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Robots and Robotics

Control Him If You Can. Train Your Zoomer Dino

Dinosaurs might be extinct, but a child’s love for them is not. Kids love dinosaurs. Don’t ask me why. But I can tell you about the newest toy to keep the love affair going. Zoomer Dino is a remote control dinosaur that senses your presence and reacts to your touch and motions. You can even train him to dance and roar.

The Dare-Droid Dress: Edgy, Cool and Technosensual

Technosensual is the name of a Viennese exhbit that showcases fashion blending with cutting edge technology. Read on to learn more about this fascinating trend that still lingers in the innovative ether of the air.

Could China's "Dark Sword" Stealth Drone Be The World's First Supersonic UAV?

The Anjian (Chinese for “Dark Sword”) stealth drone China displayed as a conceptual model way back in 2006 has been stealthy indeed since then: no news, no views and no clues. A Chinese aviation expert has now broken the silence surrounding the dart-shaped aircraft, however, speculating a production version of the Anjian could emerge as the world's first supersonic UAV.

Robots Could Be The Key To Keeping Agriculture And Industry Running In Australia

Australia is a beautiful, largely untamed country. Though part of its appeal, that's also its greatest weakness. Although the its interior is incredibly rich in resources, few are willing to gather them. That's why the country's increasingly turning to robots - they'll do the jobs people won't.

Cats Always Land On Their Feet - And Soon Robots Will, Too

It's a well-established fact that cats almost always land on their feet. They're remarkably good at making a safe landing from heights at which they have no business doing so. That's why researchers at Georgia Tech are looking towards our feline friends to improve their robots.

DJI's Inspire One Drone Is Proof Positive That Big Things Come In Small Packages

If you know anything about the world of consumer drones, then you'll know that DJI's a pretty big name. They're responsible for the development of the Phantom, known to be one of the best drones on the market. Earlier this week, they topped it. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the Inspire One.

What Do You Get When You Cross Paintball With Giant Robots? The Best Sport Ever Conceived

Paintball's a pretty awesome sport...but you know what would make it better? Giant robots. There's a company looking to make that a reality - check it out!

Ambulance Drone Could Boost Cardiac Arrest Survival Rate From 8% To 80%

An unmanned, autonomously navigating ambulance drone developed by a Dutch graduate student could someday be the first responder to countless instances of cardiac arrest, saving untold lives in the process.

China's New Mars Rover: Red & (Almost) Ready To Roll

Red rover red rover can China come over? A vermilion red, six-wheeled vehicle that just might be China's new Mars Rover took center stage recently at the 16th China International Industry Fair in Shanghai. The as-yet unnamed robotic rover could play a huge role in the next, unmanned stage of China's ambitious Mars exploration program.

Innovative Robotic Fabric Transforms Garments Into Automatons

Robotic fabrics mark an entirely new dimension in wearable technology. Developed by a professor of engineering at Purdue University, this may be the beginning  of a new era when clothing has a life of its own. Read on for more on this amazing innovation.

According To The CEO Of iRobot, There's Too Much Stargazing In Robotics - And It's Holding Us Back

I like to think we've seen some pretty huge advances in the robotics world of late. Sure, maybe we don't have super-advanced robot butlers or artificial humans yet, but we're making great progress, right? Not if you askiRobot founder Colin Angle. According to him, we aren't even half as advanced as we should be - and he knows why.

Ever Wanted Your Very Own Transformer Robot? A Group Of Japanese Businesses Is Looking To Make That Dream A Reality

At one point or another, you've probably wished you had your very own Transformer. Thanks to a group of Japanese businesses - together with the original Transformers creator - that might soon be possible. They've already developed a working prototype - all they need to do now is make it car-sized.

The Newest Weapon In The Fight Against Ebola? Robots

Ebola is both incredibly deadly and extremely contagious - it can thus be dangerous to treat even with the proper precautions. That's why a team of scientists is looking to develop a new breed of robot; one designed to treat both this disease and others.

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.