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NASA Now Testing 'Bumble' Robot Assistant On-Board Space Station

Bumble and its companion Honey, two of the three Astrobee robots, arrived at the International Space Station last month. The free-flying cubes were designed to assist the crew in day-to-day tasks.

Robotics May 21, 2019

NASA Scientists Working On Soft Robots That Looks A Lot Like Sci-Fi Aliens

NASA interns have been developing soft robotic actuators that can expand the tasks that future robots can perform. Scientists are hoping to use soft robots for future exploration and building in space.

Robotics May 11, 2019

Drones With Bird Claws Could Save More Battery Life

Adding a bird-like claw to drones could extend and save more of its battery life. The talon-like gripper could allow the drone to perch on the side of buildings and continue its monitoring while resting.

Robotics May 8, 2019

Silicon Valley Robot Farm Begins Selling Its First Produce

A robot farm started selling leafy greens in a local store in California. The company that uses fully autonomous robots with human oversight said it reinvented farming to grow the most delicious and consistent vegetable produce.

Robotics May 6, 2019

The Rise Of Microscopic Robots: Scientists Making Headway In Developing Microbots

An army of microscopic robots developed by researchers from Cornell University might one day perform medical tasks such as delivering drugs within the human body. The microbots can be injected using an ordinary hypodermic needle and can survive harsh environments.

Robotics May 1, 2019

NASA Is Testing Swarms Of Tiny Cicada-Like Drones

NASA tested CICADA drones that can monitor the weather and atmosphere. The tiny flyers have been developed by the U.S. Navy with the hopes of deploying the drones in hostile territories.

Robotics April 23, 2019

Scientists Make Self-Organizing And Self-Assembling Robots From DNA

Using the concept of artificial metabolism, a team from Cornell University designed lifelike machines using synthetic DNA. These self-organizing and self-assembling robots can also evolve and grow, but the scientists say they are only lifelike, not alive.

Robotics April 22, 2019

Learning-Based Particle Simulation Could Lead To Robots With Better Fine Motor Control

Researchers created a new model that can teach robots how to approach and handle different materials. In an experiment, the team used a robotic hand to create 'sushi' shapes using a deformable foam.

Robotics April 22, 2019

Scientists Create 'Living Machine' That Can Eat, Grow, And Evolve

Cornell University engineers created a DNA material that has the three key traits of life. The way it autonomously organizes, synthesizes, and restructures itself is rather similar to how biological cells do so.

Robotics April 20, 2019

WATCH: Boston Dynamics Robot Dogs Tow Huge Truck

A pack of robot dogs drag a massive tow truck easily across a stretch with a slight incline. The staggering power of the SpotMini robots, which will soon be available commercially, left viewers in awe online.

Robotics April 19, 2019

French Firefighting Robot Colossus Helped Save Burning Notre Dame Cathedral

Thanks to 400 brave firefighters and a powerful firefighting robot called Colossus, much of the Notre Dame Cathedral was saved after the fire. What are the specifications of the Colossus robot?

Robotics April 17, 2019

High School Robotic Team Builds Power Wheelchair For 2-Year-Old Cillian Jackson Who Has Rare Genetic Condition

High school students from Rogue Robotics Team at the Farmington Public Schools developed a motorized wheelchair to help a toddler move around. The invention has changed the life of Cillian Jackson who has a rare genetic condition.

Robotics April 4, 2019

Robot Translator Allows Fish And Bees To Communicate With Each Other

Engineers made it possible for fish and bees to communicate with each other using a robot translator. The experiment was chaotic in the beginning, but turned out successful in the end.

Robotics March 23, 2019

Researchers Develop Terminator-Esque Liquid Metal In Lab That Stretches And Moves

While robots are less likely to transform into humans, a new experiment showed Terminator-like liquid metals can change shape. Not only can they stretch, but they can also move, further improving soft robotics.

Robotics March 22, 2019

Cell-Inspired Particle Robot Works Without Centralized Control

Columbia University and MIT researchers have developed particle robots capable of moving together as a collective. The team drew inspiration from living cells that can move as a group but not individually.

