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Anki's AI-Powered Robot Cozmo Will Come With Substantial SDK And Easy-To-Understand Lines Of Code

Anki aims to revolutionize the way we look at robotics by bringing it to the masses’ fingertips. To make AI coding much easier, a purported novice-friendly SDK will ship with Cozmo once the cutesy robotic companion launches this coming October.

Robotics July 12, 2016

Engineers Working On Cyborg Locusts That Can Sniff Out Explosives

Researchers from the Washington University in St. Louis are working on a project to create cyborg locusts. The bugs will be able to perform better in bomb detection compared with robots due to their powerful sense of smell.

Robotics July 6, 2016

Anki's AI-Powered Cozmo Robot Is A Pixar Character In Real Life

Cozmo is a tiny robotic companion animated by machine learning, computer vision and artificial intelligence. The little robot is so powerful, its makers claim it can process more data than all of the Mars Rovers combined.

Robotics June 30, 2016

Flirtey Drone Delivers Drugs From Ship To Shore

Medical supplies and samples were carried to and from a ship for the first time, as that vessel was docked off the New Jersey shore. What makes this flight so important?

Robotics June 24, 2016

Fetch, Fido! Boston Dynamics SpotMini Can Do Your Household Chores And Will Slip On Banana Peel Too (Video)

Boston Dynamics' Spot now has a smaller, way more compact sibling. Meet SpotMini, the robotic dog that can pull its own weight around the house.

Robotics June 24, 2016

5 Key Issues In Robot Safety, According To Google Researchers

How does one ensure AI safety and avoid the dangerous, unintended consequences of robots' actions? Google released a new technical paper on this specific concern on artificial intelligence.

Robotics June 23, 2016

Machine Learns To Predict Human Behavior By Watching TV, YouTube

Humans can easily anticipate the next actions in a TV show or clip, but artificial intelligence systems can't. So what's the best way for them to learn? By binge-watching videos, of course.

Robotics June 23, 2016

Robot Maids? Elon Musk Wants To Build Domestic Droids To Do Your Chores

Robots could someday be programmed to perform basic household chores and many more. Tech genius Elon Musk and his non-profit OpenAI plans to accomplish this feat.

Robotics June 22, 2016

These Disposable Mini-Robots Can Save Lives

Take a look at these disposable mini-robots developed by UC Berkeley researchers that can prove useful in search and rescue operations — at a small size and even cheaper costs.

Robotics June 16, 2016

New Robotic Arm May Help Restore Sensation Of Touch To Amputees

Researchers in Australia are developing a robotic arm that can help amputees function more normally. The artificial limb may allow amputees or stroke sufferers to regain their sense of touch.

Robotics May 29, 2016

Why It's Good To Teach Robots How To Feel Pain

Developers in Germany have created an artificial nervous system that would teach robots to feel and react to pain. Is this a good idea?

Robotics May 29, 2016

A List Of The Worst Things An 'Evil' Artificial Intelligence Could Do

What could happen if artificial intelligence systems deliberately went rogue? A new research paper preemptively lists down the possibilities.

Robotics May 24, 2016

Egypt Deploys Robot Submarine To Search For EgyptAir's Flight MS804

An Egyptian robot submarine is joining the underwater search for the black boxes of EgyptAir Flight MS804, which disappeared from radar on May 19 while crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Robotics May 23, 2016

Robobee Can Land Anywhere Thanks To Static Electricity

A drone the size of an insect has been designed by researchers with a unique ability - being able to rest. Why is this such an important development in the evolution of these electronic devices?

Robotics May 22, 2016

Remember Pepper Robot? It's Getting Android Developer Tools And Landing On US Shores

SoftBank Robotics America has revealed that developers will be able to create apps for the Pepper robot thanks to a new software development kit. The SDK will also include the virtual Pepper robot.

Robotics May 20, 2016

Meet Cubimorph, A Shape-Shifting Rubix-Like Interactive Mobile Device

It is a cross between a Rubix cube and a smartphone. However, the Cubimorph could be a landmark step in developing programmable matter.

