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Willow Garage Introduces Velo 2G Adaptive Gripper

For all that Willow Garage contributes to the robotics community, it's not often that they release new hardware. They've got the PR2, the TurtleBot, the PR3 and PR4 (oops, we can't tell you about them yet, bwahahaha), and that's about it. So when Willow comes up with something new, it's usually worth paying attention, and they've announced a new 3D printed adaptive gripper design for the PR2: the Velo 2G.

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Here are the Newest Additions to the Robot Hall of Fame

The official induction ceremony for the Robot Hall of Fame took place at at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh last week. Over 17,000 people cast votes online to choose which are the four best robots of 2012, and which robots totally suck. We kid! If it was up to us, all of these robots would have made it in, and we're still holding out hope that a few of them will come back for the next round. But until that happens, here are the winners, along with some of our favorite video clips.

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Bossa Nova Robotics Launches Mobi Research Ballbot

Bossa Nova Robotics has just introduced a brand new research platform based on Carnegie Mellon's ballbot spherical locomotion platform. Called "mObi" (which I'll be capitalizing "Mobi" because, seriously now, c'mon guys), it's "the first step towards the creation of a 21st century personal robotics platform for everyday consumers."

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AR Drone Helps Swarm of Self-Assembling Robots to Overcome Obstacles

We’re used to thinking of robot swarms as consisting of lots and lots of similar robots working together. What we’re starting to see now, though, are swarms of heterogeneous robots, where you get different robots combining their powers to make each other more efficient and more capable. One of the first projects to really make this work was Swarmanoid, with teams of footbots and handbots and eyebots, and researchers presented a similar idea at IROS earlier this month, using an AR Drone to help a swarm of self-assembling ground robots to climb over a hill.

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Video Friday: Catching Up

Well folks, this is what happens when we go away for a week: we come back to more robot videos than you can program a robot to shake a stick at. Make sure you have a comfy chair, because there's a good chance you'll be watching robot videos for the rest of the day.

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Clearpath Robotics Introduces Kingfisher M200

The coast of Portugal is not a bad place to launch a brand new autonomous maritime research vessel, especially when there's a swimming pool and a harbor right there, too. Along with a really, really nice beach. Clearpath Robotics brought their brand new roboboat, the Kingfisher M200, to IROS to introduce it to the world, and we've got some exclusive pics and video to share.

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