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Lightweight Robotic Glove Could Improve The Lives Of Over 6 Million Americans

A lightweight robotic glove developed by a Harvard lab is poised to improve the lives of millions of people who have difficulty using their hands to pick up objects.

Robotics June 17, 2015

High Precision: Robot Tentacles Grab Ants By The Waist Without Crushing Them

A team of robot experts at the Iowa State University have discovered a new technique to allow robots to pick up and hold small and delicate objects without crushing them. Their soft robot design features limbs inspired by octopus tentacles.

Robotics June 13, 2015

Machine Beats Humans In IQ Test For The First Time Ever

For the first time in history, a deep learning machine has been able to beat a human in an IQ test when it comes to verbal reasoning, something that machines have traditionally not been very good at.

Robotics June 13, 2015

Future Robots Would Have Eyes As Powerful As Insect Eyes

A new algorithm developed by researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia allows robots to detect and track small targets as efficiently as dragonflies despite distractions from their environment.

Robotics June 12, 2015

DARPA Robot Showdown Winners Engineered To Save Lives: DRC-Hubo, Running Man, CHIMP

This year's winner of the DARPA Robotics Challenge is the team from South Korea that built and piloted the humanoid robot DRC-Hubo. The robots went through a series of challenges to see if they are good enough to be used in disasters.

Robotics June 11, 2015

Legendary Swordsman Isao Machii Trains Industrial Robot Motoman-MH24 To Become Super Samurai (Video)

Using motion-capture technology, a Japanese company programs an industrial robot to wield a samurai sword. Robot could exactly mimic the moves of a master swordsman, becoming a slicing and dicing machine.

Robotics June 9, 2015

DARPA Robotics Challenge: South Korean DRC-Hubo Robot Beats Rivals To Take Home $2 Million

South Korean robot successfully accomplishes tasks that could help deal with disaster situations. Competition was inspired by Japan's 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster, where robots could have helped in conditions too dangerous for humans.

Robotics June 8, 2015

Bipedal Disney Robots Now A Thing, Will Probably Take Over the World

Robo-Mickey Mouse is now closer to reality. A horrifying, horrifying reality.

Robotics June 1, 2015

Quick MIT Cheetah Robot Can Now Jump Over Hurdles: The Algorithms Involved

A cheetah robot developed by MIT researchers can jump over obstacles while running. The robot has been tested on hard surface and will soon be tested on softer terrain.

Robotics May 30, 2015

MIT Tiny Origami Robot Can Fold Itself And Self-Destruct: Perfect Profile For Future Micro Surgeon?

In a presentation held at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seattle, scientists from MIT and TU Munich unveiled their newly developed shape-shifting robot that is capable of walking, folding itself and even self-destruction.

Robotics May 30, 2015

Robo-Cheetah Jumps Over Hurdles In A Single Bound - Maybe This Robotic Cheetah Is A Winner (Video)

A robotic cheetah developed at MIT is able to jump hurdles without human intervention. What's next for this team?

Robotics May 29, 2015

Watch These Broken Robots Learn How To Walk Again All On Their Own (Video)

Robots can now learn to function in the face of damage without the help of a human. A new computer algorithm could help robots save lives in dangerous situations.

Robotics May 27, 2015

Thinking Of A DIY Internet Of Things Project? This Arduino Starter Kit Now Sells For $75

For those who like to tinker with computers and build things with their own hands while using some of their creative and imaginative skills, Arduino is offering a starter kit that allows users to configure a variety of things.

Robotics May 27, 2015

Drones Of The Future May Feature Batlike Ears And Nose

A new sonar system design borrows the horseshoe bat’s technique for navigating dense forests. The bio-inspired robotic sonar prototype features a movable batlike nose and ears.

Robotics May 21, 2015

The Rise of the 15-Foot Tall Fighting Robot: An Interview with MegaBots Co-Founder Gui Cavalcanti

MegaBots co-founder Gui Cavalcanti talked mech with Tech Times, giving us some insight into the future of its 15-foot tall fighting robots.

