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Twitter-Powered Knitbot Knits Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Designated Drivers

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Don’t drink or drive, because lives will be on the line. If you’re going on a night out with friends where alcohol is involved, then it’s always best to assign designated drivers beforehand. That way, they’ll drink less than their limits and everyone will get home safe and sound.

As a means to promote designated drivers and reward them, Budweiser UK embarked on a campaign involving Twitter and a knitting robot called Knitbot. The Knitbot is powered by Twitter in the sense that it only knits ugly Christmas jumpers (that’s ugly Christmas sweaters in the US) when someone tweets updates containing the #Jumper4des hashtag.

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AWAD Robo-boots Give You a Boost of Strength

AWAD Boot

Need help walking? Then strap on the Ankle Walking Assist Device (AWAD for short) and go. It’s a robotic exoskeleton developed by Yaskawa Electric that’s designed to help people who have trouble walking. They’re geared towards the elderly who can’t walk at the pace that they used to, due to their age and all.

The AWAD system comes with two robo-boots and a battery pack that’s mounted around the waist. When the boots detect that its wearer’s heel has hit the ground, it gives a small boost of strength that helps maintain balance and keeps the person moving at a good pace. The system is adjustable based on the level of assistance its wearer needs.

People won’t be able to use AWAD to run like Usain Bolt, but it will help a lot of older folks walk and do their errands at a faster pace. Yaskawa plans to release AWAD into the market by 2015.

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Dude Builds An Adorably Awesome Real-Life Wall-E Robot

Wall-E Robot

Remember Wall-E? That scruffy but cute little bot who starred in his own movie five years ago? Well, now he’s made the ultimate of crossovers from the world of movies into real life. It didn’t involve magic or the involvement of studio giants, though. All it took to make it happen was one dedicated dude and his very good friend.

Mike McCaster and his buddy Mike Senna worked on their real-life Wall-E bot for years. It’s not just some R/C car that was taken apart and put together with a new frame either. They painstakingly crafted each piece for the robot from scratch.

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Air Hockey Playing Robot Is Impossible To Beat

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If you thought that all those hours spent at the arcade, perfecting your air hockey-playing skills were worth it because they’d made you unbeatable, know that it was all in vain. A soulless robot created by researchers at Chiba University’s Namiki Lab could prbably hand you your ass in a platter. The system captures your movements and that of the puck at 500fps, and anticipates your shots. This means that pretty much no matter what you do, the robot will have you beat. But this bot goes one level above simply having quicker reflexes than you. To keep you interested and playing (as opposed to giving up in frustration within a minute), it’ll make you believe you could have a chance, stringing you along for a while, learning your moves before mowing you down like last week’s lawn. This robot isn’t only fast, it’s a hustler.

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Drone Waiter Serves UK Diners–Is A Tip Still Required?

Drone Waiter

Do the usual rules of tipping etiquette still apply when you’ve got a drone for a waiter? UK-based Yo Sushi has begun using iPad-controlled quadcopters to deliver meals to diners at the restaurant. The drone waiter, which is aptly called the iTray, is equipped with two high-definition cameras so that the cooking staff can see the reactions of the customers when their food arrives.

You can check out a video of the iTray in action after the break.

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For Wannabe Felines: Robotic Tail Wags or Swings, Depending on Your Mood

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Animals can’t talk, but they have other ways to express themselves. For example, when a dog is excited, he wags his tail. When he’s waiting for you to do something (like walk him), he’ll sit patiently and swing his tail back and forth while looking at you. At least, that’s what my Shih Tzu does when he’s asking for a walk.

Humans don’t have tails because we can communicate perfectly without them, and besides, we don’t really need them. You can buy them and wear them, but you can’t control them… Until now, that is.

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Larry the Robot Vomits So Researchers Can Study What Happens When Sick Humans Do

Everyone, meet Larry, the robot that vomits so researchers can study what happens when real humans do. It sounds like a funny and improbably story, but it’s true, and it has everything to do with noroviruses. In a nutshell, noroviruses are responsible for inducing fits of nausea, abdominal pain, and forceful (and sometimes projectile) vomiting.

Scientists from a British lab needed to come up with a way to study how other people got infected with the virus after standing in proximity to a vomiting norovirus sufferer. Their solution was Larry, which can spew projectile vomit up to ten feet. It sounds pretty gross, but hey, it’s all in the name of science!

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This Robot Wants to Wish You a Happy New Year

Happy New Year Robot

Happy New Year!

Who did you kiss on New Year’s Eve? We’re into the second day of 2013 and thankfully, the world hasn’t ended. We might be a little late to the party, but this little robot from Alderbaran Robotics wasn’t, because he was dancing up a ton while wishing everyone a happy new year. In case you missed him, you can hit the break to check out his little performance.

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It Takes Five People Coming Together to Form Voltron, the Defender of the Universe

Voltron Costume

All hail the mighty Voltron! I literally grew up watching reruns of the series on television when I was a kid, so he’s pretty much my favorite robot of all time. He’s got a huge following, too, so it’s uncommon to see people dress up as Voltron during cons.

Voltron is larger than life, so it makes sense that one person is not enough to portray this character. A dude who goes by the handle of Crazy Ray agrees, which is why he spent over two months painstakingly cutting, gluing, and putting together five costumes that come together to form a single giant Voltron Force figure.

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