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Robots and Robotics

How To Train Your Robot: Bionic Elephant Trunk Learns Like A Baby

The way human infants learn motor skills - by grasping continually at whatever object they can get their hands on - is being used as a design inspiration for a new generation of robots. A German engineering firm has created a bionic elephant trunk that can learn - and be taught - like a baby.

Roboy Is A Robot That Moves Like A Real Human Being

Roboy is a robot created with a very specific purpose: to move like a human. It's hoped that Roboy's design -3D-printed bones, joints, tends, and coiled-spring muscles - will allow robots and humans to work in closer proximity to one another, with the former posing less of a threat to the latter.

In A Ping Pong Match Between Robot And Man, The Marketing Team Wins

Looks like the robot uprising's going to be on hold for at least a few more years. To celebrate the opening of its first plant in Shanghai, China, Kuka Robotics decided to host a match between table tennis champion Timo Boll and one of its industrial robots. Boll won...but was it even a fair fight?

Immersive Virtual Robotics Will Soon Allow Us To Directly Control Robotic Behemoths

Turns out, the answer to the myriad safety concerns surrounding massive industrial robots is virtual reality. Johns Hopkins Computational and Interactove Robotics Lab has developed an Immersive Virtual Robotics Environment that allows workers to directly interact with and control robots.

By 2015, Humanoid Robots Will Be Better Than You At Keeping Secrets

Can you keep a secret? No? Then by 2015, robots will be more trustworthy than you. That's the year a British team of researchers plans to release new programming that allows robots to keep private information, well...private.

Charles Is A Robot That Can Sing, Tell The Weather, And Read Emotions

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology has just designed what he's referring to as the world's most advanced robot. The companion bot Charlie proves that size doesn't mean anything, standing at a mere 20 centimeters tall. Sweet, right?

Human Exoskeleton Is "The Most Complex Wearable Robot" Ever Built

Today, we're one step closer to fully-functional robotic exoskeletons. Engineers in italy have created the world's most complex wearable robot - an exoskeleton known as the "Body Extender." They believe this device to have a wide range of applications, from therapy to industrial work. Cool, right?

This 78-Fingered Robot Guitarist Is An Emotional Music Machine

Robots might not be capable of emotion, but they can certainly fake it. Take, for example, Z-Machines, a party-robot band based out of Japan. Recently, the group collaborated with an electronic artist by the name of Squarepusher. The result? A robots' song lamenting their lot as entertainment machine.

Culinary Creativity Is An Algorithm, And Computers Are Learning It

Looks like the creative class is next on the robotic chopping block: according to the folks at IBM, the best way to determine new recipes for human consumption is to use a supercomputer. The natural next step, of course, is to apply that theory to everything else - including writing.

Drones, Robots, And Scientists Join Forces For "Citizen Science"

At Lake Merritt - the oldest wildlife refuge in the U.S. - a group is exploring the future of citizen science. The Lake Merritt BioBlitz set out to explore the rich biodiversity present in this lake, allowing participants the opportunity to document the rich environment. Oh, and there were robots, too.

Ever Wonder What Your Garden Is Missing? Why Not Robotic Lamps?

What's your garden missing right now? You've probably got a few nice statues, some pretty flowers, some edible plants...all the boring, vanilla stuff you can find in any garden. I can tell you what you probably don't have, too: Robots. Don't worry: The Toro-bots have you covered.

Iranian Teacher Builds A Robot To Teach Kids To Pray

While we're still some decades away from robots that are capable of finding religion, we're most definitely living in an era where they're capable of teaching it. An Iranian schoolteacher has taken it upon himself to build a robot that will instruct his students on proper Muslim prayer techniques.

Linkify Harnesses Semantic Technology For On-The-Go Small Businesses & Smartphones

Time is of the essence when running a small business -- particularly when each staff member [whether he or she is the founder or its sales agent] is often required to wear many hats, juggle multiple disciplines and multi-task on an ongoing-basis. Add travel and out-of-the-office business engagements to the mix...

Google's All Set To Tango With A New Android Mapping System

Google made an exciting announcement today: Project Tango. Although it's not directly related to robotics, the underlying technology could very well lead to some pretty amazing developments. I should back up a bit, though: basically, Tango is a smartphone that can map your surroundings. Literally.

Apparently, Humans Are Programmed To Obey Robots

Everyone would like to think that, when the robot overlords arrive, they'll fight. Turns out, most of us might be likelier to submit - scientists in The Republic of Congo have made some very interesting observations about humans, concluding that we might well be wired to serve.

Thalmic's Myo Armband Will Let You Pilot Any Robot You Desire

We might just be a few years away from Gundam Wing or Pacific Rim-esque giant mechas, thanks to a new invention from Thalmic Labs. The firm has developed an arm-band which promises to allow its user to control just about anything with gestures alone. Ladies and Gentlemen, say hello to the Thalmic Myo.

Robotic "Injector" Pills Could Revolutionize Modern Medicine

Prolific inventor (and possible mad scientist) Mir Imran has created a robotic pill which could replace injectible drugs. This would have been impossible just a few years ago, but now it might well become a common sight in medicine. What's more, it could very well replace syringes altogether.

Flying Batbots Could Soon Take To The Sky

The way bats move their wings while in flight could serve as inspiration for a new generation of flying robots. Researchers are examining closely how fruit bats use their wings to manipulate the air around them. An understanding of these processes could in turn help them produce better designs.

Harvard Researchers Have Turned Termites Into Robot Builders

A group of scientists at Harvard University have just developed the latest in biomimicry: a group of autonomous construction robots whose behavior is based on real-world termites. It is hopes that these TERMES, as they're called, will eventually create a fully automated work-force.

A Look At James Dyson's New Robotics Laboratory

As some of you have likely already heard, British inventor Sir James Dyson this weeek launched a collaboration with The Imperial College in London to the tune of £5 million (approximately $8.34 million USD) . The purpose? To found The Dyson Robotics Laboratory. Pretty cool, right?