robots

  • Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

    Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

    What do you do if you’re a robotic hexapod and one of your legs is broken? Do you give up? Lie down and burst into flames? Cry from tear duct-less eyes? Or, through a process of trial-and-error, do you brush yourself off, hide your broken leg, and learn to walk again? You guessed it. Researchers Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have trained a hexapod to try… Read More

  • Jibo the First Family Robot

    Hands On With Jibo, The Family Robot

    While Siri and its ilk have gotten most of us used to the idea of talking to our devices, the current selection of smart assistants still feel more like tools than something with a personality. Jibo, a new robot from MIT roboticist Cynthia Breazeal, might be the gadget that finally changes that. Read More

  • Researchers Create A Flying Drone That Can Light Your Snapshots

    Researchers Create A Flying Drone That Can Light Your Snapshots

    Is there anything flying quadcopters can’t do (besides give birth to human babies… yet?) Researchers at MIT and Cornell have created a flying flash rig that connects a light meter, photographic flash, and continuous light source so that photographers can get perfect shots from any angle. Read More

  • MIT Is Working On T-1000 Style State Shifting Robots With Google’s Robot Company

    MIT Is Working On T-1000 Style State Shifting Robots With Google’s Robot Company

    Robots of the near future could resemble T-1000, rather than the early Arnold Schwarzenegger T-800 Model 101: A team at MIT has developed a phase-changing material built out of the decidedly unsexy components of wax and foam that can switch between hard and soft material states at will. Even low-cost robots could employ this material, too, so shape-changing could make its way into future… Read More

  • Kids Can Now Teach Robots To Play Angry Birds – For Science!

    Kids Can Now Teach Robots To Play Angry Birds – For Science!

    In what must be the cutest example of human-robot interaction I’ve seen in recent months, researchers at Georgia Tech are helping kids teach robots how to play Angry Birds and, in the process, help the kids regain muscle movement and control. The process is fairly simple. Kids play games and a little two-legged robot watches. The robot keeps an eye on the score, recreates what the child… Read More

  • Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

    Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

    In today’s mildly squiggy but kind of cool news, we learn that researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created tiny robots that walk when current is applied to their bio-based muscular engines. The tiny robots can twitch their way across a surface or through a liquid. Read More

  • UK Plans To Demo Robots In The Wild

    UK Plans To Demo Robots In The Wild

    The UK’s first official robotics strategy, drawn up with help from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), is calling for the establishment of real-world test sites over the next five+ years where robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) can be rigorously put through their paces to help speed up development. Read More

  • Mini-Bots Are Helping Scientists Control Tiny Objects Under A Microscope

    Mini-Bots Are Helping Scientists Control Tiny Objects Under A Microscope

    Imina has created tiny little robots that can be used to help scientists and researchers manipulate tiny objects under a microscope, giving them a tiny helping hand when looking at very small objects. The video above, filmed by AtoZNano, shows the miBots in action. They’re controlled via a joystick-like interface and the tiny probe can measure wires and nanotubes and can even help out… Read More

  • This Perching Robot Could Point To The Future Of Flying Drones

    This Perching Robot Could Point To The Future Of Flying Drones

    What do you do when your drone runs out of power? At this point in the quadcopter game, flying drones need to return to base to recharge or risk falling out of the sky. However, a new method for “tapping” power lines has been discussed, which would allow the drones to sit on and steal power from overhead lines and then keep flying when they’ve recharged. Read More

  • Tell Me Dave Lets You Train A Robot To Respond To Complex Commands

    Tell Me Dave Lets You Train A Robot To Respond To Complex Commands

    Sudo make me a sandwich, anyone? A new research project by a computer science team at Cornell University is using human volunteers to train robots to perform tasks. How is it unique? They’re showing robots how to infer actions based on very complex, human comments. Instead of having to say “move arm left 5 inches” they are hoping that, one day, robots will respond to… Read More

  • Doozers Become Real Thanks To These Cement-Laying Minibuilders

    Doozers Become Real Thanks To These Cement-Laying Minibuilders

    The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona is working on a set of robots that will soon be able to build complex structures by extruding layers of concrete, a process that might be a bit slow but that will allow strange, unique shapes to be formed using concepts popularized by plastic 3D printers. Read More

