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Robots and Robotics

Have You Ever Wanted A Pet Robot? Jr. Could Be Just The Right Gadget For You

Only a few decades ago, robotic pets seemed pretty absurd - something isolated to the realm of science fiction. Such a notion almost seems quaint now, doesn't it? These days, we're seeing a flood of robot pets hit the market. Jr. is the latest - and possibly one of the most promising I've yet seen.

Rolling Robot Keecker Wants To Handle All Your Entertainment Needs - And It Can Keep Track Of Your House, Too

Pierre Lebeau - a Paris-based former project manager at Google - has an invention that he hopes will change the world of entertainment. It's called Keecker - a mobile, rolling robot that can turn any room into an entertainment system. Apparenty, it's also capable of being a security bot.

Care For A Drink? Monsieur, The Robot Bartender Is Happy To Oblige

 Bartenders beware - robots are going to be coming for your jobs. An artificial bartender by the name of Monsieur has managed to secure funding from a group of interested Angel Investors. On top of the successful Kickstarter campaign, that means Monsieur's coming soon to a bar near you.

A Former Trapeze Artist Has Turned An Industrial Robot Into An Illuminated Disco Dancer

There's something very, very cool atop the NCP Car Park in Soho, London. It's a robot - and a massive one, at that. Bearing the name of Ada, it's the creation of trapeze artist and inventor Conrad Shawcross. Ada is a dancer - and a mighty fine one at that.

Slithering Snake-Bots Could Be The Next Step In Space Travel

Sand has always been one of the biggest challenges to robotic locomotion - particularly where space exploration's concerned. Now, a team has developed a robot capable of moving through that terrain, based on a decidedly Earth-bound creature: the deadly Sidewinder Rattlesnake.

Got Some Chores You Don't Really Want To Do? This Robot Will Do Them For You

Let's be honest - nobody really enjoys doing chores. Most of us will do anything we can to get out of cleaning the bathroom or preparing a salad. In the case of Cornell University's Personal Robotics Lab, "anything" apparently involves designing a housekeeping bot.

This Robot's Pretty Terrible At Ping Pong, So It's Going To Work In A Factory, Instead

Omron's robotic prototype - showcased this week at CEATEC - probably isn't going to win any Ping Pong tournaments. As a matter of fact, it's pretty awful on the table. Fortunately for Omron, Ping Pong is just a means to an end - and that end is to create smarter, more flexible robots for factory work.

Coming Soon: Bionic Hands, Knees And Ankles

When The Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man series were aired on television, the bionics parts were still in the imagination of writers and producers and viewers. Now a bionic arm is close to becoming a reality (except for the fact that it's not really bionic, because it doesn't have any sensory, motor or electronic capabilities). The technology is in fact a basic pulley system, implanted in a human hand, to allow for a more natural grasping function while using less muscle energy.

Siri v. Cortana - Who Gets The Last Laugh? (Videos)

For those who’ve been following the Siri versus Cortana ‘war of words’ on TV, you're most likely of the inclination that Apple dropped the ball with its iPhone 6 iteration -- because, Microsoft has been laughing all the way to the bank with its latest Windows smartphone commercials for the new HTC One®.

Watch These Adorable Little Cheerleader Robots Dance With Perfect Coordination

Two words, folks: robot cheerleaders. The Murata Cheerleader is the latest all-too-adorable mascot bot designed by sensor and component manufacturer Murata.It's also a pretty good dancer, too.

Float On: This Tiny Robot Octopus Has Finally Taken To The Sea

A team of Greek researchers has been hard at work for the past year or so on a robotic octopus. Just this past week, they went public to show their progress. Where once the little guy puttered along through the ocean, now it's almost indistinguishable from the real creature.

South Korean Researchers Have Invented A Robot That'll Probably Be An Awesome Pilot

South Korean researchers have invented what might well be the world's first robotic pilot. Although PIBOT might not look like much, the team says it's fully equipped to operate a commercial airliner. Who says robots need wings to fly?

Robotic Room Service: Coming Very Soon To A Hotel Near You

It might not be long before you can get room service without having to interact with a single human being. California startup Savioke has designed a robot they've coined Botlr. It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like - an autonomous, robotic butler perfect for the hospitality business.

Here's A Robot That's Capable of Autonomous 3D Printing...In Space!

One of the most significant limitations of 3D printing technology involves size. In order to create a particular item, a printer generally must be larger than that object. One firm thinks they've designed a solution in the form of a robot...and now they plan to send it into space.

Busboys, You Might Be Out Of A Job Thanks To Boris 2

A UK research team has solved one of the most complex problems in robotics - the handling of unfamiliar objects. Their creation, Boris 2, is able to accurately assess anything it examines. Evidently, it'll soon be able to load a dishwasher.

That's actually a lot more impressive than it sounds. 


Harvard Has Invented A Robot That Can Easily Withstand Fire And Acid

Scientists over at Harvard have created something very, very interesting: a squishy little robot able to soldier through stuff that'd cause its larger, harder kin to simply shut down. Not only that, it's air-powered, and enjoys a freedom of motion most can only dream of. Awesome, right?

Whovians Standing The Test Of Time Enter Social Media Era

How does one explain Dr. Who without taking into account the show’s never-waning popularity amongst it ardent followers. If the etymology of the word “fan” was derived from “fanaticism,” this show has more than it’s share of addicted fanatics. With a lead character who's lived over 2000 years, has died and been reborn 12 times into entirely different bodies (albeit, different actors) and is celebrating his 50th year anniversary. . .

Dyson Has Invented The Smartest Robotic Vacuum Cleaner In The World

Today, Dyson unveiled The Dyson 360 Eye; the result of millions of dollars of investment and sixteen years of research. It's one of the most powerful robot vacuums every created, and is equipped with a 360 degree camera and a suite of advanced sensors. Looks like Roombas just became obsolete.

Brush Hour: The World's 7 Neatest & Sweetest Street Sweepers

Street sweepers might not have the celebrity clout of other motorized vehicles but you'll appreciate them every time one of those “cool” cars doesn't leave you in its dust.

That Isn't A Toy Truck You See There - It's A Swarmie, NASA's Latest Space Exploration Robot

NASA's Swarmies look more like toys than space robots. You'd be forgiven for thinking there isn't much to them - though you'd be wrong. Connected to one another by a sort of wireless 'group mind;' these little 'bots could very well serve as the vanguard of interstellar exploration.