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Robots and Robotics

Western National Robot Rodeo Tests Bomb Bots Skills

Have you ever wondered what the robots who take care of bombs do in their time off. They spend their spare time at the  Western National Robot Rodeo. The event pits bomb robots, and their operators, against each other in a 10 event challeneg in a variety of different events, both indoors and outdoors.

Another Cheetah Robot Rears it Neck

A cheetahs can be a very scary animal. With chases that are often over in less than a sixty seconds you probably do not want face a real one. But what about a robot cheetah? A robot that is modeled after the cheetah is currently in development may be used for search and rescue in the future. 

Robot Test Drivers?

Test driving cars is harder then it looks. If you want to get the best testing, without hurting human test drivers in the increasingly rough situations, then you need to do something different. Many car makers are turning to help from non-human drivers. That's right, robots may be testing the cars you drive every day.

Air Hockey Playing Robot Adapts to Your Game

A team of researchers at Chiba University, in the  Namiki Lab, have been working on an interesting robot. The robot, which plays air hockey for a living, is designed to do something interesting. The robot is able to adapt to the way you play and get better at the game. 

Immortality For Scientists & Dalai Lama Connected By Social Media

A research initiative under the code name "Avatar" is opening its San Francisco office this summer, and will be launching a social media project connecting scientists around the world with the unprecedented goal of offering them immortality. Dimitry Itskov, a 31 yr-old media entrepreneur aims to transplant a human brain into a robot body within the next 10 years.

Cisco and iRobot Team Up to Make A Meeting Robot

Robots can do a lot of things, but can they get you out of going to Albany for a really boring meeting? A robotics design team at Cisco, working with the folks over at iRobot, are hoping so. They are developing a bot that is designed to give HD telepresence. It can even drive itself to the meeting (from inside of the office, that is) to save you the site.

Bot Lets Sick Kids Go To School

Robots can do a lot of things. One of the things that you may not have given any thought to is the fact that they can help sick kids. One bot, dubbed the VGo, is designed to help sick kids get to the class and have some kind of a normal life. The bot streams classroom footage in real time.

Cheap Fire Finding Robots

A new robot the FFR, which is short for Fire Fighting Robot, is desgned to help the fire fighters who are battling the blaze to not only find the fires, but also the people inside of them as well. When it comes to fires, there is always a chance of destruction. So the bots are less expensive then you may think.

Program Your Own Bot (for Kids, and Kids at Heart)

When it comes to robots for kids there are a lot of choices. Not all of those choices do much at all. One choice, that is not quite to market yet, is desided to help kids to program in a variety of ways. The programming runs from options with a graphic interface to C++ and JAVA based options.

NASA to Host Robot Contest

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA for short, is looking for robots in some new places. The government agency is soon to host a bot competition at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The contest, which is looking for sample collecting bots, has been dubbed the 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge.

Brain Powered Robots Coming to A Mind Near You

A new team, of international scope, is working on a plan that is truly science fiction inspired. The team, which is both French and Japanese, is working to make robots that can be controlled with the human brain. The robots, which are still in the reserach, use blood flow to detect brain activity.

Xbox Tech Used to Make Bots

A look at the way that video game technology can be used to help in the creation of robots. A new robot that is being worked out by a research team at Cornell Universit that is using the set of cameras and the ability to recorgize the movement of human beings of the Microsoft Kinect to make a new robot.

Bots Buy More Tickets Than Humans for Big Shows

According to new information, released by the folks over at Ticketmaster, the majority of tickets for the big shows are sold not to human beings, but to robots. These bots without a body seek out hot shows and buy the tickets, possible for the resale of the tickets to other concert goers.

Get Your Own Poly-Bot Kit on Kickstarter

When it comes to robots you can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in research labs. Or you could just get over to kick starter. If you make a sufficent donation to the Linkbot project you could just find yourself the proud owner of a set of blocks that can be linked together, or added to, in order to make a variety of robots.

Can Shepard Robots Keep The Flock In Line?

When it comes to herding sheep the job is usually done by dogs. One graduate student, currently at Harper Adams University College, has designed  a UAV, or unmanned areal vehicle, in hopes of doing the job. The bot has been successful in the controlled tests. No one has asked the sheep what they think. 

US Asks for Killer Robot Ban

A look how how the UN is hoping to prevent killer robots from making it onto the battle field. Following up after a recent report on the potential of killer robots on the fields of war, the US is asking all nations to take on a willing ban of the use of killer bots due to legal and ethical issues that surround the use of the robots in battle.

Robots Evolve!

Nick Cheney, a current candidate for a PhD at Cornell University, has shown off some pretty cool research in robotics recently. He applied the idea of evolution to the bots. A single bot, which was fairly generic, was able to reproduce into several generations of more effective models. By using breeding to respond to a single selective pressure. 

Robot Octopus Swims Like Biological Counterpart

A new octopus that is not biological swims the same way that a real one would. The bot, which was shown off at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), which takes place annually in Karlsruhe, Germany showed off the robot in a tank in order to demonstrate the swimming motion.

German Industrial Robots Turned Aussie GPS Testers

It looks like robots, that were designed to do heavy work in factories in Germany, are going to be going on a new adventure. They are going to be used to help test the relability of the GPS systems down under in the outback.The systems data will be used to refine the system and help tectonic plate research in the future.

Will Robots Social Network When They Eclipse Man's Intelligence? [Videos]

'Singularity' for those mere mortals who are unaware is the theoretical emergence of a super-intelligence through technological means. First proposed by mathematician John von Neumann, it is the time when "ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue."