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Video Friday: Talking Vacuums, Robotic Buttocks, and How Not to Fly a Spacecraft

Via [ Kokatu ] Plastic Pals found this incredible video of a transforming robot that actually transforms from a (fully operational) car to a (fully operational) humanoid and back again: If you ve ever wanted to see a PR2 embarrass itself, here s your chance: Don t miss Another One Bytes the Dust, either. Via [ Willow Garage ] Cocorobo is yet another very expensive and suspiciously Roomba-looking vacuum from Asia, with yet another suite of, uh, unique features thrown in, including remote control, voice recognition, and something about emotions: Apparently, if you talk to this vacuum every day, that puts it in a good mood, which is expressed by changes in movement. Via [ DigInfo ] This may be a video on how not to fly a robotic spacecraft, but as far as testing a robotic spacecraft goes, this is (sort of) exactly what you want to have happen: [ Project Morpheus ]......

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