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  • Gecko Robotics Does The Heavy Inspecting At Power Plants To Prevent Human Fatalities

    Y Combinator-backed Gecko Robotics is hoping to save a few human lives at our nation’s power plants with wall-climbing robots. Gecko’s proprietary magnetic adhesion technology works much like the sticky foot of a gecko, allowing its robots to crawl up walls to inspect for damage along the way. A human would normally be the checker, but that presents an often dangerous situation. Read More

  • Google is using machine learning to teach robots how to grasp random objects

    Google is using machine learning to teach robots how to grasp random objects

    Using your hand to grasp a pen that’s lying on your desk doesn’t exactly feel like a chore, but for robots, that’s still a really hard thing to do. So to teach robots how to better grasp random objects, Google’s research team dedicated 14 robots to the task. Read More

  • The Latest Generation Atlas Humanoid Robot Is Absolutely Incredible

    The Latest Generation Atlas Humanoid Robot Is Absolutely Incredible

    Ready to feel bad for a pile of circuit boards? Wait ’til about a minute and twenty seconds into this video. That robot you see being pushed around is the latest generation of Atlas, the insanely advanced humanoid robot as built by the Google-owned Boston Dynamics. (Don’t feel too bad, by the way: they’re hitting stuff out of Atlas’ hands and pushing him around to test… Read More

  • The Savioke Robot Is Headed To A Hotel Near You

    The Savioke Robot Is Headed To A Hotel Near You

    When I’m in a hotel room I like absolute privacy. After all, calling upon Baphomet and/or playing Firewatch takes absolute concentration and I don’t want humans intruding on my reverie. That’s why the folks at Savioke are building the Relay. The creators of the Relay all took part in the robotics incubator Willow Garage and their robot – an R2-D2-looking guy with a hole… Read More

  • iRobot Has Sold Its Defense And Security Business

    iRobot Has Sold Its Defense And Security Business

    In an effort to divest itself of the defense and security market, iRobot has sold its D&S assets to form another company dedicated to all things military. The new company is led by CEO Sean Bielat, a former Marine officer. From the release: The iRobot Defense & Security (D&S) organization is excited to announce that it will become a standalone, privately held Robotics… Read More

  • OpenTrons Aims To Be The ‘PC’ Of Biotech Labs

    OpenTrons Aims To Be The ‘PC’ Of Biotech Labs

    Robotics startup OpenTrons has come up with a way it believes will make wet lab experiments faster and cheaper – automation. Most life science research is still done by hand. This can be a tedious process that OpenTrons hopes to diminish by using robotics and software to complete it. “Basically, if you’re a biologist you spend all of your time moving tiny amounts of liquid… Read More

  • Dating App Newbie Blume Wants To Kill Catfishing With Ephemeral Selfies

    Dating App Newbie Blume Wants To Kill Catfishing With Ephemeral Selfies

    Make room for yet another dating app. San Francisco-based Blume is hoping to entice singles into its arms with a real-time selfie feature designed to thwart catfishing. So no more being chatted up by sex-mad robots. Or wooed by forlorn hopers overselling their dating prospects with a set of out-of-date/overly processed photos. Read More

  • Virtual Reality And A Parallel Universe Of Cyberclones Crunch Network

    Virtual Reality And A Parallel Universe Of Cyberclones

    One of the biggest technology trends of 2015 was virtual reality (VR), from Oculus Rift to Google’s cardboard headsets. TechCrunch SF Disrupt 2015 saw a lot of VR experiences where users could wear headsets and navigate in an immersive 3D world. In Las Vegas, CES demonstrated a range of new gadgets and gaming experiences involving both VR and AR (augmented reality, e.g., Magic Leap). Read More

  • The First International Beauty Contest Judged By Robots Crunch Network

    The First International Beauty Contest Judged By Robots

    Robots are starting to appear everywhere: driving cars, cooking dinners and even as robotic pets. But people don’t usually give machine intelligence much credence when it comes to judging beauty. That may change with the launch of the world’s first international beauty contest judged exclusively by a robot jury. Read More

  • Disney Research Creates A Robot That Can Fly Up Walls

    Disney Research Creates A Robot That Can Fly Up Walls

    Disney Research and the research group at ETH Zurich have created a car that can drive, fly, jump, and ride up walls. By using propellers and wheels, the robot can fly over obstacles and then smack against walls for a little vertical action. Called the VertiGo, the robot’s wheels are actually unpowered. All of the motion comes from the propellers which send it rolling across the ground… Read More

  • Inside, Robot

    Inside, Robot

    Before the robots replace us we will make love to them. This point is becoming increasingly clear as I wander through the odd world of teledildonics and marvel at the leaps and bounds by which the technology – once in the realm of fantasy – has become a mundane reality. If you are skittish or squeamish about human sexuality I beseech you to click out right now or visit another… Read More

  • 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