Bots_alive kit imbues toy robots with charming, lifelike AI | TechCrunch

There was no shortage of gadgets at CES, and there will be no shortage at Toy Fair next month, of robots and gadgets promising artificial intelligence — and generally falling short. But a more modest approach from an actual AI researcher has produced a clever and accessible way to create lifelike behavior through a simple and elegant modification of a popular existing robot.

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Robot Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – Robotics Trends

Welcome to our second annual Robot Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve rounded up 11 robots that will be great gifts for the neat freaks, wannabe coders, toy lovers, and drone fanatics on your holiday shopping list.

Most of the robots on the list were introduced in 2016, but there’s a couple old favorites that we just had to include. What robots are on your wishlist?

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The 1950s Toy Robot Sensation That Time Forgot | Fast Company

In examining the history of famous robots, you’d be forgiven for overlooking a 1950s children’s toy named Robert.

Robert the Robot, who was a product of the once-mighty Ideal Toy Company, didn’t do much, at least compared to the standards set by science fiction at the time. Unlike the helpful humanoids of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot, Robert was just a 14-inch-tall hunk of plastic that could utter a few phrases, wheel around with a tethered remote control, and grip objects in his mechanical arms.

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