robots

Piccolissimo joins the ranks of ultra-tiny flying robots

Big robots like Spot may be great for carrying things or trotting out onto stages, but just as much sophisticated engineering goes into creating tiny ones as well — and this little flyer from the Un

Swarms of tiny, cute robots will one day bring you your phone, like this

Robots are taking over factories and warehouses, but their next stop might be your desktop or kitchen counter. These tiny "Zooids" work together at high speed to act as tools, display information or m

Disney builds a jolly, one-legged hopping robot

Researchers at Disney Research in Pittsburgh have built a single-legged hopping robot that can currently bounce around 19 times without falling over. The project by Zachary Batts, Joohyung Kim, and Ka

Industrial robots will replace manufacturing jobs — and that’s a good thing

There is no denying that the U.S. and Canada have been losing jobs to offshore competition for almost half a century. From 2000-2010 alone, 5.6 million jobs disappeared. Interestingly, though, only 13

This ‘ballbot’ is like a real-life BB-8

It isn't quite as lovable as the spherical droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but this robot from Carnegie Mellon University has the benefit of being more than a special effect (however cool). A

Will the coming robot nanny era turn us into technophiles?

In as little time as a decade, affordable robots that can bottle-feed babies, change diapers and put a child to sleep might be here. The human-machine bond that a new generation of kids grows up with

HBO’s new show Westworld explores the hedonism and horror of VR

What if you could shoot or screw whoever you wanted without consequences? Would you feel bad about your decisions? Would you pity your victims, even if their digital memories were wiped clean? HBO div

The first episode of the MegaBots webseries takes a wrecking ball to its six-ton robot

Seems like we’ve been waiting forever for the big showdown between Team USA and Japan. We’re seemingly no closer at the moment, but at least the team at MegaBots can offer a bit of good old-fashio

The vivacious, acrobatic Minitaur robot will definitely improve your day

Mondays, as we all know, are the worst. That's why it's important to keep an eye out for heart-warming videos like puppies sliding on hardwood floors, otters holding hands, or energetic robots doing f

Robots pave the way for our sci-fi future now

As robotics begins to leave controlled environments and navigate the real world alongside humans, the question remains: How will this affect the way we interact, work and talk to not only robots, but

Hard questions about bot ethics

Bots are becoming a part of our life. I wake up in the morning and tell Alexa to play my Brazilian samba, I let Amy set my meetings and I check stats and reports in Slack. Bot builders and users alike

MegaBots debuts a trailer for its new web series, outlines its giant fighting robot kit

In the shadow of AT&T Park, two Bay Area-based engineers took to the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF to showcase their plans for a new kind of sports league. Dressed like a matching pair of flamboy

Robin is automating lawn care with robots and putting an end to checks under the doormat

A well-kept lawn is one of the most common mixed blessings with which homeowners can treat/afflict themselves. Robin is a startup looking to take as much pain out of the process as possible, both by i

Pepper the Inflight Service Bot is a multi-lingual flight attendant who doesn’t hate picking up your garbage

At the Disrupt SF Hackathon today in San Francisco, a team of seasoned software engineers unveiled Pepper the Inflight Service Bot, a robot flight attendant that doesn’t hate picking up barf bags, c

Magazino’s TORU inventory-grabbing robot rolls into major German logistics center

If you work in any kind of storage facility or warehouse, there's a better chance every day that you're going to be working alongside robots. Magazino's TORU is a good example of the latest generation

Robots and on-board ovens deliver on Zume’s promise of better pizza

Today, in a world of bacon-wrapped crust and custom-modified Chevys with pizza warmers, being excited about pizza is just not as easy as it used to be. Zume Pizza founder Julia Collins and her Elon Mu

Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum succeeds by seeing more

Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum has been a long time coming to U.S. carpets. The squat little cylinder of a bot first broke cover in September 2014, with a splashy product announcement and a consum

GOAT legs will let future robots handle rough terrain with ease

A Master’s Thesis by CMU’s Simon Kalouche posits a new form of robotic leg, one designed for maximum range of motion and, more importantly, an easily control method for force reduction. In

Having conquered Chess and Go, the robots move to master Foosball

We've come a long way since the days of selecting a CPU player for the other Pong paddle, tank or hand-to-hand combatant. Now the computers are taking it to us, in meatspace, and seemingly no tabletop

How computer-assisted art will help humans embrace the rise of the robots

For many people, the robot-populated future is a zero-sum game; it's either going to be us or them running things. Headlines are rife with dire predictions: “Robots will take over most jobs in 30 ye
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