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Robots and Robotics

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.

Next Time You Get Your Audi Repaired, The Job Might Be Done By A Robot

The next time you take your Audi in for a little bit of work, there might be a rather unusual mechanic waiting to assist you. The Volkswagen Subsidiary is looking into providing telepresence robots in order to assist technicians with repairs. The droids are currently part of a pilot program at 18 dealerships, with plans to bring them to 100 in the near future.

Remote Controlled Robot Caterpillars Will Crawl Into Your Heart

Raji Konchu RC Caterpillars from Japan's JTT Online Shop will crawl their way into your heart... not literally, because that would be weird (not to mention painful). These oversized robotic beasties will never turn into Mothra either but at least you won't have to pick up after them.

The Next Hitchhiker You Pick Up Might Be A Robot Named Hitchbot

If you met a robot, would you give it a ride? That's the question researchers from Ontario are looking to answer with Hitchbot, a chatty little robot which will soon be hitch-hiking its way from Nova Scotia all the way to BC, sharing the experience online every step of the way.

Ever Wished You Could Have An Extra Pair Of Hands? Now You Can - Through The Power Of Robotics!

Wouldn't it be awesome to have an extra pair of hands? Just think about how much more you could get done - and how much easier it'd be to perform tasks like moving and construction. Two experts from MIT were thinking just that when they developed SRL - the Supernumerary Robotic Limbs.

How Do You Make A Robot More Human? By Making It Neurotic, Apparently

Although robots are far superior to humans where computational tasks are concerned, they're more or less useless when it comes to emotional ones. That is to say, they're almost universally awful at mimicking humans. Researchers at the University of California think they have a solution - neuroticism.

Built In Japan; Pepper Is A Robot That Knows How You're Feeling

According to Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, the uncanny valley shouldn't exist. Robots should make people smile - they should make humans feel happy and comfortable.

To that end, his company Softbank earlier today unveiled Pepper - a cooing little robot that's capable of understanding emotion.