Robotics March 21, 2019

MIT, Harvard Scientists Create Origami-Inspired Robot Flytrap: Here's What It Can Do

Researchers from Harvard and MIT developed a robotic hand that can pick up a wide array of objects. Once it has overcome some limitations, the origami-shaped hand has the potential to be used in a variety of ways.

Robotics March 14, 2019

Self-Learning Robot Hand Can Manipulate Objects Like A Human

Present-day robots can impressively mimic human motions and perform pre-programmed actions. A new amazing robot, however, can perform can hold and manipulate an object like a human hand.

Robotics March 3, 2019

Ultrastrong Spider Silk May Be Used As Robotic Muscles

Spider silk is already known for being one of the strongest materials, and now researchers found a use for it in robotics. It can be used to make artificial muscles.

Robotics March 1, 2019

Scientists Use 'MERMAIDS' Floating In The Ocean To Scan Interior Of The Earth

Seismologists used a network of buoyant devices to scan the earth’s interiors. Seismographs obtained by these floating sensors help researchers gain access to the unmonitored ocean floor and learn more by listening to waves created by deep earthquakes.

Robotics February 9, 2019

Scientists Create Self-Repairing Robot That Is Also 'Self Aware'

Scientists invented a robot that is "self-aware," which means, it can learn what it is — from scratch. In just about a day of in-depth computing, or a brief "babbling" period, the robot initiated "self-simulation."

Robotics February 2, 2019

MIT Engineers Develop A Robot That Can Play Jenga

A new robot from MIT uses machine learning algorithms to play Jenga. The robot analyzes its next moves through tactile and visual stimulation.

Robotics February 1, 2019

Researchers Create Soft Robot That Moves Like Plant Tendrils

Scientists have created a soft robot that mimics the movement of plant tendrils, curling and climbing like a vine. They studied the plant’s natural water transportation mechanism and replicated it as artificial tendril to perform reversible movements.

Robotics January 31, 2019

Scientists Develop Microrobot That Can One Day Bring Medicine Straight To Target Tissues

A team of researchers developed a microrobot that can one day revolutionize targeted drug delivery. The tiny elastic robots could ideally bring the medicine straight to the target area with ease.

Robotics January 19, 2019

Researchers 3D Print A Robot Hand And Teach It To Play The Piano

A robotic hand designed to mimic the human hand was able to play different styles of music on a piano. The project, according to researchers, aims to improve designs for prosthetics and other objects that require complex movements.

Robotics December 21, 2018

Sticky Feet Helps Harvard Researchers Create Wall-Crawling Robot

The researchers at Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) designed microrobots with sticky feet. These wall-climbing robots could be used inside parts of jet engines and complex machines.

Robotics December 20, 2018

Google And MIT Researchers Unveil AI Concept That Could Create 3D Models With Realistic Textures And Lighting

An artificial intelligence system by Google and MIT was able to generate images that can pass off as photographs. The AI has created 3-dimensional objects complete with lighting and texture, making them look realistic.

Robotics December 5, 2018

Robot Boy Crying, Bleeding, And Calling For His Mom To Train Medical Students

A life-like robot boy named Pediatric HAL is described as 'the world's most advanced pediatric patient simulator' by its creator, Gaumard Scientific. HAL is capable of shedding tears and bleeding, and can even go into anaphylactic shock.

Robotics September 11, 2018

Helping Children With Autism Using Robots: Meet QTrobot

LuxAI, a robotics startup company has made a cute bot named QTrobot that could immensely help children with autism develop social skills. The researchers will present the findings of their study on Aug. 28 at the RO-MAN conference.

Robotics August 15, 2018

Tiny, Self-Powered, Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Environment And Store Data

MIT researchers have created tiny robots using electronics grafted onto microscopic colloidal particles. These microscopic robots can gather, store, and process data about their environment.

Robotics July 31, 2018

Russia To Send FEDOR Humanoid Robots To Space Station

Russia's Roscosmos space agency reportedly approved plans to send two humanoid robots to the ISS. The FEDOR robots were trained to fire pistols using both arms, operate a drill and drive a car.

Robotics July 22, 2018

Elon Musk’s Kid-Size Submarine For Thai Cave Rescue Arriving In 17 Hours

In a series of tweets, Elon Musk showed the kid-size submarine his team of engineers built to help rescue the boys trapped in Thailand cave. On Sunday, he tweeted that the submarine is arriving in Thailand in about 17 hours.