Robotics May 19, 2015

MIT Underwater Robots Have Cognitive Abilities To Achieve High-Level Goals

MIT scientists have developed a system called Enterprise that provides cognitive abilities to autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The system provides high-level decision making abilities to robots.

Robotics May 9, 2015

New Chinese Robot Called Yangyang Is Lifelike And That Makes It Creepy

A Chinese robot called Yangyang has creepy lifelike facial expressions. The robot also bears a resemblance to Sarah Palin.

Robotics May 1, 2015

Super Strong: Gecko-Inspired Robot Can Carry Over 100 Times Its Weight [Video]

The super climbing powers of the gecko is inspiring new robotics that may one day help save lives and make heavy lifting much easier in industrial and construction settings.

Robotics April 27, 2015

3D Robotics Solo Drone Poses Serious Challenge To DJI Phantom

3D Robotics goes after the DJI Phantom by focusing on flight controls and telemetry. It doesn't come with a camera, but it was built for one.

Robotics April 14, 2015

Google To Build Surgical Robots With Johnson & Johnson

Google has partnered with Johnson & Johnson to develop and build surgical robots in order to offer surgeons more options and precision in surgery. The terms of the agreement have not yet been disclosed.

Robotics March 28, 2015

Amazon Giving Away $25,000 To Find Robot That Can Pack Boxes

Amazon wants a smarter, more precise robot working in its fulfillment warehouse. The online retailer has launched a contest to tap into the talents of robot makers, offering a nice prize for the best robot.

Robotics March 27, 2015

Paul Walker's CGI In 'Furious 7' Could Lead To Future Of Purely Digital Actors

Furious 7 could lead to a ftuure where actors are purely CGI. The late Paul Walker was recreated using a combination of outtakes, CGI and his brothers as body doubles.

Robotics March 26, 2015

Robots Could Replace Half Of All Jobs In 20 Years

Robots will replace 47 percent of all jobs by the year 2035 if we’re to believe University of Oxford associate professor Michael Osborne.

Robotics March 24, 2015

SXSW Bans Drones Because Of 'Safety Risks' Posed To Public

The geek and alternative culture fest won't feature any drone innovations, which is sure to disappoint more than a few attendees who are eager to see the latest innovations with the flying machines. Police say safety for the public is the prime reason for the ban.

Robotics March 14, 2015

Robot vs. Robot: 'Real Steel' Robotics Championship 2015 Is On

The 15th Anniversary New York City FIRST Championship & Expo starts March 13 and runs through to Sunday, March 15 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Robotics March 12, 2015

Scientists Create Cyborg Roach -- Is Cyborg Tech The Way Of The Future?

Scientists have successfully created a cyborg cockroach that will be able to make its way through disaster zones and let scientists know when it finds a human. What else have scientists done with cyborg technology?

Robotics March 5, 2015

'Are You Satisfied With Your Care?' New 'Gentle' Caregiver Robot From Japan Enters Experimental Stage

Scientists at the Riken institute and Sumitomo Riko Company in Nagoya said they have developed a new experimental nursing care robot with a human-like 'gentle touch.'

Robotics March 3, 2015

Japanese Company Creates Tomato Dispensing Robot For Athletes: Why Web Believe It's a Great Idea

Who knew that a robot chugging tomatoes down our throats would have turned out to be a great idea. Now only if Kagome can make it smaller than it is now.

Robotics February 24, 2015

Universal Robots: Robotic Arm Used By BMW Is Making Life Easier

Universal Robots' UR5 and UR10 robot arms are used in BMW's assembly and production lines, working side by side with humans to streamline processes. How could using these safe, uncaged robots change the future of production?

Robotics February 13, 2015

Do-It-Yourself Robotic Arm: Easton LaChappelle Teaches You To Build Your Own Prosthetic

At age 19, Easton LaChappelle's website, Unlimited Tomorrow, holds the instructions for how you can build your own robotic arm using a 3D printer.

