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Top 5: Sci-Fi robots and their real-life counterparts

This week’s been full of robotic stories from around the world, and CBR pondered about the future of robots in space.

We’ve culmiated now in the opening of registration for NASA’s Sample Return Robot competition.

Planned for June 2014, industry and academic teams from across America will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from wide and varied terrains without human controls. Teams will be winning the NASA funded 1.5 million prize.

So we decided to celebrate our robotics week with a little list of the our top five sci-fi robots, and their real-life counterparts.

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Automated vacuum cleaners and R2D2

Featured in our news story about technology cutting chores, automated vacuum cleaners are landing in more and more households, with the latest designs being able to map out plans of homes and starting to schedule their own operation. Shuffling around like a bit of an idiot, we’re still a long way off having our own little R2D2 cooking us dinner and handing out lightsabers, but with new voice response, they could still be just as sarcastic.


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