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This disinfection robot zaps away bacteria with radiation

The robot, made by Blue Ocean Robotics, uses UV-C light to destroy the nucleic acids within bacteria and disrupt their DNA.

These pedestrian robots could deliver your next package

Starship Technologies wants to make "last-mile" deliveries fast, easy, and convenient with its six-wheeled delivery robots.

Roboden is cable that can stretch

This cable does something others don’t. It stretches. Developed by Asahi Kasei, the cable was originally intended for use on robots, where cabling often has to snake around joints that pivot or extend.

This table tennis robot now has artificial intelligence smarts

Forpheus, the mighty table tennis robot developed by Japan’s Omron, is getting smarter. An updated version on show at the Ceatec electronics show this week has artificial intelligence to become a tougher opponent.

Sharp's J-pop cleaning machine

Sharp has developed a new version of its Cocorobo robot vacuum cleaner that plays J-Pop as it sweeps.

Live at CEATEC: Day 2

We are live for day two of CEATEC, Japan's largest IT and electronics conference, to check out some of the hottest new products that will be hitting the market.

Toyota's cute Kirobo Mini robot is a traveling companion

Kirobo Mini is small and light enough to be carried around but is probably most at home in the car. There’s a snug holder to keep it safe in a cup holder, and yes, even Kirobo wears a seat belt.

Laundroid, the world's first laundry robot, will soon be here

Soon, you may never have to sort and fold laundry again. Laundroid, a futuristic laundry robot, is being launched in 2017.

Maintenance safety is not a pipe dream for this robot

The Cirris XR pipeline repair robot can work on live gas pipelines, reducing the risk of injury to maintenance workers and providing uninterrupted service to customers.

Researchers strive to create underwater vehicles that swim like fish

The Navy has given researchers at Florida Atlantic University a $258,008 grant to study the movement of fish in order to enhance the motion of underwater vehicles.

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Elon Musk wants to build you a robotic housekeeper

High-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has his sights set on building robots that can do housework, have conversations, and play games.

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17% off Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid - Deal Alert

Meet BB-8 - the app-enabled Droid that's as authentic as it is advanced. Right now you can buy him on Amazon for 17% off his regular list price.

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Save $105 on iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot - Deal Alert

The highly rated Roomba 880 cleaning robot is currently discounted $105 and can be purchased via Amazon for $594.99.

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Dominos has the droid you're looking for, and it's bringing you your pizza

If data science can be used to craft a brand-new beer, why shouldn't an autonomous droid deliver the accompanying pizza?

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Meet Sophia, the female humanoid robot and newest SXSW celebrity

Hanson Robotics' latest prototype may one day deliver super-intelligence with a smile, but right now she's just kind of rude.

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The iRobot Braava uses Roomba logic to wet-mop kitchens and bathrooms

Picking up where Roomba leaves off, the Braava has three different cleaning modes to tackle challenges that just aren't appropriate for a robot vacuum cleaner.

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Now you can monitor and control Neato's Botvac robot vacuum with your smart watch

With a firmware update and an app for your Apple Watch or Android Wear device, you'll be able to manage the Botvac from your wrist.

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Hands on with Alpha 2, an 'interactive family robot' that tells bedtime stories and teaches yoga

The Alpha 2 from UBTech might cost $1,300, but you have to pay to play in the pricey world of service droids.

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With machine learning, you can finally make politicians say what you want them to

Anyone who has ever watched a political debate has probably wished they could influence the words coming out of candidates' mouths. Now, machine learning is making that possible -- at least to some extent.

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5 high-tech toys to delight kids of all ages

Let's face it—you're going to have as much fun with these toys as your kids will. And that's just fine.

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The first affordable robot servant, Alpha2, is now in development

Don’t set your expectations of its capabilities too high.