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Guards Are Battling Contraband-Smuggling Drones At US Prisons

The prison-industrial complex is plagued with a litany of problems - and the most recent is contraband-smuggling drones, sneaking everything from weaponry to drugs into the prison system.

Robotics November 6, 2015

Autonomous Robots Could Make Leeds Become The First Self-Repairing City

The University of Leeds is leading a national infrastructure project that will have robots and drones self-repairing the city.

Robotics November 6, 2015

Federal Bureau Of Prisons Seeks Protection From Drones

The Federal Bureau Of Prisons is seeking to purchase an anti-drone system to prevent the unmanned aerial vehicles from smuggling contraband items into prisons. What kind of system the bureau will purchase remains to be seen.

Robotics November 6, 2015

Want A Tattoo? This 3D Printer Has Been Hacked To Get You Inked

Ever wondered about getting your tattoo done by a robot? French designers have found a way to hack a 3D Makerbot and turn it into a tattooing machine.

Robotics November 6, 2015

Do Humans Have Empathy Toward Robots? Researchers Threatened Robots With A Knife To Find Out

Researchers recently conducted a study to determine whether humans felt empathy toward robots. To find out, the researchers showed volunteers images of robots in painful and nonpainful situations, then measured their responses to those images.

Robotics November 5, 2015

This Autonomous Drone From MIT Has Some Serious Moves To Avoid Obstacles: Dip, Dart, Dive Away [Video]

An awesome-looking drone has the ability to automatically dodge objects while flying at 30 miles per hour. The software used was created by an MIT student name Andrew Barry.

Robotics November 4, 2015

Army Of Drones To Repair Potholes In United Kingdom

The University of Leeds School of Civil Engineering will deploy a fleet of 'Perceive and Patch' robots to detect potholes and fix them on the spot.

Robotics November 2, 2015

DJI's Embedded Computer Can Take To The Skies Via Drone

Developer and manufacturer DJI's new embedded computer, the Manifold, not only touts itself as one of the top multi-purpose motherboards around, but can take to the skies via drone while simultaneously collecting and analyzing data.

Robotics November 2, 2015

Skype Co-Founders Invent An Autonomous Robot That Drives Down Sidewalks To Deliver Goods

Starship Technologies has announced its plans to launch a fleet of autonomous robots that will delivery groceries from local retailers in up to 30 minutes.

Robotics November 2, 2015

Yamaha’s Motobot Humanoid Robot Can Ride A Superbike Like A Pro

Because ordinary motorcycles are not enough, Yamaha decided to fit its bike with a humanoid robot. Meet the MOTOBOT Ver. 1, Yamaha's futuristic crash test dummy.

Robotics October 29, 2015

You Don't Need Coding Knowledge To Use This $350 Robotic Arm: A Kinect Will Do

The 7Bot is the first robotic arm in the world that’s built with computer vision and state of the art AI. It can easily copy your every move with no need to do some coding beforehand.

Robotics October 24, 2015

Dyson Finally Releases Vacuum Robot, But At An Insane Price

Dyson has finally released the 360 Eye, a robotic vacuum cleaner that costs more than the most high-end Roomba. What can it do to deserve such a high price?

Robotics October 24, 2015

3DR Web Series 'Life After Gravity' Is Shot Entirely By Drone - With Breathtaking Results

3D Robotics has released the dystopian web series 'Life After Gravity' on its YouTube Channel - and the whole thing is shot entirely by 3DR's Solo quadcopter drone.

Robotics October 22, 2015

High-Definition Video Of Spider Crickets Serves As Blueprint For Tiny Robots

The insects have evolved to sail through the air and land in amazingly efficient ways. That is perfect for robots involved in disaster relief.

Robotics October 22, 2015

New Technology Uses Robots To Write Textbooks

It seems like robots can do just about anything these days, and now we can add one more skill to the list. Researchers have now developed a program that allows robots to write textbooks.

