In Pictures: The year in madly cool robots

From giants to itsy-bitsy shape shifters, robots are hot

The Emergency Integrated Life-Saving Lanyard, or EMILY, robot is outfitted the 5-foot, 5-inch (1.65-meter) boat with storm data-gathering sensors. Its builder, Hydronalix, based in Green Valley, Ariz., launched EMILY in 2010 as a robotic lifeguard.

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