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Robot Ants Blaze Trails with Pheromones of Light

Insects are masters of the swarm. Bugs like bees and termites and ants manage to do all sorts of complicated and productive things, despite the fact that on an individual level, each insect is really not that smart. The manifestation of complex behaviors from simple systems is appealing to roboticists who otherwise have to try to figure out all kinds of complicated localization and navigation tricks all by themselves. Researchers from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark, and at the Research Centre on Animal Cognition, in Toulouse, France, are using swarms of ant-like robots to efficiently navigate networks without any sort of cleverness at all.

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UZH Wishes Us All a Happy Robot Easter

Happy Easter! We're busy stuffing our faces with chocolate (since that's what Easter is all about, right?), but not too busy to cover our keyboards with fingerprints of melted chocolatey goodness bringing you this robot Easter video from University of Zurich.

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TurtleBot 2: Unboxing and First Demo

This is the third post in our TurtleBot tutorial series. Check back every week for new posts.

This is it. It's here. My TurtleBot 2 has arrived. It's in a giant box that says CLEARPATH ROBOTICS on one side and TURTLEBOT on the other and I'm absolutely terrified. What if I can't get it to work, or worse, what if it doesn't like me?

Either way, this is the true beginning of our TurtleBot tutorials. This is where it all starts. Right now, with this giant box.

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Melonee Wise and Tully Foote talk to us about TurtleBot's past, present, and future

TurtleBot Inventors Tell Us Everything About the Robot

As part of our tutorial series on TurtleBot, we're exploring the history of the robot, and there's no better way to tackle that subject than to talk directly to its creators, Tully Foote (left) and Melonee Wise (right), who developed the robot while at Willow Garage. With all the power of ROS behind it, TurtleBot is a unique platform for robotics development, and we wanted to learn more.

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Clearpath Robotics Announces Grizzly Robotic Utility Vehicle

Yes, you are desperately in need of a monster robotic ATV. Meet the Grizzly, Clearpath Robotics' latest new toy serious research platform. It's big, it's scary, and if you get in its way, it'll crush you like a bug. Or, you know, like some puny little lesser unmanned ground robot.

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Would You Buy a Telenoid from Outer Space?

This is the year 2250. At the space railway station on planet Telvikos, the small robot Telenoid R1 is waiting for his departure to Earth. It is already nighttime on Telvikos, and Telenoid can be recognized from afar by his bright silicone skin. His form and face somehow resemble people from planet Earth, although he is only as tall as a puppet. "Telenoid R1, please float to Chronoportation," the loudspeakers at the space railway station say. The robot sighs briefly and packs in his long-term memory cell for the journey.

Would you buy a Telenoid robot with a sci-fi background? According to research conducted at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, you're not only more likely to adopt a Telenoid, but also perceive it as more useful, when it's introduced with the story above.

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