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Elizabeth Fish is a freelance writer who happens to run a hyperlocal news website in Lincoln, UK. She also covers all things geeky for TechHive.

Animatronic mannequins mimic your movements, keep you from window-shopping

If you need one way to get over a shopping addiction, perhaps these creepy mannequins would help keep you away from stores.

Robot learns to interact with the help of school kids, sadly won’t learn to love

A robot joined a class of fifth graders to learn how to interact with other humans. What could possibly go wrong?

This robot sneaks around like a ninja (and other stuff you missed)

Fun fact: Super Bowl Sunday is supposedly the second most gluttonous day of the year in the US. Luckily for you, GeekBytes comes without those pesky calories.

This DIY voice-controlled R2-D2 made a fantastic gift for one lucky geek

This mini R2-D2 plays music, records messages, and listens to your commands. Sadly, it won’t fetch your dry cleaning.

Grace the robotic fish

GRACE the robotic fish can keep track of water quality, looks more like an airplane

A little robotic fish is able to inform you if your local waterway is clean or not.

DIY time-lapse rig lets you produce impressive videos, makes friends jealous

Make yourself a kick-ass time-lapse rig using a Raspberry Pi controller and items from eBay.

This year in geek: The best robots of 2012

It should go without saying, but boy do we love robots. No matter how big or miniscule the robot, chances are it appeared on this blog. With that in mind, it seems only natural to pay homage to some of the best robots over the last year.

Roboy puts human-like guts into robot bodies; human obsolescence edges closer

A project aims to make robots not only similar to human on the outside, but on the inside too.


AlphaDog learns how to follow the leader, isn't quite ready for 'heel' yet

Our favorite robotic dog gets an update: it now follows you like any loyal companion would.

Lixil announces Android-powered Satis toilet

Your smartphone can control pretty much everything, and that now includes your toilet.

paintball drone

Don't try this paintball-equipped drone hack at home

Want the advantage the next time you play paintball? Build a drone that also fires missiles!

Brick machine

Brick-laying robot lets you literally roll out your next driveway

Why put your back out laying bricks, when you can stand on the back of a machine and watch it do the hard work?

Four-legged robot will tread into Fukushima power plant for research, albeit slowly

Toshiba will send out its newest walking robot into the damaged Fukishima Daiichi nuclear plant, and will do some snooping for us humans.

Build your own mini Mars Rover to explore here on Earth

Why admire the real Mars Rover from a distance when it’s possible to make your own? Here’s a great example.

Hearbo robot can interpret sounds, will hear you scream when it takes over the world

Honda researchers have built a robot that can hear and interpret various different sounds.