triathlon in Western Australia on Sunday. At around 9:00 AM, however, the pilot lost control and the drone was sent crashing to the ground. One of the triathletes, Raija Ogden, said that she was struck on the head by the drone as it crashed. The alleged drone injury required medical attention as the triathlete was bleeding from the head. However, Abrams claims that she fell to the ground simply because she felt frightened by the drone. Another claim by Abrams hinted that the drone was deliberately 'channel swapped.' Essentially, the drone was 'hacked', lost communications with the pilot, and then crashed. Have anything to add to the story? Comment below!

Orignal source: ABC, Yahoo News

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Honda's New ASIMO Robot Will Debut On April 15

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Honda's ASIMO is one of the most advanced humanoid robots in the world. Its plethora of human-like abilities make it the pinnacle of today's humanoid robots. On April 15, Honda's new version of ASIMO will debut on the talk show, "LIVE with Kelly and Michael."

Stated in Honda's most recent press release, the all-new ASIMO robot will feature improved hand dexterity, faster running speeds, betting jumping, and smoother stair climbing. In addition, ASIMO plans to show off its new and unique capabilities. Signing in both Japanese and English sign language is a new capability that has been confirmed by Honda and will be presented by ASIMO on April 15. Following the debut, ASIMO will later be presented in New York. For more updates and details, please follow us on Twitter.

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