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Tesla SUVs & Cars Have New "Auto-Pilot" Mode!

Tesla drivers can now test a new beta auto-pilot feature in the new Model X & also available for download for the Model S, Tesla's first car. In auto-pilot mode, the Tesla vehicle completely takes over steering & driving! However, the driver should still keep their eyes & hands on the steering wheel just in case the driver needs to override it. This is NOT a fully self-driving or autonomous car in which the driver can relax & not pay attention to driving. Instead, this auto-pilot feature is more similar to the cruise-control feature that is built into cars today since it still requires driver's assistance.

So far, some Tesla drivers who have tried the new auto-pilot feature say that the feature is great, while other drivers have said it is scary & dangerous. Since this auto-pilot feature is still in beta testing, there are some glitches & the software engineers will be working on fixing those in the upcoming months. Check out this video in which a driver shares his experience on the road while testing out the new auto-pilot feature: 

What do you think about this "auto-pilot" feature in the new Teslas? Would you feel safe in a Tesla driving in "auto-pilot" mode?


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Can Drones Build A Walking Rope Bridge?

A team of researchers in Switzerland have been trying to answer that question! They have spent hours working on building a team of drones to fly & work together to build a rope bridge together. These drones are NOT controlled by a human via remote control. Instead, they're controlled autonomously all by themselves! Each drone has to be careful not to hit other drones or ropes or else the drone will crash! 

Watch this video to see the drones in action:


Do you think these flying robots could build large bridges in the future? Do you think we'll use drones for building construction in the future too?

Leave us a comment & let us know your thoughts below!

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Must-See Funny Humanoid Robot FAILS!

Robots are not perfect! Get ready to see this very funny, must-see video of humanoid robots falling during a recent robotics competition called the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge in Pomona, California. Get ready for a few good laughs!

Oh... and before you watch this video, don't forget to turn your volume up: 

While it's funny to watch what the robots didn't do right, just think about how hard it must be to program these robots do a lot of these tasks that seem so easy for humans. Even after engineers & researchers spent years building these robots, they still aren't perfect.

During the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge, 25 teams from around the world competed for a grand prize of $2 million. The goal of each humanoid robot is to complete tasks that could help in an emergency disaster where it is too dangerous for a human.

Check out this video to watch the humanoid robots successfully completing their tasks: 

And in case you're wondering, DARPA stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency & is part of the US government that is responsible for new technologies for the military. 

Do you think you'll want to build a humanoid robot in the future? Will you win the $2 million grand prize?

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Meet Pepper The Robot, World's First Home Robot

Pepper The Robot is the world's 1st friendly, personal humanoid robot for your home! His goal is to make you happy by being your friend & having fun with you. He is able to talk a lot... in fact, he likes to talk more than most other robots & enjoys telling jokes to make you laugh. He likes to play games & dance to music too, including pop and classical music. And since he has wheels, he can move around your home too.

Pepper is an emotional robot. He is smarter & more human-like compared to other robots because he understands emotions. He know what emotions you're feeling by listening to your voice & watching your face. He'll know if you are happy or sad, just like a real human. For example, he might play a song for you if you are feeling sad. Over time, Pepper learns more about you just like a human friend would.

Pepper has been very popular in Japan. In June, Pepper robots were sold to the public for the first time. 1000 Pepper robots were sold less in less than 1 minute!! Can you believe that? And he doesn't even have to do chores like washing dishes or cleaning the floors either!

Check out this video to see Pepper The Robot talking on stage about himself & innovation:


If you want to bring Pepper to your home, Pepper costs about $1500 & there is also a $200/month subscription fee. While Pepper is more expensive than many other robots, Pepper is actually a good price compared to other robots of his size. In addition, most robots can't do what he can do.

So, is your home ready for Pepper The Robot? Let us know below by leaving us a comment below!


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World's First Robot Hotel Opens In Japan

Henn-na Hotel is the world's first hotel run by robots & this this new hotel is located in Nagasaki, Japan. In Japanese, the hotel's name means "Strange Hotel". There are 10 robots throughout the hotel that help a guest during their stay. As a guest enters the hotel, there is a dinosaur robot & humanoid robots to help with check-in. There is another robot that will help take luggage to your room. There is even a friendly robot inside your room that can turn the lights off for you.

This robot hotel is an experiment to see how humans adapt to such a hotel run by robots & to see if they can cut costs for low-cost hotels. Do humans enjoy staying in a hotel run by robots or do they feel lonely? Do guests enjoy human interaction at a hotel?

Check out this video to see more about how the Henn-na Hotel works:

Would you stay at the Henn-na Hotel? Do you think we'll have more robot hotels in the future?


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