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A Pixar Employee Creates Peek-A-Boo Robot That Acts Like A Baby

A technical director at Pixar developed a companion for his desk that can respond to human emotions, such as reacting like baby while playing peek-a-boo.

Robotics July 13, 2015

The Vortex Robot Toy Lets Kids Program It

A new Kickstarter projects aims to produce a robot toy for kids called Vortex, which not only allows them to play games via mobile app, but also teaches them how to program it.

Robotics July 9, 2015

Swiss Post Is Testing Deliveries By Drone This Month

Switzerland's postal service is partnering with Matternet to test the feasiblity of drone deliveries.

Robotics July 7, 2015

Interview With Mike Slee, Director Of National Geographic Documentary 'ROBOTS 3D'

National Geographic's new documentary 'ROBOTS 3D' introduces viewers to some of the most incredible humanoid robots around today, including iCub. Tech Times spoke interviewed director Mike Slee about his insights into humanoid robot development.

Robotics July 8, 2015

MegaBots And Suidobashi's Giant Robots Will Face Off In Robot Duel Challenge

The U.S. challenge of a Transformers-like giant robot duel has been accepted by the Japanese. American and Japanese robots will go hand-to-hand until one is left standing, their makers say.

Robotics July 7, 2015

Japan Accepts USA-Based MegaBots Robot Duel Challenge

Let the battle of the giant killer robots commence.

Robotics July 6, 2015

'Next-Generation Robots' Set To Be Introduced Into Japanese Airport

Robots made by Cyberdyne are set to be introduced into the Haneda Airport in Japan. Robots will take care of cleaning. Exoskeletons will also be provided, helping workers be able to lift more.

Robotics July 3, 2015

Scientists Find Latest Inspiration To Build Flexible And Tougher Robots From Seahorse's Square Tail

Seahorse-inspired robot technology is just the latest in a series of robot designs inspired by nature. Birds, turtles, cats and even cockroaches have inspired designers in their quest for more versatile robots.

Robotics July 2, 2015

Drawn Wants To Print Furniture With Robotic Arms For Fun And Profit

A robotic arm that once assembled cars is now being used to 'print' furniture.

Robotics July 1, 2015

USA-Based MegaBot Challenges Japan To The Ultimate Bot Battle

MegaBots takes on Suidobashi Heavy Industries with a tongue-in-cheek video invitation.

Robotics July 1, 2015

A Singing Robot Is Starring In A Berlin Opera

Meet Myon, the opera-singing, showboating robot, who scientists are studying to find out if robots can learn to feel emotions.

Robotics June 30, 2015

New '3D' Microphones Could Help Robots Improve Audio Sensing Capabilities

Scientists are developing a higher-end technology in microphones, making it possible for robots to 'listen in' and isolate conversations amid noise.

Robotics July 2, 2015

Hadrian, The Robotic Bricklayer, Can Put Down 1,000 Bricks Per Hour

Robots can do a lot of things, like water our lawns and vacuum our carpets, but one task they couldn't do is lay bricks. Now, however, that's about to change with a new robotic bricklayer.

Robotics June 26, 2015

Steve Wozniak Warns Humans Will Become Pets Of Robots

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes that humans will be the pets of robots someday, but it will be a good thing for us.

Robotics June 26, 2015

Watch Supersmall Self-Assembling Bloodstream Bots Deliver Drugs Directly Where Needed

Pills and shots are old-school methods of drug delivery. They've served us well in the past, but supersmall bloodstream bots are poised to revolutionize the way we administer medicine.

Robotics June 26, 2015

Ozobot Bit Makes Learning Block-Based Programming Fun

Evollve announced the launch of its second-generation Ozobot minirobot that teaches block-building programming skills.

Robotics June 24, 2015

New Robo-Mate Exoskeleton Can Make Its User 10 Times Stronger

The human body can only do so much - but what happens when you give someone a bit of robotic help? As it turns out, they get stronger, a lot stronger.

Robotics June 22, 2015

Pepper Humanoid Robot Sells Out In One Minute

The humanoid robot that can understand human emotion and interact with people from SoftBank and Alderbaran sold out in just one minute on Saturday.

Robotics June 22, 2015

Roach-inspired Robot Scuttles Through Clutter With Ease

Adding a cockroach-like outer shell to the design of a small robot improved its ability to negotiate obstacles. Similar robots could one day aid search and rescue operations.

Robotics June 23, 2015

UK Prosthetic Developers Create Advanced Bionic Hand That Is Controlled By An App

Touch Bionics developed the world's most advanced prosthetic that is partially controlled via an iPhone app.

Robotics June 19, 2015

Assembly Required (Sort Of): Autonomous Robot Assembles Birdhouse

What's not to love about a robot building a birdhouse?

Robotics June 22, 2015

Tiny Robots Will Be Able To Swim Through Your Bloodstream To Deliver Drugs

Tiny robots called nanoswimmers are being developed to deliver drugs to specific anatomical targets.

Robotics June 18, 2015

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

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