• Kinect Powered Robot Could Help Earthquake Victims

    Posted March 1, 2011 - 9:06 pm

    A Kinect-powered robot could soon be helping locate earthquake victims, thanks to the engineering ingenuity of a group of U.K. students. The rescue-robot, developed at the University of Warwick by the geeky Warwick Mobile Robotics (WMR) team, could help significantly reduce the costs involved in earthquake rescue attempts.
  • RoboThespian sings, does impersonations

    Posted March 1, 2011 - 4:19 pm

    It sings, acts and even does impersonations. Just don't ask this robot to vacuum the floor. One of the stars of Cebit 2011 is RoboThespian, an entertainment robot from the U.K.
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    RoboThespian sings, does impersonations [video]

    Posted March 1, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    One of the stars of Cebit 2011 is RoboThespian, an entertainment robot from the UK. It won't vacuum your floor and can't make cars like other robots, it's sole purpose is to communicate and it does that with a good deal of humor.
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    A Nao robot performs at Cebit [video]

    Posted March 1, 2011 - 10:05 am

    A Nao robot performs at Intel's Cebit news conference.
  • NASA: Robotic work station fails during spacewalk

    Posted February 28, 2011 - 9:56 pm

    The central command post for the International Space Station's robotics work failed Monday in the middle of the first spacewalk for the shuttle Discovery's final space mission.
  • 'Discovery' blasts off on final NASA space mission

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    NASA's space shuttle Discovery lifted off on its 39th and final mission into space from Kennedy Space Center late this afternoon.
  • Robotic knifefish swims forward, backward, vertically [video]

    Posted January 21, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    Researchers at Northwestern University (including a robotics expert who consulted for Tron: Legacy) have developed a robotic knifefish, inspired by the actual fish that swims in the Amazon. The team of professors and grad students had only seen the living black ghost knifefish (how's that for a name?) swimming horizontally, until one day they witnessed the fish swimming vertically, and were thus inspired to find out how this fish could move upwards in its tank.
  • The top robots of 2010

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:44 am

    We’ve worried about robots steadily taking human jobs and even creating themselves without human intervention. Robots even grew their own brains and were out to, er, punch us. But none of this block the path for some great robotic creations in 2010, including both scientific and homemade inventions. So here are just a few robotic highlights of the last year.
  • 2010 robots review

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 10:34 am

    2010 has been quite a year for our gear-driven robot friends. Here's our review of the year's robot news.
  • Another good reason not to go for a stroll in South Korea

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 11:59 am

    The most heavily fortified border in the world relies on a lot of smart, automated, remote-operated military tech as well as all those grunts with rifles.
  • Want a robotic massage? This robot's got your back

    Posted November 30, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    We’ve seen all sorts of home robots with wheels, most famously the Roomba and Clocky, but the latest 'bot from DreamBots is supposed to deliver massages as it rolls around your back and arms.
  • Small Flying Robots Getting Cheaper, Lighter, Smarter

    Posted November 12, 2010 - 11:15 am

    What would you do with a plane that weights 10 grams? Or with a $300 iPhone-controlled quadrotor aircraft that weights just a few ounces? Would you impress your friends, do aerial photography, or would you just fly it for fun? Several DIY groups and academic researchers are making it easier to build and fly inexpensive, light-weight planes controlled with smartphones and infrared transmitters.
  • Robot Powered by Rat Neurons Learns to Avoid Walls

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 3:02 pm

    Ever wanted to build a robot brain out of actual neurons? (Uh, don't answer that.) In a story straight out of something from Dr. Who or other science fiction tales, Kevin Warwick of the UK's University of Reading--a cyborg in his own right--has been developing electrode arrays with rat brain cells growing on them in order to control simple robots. After being placed on electrodes, embryonic rat neurons begin growing and forming branched projections called axons and dendrites, and ultimately form neural pathways between different portions of neurons.
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    Happy 10th birthday Asimo!

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    In its 10 years of "life" the Asimo humanoid robot has learned to deliver drinks, move office supplies and conduct an orchestra.
  • Driverless Robotic Vans Cross Asia, Pick up Hitchhikers

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 9:33 pm

    Last month, Google surprised us when it demonstrated that current automation technology is reliable enough to drive a car for you. Even more impressive is that not one, not two, but four robotic vans using technology similar to Google's have crossed from Italy to Shanghai, China, all completing the 8,000-mile trek without drivers just in time for Shanghai Expo.
  • Nightmare robots: 20 real and creepy androids

    Posted October 28, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    Happy Halloween: These 20 creepy robots are guaranteed to give you the heebie-jeebies.
  • Get Snooping With a Nosy Japanese Robot

    Posted October 26, 2010 - 2:11 pm

    If you're a homeowner and have done any sort of do-it-yourself home projects, chances are you've had to get into the crawlspace beneath your home on some occasion. It's a dirty job, sure, but somebody's got to do it. However, a robot out of Japan can save the hassle.
  • Doctors Perform First Fully Robotic Surgery

    Posted October 22, 2010 - 11:29 am

    Doctor's at Canada's McGill University Health Centre took a new step in robotic medical procedures with the first all-robotic surgery. While robotic surgeons have been used in an expanding number of procedures over the past few years this is the first where no part of the surgery was performed directly by humans.
  • Are Robots Really Stealing Human Jobs?

    Posted October 20, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    Finding it hard to find even the most basic of jobs these days? Blame it on the robots then, says MIT economist, David Autor. In his (working) Spring paper, Autor conducted a study into the affect of rising technological advances on low- and high-skilled jobs. He found that robots were replacing humans where there were more routine tasks involved, such as in manufacturing, banking, or medicine.
  • Behold the Robotic Future of Cake Decoration

    Posted October 19, 2010 - 9:28 pm

    Developments are still continuing apace in the field of delicious-food-making robots. This time we have an automated cake decorator that extrudes designs onto your cake in a process that's one part frosting, one part spirograph, and 100% awesome.
  • Human-Punching Robots Investigate our Pain Threshold

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 8:47 pm

    If science fiction has taught us anything about robots, it’s to have a healthy fear of the day when they rise up and start attacking us. In order to avoid that fate, Asimov created his famous First Law of Robotics, which says that a robot cannot injure a human or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • Homebrew Walking Robot Powered by Chumby

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 9:02 pm

    Remember the Chumby, that app-based hackable Internet... thing? We’ve already seen some interesting mods of this device, including a Linux tablet for under $200, but did we ever expect to see one of these walking?
  • Take this robotic car for a test drive ... online

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    Starting November 1st and continuing for ten days, Mitsubishi is offering U.S. drivers a chance to take its new Outlander Sport for a test drive online. It isn't a computer simulation.
  • Man Makes Life-Sized R2-D2 Replica, Takes it for a Spin

    Posted September 28, 2010 - 9:43 pm

    Just when you thought Star Wars robots and figurines couldn't get any better, they did. One man built the ultimate accessory for any Star Wars fan: A life-sized, fully controllable R2-D2 replica. And, oh yes, you can hop in and drive it.
  • Artificial 'E-skin' May Soon Help Robots 'Feel'

    Posted September 13, 2010 - 9:57 am

    Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new technology that may help robots feel, give the sense of touch back to those with prosthetic limbs, and ultimately help robots do the dishes without breaking them (and while they're at it, maybe make a sandwich without turning it into land of the flatlanders).
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