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Robots and Robotics

Space Driving Record Broken by Robot

A new record was broken recently by a robot. In addition to being able to beat the worlds champions in chess it turns out that robots may be better at distance driving, at least in the endless void of space. The 1972, human set, record for the most distance driven in space was broken by a 2004 launced rover.

7 Foot Tall DIY Robot from China

Tao Xiangli, an inventor of some note from China, has once again unveiled a new DIY creation. His newest work is a seven foot tall working robot. The bot, which is made from old parts, cost just under $25,000 and is teh second invention from this intredpid man. His first was a working submarine.

MIT Shows Off Robot Cheetah

A look at a new cheetah robot that came from the Biomimetic Robotics Lab at MIT. The researchers, who showed off the robot at the  IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation this year have managed to create the second fastest robot in the world. The bot tops speeds of about 14 MHP by using electric motors, instead of hydraulics.

BrickPi: Making Robots Out of Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi project is getting a new twist. The newest add on, dubbed BrickPi, is a sensation of Kickstarter. The project, which has raised more than $20,000 offeres users the chance to use the setup to make and control robots. The only other thing neeeded is a Lego Mindstorm set. The project is set to ship to donators in August of this month. There is still time to get your's if you want one.

Drink Mixing Robots Shown Off

The folks over at Coke and Bacard have been working with researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab to create a robot that is capabale of making you great drinks. The robot, which is currently in testing, is able to make 1000's of different types of drinks with the help of an app.

Nasa Tests New Rover

A new rover named GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research, is being sent to test itself in the polar ice. The robot, which will be tested in May and June is also soon to get a companion made by Dartmouth University during the summe.

Gecko Robot Can Climb

New work from researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology had prouced a light weight robot that is modeled after the high climbing gecko robot. The mostly plastic robot is set up with a low melting goo on its feet that allows the robot to climb vertical surfaces.

Can Robots Help Aussie Manufacturing?

A white paper put out by CSIRO is positing the idea that robots will be good for the workers in the manufacturing sector in Australia, but the real question is, can it actually happen that way? This piece looks at the state of the industry and ponders how robots might help, without replacing, workers in a flagging field.

UN Reports on Killer Robots

It looks like experts are starting to take the threat of killer robots seriously. A recent report, released by the U.N. Human Rights Commission has come out with some serious concerns about the use of Lethal autonomous robotics, or LARs for short. The report, which is more than 20 pages, make a series of suggestions on how to deal with the threats faced by LARs. 

New Robot Can Feel Coins

A look at new robot sensores developed by the the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology that are advance enough to get the coins out of a pocket that is full of items. These new sensors can help to make the next generation of robots even more human like. The piece also examines other robots that use new touch abilities.

Look Whose Milking Cows: Robots!

When it comes to milking the cows humans may soon be a thing of the past. This piece looks at the use of a new set of robot cow caretakers. The robots, who can deal with the milking and the feeding of about 60 cows each, are designed to work wih the farmer and his or her new smart phone app. This gives farmers some degree of daily freedom from their chores .

Can Humans Care for Robots?

A new look at research being put out by the University of Duisburg-Essen, that shows how humans respond to videos of robots in happy situations, and videos of robots being tortured. They stack up against humans and cardboard boxes being abused as well. The results are suprising.

Harvard Lab Shows off New Robot Touch Sensors

A research team working at Harvard University's Biorobotics Laboratory , a part of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has developed a new and less expensive tactile sensor for robots. This sensor, which is in the cost range for people without a research budget, may open up robotics research. The sensor is sensitive enough to allow a robot hand to pick up a baloon.

Experience “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” At The Tech

Get ready to play with the sci-fi technology that’s fascinated audiences for decades when the “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” exhibit lands at The Tech Museum of Innovation starting October 19th in San Jose, California. You don’t want to miss out on hanging out with R2-D2, Chewbacca and Yoda!

Robots: How Close is Too Close?

It looks like some people are willing to get really, really close to their robots. A new survey that was out by Huffington Post and YouGov, shows that a number of people who are going to have a robot would be wlling to have sex with it. The number is not that high yet, but the feelings on cheating are mixed.

Beetle Robot Kit: A Great Way to Encourage Young Scientists

If you are looking for a great piece that you can give to your kids, or as a gift to the kids of others, and you want to encourage a love of science and invention, then there is one great option that you can use for the job. Consider picking up one of the Beetle Robot Kits  that you can get for less than fifty dollars. Check it out!

Drone Technology To Be Used By Farmers

A look at the soon to be coming testing of new drones for use, not in the military, but in the farming industry. The testing, which will take place in the state of California, may just help to usher in a new generation of sensor drones that will help farmers to do their jobs more easily, manage large crops more simply and reduce the risks associated with chemical exposure.

Robot Wheelchair Makes Walking Look Bad!

Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System or ROPITS for short, a new robot wheelchair designed by the people have at Hitachi the system, which can be used in conjunction with a tablet or a smart phone, will enable users to get from point a to point b without having to plan every inch of the path manually.

Neato XV Signature Robot Does The Cleaning Up For You

The Neato XV Signature and the Neato XV Signature Pro, two new smart robots that are designed to do the cleaning up for you, are coming onto the market in April. The robots will feature laser guidance systems, a self docking feature and a price point that is actually reasonable, considering this bot will clean your floors daily if you ask it to.

ACLU Warns Of Drone Nightmare Scenario

As drones become better able to stay in the air for long hours, and get cameras that can zoom in and record entire cities all at once, the ACLU warns that a nightmare drone scenario could be happening sooner than we think. ARGUS, a recent advancement in spying technology, may be the first step towards this future.