Tufts University Develops Robots That Can Learn How To Trust

Researchers at Tufts University are developing robots that can defy orders, depending on the perceived level of authority of the person giving the command, or it it puts the robot in a dangerous situation — which, in a way, helps it to develop a sense of trust.

Robotics November 25, 2015

Australia Using Drones In Hopes Of Reducing Amount Of Shark Attacks

The drones will use a GPS system to track sharks in shallow water and alert swimmers to be aware of them.

Robotics November 25, 2015

Robotic Church Founder Chico MacMurtrie And The Giant Inflatable Bridge He's Making For Super Bowl 50

Renowned for his large-scale, performing robotic installations, sculptor Chico MacMurtrie is currently working on an inflatable 60-foot bridge slated to debut at Super Bowl 50.

Robotics November 26, 2015

Autonomous Swimming Robot Aims To Clean Water Of Pollutants

The Row-bot is a self-powered autonomous robot that could be used to rid water of pollutants and contaminants.

Robotics November 23, 2015

IBM Research Team Programs Drone To Play Table Tennis

The IRIS+ drone looks like it has been hitting ping pong balls for years.

Robotics November 23, 2015

Start Your Engines: Drone Racing League Planning 6 Races Across US Next Year

The Drone Racing League is planning six races for next year. Drone racing would be a brand-new kind of spectator sport that would have fans watching as if they were sitting right in the cockpit of the drone.

Robotics November 23, 2015

Chinese TV Channel Hires Robot As Weather Reporter: Other Jobs Humans May Lose To AI

A Chinese news channel employed Microsoft's robot Xiaoice as a weather reporter. The move raised concern among journalists over the possibility of AI machines taking over their job.

Robotics December 28, 2015

Iran Unveils Surena III Humanoid Robot That Can Climb Stairs, Recognize Faces And More

Iran is making big steps in the world of robotics with its latest humanoid, the Surena III. This robot can climb stairs and even recognize faces and objects.

Robotics November 20, 2015

Hasbro's Robotic Cat Marks The Start Of New Toy Line For Seniors

Technically you could buy one for anyone, but it's pretty obviously intended for an older generation.

Robotics November 18, 2015

Drone Constantly Provides Real-Time Updates of No-Fly Zones

3DR's Solo smart drone is getting just a little bit smarter.

Robotics November 17, 2015

Parrot Unleashes Bebop 2: What Makes This Drone Better Than Its Sibling Parrot Bebop?

The Bebop 2 is being prepared to take the drone market by storm as Parrot moves to compete more effectively. With 25-minutes battery life and 37-miles per hour speed, this drone is going places.

Robotics November 18, 2015

Biohackers Turn Themselves Into Cyborgs With Northstar V1 LEDs Implanted Under Their Skin

During the world's first cyborg fair in Germany, a DIY cyborg community based in Pittsburgh showcased a light-up chip implanted under their skin. The current LED chip is meant to light tattoos but the DIY cyborg communities revealed other possibilities.

Robotics November 13, 2015

Gemini Smart Robot Teaches Kids Basics In Computer Programming

Gemini can be purchased via a $100 pledge on Makeblock's Kickstarter page.

Robotics November 11, 2015

OpenROV's Co-Founder Discusses the Future of Underwater Exploration

The co-founder of an underwater drone startup talk about their plans to further deep sea exploration.

Robotics November 12, 2015

A Chinese Robot Has Broken Records By Walking 83.28 Miles

A robot from China has broken records for the longest distance walked by a quadruped robot, walking a massive 83.28 miles over a period of 54 hours and 34 minutes.

Robotics November 10, 2015

MIT's Media Lab Developed A Shape-Shifting Robot That Can Be A Mobile Phone Or Wearable Device

MIT's Media Lab created a snake-like flexible, yet rigid, robot that is built from actuated curve interfaces that can transform into just about anything.

Robotics November 9, 2015

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

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