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Expanding the definition of  "Humanoid."
Hey, wise-guy robots, news flash: Humans would like you a lot more if you didn’t act like you knew everything all the time. A study conducted by  Cornell and Carnegie Mellon scientists found that people respond to robots better if they act less authoritative and use meaningless filler words to soften their communication.  “People use these strategies even when they know exactly,” Susan Fussell, associate professor of communication at Cornell Univ...
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Greetings,

Thanks for participating in the Make-GE Robot Hack. Hope you enjoyed last week's finale. Interest remains high on the G+ Community Page. We now have 782 members with some 50 new members joining since last Wednesday!

Please send me your comments and suggestions for how we might be able to improve on this experience, and keep the Robot Hacks community growing.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Live Hangout will start in 30 minutes!
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Just smoked a servo. Wheee! 
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Robot Hacks about to start! Please join us from Makezine page or Maker Sessions Page
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Robot Hacks Session #3 - Humanity: At the Core of Robotics Excitement, with Gael Langevin. To sign up for the live Hangouts on Air, see the "Events" tab on the Community Box in the left hand column of this page.
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HUMANITY: AT THE CORE OF ROBOTICS EXCITEMENT

What is effortless for the flesh is Promethean for robotics. For decades scientists and engineers have sought to model the mechanics of the human hand. Grasping objects, picking them up and manipulating them are so intuitive as to be thoughtless. The coordination required to play musical instruments is miraculous. 

In theory, every anatomical movement ought to be analyzable and reproducible. Beyond that however hovers the reality of practice where controllers, motors, linkages and need to be organized in a way that looks a little more elegant than a steam shovel.

That's where people like Gael Langevin enter the picture. At heart Gael is a sculptor and model maker. According to his Facebook profile he listens to Hu-Music and Pepper Island. In "real life" he is a designer for big corporate brands. Langevin's new passion is for robotics, particularly humanoid innovations.  Anatomical movement and flexibility has inspired his new quest: InMoov.  

InMoov, Langevin’s personal project, was initiated in January 2012 after buying a 3D printer. It’s the first Open Source life-size 3D printed robot. It started with the design of a hand, that can be used as a prosthetic. Replicable on any home 3D printer, it is conceived as  a development platform for Universities, laboratories, hobbyists, but first of all for Makers. Join Gael, live, along with Greg Perry of My Robot Lab, and Chuck Fletcher, Director of Technology at the Wonderfactory on Wednesday, November 13, 4pm PT, as they talk about InMoov, from conception to reality.
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Is there a poster of this available somewhere? There's a spot above my desk just itching for that kind of inspiration! :)
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You thought self-driving cars were cool or alarming? We have videos for you.
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It looks like Google is going all in to win the DRC robotics challenge! 

This is a win win for everyone!
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We're planning Nov 20 Robot Hacks Finale. If you want to share your efforts and visions with our Master Makers and the Robot Hacks community send me a brief description of your project THIS WEEKEND.

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We'll start at 4pm PST. (California)
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Stretch goal:  Walking on rocks! Check out Atlas from Boston Dynamics:
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Bots for elderly featured at Tokyo Show:
The largest-ever edition of Tokyo's iRex robot trade show promotes ideas for an aging society. Read this article by Tim Hornyak on CNET.
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Expectations - and fun - from Robot Hack Teams around the world. Got News? Got Comments? Send them along.

...Wow. So cool. Waiting for ours to reach India :) (abhljt Sinha)

... I think i am the only one from Poland who is going to get this kit. I am so existed for myself, my kids and my neighbor's kid ( who is
equally fanatic about robots as me ) .
So lets hope i get this kit as i have promised my kids a robot this Christmas... (Ashutosh Dobhal)

...Can't wait for our kit to arrive. We are having our first planning session today (monkeyforge)

...I just thought the Mac was included in the package ;p !(Abhinav Dey)
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Also very curious when the kit will arrive here in the Netherlands....
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