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robogami Robots and Origami: Designing and 3D Printing Foldable Robots

Origami is no longer limited to folding a sheet of paper into a crane. Now there’s Interactive Robogami, a new system under development from researchers at MIT that gives those of us who are neither a roboticist nor a mechanical engineer the tools to design our own robots.

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Pamela Rentz
And the Winner Is: DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015

Inspired by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge tasked teams with designing robots that could stand in for first responders in highly dangerous situations.

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Pamela Rentz
Robots Roundup: Flash Mobs, Room Service, and Hitchhikers

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... R2-D2, the most beloved robot in the Star Wars universe, made us heart robots. Although today's robots can’t match R2-D2’s charisma, they are performing some pretty amazing feats. Pamela Rentz looks at some of the latest robotics projects.

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Pamela Rentz
hitchBOT, the Hitchhiking Robot—Where Is He Now?

If you’re traveling across Canada and see a strangely cute little hitchhiker with a face made from LED lights, a plastic beer pail torso, arms and legs that look like pool noodles, and is wearing a garbage can hat, it’s only hitchBOT, the Hitchhiking Robot, looking for a ride.

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Pamela Rentz
Our Automated Tomorrow: The Rise of Drones and Robots

Amazon made headlines recently with Jeff Bezos’ statement that the company is testing drones for package deliveries. Knightscope is building a mobile security guard robot that may soon be monitoring school campuses. Advances in embedded software and robotics make for exciting new technologies.

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Mukesh Sharma
Engineers Turn to Insects to Help Solve Major Problems

Many varieties of insects have abilities that humans can only dream of harnessing—until now. Learn how through robotics and biomimicry, engineers and developers are working together to erase the limitations of today and the potential problems of the future.

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Noel Wurst
Bionic Arm Changes Lives and Offers Glimpse of the Future

After losing his lower arm to an accident, a man was invited to try out the most advanced prosthetic in the world. The robotic hand uses custom software configurations to let him perform everyday tasks again. This is just the beginning of what can be done in merging technology with the human body.

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Beth Romanik