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Even Robots Suck At Building IKEA Furniture

Folks have been fantasizing for years about the possibility of an IKEA-savvy robot. If IKEA uses robots to flat pack its furniture, surely we humans could use robots to assemble it! But despite at least a decade of attempts, one thing remains clear: Robots are terrible at building IKEA furniture.

This Tiny 4-Gram Robot Jumps And Walks Using Memory Alloy Springs

Not all robots needs to be big and clever — those that are small and simple could prove just as useful. Like this little thing created by researchers at EPFL, which folds, flips, jumps and walks, while only weighing four grams.

8 Reasons Why The Tokyo Olympics Will Be The Most Futuristic Ever

In 1964, the last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics, the nation revealed one of the biggest mic drops in transportation history: the debut of the shinkansen, the world-famous bullet train that became a Japanese icon. The first high-speed train in the world, it spurred similar technology to spread to Europe and other East Asian nations, paving the way for current maglev trains and, arguably, the Hyperloop.

eBay's Innovation Lab Tracks Your Reaction To New Technology

eBay wants to know what the technology of the future looks like — and they need your help to do it. Overnight, a huge eBay branded dome turned up next to the IMAX in Darling Harbour, but it’s what’s inside that’s important. Gathered in this tent are some of today’s most interesting emerging technologies, but who’s to say whether they will be adopted by consumers or fall by the wayside as just another fad.

Australia's Smartest Student Engineers Just Won A University Autonomous Robotics Competition

On Tuesday at UNSW, 22 teams from universities around Australia and New Zealand gathered to pit purpose-built robots against each other in a battle of intelligent design. A crowd gathered in the auditorium where two intricate looking obstacle courses had been set up for the robots to navigate, cheering whenever one team’s creation pulled off a perfect run. This is the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition, and the entrants are the roboticists of Australia’s future.

A Life-Size Plush BB-8 Is The Next Best Thing To A Real Droid

Sphero’s version of BB-8 rolls and moves just like the movie version does, but at around half-a-foot tall it’s a little disappointing in terms of scale. That’s why we’re tempted to drop $US50 on this life-size plush version from ThinkGeek that feels more like a true companion droid.

This Terrifying Robotic Dog Has A Built-In Drone That Launches From Its Back

The future of autonomous robots is inching ever-forward — look no further than this combination of drone and autonomous quadruped that has me both freaked out and scratching my head.

Drones Autonomously Build A Bridge, So The Robot Army Never Has To Stop

In the future war against the machines, humans might have gained a brief respite by powering through the flowing rivers where electronic killer robots cannot tread. These bridge-building quadrotors have now closed off that avenue of escape.

US Marines Are Sending This Robotic Dog Into Simulated Combat

The battlefield can be one of the most useful places for robots. And now, the US Marines are testing out Spot, a robo dog built by Boston Dynamics to see how helpful the ‘bot could be in combat.

Japan's Friendly Robot Is Getting A Snarky C-3PO Attitude Adjustment For Americans

The Japanese humanoid robot Pepper, which sold out of its first 1,000 units in one minute in Japan this June, will get a personality makeover for the US market: it will go from cute and bubbly to snarky and sarcastic, MIT Technology Review reports.

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