  • The Baby Elephant Robot Can Carry A 220-Pound Human

    The Baby Elephant Robot Can Carry A 220-Pound Human

    Created by a team from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Baby Elephant is a quadrapedal robot that does something special: you can ride it like a large, slow horse, thereby ushering in the era of the robotic cowboy. Baby Elephant moves about one mile per hour, which is definitely not very fast, but the fact that it can handle nasty terrain with a rider is pretty darn cool. Read More

  • The Strange Promise Of Everyday AI

    The Strange Promise Of Everyday AI

    In addition to the promise of flying cars and jetpacks, science fiction has taught us that we should have artificial intelligence by now. Sadly, the best we can do is a virtual 13-year-old that was able to fool a number of high-profile researchers (and Robert Llewellyn who played a robot on Red Dwarf) in the Turing Test. Where are our virtual assistants with superhuman powers of discernment? Read More

  • Watch Pepper, Softbank’s Humanoid Robot, Dance And Accept Glowing Balls

    Watch Pepper, Softbank’s Humanoid Robot, Dance And Accept Glowing Balls

    As we approach the singularity, I think it’s important to understand who will soon be changing our diapers, bringing us whiskey, and eventually enslaving us under a totalitarian robot rule. Meet Pepper. As you’ll recall, Pepper is a robot made by Aldebaran and will be sold by Softbank in Japan for about $2,000. Pepper can “read” emotions and moves his/her arms and head in… Read More

  • SoftBank Will Sell Humanoid Robot Pals Starting Next February

    SoftBank Will Sell Humanoid Robot Pals Starting Next February

    We don’t have robot butlers just yet, but as of next year, it will be possible to have your very own human-like robot companion. Japanese telecom giant SoftBank revealed to Reuters that it will begin selling personal robot buddies by February. These bots are able to learn and express emotions, and will sell for just under $2,000, with the company believing they’ll be able to serve… Read More

  • New Materials Let You Bake Your Own Robot

    New Materials Let You Bake Your Own Robot

    MIT researcher Daniela Rus wants to help you bake a robot. Not out of cake batter, silly (although that would be delicious.) Instead, Rus’ project involves cutting out and “printing” plastic materials that change shape when baked, essentially allowing for self-forming objects that build themselves. The system takes a 3D CAD file and flattens it, adding creases that react to… Read More

  • Meet Raptor, The New Running Robot That Will Smother Your Soul In Fear

    Meet Raptor, The New Running Robot That Will Smother Your Soul In Fear

    Another day, another bipedal robot that will eventually run you down and crush you! This new robot, called the Raptor, can run 26 miles an hour without falling over and even jump over obstacles. Read More

  • A Paralyzed Teen Will Kick The First World Cup Ball Thanks To A Robotic Exoskeleton

    A Paralyzed Teen Will Kick The First World Cup Ball Thanks To A Robotic Exoskeleton

    The 2014 World Cup┬ábegins next month in Brazil and will feature something truly amazing: the plan is for a paralyzed, non-ambulatory Brazilian teenager to stand up and kick the first ball of the first game using a motorized exoskeleton and special 3D-printed helmet. Created by an international team of designers and engineers, the video shows Colorado State University’s design for the… Read More

  • Watch A Myo-Controlled Humanoid Robot Lay The Groundwork For Real-World ‘Real Steel’

    Watch A Myo-Controlled Humanoid Robot Lay The Groundwork For Real-World ‘Real Steel’

    The Thalmic Labs Myo gesture controller is already in the hands of some early developers, and it’s producing some pretty interesting looks at what might be possible using the gadget. The device is an armband worn on the forearm that detects electrical impulses and translates that into input for computing devices. The Myo has strong possibilities for interacting with robots in particular… Read More

  • Brain-Linked Prosthetic Arm Wins FDA Approval As Our Bionic Future Looms

    Brain-Linked Prosthetic Arm Wins FDA Approval As Our Bionic Future Looms

    DARPA’s initiative to build a prosthetic arm that’s fully controllable via a wearer’s mind has won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (via Verge), a key green light that will let it edge closer to wide-scale production and distribution. The next step is to find someone to build the device, and then it can start helping amputees cope with the loss of their… Read More