Robotics February 13, 2015

Don't Shoot Down Drones: NoFlyZone Allows You To Declare No-Fly Zone Over Your Property

NoFlyZone.org will aid people in securing the airspace above their homes by creating no-fly zones as anti-drone sentiments continue to rise. The service is free and is the initiative of several drone manufacturers.

Robotics February 12, 2015

Konnichiwa! IBM Watson Will Learn Japanese In Partnership With SoftBank

Watson starts to learn Japanese and will begin to understand the intricacies of the language, thanks to IBM's partnership with SoftBank. IBM and SoftBank are working together to drive Watson deeper into Japan's enterprise, strengthening each others' presence in the country while doing so.

Robotics February 11, 2015

Google's Boston Dynamics Unleashes Kick-Proof Robot Dog: What Can It Be In the Future?

It's called Spot and the robot dog, uncanny like a real one, reacts in a similar way to obstacles and challenges.

Robotics February 14, 2015

DJI Wants Phantom 2 Drone Owners To Roll Back To Firmware v3.08: Here's Why

DJI had to pause rolling out the Phantom firmware v3.10 update and advised the Phantom pilots to stick to the previous firmware v3.08. Those who are running an older Phantom firmware version are also advised to update to v3.08.

Robotics February 7, 2015

From Robot Receptionists To Porter Robots: Say Hello To Henn na Hotel - World's First Robot-Managed Hotel

A hotel in Japan is using robots as receptionists, bellhops, and maintenance workers, allowing the hotel to keep costs very low. Not only that, but it will also use facial recognition for room entry and solar panels for energy.

Robotics February 6, 2015

Star Wars Fan Makes Millennium Falcon Drone Out of Quadcopter And It Looks Amazing [Video]

Watch this video of a miniature Millennium Falcon soaring over a snowy environment in a flight reminiscent of the Rebels’ evacuation from Hoth.

Robotics February 5, 2015

DARPA Trains Robots To Cook By Watching YouTube Videos: Why It's Significant

Study suggests a day when humans won't have to teach a task to a robot; the robot will learn by itself. All it needs is a video of the intended task, researchers suggest.

Robotics February 1, 2015

Bill Gates, Like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, Worries About Artificial Intelligence Being a Threat

In his most recent Reddit Ask Me Anything session, Gates echoed the concerns of Musk and Hawking that the scenarios unfolding in science fiction movies such as the Terminator could become reality.

Robotics January 29, 2015

DALER: This Bat-Like Robot Is No Batman But Just As Useful

A robot inspired by vampire bats could carry out search and rescue operations in areas that most vehicles can't reach. How does it work?

Robotics January 25, 2015

Swiss Engineers Build Drone That Can Fly and Walk: Meet DALER

The DALER's design was inspired by the vampire bat and, just like the flying mammal, the robot can both fly and walk, making it useful in search and rescue operations.

Robotics January 23, 2015

Scientists Upload Mind of Roundworm in Lego Robot: Nearing Artificial Intelligence?

Robot with software modeled on a worm's neurons can replicated worm's behavior, researchers announce. Project may bring AI one step closer.

Robotics January 21, 2015

DARPA Upgrades ATLAS: Humanoid Robot Gets Better Functionality, Shiny Chest Plate

DARPA unveiled the newly upgraded Atlas, its search and rescue humanoid robot, in time for the upcoming DARPA Robotics Challenge in June. Except for the lower legs and feet, 75 percent of the robot has been overhauled.

Robotics January 21, 2015

For Sale on Amazon Japan: 13-Foot Kuratas Mech Suit for $1 Million

The Kuratas robot suit weighs 5 tons and can reach top speeds of 10 kilometers per hour. The robot also has BB Gatling gun that is capable of firing 6,000 rounds per minute.

Robotics January 20, 2015

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