Robotics May 19, 2016

Artificial Intelligence Learns To Run Nobel-Winning Physics Experiment

Researchers in Australia have trained an artificial intelligence system to run a complex science experiment that involves Bose-Einstein condensate. The AI learned to conduct the process from scratch in less than an hour.

Robotics May 17, 2016

Hyundai Building Iron Man Suit: No Arc Reactor Required

Hyundai is developing an exoskeleton suit that can help factory workers, the elderly and people with disabilities move, and it's apparently inspired by Iron Man.

Robotics May 14, 2016

UK Wants To Bring Back To Life Eric, Grandfather Of Robots: Here's How You Can Help

Museum curators in the United Kingdom are planning to bring back to life a sensational robot that once became prominent in the late 1920s. Here is how you can help turn this into reality.

Robotics May 15, 2016

You Can Swallow This Origami Robot To Retrieve Foreign Objects That You Accidentally Swallowed

For people who eat bad things, a new robot could keep them from doing serious damage to themselves. This origami robot is being built to eat button batteries lodged in peoples' stomachs.

Robotics May 14, 2016

Swarm Intelligence Could Be Gamblers' Key To Betting: Here's How It Works

How does swarm intelligence amplify, not replace, human intelligence and change the way people predict the outcome of events such as the Kentucky Derby? Sports gambling just might be changed for good.

Robotics May 13, 2016

This Remote Control Robot Created By Disney Can Nearly Match Human Movements

Disney's new remote control robot can match human movements with incredible precision. The telepresence robot uses a unique hybrid hydrostatic transmission that allows for better maneuver.

Robotics May 14, 2016

Artificial Intelligence Correctly Predicts Winners Of Kentucky Derby

AI may conquer the world of gambling. Using human swarm, Unanimous' artificial intelligence UNO successfully predicted the top four horses in the Kentucky Derby.

Robotics May 11, 2016

Army Ants Inspire Scientists To Create Cooperative Robotic Cockroaches

VelociRoACHes get an upgrade and can now perform cooperative behaviors similar to army ants. Fine tuning the robots greatly impact rescue operations in the future.

Robotics May 8, 2016

Paralympian To Use New Bionic Hand Built By SFU Scientists For World's First 'Cybathlon'

Scientists from Simon Fraser University is working to optimize a bionic hand that would allow intuitive control of the prosthesis. The robotic limb will be tested in the inaugural Cybathlon in Zurich this coming October.

Robotics May 6, 2016

NASA's Valkyrie Humanoid Robot Readied For Ride To Mars

The Valyrie humanoid robot developed by NASA looks like a human being. But what is the advatage of humanoid robots in the quest to land on Mars?

Robotics May 6, 2016

Robot Surgeon Successfully Performs Pig Intestine Surgery By Itself: What This Means For The Future

Scientists have developed a programmable robot surgeon that can perform surgeries by itself. The autonomous robot was able to stitch a pig intestine more precisely than human surgeons.

Robotics May 5, 2016

Sea Urchin's Teeth Inspire Design For Mars Exploration Rock-Sampling Device

Engineers and marine biologists at UC San Diego use the sea urchin's intricate mouthpiece as inspiration in developing a claw-like device. The new technology can collect sediment samples more efficiently compared to the shovels used for space rovers.

Robotics May 4, 2016

World's Smallest Engine Is Tiny Enough To Enter Cells

Robots small enough to travel within human cells may soon be developed, following the creation of the world's smallest engine. How do these ultra-small engines operate?

Robotics May 4, 2016

Elon Musk Launches AI Gym To Train Robots

A gym for artificial intelligence? Yes, that's right. We wonder how much a monthly membership would cost. Elon Musk launches the OpenAI Gym Beta to help train robots.

