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Robots and Robotics

Got An iPad And A Roomba? Then You Can Build Your Very Own Telepresence Robot!

Telepresence robots are incredible, aren't they? They really are the next best thing to being somewhere in person. Trouble is, well...they aren't exactly cheap. One company - Telemba - is looking to change that. They've released a kit that lets you build your own robot from a tablet...and a roomba.

This Space-Walking Handyman Robot Can Repair Anything - Including Itself

Equipment repair is one of the most difficult - and dangerous - challenges in space exploration. Thanks to a new robot that goes by the name of "Dextre" that might no longer be the case. It's a handyman bot that's capable of repairing pretty much anything in space - including itself.

A Look At Amazon's Burgeoning Robot Army

Looks like Google's not the only one putting together a robot army. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos informed investors at a shareholder meeting Wednesday that he's expecting a "significant increase" in the number of robots utilized by its facilities. End result? More automation, and more products shipped.

How Would You Feel If Your Boss Was A Robot? The Employees Of Deep Knowledge Are About To Find Out

Ladies and gentlemen, we'd best get ready to welcome our new robot overlords - an AI has just made it onto a company's board of directors. The intelligence, known as Vital, was promoted to the board by Japanese venture capital firm Deep Knowledge, for its ability to pick up on market trends humans might miss.

Wanna Hear A Joke? This Nifty Little Robot's Got A Few - And It Can Tell If You're Interested

Looks like comedians are the latest in a long line of professions that can start feeling threatened by the robot revolution. Earlier today, Japanese scientists unveiled EMIEW2, a conversational robot with its own sense of humor - and the ability to tell when one of its jokes has fallen flat.

Could The World Cup's Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton Be The Next Frontier Of Medical Technology?

On June 12, the World Cup in São Paulo is going to be kicked off in a very unique fashion: a paralyzed young adult will walk onto the field in a robotic exoskeleton to deliver the first kick. There are some who trumpet this as a step towards making wheelchairs obsolete...but is it?

If Military Robots Are Really Going To Be A Thing, They Need To Have Morals

If the military is going to use robots, it first needs to ensure that they're capable of morality. The Office of naval Research this week announced that it plans to award $7.5 million in grant money to university researchers in order to explore how to build a sense of right and wrong into machines.

The Six-Legged Outrunner Robot Can Tear Up The Race Track

Scientists at Robotics Unlimited have created a six-legged robot called the Outrunner which is capable of reaching speeds of up to twenty miles per hour. The fact that it looks like a nightmarish amalgamation of a spider and a tumbleweed is only a happy accident, I'm sure.

Meet Zoe Quinn, The Girl Who's Turning Herself Into A Real-Life Cyborg

Most people interested in body modification just get tattoos or piercings. That stuff's too vanilla for game developer Zoe Quinn, a young woman who's clearly planning on turning herself into a real-world cyborg. Quinn recently implanted a computer chip into her hand - and now she plans to make a game with it. 

Advanced Tactics' Black Knight Transformer VTOL Multicopter Makes First Test Flight

Combining the versatility of a pizza-delivering drone with the payload capacity of a small army truck, the Black Knight Transformer from Advanced Tactics Inc. could someday transform battlefields in ways heretofore only imagined by science fiction writers.

Could Swarms Of Tiny Disposable Robots Soon Act As Cleaning Agents For Oil Spills? These Researchers Think So

As electronic components become less expensive with each passing day, the notion of disposable robots becomes more and more realistic. I'm not just talking individual bots, either - I'm talking swarms of hundreds, maybe thousands, with capabilities beyond any single robot on its own.

Need To Print Something On The Go? This Pocket-Sized Robot's Got You Covered!

Although we're living in an increasingly-mobile society, there's still one piece of tech that missed the bus: the printer. What few mobile printers do exist are either too cumbersome or print on non-standard paper. One startup is looking to change that, through the wonders of robotics.

PattenStudio Plans To Make Touchscreens More Tactile With Tiny Robots Called Thumbles

Touchscreens are great and all, but I can't say I've ever been a rabid fan; I don't like the lack of tactile feedback. I'm not alone in this - which is why it doesn't come as any surprise that one company is looking to make touchscreens a little more physical. And they're doing it with robots, too.

Canada Is Being Tasked With Leading The Charge Against A New Generation Of "Killer Robots"

With each passing day, military robots are becoming more powerful, more advanced, and deadlier. They're also becoming more autonomous. Neither of those is particularly heartening news - which is likely why Canada is being tasked with leading The Campaign To Stop Killer Robots.

Boomer The T-Rex Is Exactly The Robotic Pet You Need

Who says a robot can't be a ruthless killing machine and look adorable in the process? Meet Boomer - a tiny little pet T-Rex currently still in the prototype stages. Currently, he can sit down and speak on command, and react to 'food' by biting. When he releases, he'll be able to do a lot more.

Morphex Is A Robotic Ball That Will Play With Your Kids So You Don't Have To

Norwegian engineer Kare Halvorsen has come up with a rather novel means of keeping his son entertained when he's too tired to play with him: he's built a robot. Morphex is a ball-shaped automaton which propels itself along on six feet, rolling and scuttling delightfully around.

North Korea's Crashed Drones May Have Been Made In China

North Korean drones that recently crashed in South Korea bear an uncanny resemblance to the Sky-09P, a bargain-basement UAV made by China TranComm Technologies.

The Pentagon Has Designed A Terminator Robot Which Will Save Lives

The United States Department of Defense has just unveiled a man-sized machine that bears an uncanny resemblance to something produced by Skynet. Ironically enough given its appearance, it's actually going to be saving lives - it's a disaster relief robot.

How NASA And A Marine Robotics Firm Will Change Space Exploration

While most of us were eagerly readying ourselves for Easter, NASA was hard at work on something completely different. A team from the space agency was in Nanaimo last week, collaborating with robotics firm Seamor Marine on a project which could just change the face of space exploration.

Cutest Star Wars Gadget Yet: R2-D2 Measuring Set (Clever Video Too!)

Still the most memorable robot in film history, R2-D2 has also become a popular embodiment for a variety of toys and gadgets.  This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups and Spoons pays tribute to the movie star in its likeness and adds a surprise element to your kitchen counter. This Lucasfim licensed charmer makes a super gift for a fan too!