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Romo Turns Your iPhone Into A Smiling Little Robot

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RomoThat’s it then, right? There’s officially nothing an iPhone can’t do. Okay, I can think of a few things—it can’t shovel out my car after the weekend storm, even though I could use it to buy a snowshovel and hire manual labor—but it’s getting tougher and tougher to think of tasks that smartphones can’t handle, which is why I won’t get one. This latest innovation, however, makes it more tempting than ever. Who wouldn’t want to turn their iPhone into a smiling, mobile robot?

Romotive has created the unfortunately named Romo to help transform your iPhone into a robotic device that promotes learning and delivers entertainment. It may be a bit tougher to play with Romo while using the bathroom or in a business meeting, though—at least without attracting a few bemused looks. The Romotive CEO says that back in the day, it seemed “impossible that you would have something that weighed 500 grams that sits in your pocket that has all of the world’s information.” So they made something that has all that information but can zoom around like a mini-tank outside of your pocket.

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It’s Robocop, It’s R2D2, It’s…Your New Night Watchman

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03markoff-articleLargeSouth Korea began using robot prison guards a while ago, and more and more police forces are incorporating robotic technology into their investigations and other particularly dangerous work, such as inspecting suspicious packages. The heinous shootings at Sandy Hook elementary a year ago prompted a team of engineers, law enforcement officers, and entrepreneurs to establish Knightscope, a California company specializing in building autonomous crime prevention robots. The model they’re about to unveil, the K5, is a little bit like what you’d get if Batman crawled inside R2D2 and then got training from RoboCop.

After the Sandy Hook shooting, the NRA suggested putting an armed guard inside every school in America. Given the infeasibility and the sheer danger of such a proposition, the Knightscope founders were inspired to come up with a more workable solution that doesn’t involve placing more guns in schools.

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Japan’s Kirobo Robot Talks To Us From Space

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One small step for man, one even smaller step for robots. On August 21, Japan’s adorable Kirobo robot became the first robot to speak in outer space, putting to shame — at least linguistically — all the awesome rovers and satellites hanging out in our neck of the cosmic woods.

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Josh Holloway Runs From This First Intelligence Preview And Photo

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You know what would be a huge help if you were in law enforcement? If you had a high-tech computer implanted into your brain. That’s the central premise of the upcoming CBS science fiction drama Intelligence, which stars Lost alum Josh Holloway. Now we have a behind-the-scenes video and the first official photo from the series.

Holloway plays an agent named Gabriel, who works for a place called U.S. Cyber Command. He’s ex-special forces, has a hot sidekick, and whatever they do at Cyber Command, he’s the best at it. Head of the class, leader of the pack kind of stuff. Turns out having a microchip implanted in your skull has its advantages, and he can tap into the internet, get WiFi, and even access satellites, all from the comfort of his own head. He can run facial recognition all on his own without waiting for a spunky lab tech to do it. I bet he can even text and tweet from in there. There’s definitely a market for this kind of technology.