Robotics October 21, 2015

3D Robotics Launches Made For Solo Program To Expand Its Drone's Capabilities

Your Solo drone could soon be able to do more. The company behind the Solo, 3D Robotics, launched its Made for Solo program Tuesday to aid in the development of new accessories for the drone.

Robotics October 20, 2015

Samsung, South Korea Team Up To Build Robots That Will Replace Human Workers

The South Korean government will invest in Samsung to make high-precision robots that can replace human workers. Increasing labor cost in China is one of the reasons that companies are moving to more automated factories.

Robotics October 21, 2015

Researchers Develop Pneumatic Actuator To Power Soft Robots: Is Baymax Coming Next?

Researchers at Okayama University in Japan have figured out how to power up a soft robot using only water and electricity. The pneumatic generator demonstrates simple and efficient engineering.

Robotics October 21, 2015

This Spherical Robot Was Inspired By 'Star Wars'

The QRoSS-II rolls around and then sprouts legs when it needs to. If you're a fan of 'Star Wars,' this robot might remind you of those Droidekas.

Robotics October 16, 2015

Drone-Guided Robot Bulldozers Being Used In Japan To Combat Construction Labor Shortage

The drones map out the area in 3D, providing real-time updates to track the amount of soil and cement being moved around on site.

Robotics October 14, 2015

Researchers Teach Robots How To Fall More Gracefully

Falling is painful and embarrassing, but it doesn't have to be that way — for robots, at least. Researchers at Georgia Tech have come up with an algorithm to help robots have less nasty falls.

Robotics October 14, 2015

Researchers 3D Print Lifelike Bionic Finger That Bodes Well For The Future Of Prosthetics

Researchers from the Florida Atlantic University built a robotic finger that looks, feels and moves like the real thing. The robotic finger may boost the capabilities of future prosthetics technology.

Robotics October 13, 2015

This 'Psychic Robot' Can Guess What You Are Thinking Of Doing: Helpful Or Dangerous?

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago created what they call a ‘psychic robot’ which can predict an intended action based on computer algorithm. The same capability can be expected even if the intended action accidentally changes course.

Robotics October 10, 2015

This Robotic Finger Could Be Mistaken For The Real Thing

A team of scientists at Florida Atlantic University has created a very life-like robotic hand, which might be put to use for developing prostheses in the near future.

Robotics October 8, 2015

This Washing Machine Of The Future Will Wash, Dry And Fold Your Clothes For You

Panasonic, Daiwa House and Seven Dreamers Laboratories demoed the Laundroid bot that will wash, dry and fold your clothes at CEATEC consumer electronic show in Tokyo.

Robotics October 8, 2015

Government Is Shooting Sterilized Moths From Cannons Attached To Drones To Solve Cotton Farming Pest Problem

The USDA is testing an experiment that consists of shooting sterile moths into cotton fields to falsely reproduce with wild moths to prevent infestations that destroy the crop.

Robotics October 8, 2015

This Software Can Read Your Mind -- In A Good Way!

New software could help stroke patients and others to correct movements.

Robotics October 8, 2015

Bang A Gong: Interview With Gamelatron Project Creator Aaron Taylor Kuffner

Aaron Taylor Kuffner, the artist behind the Gamelatron Project, creates robotic Indonesian gamelans that perform in museums, private galleries and urban spaces, where they create transformational soundscapes.

Robotics October 7, 2015

Finding It Hard To Assemble IKEA Furniture? Well, Robots Can't Do It Either

Researchers are attempting to build a robot that can assemble a chair from IKEA. Surprisingly the robot is having a hard time.

Robotics October 3, 2015

MIT Built Smarter And Softer Fingers To Pick Up Fragile Objects

To make robots more human-like, MIT has developed robotic fingers that are intelligent enough to anticipate the size and weight of an object, enabling it to pick up very fragile objects without doing them damage.

