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Robots and Robotics

A Struggling Korean Baseball Team Has Come Up With A Novel Way To Increase Attendance: Robots

It's a tough life, being a fan of the Hanwha Eagles. In the past 5 years, the team's suffered so many losses that most other baseball fans in Korea regard them with great sympathy. In an effort to improve the atmosphere of their matches, the team's decided to introduce some new fans. Robotic ones.

The Logitraxx Tracked Robot Kit Will Introduce You To A Whole New World Of Robot Construction

These days, there's no shortage of robot construction kits around.  Logitraxx is the latest of these, and may well be the most promising yet. Built around the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA, it's a development platform at its core - and perfect for anyone who wants to build a robot.

The United States Government Wants Robots To Start Teaching Your Children Fitness

Would you trust a robot to educate or befriend your child? You'll find out soon. The United States Government is hoping you won't mind; it's putting $10 million into the creation of robots that will act as 'personal trainers' for children. The goal? To reduce childhood obesity

Terrified Of Typhoons? This California-Made Seafaring Robot Certainly Isn't

There are some tasks that robots are just better than humans at accomplishing. Apparently, surviving deadly storms is one of them. The research robot known as Wave Glider on Tuesday survived a direct encounter with a typhoon - and a nasty one, at that.

Worried Your Kids Aren't Learning Critical Thinking Skills? Tiddlybot Is Here To Help!

One can't be blamed for being a little worried about their kid's education. We aren't exactly living in the ideal eara for learning. With that in mind, it's not entirely surprising that we're starting to see inventions like Tiddlybot - a robot designed to teach children higher-order thinking.

Do You Hate Automated Customer Service? Then I Might Have Some Bad News For You Involving Robots And Airports

If you're the kind of person who doesn't much care for automated customer service, you might want to stay away from the Edmonton International Airport.  They're implementing a new type of robot - one that's a cross between a customer service agent and a mobile kiosk.

Say Hi To Jibo, The Social Robot Who Wants To Be A Part Of The Family

The world of consumer robotics just got a bit larger. Say hello to Jibo - a stationary little lamp-like robot that may well be the most endearing thing ever made. Or it might be the more irritating - I suppose it's a matter of opinion. Either way, it's here for one thing: to be your friend.

There's A Robot Film Festival This Saturday - Here Are The Details

This weekend, there's something pretty awesome happening in San Francisco - the fourth annual robot film festival. Held in the studio of Bot & Doily in San Francisco,  this year's affair promises to be absolutely incredible. If you find yourself in the area on the 19th, don't miss it.

Shape Shifting Robots Could Soon Be A Reality, Thanks To MIT And Google

Everyone remembers the deadly, shape-shifting T-1000 from Terminator 2.Thanks to a team of scientists from Boston Dynamics and MIT, though...it might be possible to build one. They've developed a material that's capable of changing its shape and consistency at will. Is...that a good thing?

Researchers Reveal A Robot That's Primed And Ready To Hike To Your Rescue - No Matter Where You Are

The DARPA Robotics Challenge this year is all about creating the perfect search-and-rescue robot; one that can brave any terrain to save victims in disaster areas. Today, researchers at Stanford today unveiled a machine that - were it in the contest - might well have blown its competition away.

R2D2's Got A New Job: Zapping Away Deadly Bacteria With UV Light

Your next trip to the hospital may have gotten a whole lot safer, thanks to a strikingly familiar robot. Developed at the University of Pennsylvania, Violet is a machine that zaps away superbugs using ultraviolet radiation. Looks like R2D2 found gainful employment after the Star Wars films after all.

Tired Of Driving Your Own Car? Startup Cruise Wants To Make It Drive Itself

Have you ever thought it'd be nice if your car could just drive itself? If you could make the occasional mistake on the road without it costing you a mint? If so, then I think Cruise is just the thing - it's tech that can turn any car into a self-driving one.

Russia's Deadly New Robotic Weapons Platform Bears A Striking Resemblance to WALL-E

While most countries are looking to regulate killer robots, it looks like Russia's going the opposite route. This past week at the Kalingrad War Games, The Russian military unveiled Platform-M, one of the most sophisticated weaponized robots the world has ever seen. It can also operate autonomously.

Here's A Circus Act You've Probably Never Seen: Former NASA Engineer's 70 Foot BugJuggler Can Juggle Cars

Sometimes, robotics is about advancing the frontiers of human knowledge. Sometimes, it's about moving our technology forward into the future. And sometimes...it's just about doing something crazy. I think NASA's BugJuggler probably fits into the latter category. It's a giant robot that juggles cars.

'Internet of Everything' Now Hiring

If you're looking for a career change, have kids undecided about their college major or just have a genuine interest, the Internet of Things (IoT) -- or what Cisco has branded as the Internet of Everything (IoE) -- is looking for a few good men and women - to the tune of millions in just six short years.

Bad News, Journalists: You're About To Be Replaced By Your Future Robot Overlords...Sort Of

The Associated Press earlier today announced that its implementing an automated service which can produce up to 4400 pieces a day. According to the publication, this will (in theory) free up its journalists to focus on deeper topics. I've just one question: how long until robots can write those too?

No Robot Army Here: Google Pulls The HRP-2 Robot From The DARPA Robotics Challenge To Focus On Consumer Tech

Google is not, in fact, building an army of robots to conquer the world. The search giant today announced that Team Schaft will be withdrawing from the DARPA Robotics Challenge and turning down funding from the defense agency in order to focus on "the development of a commercial product."

Airports Could Soon Feature Robotic Valets For Your Car

Add "valet" to the list of jobs that'll soon be taken over by machines. On Tuesday, Germany's Dusseldorf Airport welcomed a new employee: Robot Ray, a mechanical valet that'll be available to fliers through a smartphone application. Safe, secure, and completely automated. Sweet, right?

Robot, Make Me A Sandwich! Tell Me Dave Is A Robot That Can Do Pretty Much Whatever You Order It To

Researchers at Cornell University are hard at work designing the next generation of housekeeper with a project called Tell Me Dave. They're using human volunteers to train robots to recognize verbal commands. Their end goal is simple: to create robots that can respond directly to a human being's request.

This Army Of Robots Could Be Responsible For Building The Cities Of Tomorrow

The system by which we actually put together our buildings, roads, and cities actually leaves a lot to be desired. It can be messy, inefficient, and fraught with human error.  A group of researchers is looking to remove that human element - and instead consign construction to an army of robots.