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Rock-Balancing Robots Could Build Our Future Habitats On Mars

Like maintaining a zen garden, or pruning a bonsai tree, some people stack and balance rocks as a way to relax. But robots don’t really experience emotional stress, so why bother teaching a bot to balance rocks? One day, this robot’s skills could prove invaluable when it comes to building structures on distant worlds we’re trying to colonise. Read More >>

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You Can Stop Worrying, Disney Figured Out How to Make Perfect CG Sugar

So far 2016 has been a wild ride, but there’s one less thing to keep you awake at night, terrified about the future, now that Disney Research has finally found a way to render convincing computer-generated sugar that looks and moves just like the real thing. Phew! Read More >>

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Researchers Can Create Perfect CG Dentures Using Just a Video of Your Teeth

As we work towards crossing the uncanny valley so that computer-generated humans don’t look like horrific plastic mannequins, every last facial feature needs to be recreated perfectly. That even includes teeth, which can now be digitised using nothing but a video of someone smiling. Read More >>

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Disney’s New Rolling Robot Climbs Walls Like a Gecko

Not even walls can stop Disney’s and ETH Zurich’s new four-wheeled robot called VertiGo that can quickly transition from rolling on the ground to climbing obstacles like a gecko—and without those sticky feet. Read More >>

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Watch This Machine Juggle Four Balls Better Than a Circus Clown Can

With the potential to revolutionise everything from busking to children’s parties, a researcher named Raffaello D’Andrea at ETH Zurich has built a simple sensor-less machine using four strategically placed paddles that are able to juggle four balls in the air with surprising accuracy. Read More >>

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So This is What a Terrifying Quadcopter Tornado Looks Like

We’ve covered the remarkable work that researchers at ETH Zurich have been doing with robots and quadcopters before, but did you know its facility has a dedicated Flying Machine Arena where they tether drones to poles and make them fly in circles at terrifying speeds? It’s even more amazing than it sounds. Read More >>

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Even Robots Were Getting Excited About Christmas

Every year the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich trots out its weird and wonderful robotic creations adorned with festive garb as one of the more entertaining video holiday cards you'll see every year. At this point it's almost as much a holiday tradition as watching Doctor Who or the Elf on TV, and though it's different every year, you still know how it's going to end—with the eventual enslavement of humanity. [ETH Zurich Autonomous Systems Lab via Neatorama] Read More >>

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Simply Shaking Two Devices to Pair Them Makes NFC Look Old-Fashioned

There's a flood of new smartwatches and other wearable devices coming just around the corner, and every one of them will require a connection to your smartphone. Wireless NFC technology has already made things a little easier when it comes to pairing, but researchers at Disney want to make things even easier by just having you shake a couple of devices in unison. Read More >>

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Watch This Intelligent Quadcopter Recover After Losing a Prop in Flight

It will be years before Amazon's dream of same day package deliveries via drone will ever become a reality. But you can forget about trying to shoot one down for some free electronics thanks to new software that allows a quadcopter to stay aloft—and on course—even after losing one or more of its propellers. Read More >>

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This Robotic Sea Turtle Moves Through the Water With Breathtaking Grace

Mankind's attempts to create robotic humans that move exactly like us have so far been far from perfect. They usually stumble around, desperately trying to keep their balance like a toddler taking its first steps. But recreating the natural motions of underwater creatures like sea turtles? We've damn near perfected that. Read More >>