Robotics September 30, 2015

Drones Collide in Mid-Air for the Aerial Sports League's Quadcopter Game of Drones Combat

The drones used in the Aerial Sports League are made from an indestructible military-grade polymer, thus encouraging mid-air collisions during competition.

Robotics September 30, 2015

Robot Simulates Motion For Virtual Reality... Want To Go On A Ride?

Researchers at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI) in Tübingen have developed a new application - a robot that simulates motion for virtual reality environments. Meet the CableRobot simulator.

Robotics September 30, 2015

A Robot Rembrandt Could Be Your Next Surgeon

A college sophmore's painting robot could one day be used to perform surgeries.

Robotics September 28, 2015

A Helping Hand: E-NABLE Organization Builds 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands For Kids

e-NABLE has 6,300 volunteers who have helped build and fit 1,000 kids across 37 different countries with 3D-printed prosthetic hands. Here, its founder and president, Jon Schull, speaks with Tech Times about their global efforts.

Robotics September 28, 2015

Russian Cockroach Robot Could Save Lives And Spy On People Too

Experts from Russia have unveiled a mini robot that looks and moves like a cockroach and can carry a portable mini camera to help save lives and... spy on you.

Robotics September 28, 2015

Robot Called 'Lucy' Lines Up At Apple Store To Wait For iPhone 6s Release: Because Humans

An Australian woman eager to be among the first to get the latest iPhone 6s has sent a robot to wait in line at a flagship Apple Store so she doesn't have to. Named 'Lucy,' the robot will spend the night there in a special tent, complete with a charger to keep it juiced up.

Robotics September 24, 2015

This Japanese Robot Never Loses A Game Of Rock-Paper-Scissors

It cheats by using a camera and a hyperfast reflex system.

Robotics September 21, 2015

Volvo Developing Robotic Garbage Truck Worker To Assist With Trash Pickup

Volvo is collaborating with the Chalmers University of Technology, Mälardalen University in Sweden, Penn State University and waste-recycling company Renova to develop a robotic trash worker, one which can take direction from a refuse truck driver, collect and empty the trash.

Robotics September 16, 2015

Researchers At MIT Have Finally Found A Way To 3D-Print Glass Effectively

A new system accommodates glass' high-heat requirement and structural versatility during the printing and shaping process.

Robotics September 14, 2015

Sphero's Star Wars BB-8 Droid Now Supports Voice Commands On Android

Android users can now use voice commands for the Sphero BB-8 Droid, which is a robotic ball made in the likeness of the Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens character.

Robotics September 14, 2015

Adafruit's Limor Fried Ushers In A Cool New Age for Hobby Electronics

Not Just For Nerds: Adafruit Industries is infusing new life in the fusty world of hobby electronics.

Robotics September 11, 2015

Star Wars' BB-8 Droid Teardown Gives You An Idea How The Coolest Toy Of The Year Works [Video]

Star Wars' BB-8, deemed the 'coolest toy' this season, aims to wow fanatics. Reports have shared theories as to how the little droid really works.

Robotics September 5, 2015

A Robotic Exoskeleton Allowed This Paralyzed Man To Walk Again

Blind and paralyzed from the waist down, Mark Pollock is fighting to regain some of the physical abilities most people take for granted. By non-invasively stimulating his spine and training his legs using a robotic exoskeleton, Pollock has managed to win back some movement in his legs — and in doing so, became the first paralyzed person to regain this level of control.

Robotics September 2, 2015

According To the FAA, Motorized Paper Airplanes Could Now Be Considered Drones

When Peter Sachs, a lawyer and drone activist, requested an exemption to fly a UAV for commercial purposes, he got it — but the UAV in question is a paper airplane.

Robotics September 1, 2015

Dartmouth's Football Team Using Remote-Controlled Robotic Tackling Dummies

The Ivy League gridiron program has been utilizing two remote-controlled robotic tackling dummies, created by the school's engineering students, in practices. The high-tech dummies were made to reduce the risk of concussions and head and neck injuries.

Robotics August 28, 2015

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