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FAA to Consider Letting Hollywood use Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that it would consider a request by several companies to use drones for filming movies and TV shows. The FAA plans to propose a formal rule for commercial drones by the end of the year, but regulations aren’t expected to be finalized until 2015. Currently, the FAA is reviewing a request from seven aerial and photo and video production companies... 

Nomorobo Blocks Robo Calls with Free Service

If you are tired of robocalls, have no fear because Aaron Foss, a software programmer from Long Island has invented Nomorobo to block those annoying phone calls. Nomorobo will screen calls before they reach your phone. If it detects a robocall, the computer hangs up on it before you get the second ring. The free service started September 30 for customers who have VoiP service with AT&T U-verse,... 

New Way to Draw Blood: Veebot, a Robot Phlebotomist with 83 Percent Accuracy

There’s a new way to draw blood from patients with a high accuracy than a human. It’s called Veebot, the Robotic Phlebotomist that can ultimately speed up the process of drawing blood or inserting IVs. The whole process takes about a minute, and tests of the Veebot show that it can correctly identify the best vein to draw blood from with approximately 83% accuracy. The team is currently... 

FlipperBot: Robot that Mimics Baby Sea Turtle Movements

Scientists have created a robot that mimics the way a baby sea turtle can dig itself out of the sand and crawl to the ocean. A team of physicists and engineers out of Georgia Tech and Northwestern University analyzed 25 baby loggerhead sea turtles at night from nests on Jekyll Island. They investigated how the turtles crawled on beach sand, that was housed in a truck parked near the beach. The turtles... 

The Missing Sense: New Bionic Hand Can Actually Feel

Later this year a bionic hand will be transplanted onto a 20 year old male. This itself is not out of the ordinary, but the possibility that he will be able to feel by using the hand is a revolutionary breakthrough. The operation will consist of connecting the nerves directly to the artificial hand. Once it is complete the final goal is to not only control the hand with normal movements, but to... 

Restaurant in China Uses Robots To Cook, Entertain And Serve Food

Robots are the future and it seems that one restaurant China is tired of waiting. Robot Restaurant ‘employs’ 20 of the machines to handle most of the everyday tasks. The entire process starts as soon as a potential diner enters the facility. A greeter robot extends its arm out and says ‘Earth person hello. Welcome to the Robot Restaurant.’ Once orders are placed from the... 

Sphero Robotic Ball Controlled by a Smartphone or Tablet with Augmented Reality Game App

Sphero isn’t just a ball, it’s a robotic game that integrates with your smartphone or tablet. Although Sphero was introduced to CES a year ago, it is now making a bigger entrance this year for CES and it’s gaming world with more apps and games for iOS and Android. The team behind Sphero is from Boulder, Colorado and is part of the startup by Orbotix under the website GoSphero.com.... 

Self-driving Shuttle Coming To A Location Near You, Robot Revolution

If you were thinking that it would be a decade before you hopped into a robot driven bus, car or shuttle to be whisked away to your destination, think again. Orders and logistics are already being planned and placed for fully autonomous shuttles at places like the University of West Florida. According to a press release the self-driving shuttle called the Cybergo was launched for the United States... 

Artificial Intelligence Toys Are Just Around The Corner in 2013

If you’re hunting around for that perfect Christmas toy for your kid this Christmas it may not be on shelves yet. However current trends show that a new type of toy is coming right down the pipe and will be here soon. The Christmas 2012 holiday won’t see highly advanced AI Toys but if ToyTalk has anything to say about it, Christmas 2013 will. On November 1st, 2012 a video was released... 

iCub Robot Child, Learns to Talk [Video]

Scientists at the University of Hertfordshire built a three-foot tall humanoid robot iCub, called DeeChee to figure out how humans learn to talk. A study that is published in the science journal PLoS One, demonstrates how the robot can learn simple words for colors and shapes with a non-scientist human volunteers. The volunteers would spend a few minutes with the robot and blocks with colored sides... 
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