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Robots and Robotics

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.

Meet RoboThespian, A Robotic Entertainment Extraordinaire - He Can Even Perform Singin' In The Rain

According to Engineered Arts founder Will Jackson, his company originally set out to make an automated presenter. Somewhere along the line, that changed. Now, the engineering firm is well on its way to making a fully-functional entertainment bot - and also the most human-like commercial robot yet.

Unifiller's Cake Decorating Robot Is Probably The Sweetest Thing You'll Ever See

Today, the world of food crossed the point of no return - the point at which hand-made and machine-made become indistinguishable. For this, you can thank Unifiller, an insidious organization that crafts tools to make baking easier. The fiends have designed a robot that decorates cakes. Diabolical.

Hitchbot Has Arrived In Victoria, Officially Finishing Its Trek Across Canada

Yesterday, three weeks after setting out from Halifax, Hitchbot completed its cross-country journey in Victoria, BC - surprisingly still in one piece. Designed as an experiment in robot-human interaction, the little machine was sent to hitchhike from one end of the country to the other.

Internet of Everything Is Hackable

Still in its infancy, the Internet of Everything, aka IoE (the interface of our things with data, people and process) is already being threatened by hackers. While Cisco has predicted that 25 billion units of things will connect to the Internet by 2015 and will double in five short years, this rapid growth has given pause to reflect on the perceived risks.

When This Robot's Leg Gets Broken, It Can Start Walking Again In Minutes

This just in: engineers have designed a robot that's capable of adjusting to a broken leg. Using, as they put it, "intelligent trial and error," they've developed a droid that learned how to walk two minutes after losing one of its limbs. For the world of adaptive robotics, this is pretty huge.

Thanks To Hydrogel, The Deep Sea Droid "Poseidrone" Can Go Where Other Robots Can't

Octopi are kind of known to be the world's greatest escape artists. Thanks to the flexibility of their rubbery body, they can squeeze through even the tightest opening. Now, researchers at Italy's Biorobotics Institute have invented a robot that does the same. It's called PoseiDrone.

The Flutter Dress: Utterly Cool Blend of Textiles and Robotics

Smart phones are one thing, but smart clothing is quite another. With its built-in microphones, the Flutter Dress allows the hearing-impaired to feel the world around them. Read on for more on this amazing wearable tech phenomenon.