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You can do it, robot! Watch the beefy, 4-legged HyQReal pull a plane

By | Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, hyqreal, italian institute of technology, Italy, Moog, Robotics, Science

It’s not really clear just yet exactly what all these powerful, agile quadrupedal robots people are working on are going to do, exactly, but even so it never gets old watching them do their thing. The latest is an Italian model called HyQReal, which demonstrates its aspiration to winning strongman competitions, among other things, by pulling an airplane behind it.

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Stanford’s Doggo is a petite robotic quadruped you can (maybe) build yourself

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, stanford, Stanford University

Got a few thousand bucks and a good deal of engineering expertise? You’re in luck: Stanford students have created a quadrupedal robot platform called Doggo that you can build with off-the-shelf parts and a considerable amount of elbow grease. That’s better than the alternatives, which generally require a hundred grand and a government-sponsored lab.

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Why is Facebook doing robotics research?

By | Artificial Intelligence, Facebook, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, robots, Science, Social, TC

It’s a bit strange to hear that the world’s leading social network is pursuing research in robotics rather than, say, making search useful, but Facebook is a big organization with many competing priorities. And while these robots aren’t directly going to affect your Facebook experience, what the company learns from them could be impactful in surprising ways.

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