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How Microsoft’s AI Mastered Ms. Pac-Man
By Steve Crowe · 14 June, 2017 • A Microsoft AI system has set the all-time high score for the game Ms. Pac-Man with 999,990 points - the highest possible score in the game. The AI mastered Ms. Pac-Man by assigning a number of AI agents different tasks and having them work collaboratively.
Security Robot Fall Shows Limits of AI
By David Bruemmer · 2 August, 2017 • Despite all the hype, AI systems get lost all the time, just like humans. The issue that caused Knightscope's K5 security robot to fall into an indoor water fountain is a pesky, seemingly trivial sensor problem that has plagued robot autonomy and AI for decades.
Tendril, Origami Robots Ready to Move into Tight Spots
By Tim Hornyak · 31 July, 2017 • Roboticists have unveiled robots that can be deployed in interesting new ways through growing and unfolding, giving them useful access to all kinds of nooks and crannies.
Cozmo Robot Now Teaches Kids to Code
By Steve Crowe · 26 June, 2017 • The new Cozmo Code Lab uses drag-and-drop programming to teach kids how to code Anki's adorable Cozmo robot.
Smart Exoskeleton Prevents Elderly Falls
By Steve Crowe · 12 May, 2017 • The Active Pelvis Orthosis is a smart exoskeleton that recognizes in just 350 milliseconds a person has lost their balance. The exoskeleton then applies force to the hips to counterbalance the slip and prevent a fall.
EduExo DIY Kit Lets You Build Exoskeletons
By Steve Crowe · 11 May, 2017 • EduExo is a 3D-printable, Arduino-powered kit for students, hobbyists and educators that teaches how to build exoskeletons.
MIT C-LEARN Helps Robots Learn, Share Skills
By Tim Hornyak · 10 May, 2017 • MIT CSAIL researchers have developed a Constraints Learning (C-LEARN) system that easily teaches robots a variety of tasks, including opening doors, transporting objects and extracting objects from containers. After a robot learns a new skill with this C-LEARN system, that knowledge can be automatically transferred to other robots.
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum Comparison
By RT Staff · 2 May, 2017 • Here's how iRobot's new Roomba 690 robot vacuum compares to other Roombas and other budget-friendly robot vacuums.
Lyrebird AI Learns to Copy Voices in 1 Minute
By Steve Crowe · 1 May, 2017 • Montreal-based AI startup Lyrebird has created voice imitation technology that can "copy the voice of anyone" after listening to just 60 seconds of audio. Lyrebird wants to use the technology for good reasons, but it's easy to imagine the technology being used to create false recordings of people.
TurtleBot 2i: New Chassis, Robot Arm Support, Intel Joule
By Steve Crowe · 24 April, 2017 • The TurtleBot 2i, a modular ROS-based robot powered by Intel Joule, enables the development of next-gen advanced robots.
Dancing Robot Teapot Brings Mrs. Potts to Life
By Steve Crowe · 21 April, 2017 • This 3D-printed robot teapot includes four servos, two in its hips and two in its ankles, to dance to the music it plays.
Mini Robot Cheetah Could Give Legged Robots Smoother Gait
By Steve Crowe · 19 April, 2017 • The University of Twente has built a mini robot cheetah in hope of replicating its movements to improve how legged robots move.
Toyota’s Welwalk Robot Brace Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again
By Tim Hornyak · 13 April, 2017 • Toyota will commercialize in Japan the Welwalk WW-1000 rehabilitation assist robotic system that helps stroke victims get back on their feet and walking again. Toyota plans to rent 100 units to Japanese medical centers beginning in September. There will be a set up cost of 1 million yen ($9,173) and a monthly fee of 350,000 yen ($3,210).
RoboGames: Combat Robots Face Off for 15th Year
By RT Staff · 4 April, 2017 • RoboGames has grown into the world's largest open robot competition. Combat robotics is still the biggest crowd draw, but other popular events are Sumo, Humanoid and ArtBot challenges.
Best Robot Videos of the Week: Automatic Bullseye Dartboard
By Steve Crowe · 25 March, 2017 • A look at the week's best robotics videos for your weekend viewing pleasure, including Mark Rober's Automatic Bullseye Dartboard and Amazon's MARS Conference.

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