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The coolest projects at Maker Faire 2013

From bartending robots to giant board games, this year's Bay Area Maker Faire was full of fun and unique exhibits. But what else would you expect from a fair that encourages creativity and a DIY-spirit?

Arduino's first robotics kit is coming, and it rolls around like a Roomba

Arduino has already made it easier to build your own electronics projects. Now, the microcontroller board maker to entering the robotics market with what it calls the first official Arduino on wheels.

This guy made a working robot out of home appliances

Former Baltimore cop Mark Haywood builds functional humanoid robot from household appliances.

Underwater spy robot created by Virginia Tech researchers

The research is backed by the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center and the Office of Naval Research, which are looking for self-powering, autonomous robots to do underwater surveillance or to monitor the environment.

SOINN artificial brain gets an upgrade, can use the Internet for self-enrichment

SOINN powers a robot that can think, learn and act independently. SOINN can now new things through the Internet. Halp.

Coralbots will restore and rebuild damaged coral reefs

Coralbots aim to be a team of robots that navigate across a damaged coral reef and transplant pieces of healthy coral in the process.

RHex robot jumps like Roo, bounds around like Tigger

As far as the robot acrobatics go, forget the little robot that can pirouette around a horizontal bar. Instead, turn your attentions to RHex, the six-legged robot that can jump reasonably far for a machine of its size.

Robots can assemble Ikea furniture, potentially save your marriage


Putting together Ikea furniture is a cruel test of mettle that most of us must brave sooner or later, but science has (finally) done something worthwhile by creating an Ikea-furniture-assembling robot.

Five essential tech lessons I learned from 'Iron Man 3'

The latest 'Iron Man' flick isn't just a superhero action movie. It's a commentary on the nexus between technology and humanity, as Jason Snell discovered.

Beer Drone takes to the sky, brings cold brews to the thirsty masses

A flying drone will airdrop beers to music festival attendees. Cheers!

The University of Maryland just made a flying, flapping robot bird (of prey)

Robo Raven is a robot bird that flaps around to fly, can dive and swoop like a real bird of prey.

United Nations report says no to killer robots

“Killer robots should not have power to destroy human life” says U.N. report.

TitanArm gives you superhuman strength, is the perfect excuse to skip the gym

On this day when the world’s thoughts are turning to a comic book hero with vast financial resources who armors himself in a powerful mechanical suit, it’s fitting that we take a look at a little bit of tech from UPenn that proves Hollywood imitates life.

Tiny insect robot floats better than a butterfly, won't sting like a bee

The world's tiniest robot can take off and fly perfectly, thanks to engineers at Harvard University.

Baseball-playing robot has an artificial brain, can learn to hit curveballs

Well, this is it, guys. Here’s where humans really do start become obsolete. We’re now building robots that can not only play sports, but can learn how to play better using a artificial brain that works like a human's.