Robots and Robotics

Bacteria Might Be Used As Live Robot Brains

Scientists published a report this week in which a computer model was used to investigate the possibility of employing bacterial colonies to control mechanical devices like robots. The results were remarkably positive. Read on to find out how this new “living brain” development will impact everything from ecology to medicine.

'Weird Hotel' In Japan: The Robotic Future Of The Hospitality Industry?

Little by little, we're approaching a day and age where businesses that once relied on humans are using technology instead. I say "approaching" because we're not quite there yet; people are still valued in many fields, particularly where customer service is concerned. But that doesn't mean that many businesses aren't already embracing alternatives, and some of them happen to be a little strange.

Hair Loss and Restoration: Gone Today and Back Tomorrow

For millions of people who have suffered hair loss, advances in cutting-edge technology are offering new hope for successful transplants, with the aid of a robot. Read on for more on this amazing scientific innovation.

Robot Turtles: A Board Game To Teach Preschoolers Computer Programming

A growing trend in children’s games is the combination of technology and traditional toys. Toys like Avakai, apps like Osmo, or video games like Bloxels require children to play with actual wooden dolls, puzzle pieces, and blocks in order to get the most out of their smart toys and iPads. This is because inventors know it is best to learn with tangible concepts and toys. Computer programming is fair game too. Robot Turtles is a board game which teaches kids the fundamentals of programming and coding.

Move Over, Siri: Meet Amazon Echo And Alexa

Have you ever wanted Samantha from Her without all the nagging or Siri without having to press a button? Well, now you can with Amazon Echo's Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that does it all. Featuring a free companion app, Echo keeps working even when you're away from home.

Tiny Robotic Tentacles: Good Things Do Come In Small Packages

These  innovative soft robotic tentacles could prove to be ideal for delicate microscopic surgery. They can pick up an ant without damage to its body, offering new promise to invasive surgical procedures such as the safe and intricate manipulation  of blood vessels or embryos.

Soft Robotic Glove: Lends A Helping Hand To The Disabled

Probably the worst realization for hand-motor impaired individuals is the fact that they cannot perform even the simplest of every day tasks, such as buttoning a shirt, without great difficulty. Read on to learn more about the innovative, wearable tech wonder known as the soft robotic glove.

Creepy Elfoid Cellular Phone Humanizes Mobile Telecommunication

The Elfoid “portable tele-operated android” from Japan's ATR is an innovative communication medium designed to take cellular phone communication technology to the next level... whether you want to go there or not.

Robots “Learn” To Overcome Injury

Though they have become increasingly advanced, there remains a major difference between most robots and their animal counterparts: the ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances. Three-legged dogs can learn to run again, but broken robots require human repairs. Now, researchers have reported a major breakthrough, a robot that can suffer a broken limb and independently establish a new gait to work around the damaged area.

Handheld Intelligent Robots Will Be The Foolproof Power Tools Of The Future

Handheld tools were essentially humankind’s first technology, and many – consider the hammer – have remained largely unchanged in the eons since. The development of power tools meant that the operator no longer required physical strength to complete a task, but many such tools still necessitated a certain degree of skill and training to avoid serious injury. Now researchers are working to develop autonomous robot tools that will greatly decrease the risk associated with these devices.

Robot Taxi Could Bring Us Johnny Cabs On The Spot

Japanese mobile internet company DeNA and Tokyo-based autonomous vehicle technology development firm ZMP Inc. have teamed up to form Robot Taxi, a joint venture company charged with laying the groundwork for driverless urban transportation.

Smart Artificial Skin Feels Rain and The Touch of a Hand

Although there have been many advancements made in the field of prosthetics down through the decades, the emphasis on aesthetics has been paramount in their development, at least until now. Read on to learn more about this amazing scientific innovation known as smart artificial skin.

GizmoSphere Gizmo 2 SBC Pairs PC-Class Power With Raspberry Pi's Size

Great things have been done with the Raspberry Pi's meager specs. For DIY'ers who just need more, though, the Gizmo 2 single-board computer squeezes an AMD dual-core processor and Radeon graphics into similar dimensions, while keeping the prerequisite array of hobbyist interfaces besides somehow adding many new ones.

The Spider Dress: One Good Wearable Tech Bite Deserves Another

Spider Man should move over, for a formidable adversary has found its way into pop cultural consciousness and the fashion marketplace. Read more about Anouk Wipprecht's Spider Dress and its built in sensors and mechanical limbs that attack when the wearer's perosnal space is invaded.

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.