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Trick-happy Ollie breaks the app-controlled robot speed barrier

Hands on and wheels up with the souped-up, tube-shaped, fun-to-drive Ollie, the little brother to Sphero.

Meet Ollie, 3 times faster than Sphero and tuned for tricks

It can still teach your kid a little about robotics, but Ollie is mostly about driving as fast as you can.

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What drones can do for you

Not every drone flying above is a privacy-invading lethal weapon. We found five ways that drones are actually helping make the world a better place

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Meet Intel's vision of the future, from robots to smart cars to talking dogs

Intel showed off a wealth of future technology this week, from laptops with integrated depth cameras, (hackable) connected cars, and even solar-power solutions.

Pepper the robot understands how you feel

Meet Pepper the robot. It’s in stores now, and will be in homes soon in Japan.

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Chatbot passes Turing Test? Some aren't so sure

Critics are raising questions about news that a conversation bot passed an AI test.

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Meet Pepper, the 'love-powered' humanoid robot that knows how you're feeling

This $1,900 robot is powered by love, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son says

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Intel plans to sell a robot you can customize with a 3D printer

Intel shows off a robot that will be based on its Edison processor and available to buy by the end of the year. Is this another OnCue?

World Tech Update for May 22

This week we go hands on with Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 and visit a start up that makes industrial robots that work alongside humans. Also, Fujitsu is putting its clean rooms to an interesting use.

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Ban killer Robocops before it's too late, rights groups say

Autonomous robots would lack proper judgment to use lethal force, according to Human Rights Watch

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Roboy helps doctors diagnose human stroke victims

Roboy's 3D-printed humanoid skeleton and springy electromechanical muscles could help simulate the effects of health problems

Roboy's springy joints move like yours

The springs give Roboy's movements fluidity, which is different than the sometimes stiff movements in other robots.

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Privacy challenges stand between you and your own private robot

In this video report, we meet NAO, a nearly two-foot tall humanoid robot currently used for research, but destined for the consumer market -- if its maker can resolve privacy concerns.

Privacy challenges await robot home companions

NAO is a nearly two-foot tall humanoid robot made by Paris-based Aldebaran Robotics currently used for research, but destined for the consumer market. While companion robots are seen as easing the lives of humans, they also raise privacy concerns.

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Anki Drive puts self-driving robot cars to good use: Fun and games

This game is a demonstration of autonomous-driving technology right on your living room floor. Oh, and it's a blast to play.

This cuddly, snuggly, high-tech therapy robot saved our CES

Need a hug? Paro the baby harp seal is happy to oblige. But this is no toy—it's a sophisticated medical device for when traditional therapy animals aren't a practical option.

Paro theraputic robots just want a hug

This robotic version of a therapy animal is just about the most adorable thing we saw at CES 2014.

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BeeWii's Bluetooth toys let you form your own robot fight club

You can control the Bluetooth Fighting Robot with a handheld device, using infrared light to do battle with a robotic adversary.

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Jumping Sumo robot leaps around house, streams video

The robotic toy is controlled over your home WiFi network or a network created by the robot itself.