Robotics April 29, 2016

Humanoid Robot Dives To Find King Louis XIV's Wrecked Ship And Treasures

A humanoid robot diver was able to find King Louis XIV's wrecked ship and obtain treasures. The robot mermaid named OceanOne showed promise for the future of deep sea exploration and research.

Robotics April 29, 2016

Darwin-OP2 Robot To Help Children With Autism Communicate More Easily

The newly designed Darwin-OP 2 Robot comes equipped to help autistic children in bettering their communication skills and social interactions. The robot is designed by Chung Hyuk Park, a biomedical engineering professor.

Robotics April 28, 2016

NASA, FAA Complete Most Complex Drone Traffic Management Test, Juggling 22 Drones At Once

NASA and FAA test site operators successfully flew 22 drones simultaneously in order to assess the former's UTM research platform used in rural operations. The space agency also plans to hand over its UTM research in 2019 to the aviation authority for more testing.

Robotics April 26, 2016

Artificial Intelligence vs. Poachers: How AI Can Help Protect Endangered Animals

Poachers have a new enemy: artificial intelligence. Scientists have developed an AI system that can continuously learn and adapt to illegal activities and help rangers move swiftly to protect endangered animals in the wild.

Robotics April 24, 2016

Stanford Scientists Build Wind Tunnel To Better Understand Bird Flight, Enhance Drones

Engineers are turning to bird flight to design drones better. Stanford researchers built a wind tunnel to study how birds maneuver in the air, applying their findings to enhance drones and aerial robots.

Robotics April 24, 2016

Eelume Looks Like An Alien Killer Robot, But It Actually Helps Humans Maintain Undersea Equipment

Meet Eelume, an eel-like robot that can perform undersea maintenance work. Its developers suggest that it can help operators significantly reduce undersea equipment maintenance cost.

Robotics April 23, 2016

MIT's New AI May Help Prevent Cyberattacks

Researchers from MIT and machine learning startup PatternEx combined machine learning algorithms-based systems and human expertise in new cybersecurity AI platform AI2. This innovation is said to detect cyberattacks 85 percent of the time.

Robotics April 20, 2016

Australia's Postal Service Testing Mail Delivery Drones For Packages

Australia’s postal service successfully launched a closed-field trial to use drones in the delivery of small parcels to customers. The technology, which aims to provide faster transportation of time-critical deliveries, is scheduled to run a customer trial later this year.

Robotics April 19, 2016

DJI Lets The Matrice 600 Fly: This Drone Promises To Do The Heavy Lifting, But Be Prepared For The Tag Price

DJI announced the Matrice 600 drone, which can carry a payload of up to 6 kilograms. The drone has a steep price tag of $4,599 and it can be used for professional film making and aerial photography.

Robotics April 18, 2016

Sharp RoboHon Phone Robot Dances, Talks And Projects Video, But Its Price Might Make You Cry

Sharp Corporation will bring a talking, dancing, video-projecting tiny robot to the market in May. The voice-commanded digital assistant sports a few assets that might convince robotics enthusiasts to reach for their platinum cards.

Robotics April 14, 2016

Say Hello To Hitachi's EMIEW3 Humanoid Helper Robot

Hitachi revealed its latest creation, EMIEW3, a humanoid helper robot specifically built for assistance in busy public places like malls, airports, hospitals, and other such facilities. Slated for a 2018 launch, this machine is a definite upgrade over its predecessors.

Robotics April 11, 2016

Alphabet X Showcases New Bipedal Robot That Can Climb Stairs And Overcome Obstacles

Alphabet X recently showcased its bipedal robot, SCHAFT, in Tokyo. This robot has the capacity to climb stairs, balance, overcome obstacles and more.

Robotics April 9, 2016

Meet Ecovacs' DEEBOT D79, A Vacuum Robot That Empties Its Own Dustbin

Ecovacs has come back with a new vacuum robot, the DEEBOT D79, which not only cleans, but self-cleans. This first-of-its-kind robot comes equipped with an advanced docking station that automatically empties the debris without human intervention.

Robotics April 10, 2016

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