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RoboUniverse, where bots build, teach and sell (pictures)

Among the dozens of robots present at the New York trade show this week, one helps autistic children practice social skills and another is a roving kiosk for big-box stores.

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Welcome to RoboUniverse

This robotics trade show, held at the Javits Center in Manhattan this week, included presentations from iRobot and Wolfram Research, along with an exhibit hall filled with dozens of robots.

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Entering the exhibit hall

The floor, which was filled with about two dozen booths, hosted all kinds of robots inside, including robot arms for industrial work, a heavy-duty drone and a roving kiosk by Fellow Robots -- pictured here -- that can lead store customers to the specific items they are searching for.

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The Universal Robots arm

Universal Robots, based in Denmark, sells robotic arms for assembly lines in auto and pharmaceutical factories. The arms use different kinds of connectors to allow them to weld, glue, suction or clamp.

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Training the machine

Brian Kobus, a technical support worker for Universal Robots, demonstrates how to program an arm's motions using a tablet computer.

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Tablet controls

Here Kobus shows off the tablet remote and its controls.

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A robot to help kids with autism

This is Milo, developed by RoboKind Robots, which is a robot that can assist children with autism to practice social skills.

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Up-close with Milo

This $5,000 robot went on sale in January and is used in special-education classrooms and homes.

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It dances, monitors, talks

Milo can dance and walk around to keep children engaged in its lessons. It can also record its conversations with children and has an HD camera to allow therapists to monitor students' progress and participation.

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Playing with Baxter

Baxter, by Rethink Robotics, is a type of robot created to operate simple, repeatable tasks next to people in a production line without the need for safety cages. Here's 10-year-old Ishai Benari using a Baxter's clamp to pick up a calculator.

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Baxter in manufacturing

Baxters can be used for packaging, material handling, line loading and other simple tasks. In this demonstration, it uses suctions to pick up and move plastic pieces and a metal sheet.

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The follower

Doog created the robotic version of a duckling. You stand in front of it, press a button and it will start following you around once you start walking. These robots are used at malls to follow around salespeople with banner ads, but Doog may also use this same technology in the future for shopping carts, stretchers or wheelchairs.

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A delivery bot

The boxy QC Bot can deliver all kinds of products around a warehouse or manufacturing plant. So far, the robots have found a place in hospitals, safely delivering drugs from a pharmacy to doctors and nurses.

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A robot assistant for disabled people

This robotic arm by Kinova Robotics can be placed on a power wheelchair to help disabled people or those in rehabilitation grab and manipulate objects around them.

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A big drone

AeroCine shows off one of its drones, which are used for film production, capturing news events and inspecting real estate.

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Emergency-response bot

Acorn executive Barry Braunstein presents a first-responder robot built by RoboteX that his company helped develop. The bot can be utilized for hostage situations, fires and other emergencies.

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A tiny robotic arm

Tyler Chaulk, right, a "residential roboticist" for Newbotic, explains the uses of a small robotic arm by Energid to an expo attendant. The arm, he said, can be used for R&D, parts inspection and light manufacturing.

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JD Humanoid

JD is made from a robotics kit sold for $430 by EZ-Robot, which targets these kits for science and technology learning. After clipping the robot together, JD can walk, grip objects and see around it.

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