Robots and Robotics

The Invention Of The Dallas Robot Bomb

In the 21st Century, robots have become ever omnipresent in many areas of human endeavor. From IBM Watson’s ability to beat top-ranked contestants on the popular TV quiz show Jeopardy to drones utilized as remote bombers to artificial intelligence taking on a myriad number of human tasks, robots are widely used in such diverse fields as academia as well as on the battlefield. But the robot bomb used in Dallas on July 7 marks the first-time robotic technology has ever been considered for weaponry by a U.S. police force.

Zenbo, The Cute Little Family Robot With The Touchscreen Face

New, inexpensive home robot just unveiled can do everything Siri and her imitators can do and a whole lot more. Find out who makes this personal assistant/home companion, what it's capable of and how much it costs right here.

'PHIRO' Teaching Kids The Basics Of Robotics And Coding

Robotics and coding are the future. What is coding? Find out about it here and about the toy that can give your kids a head start in the field while providing hours of educational entertainment in the meantime.

What Do You Get When You Put A Worm's Brain Into a Robot?

When I wrote the title for this article, my mind immediately went to an image of a bizarre, snake-like metal machine that would slither across the floor in a quite disturbing manner.  Of course reality is quite different from my Sci-Fi addled brain.

Top 20 Coolest Star Wars Gifts For Christmas: Part 2

 There are only a few days left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out--and boy, did they put out a lot of cool things for fans like me (us) to drool over as we head into the Christmas season.  With that in mind, we present Part 2 of of the awesome Star Wars gifts available for the holidays.

Top 20 Coolest Star Wars Gifts For Christmas: Part 1

We are right around the corner from one of the most anticipated movies in years: Star Wars--The Force Awakens.  As such, the marketing campaign is ramping up to light speed and with Christmas coming up, that means a ton of new toys and merchandise coming to us from a galaxy far, far away.

Brain-Controlled Interface Gives the Disabled Reason To Smile

Meet the telepresence robot, a brain-controlled interface that helps to lift the spirits of the disabled by translating their mental intentions into commands.

May Your Thanksgiving Be Free Of Giant Robots!

We've all had those days when a giant robot's hand wanders around during dinner.  Well... at least Hogarth Hughes has had this happen...

Stanford University's Artificial Skin: Sensational Advance For Prosthetics

Read on for more about a new and exciting product that may one day in the near future may allow prosthetic wearers to feel sensation in their limbs.

Robotic Prosthetic Hand Wired Into Brain: Once More, With Feeling

An innovative robotic hand wired directly into the motor cortex of his brain has given a 28 year old man who has been paralyzed for more than ten years due to a spinal chord injury a new lease on life. Read on to learn more about this amazing  robotic prosthesis developed  at the Applied Physics Labortatory (APL) at John Hopkin's University.

New High-Tech Glove Translates Sign Language Into Speech

Like something straight out of a sci-fi flick, a new high-tech glove is being introduced that is about to change everything for individuals dependent on sign language as their main source of communication.

Marines Send Google's Robotic Dog To Training Camp

Spot, the newest Marine Corps trainee, may not be the first robotic dog to be deployed overseas, but if it (he?) gets that far, it will be the first dog robot to do the job that real dogs could be doing for the military without risking their lives.  But do you think quadra-pet robots could eventually become pals with their Marine trainers?

3D-Printed Metal Rib Cage Transforms Mortal Man into Cyborg

The wonders of 3-D printing have only tapped the surface of possibilities, especially in the field of medical applications. Read all about the world's first 3-D printed titanium rib cage and the cancer patient whose life has been given new meaning.

Too Lazy To Make Your Own Pancakes? There’s A Robot For That

Many tasks that fall under the banner of ‘common sense’ for a human can require hours of explicit programming for a robot. For this reason, engineers are hard at work developing robots that can be taught through experience and observation. Their first order of business? A robot that can make pancakes and pizza. Sounds like these researchers have got their priorities in order.

Drone-Flying Schools Aim To Address Severe Shortage of Licensed UAV Pilots

China is suffering a severe shortage of qualified, licensed UAV pilots and the country's Civil Aviation Administration isn't sitting idly by spinning their whee-, er, propellers.