Lemur-Like African Primate Galago Inspires Design Of Fast Leaping Robot

The galago, a lemur-like primate found in Africa, inspired the designs of the new robot named SALTO. What are the abilities and potential applications of this new robot?

Robotics December 7, 2016

Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Can Now Chase You Down Even On Rough Grounds But You Don't Have To Worry

Researchers at IHMC have provided Boston Dynamics' Atlas humanoid robot with an algorithm that allowed it to walk on surfaces that are riddled with cinder blocks, successfully navigating partial footholds with grace and without toppling over.

Robotics December 4, 2016

NASA Develops Sense Of Smell In Rovers To ‘Sniff Out’ Life On Mars

NASA specialists have been working on a new instrument which will be used in looking for bio-signatures in the attempt to find life on Mars. Possibly, the technique will also be employed in observing other planets in our solar system.

Robotics November 2, 2016

How To Build A Raspberry Pi-Powered Wi-Fi Drone Disabler

Drones with high-quality video recording features, sold at an affordable price, have been the cause of alarm for some people because of the possibility to invade privacy. But disabling these drones is now possible through a Raspberry Pi disabling system.

Robotics November 5, 2016

Nanobionic Spinach Plants Engineered To Detect Buried Explosives

MIT engineers embedded the leaves of the spinach plant with carbon nanotubes to detect explosives that are hidden in the soil. How does plant nanobionics work?

Robotics October 31, 2016

Humanoid Robot Kengoro ‘Sweats’ To Cool Down, Power Through Push-Ups

To address the heating problem faced by robots and affects their efficiency and performance, Japanese researchers have offered a solution that allows sweating as a cooling mechanism. Kengoro, the humanoid robot can sweat to cool down.

Robotics October 15, 2016

MIT Researchers Develop Shock-Absorbent 3D-Printed Robots With Soft Skins [VIDEO]

By programming soft materials according to design specifications, MIT CSAIL researchers have managed to create a shock-absorbent 3D-printed robot with soft skins. The technology may be used in a range of applications, from commercial to military.

Robotics October 4, 2016

Meet Toyota's Kirobo Mini: This $400 Baby-Like Robot Can Respond To Human Emotions

Toyota is planning to release the Kirobo Mini, a baby-like humanoid robot, into the market early next year. The $400 robot is said to be capable of responding to human emotions, while animatedly engaging in conversations.

Robotics October 3, 2016

Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Tries To Balance On One Foot [Video]

Boston Dynamics showcased a video of its Atlas robot keeping its balance on a narrow piece of wood. The company’s research into human-like robots could bring us closer to seeing replicants, but the path is long and windy.

Robotics September 12, 2016

Researchers Study How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Urban Life By 2030

Stanford University has released the first part of its One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100), which focuses on the impacts of artificial intelligence. The report is designed to allay fears over the potential of AI programs to get out of hand.

Robotics September 5, 2016

Could Robots Ultimately Replace Restaurant Workers In The Future?

With workers protesting for an increase in minimum wage to $15, and companies unwilling to play nice, we could see a world where fast food restaurants have been taken over by robot employees instead of human.

Robotics August 30, 2016

Harvard's Soft-Bodied Robot Octobot Runs On Hydrogen Peroxide And Can Revolutionize Robotics

Harvard researchers have created a soft robot whose design is inspired by the octopus. Octobot uses hydrogen peroxide as source of power and can potentially change the course of robotics.

Robotics August 27, 2016

Researchers Building Robots To Exterminate Lionfish Population

The lionfish is an invasive species in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Florida. Researchers are currently testing a robot that can exterminate the species in order to protect the marine ecosystem in these waters.

Robotics August 27, 2016

New Breed Of Robots Compete For Space At The Operating Table

Robots are finding increasing use in cancer treatments, urology, gynecology and gastroenterology ops, as they all vie for space at the operating table.

Robotics July 28, 2016

World's Fastest Consumer Drone Teal Can Reach Speeds Of 85 Mph, And It's Modular

The modular Teal drone is a powerful machine, featuring speeds of 85 miles per hour and an integrated NVIDIA TX1 supercomputer. Even more astonishing is the fact that the man behind its development is just 18 years old.

Robotics July 21, 2016

Man Arrested In California For Flying Drone Over Wildfire: Why This Is A Serious Offense

A hobbyist drone operator was arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor after flying his drone over a wildfire in California. This is a serious offense, and here's the reason why.

Robotics July 18, 2016

US Government Taps Drones To Deliver Peanut Butter M&M Vaccines, Save Endangered Ferrets

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking to use drones to help the endangered black-footed ferret. The drones will be used to dispense vaccines for prairie dogs, the main food source of the ferrets, against the sylvatic plague.

Robotics July 15, 2016

The Mind-Controlled Bionic Arm Named After Luke Skywalker Will Finally Launch This Year

The mind-controlled LUKE bionic arm will be rolled out by the end of the year. Wearers can control the prosthetic limb, which presents a drastic upgrade to current basic offerings, by tensing or flexing their arm.

Robotics July 12, 2016

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

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