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No long walks and cleanup required for Sony's new robot dog

No long walks and cleanup required for Sony's new robot dog

Technology
Man’s best friend has just become more bionic. Sony unveiled Monday the new “aibo” autonomous entertainment robot that “brings fun and joy to the entire family,” Sony President and COO Mike Fasulo told ABC News. “We were thinking companions, we were thinking how do you take on artificial intelligence and bring emotion to people’s lives,” Fasulo said. “Look at them, they’re adorable!” The robotic dog can form an emotional bond with members of the household while providing love and affection. No cleanup required. Besides its adorable appearance, the robotic dog possesses a natural curiosity, vibrant movements and a responsiveness to its owner. It will even develop its own unique personality through everyday interactions as it grows closer and closer to its owners. And just like a real li
Watch: Boston Dynamics robot leaps, does back flips

Watch: Boston Dynamics robot leaps, does back flips

Science
Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Boston Dynamic's humanoid robot is getting more athletic.As evidenced by a new video released this week by the robotics company, the bipedal robot can leap from box to box and perform back flips.Blessing humanoid robots like Boston Dynamic's Atlas with dynamic balance has been an ongoing struggle for robotics engineers.Last year, the Google-owned company put Atlas through an intense bootcamp, tripping and pushing the robot as part of training exercises to improve the robot's balance. Their efforts paid off. Videos from the bootcamp showed Atlas trekking across rocky, uneven terrain.Now, with improved balance, Atlas has expanded its range of motion.Atlas is one of nine specialized robots being developed by Boston Dynamic. The company describes Atlas as the "world's most dyn...
WATCH: Breakthrough as robot does backflip

WATCH: Breakthrough as robot does backflip

Technology
Scientists have released footage showing a new robot jumping and even doing a backflip as it performs a gymnastics routine.In the video, the latest version of Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot jumps between platforms and turns in midair before sticking the landing of a perfect backflip.The acrobatic display isn't just about putting on a show. Humanoid robots like Atlas are difficult to keep balanced and notoriously tumble over even when walking, so performing gymnastics is a huge technological leap.It's hoped the biped may be useful in search and rescue operations in the future, as it is designed to negotiate tough, outdoor terrain on two legs - leaving the upper limbs free for lifting and carrying.Image:Oops! Atlas fails an attempted jump. Pic: Boston DynamicsIt can open doors, stack shelves w...
Rami Malek: First look at Mr Robot star as Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic

Rami Malek: First look at Mr Robot star as Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic

Entertainment
After years of delays, production has finally started on a biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.Actors including Johnny Depp, Ben Whishaw and Sacha Baron Cohen had been linked to the role, only to drop out. Producers finally cast Mr Robot star Rami Malek as the Bohemian Rhapsody singer, and the first photo of him in character was released on Tuesday.Wearing Mercury's Live Aid outfit, Malek looks uncannily like the flamboyant star."When you're able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it's a very affirming moment," Malek told Entertainment Weekly.The biopic will chronicle the story of Queen from 1970, when Mercury teamed up with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until the band's performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before the singer died of com...
Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactor

Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactor

Technology
Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The robot found large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers as thick as 1 meter (3 feet) on the bottom inside of a main structure called the pedestal that sits underneath the core inside the primary containment vessel of Fukushima's Unit 3 reactor, said the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. On Friday, the robot spotted suspected debris of melted fuel for the first time since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused multiple meltdowns and destroyed the plant. The three-day probe of Unit 3 ended Saturday. Locating and analyzing the fuel debris and damage in each of the plant's three w...