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  • This Cube Robot Can Climb Up Little Hills Thanks To Its Springy Tongues

    This Cube Robot Can Climb Up Little Hills Thanks To Its Springy Tongues

    Imagine you’re a squishy cube. Imagine you need to climb a hill. How do you do it? With your tongue(s), of course. Researchers at CSAIL at MIT have created a little cube robot that can propel itself around by swiping at surfaces with metal tongues. The tongues turn around an axis and stick out briefly, jettisoning the robot into space for a moment as it rolls over obstacles. While… Read More

  • I, For One, Welcome Our Sphere-Shaped Quadrupedal Robot Overlords

    I, For One, Welcome Our Sphere-Shaped Quadrupedal Robot Overlords

    If you’ve ever wondered what you’ll eventually find inside your body cavity when the robots take over, meet QRoSS by Takeshi Aoki, Satoshi Ito, and Yosuke Sei from the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan. This robot consists of a rounded roll cage and four legs hidden inside its body. You can throw the ball into a room where it can roll around and then, when it needs to move… Read More

  • Another Day, Another Origami Robot That Walks And Jumps

    Another Day, Another Origami Robot That Walks And Jumps

    At this point I think there are more origami jumping robots than there are grasshoppers on Earth. This latest iteration, called the Tribot, uses shape memory alloy to crawl along surfaces like an inchworm and, with a little pop, jump like a grasshopper. The alloy changes shape when electricity flows through it resulting in funny little movements. Read More

  • The New Roomba 980 Can Now Watch Your Dirt

    The New Roomba 980 Can Now Watch Your Dirt

    It knows when you’ve been sleeping, it knows when you’re awake, it knows when your kids spilled Rice Krispies next to the couch and covered the spill with the dog. The new Roomba 980 is a round robotic vacuum with a new twist. While previous models got around by bumping into things and coming to the edge of stairs, the new 980 uses a low-res video camera to “map”… Read More

  • Elon Musk Can’t Be That Afraid Of Robots, Check Out This Tesla Production Line

    Elon Musk Can’t Be That Afraid Of Robots, Check Out This Tesla Production Line

    Elon Musk has warned us about robots taking over with the help of AI. He’s even donated money to make sure that it doesn’t happen. However, it sure does seem like Tesla relies on robots quite a bit, even if they’re not being primed to turn the company into Skynet. At one point this year Musk referred to AI as “summoning the demons.” He says it’s still… Read More

  • This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

    This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

    Robots might be unseating the cherry job of wine critics soon. Researchers in Denmark have created an artificial tongue to find out whether expensive wine actually tastes any better than the cheap stuff. The research, first published in ACS Nano, claims that an optical nanosensor based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) can discern how you experience the sensation of dryness in wine. And they… Read More

  • TROBO Is A Storytelling Plush Toy Robot That Teaches Kids Science And Math

    TROBO Is A Storytelling Plush Toy Robot That Teaches Kids Science And Math

    A huggable, talking toy is not an entirely new idea, but a new toy robot called TROBO does more than just chatter at kids – he also works alongside an iPad app to help get children excited about STEM topics – that is science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through stories, games and quizzes, TROBO taps into kids’ natural curiosity about the world around them to… Read More

  • Botlr The First Hotel Robot

    This Robot Butler Tried To Get Me Drunk

    The merry TechCrunch band took a trip to Cupertino this week to kick it with a small robot called Botlr made by robotics startup Savioke. The little android, outfitted with a fancy collar and racing stripes, brings small items from the front desk of the Aloft hotel, to the rooms of customers. The cute R2 can handle elevators on its own, and scoots along at around one to two miles per hour. Read More

  • The Vertwalker Is A Robot That Draws Abstract Artwork

    The Vertwalker Is A Robot That Draws Abstract Artwork

    As cities reach new heights, artists Julian Adenauer and Michael Haas want to explore the vertical in a more dynamic way — art. The Vertwalker is a lightweight robot they built with 3D printed materials that can walk up vertical surfaces. The patented robot, which looks like a Roomba, has a vacuum on its bottom with two computer fans, two wheels and has an Arduino-based custom… Read More