Robotics July 9, 2018

MIT’s ‘Blind’ Cheetah 3 Robot Now Ready To Explore Dangerous Territories

MIT engineers announced the latest improvement in the design of the Cheetah 3 robot. It now has a ‘blind locomotion’ ability that makes it capable of exploring dangerous territories even at zero visibility.

Robotics July 6, 2018

This Smart Prosthetic Ankle Can Easily Adjust To How Its User Walks And Rough Terrain

Engineers at Vanderbilt University found a solution for amputees who complain about soreness after walking on uneven terrains or climbing stairs. They’ve invented a 'smart' prosthetic ankle that adapts to its user’s gait and the surface of the ground.

Robotics June 28, 2018

This Technology Will Allow You To Control Robots With BrainWaves And Hand Gestures

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory debuted a new robot control system on Wednesday, June 20. The new technology allows users to control robots using brainwaves and hand gestures.

Robotics June 21, 2018

Top 10 Designs At Boeing's $2 Million 'Personal Flying Device' Contest Revealed

The winners of GoFly Prize Phase I all have unique designs and styles. In Phase II, innovators have to bring their ideas to life by actually building them.

Robotics June 14, 2018

‘Half-Human Half-Robot’ US Army Becomes Reality With Mechanical Third Arm And Exoskeleton Technology

Two robotic technologies could give US soldiers the lethality similar to fictional cyborg characters. The futuristic devices would make soldiers capable of carrying heavy weaponry almost effortlessly as they run and fight during combats.

Robotics June 8, 2018

WATCH: Disney's Headless Stickman Robot Can Backflip

Disney researchers have made a human-sized robot that can perform aerial stunts, including a backflip. The robot, called 'Stickman,' was unveiled at the 2018 International Conference on Robotics and Automation on Tuesday, May 22.

Robotics May 24, 2018

This Robot Teaches Itself How To Help People Get Dressed

A robot at Georgia Institute of Technology is successfully helping people get dressed through simulations. Rather than relying on the sense of sight, the robot uses its sense of touch to perform the task.

Robotics May 15, 2018

You Can Buy Boston Dynamics' SpotMini Robot Dog In 2019

Boston Dynamics confirmed that consumers will be able to purchase the SpotMini next year. The company recently demonstrated the smaller robot dog during TechCrunch's 2018 Robotics conference.

Robotics May 12, 2018

AI Predicts Your Personality Based On Eye Movements

Scientists introduced an artificial intelligence programmed with an algorithm capable of defining personality traits based on eye movements. The researchers said that the new algorithm could be integrated into smartphones, robots, and self-driving cars for more personalized services.

Robotics May 7, 2018

Small Creatures With Stronger Punch Can Help Engineers Build Faster Robots

Engineers can learn a thing or two by observing how small creatures like mantis shrimps use their exoskeleton spring to move swiftly. A recent research analyzed how the motor-spring-latch system in smaller creatures can influence the way robots are made.

Robotics April 27, 2018

Amazon Reportedly Working On Home Robot Project Vesta: Here's What We Know About The Secret Project So Far

Amazon is reportedly working on a home robot and has already built a prototype called Vesta. There aren't a lot of details about the robot Amazon is working on.

Robotics April 25, 2018

Scientists Create Carbon Fiber Artificial Muscles That Can Lift 12,600 Times Their Own Weight

Researchers developed carbon fiber artificial muscles that are capable of lifting 12,600 times their own weight. These low cost and low weight muscles could revolutionize a number of industries.

Robotics April 18, 2018

Japanese Engineer Builds A Massive Robot To Make His ‘Gundam’ Dreams Come True

Masaaki Nagumo proves dreams come true with his giant Mobile Suit Gundam, engineered to perfection. It walks, it shoots sponge balls, and just like in the series, it needs a pilot.

Robotics April 16, 2018

Elon Musk Warns Of Immortal Digital Dictator Taking Over The World In AI Documentary

Elon Musk believed that super intelligent robots could overpower people in the future. The Tesla CEO warned companies against creating robots with capabilities beyond what humans can do.

Robotics April 11, 2018

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