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Robots and Robotics

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!

Need A Drink? $280,000 PR2 Robot Knows How To Fetch Beer

If you weren't already a little jealous of the guys at Willow Garage, today's story might just push you over the edge. They've trained their PR2 platform to fetch them beer while they're working. Yeah - not only can they drink on the job, they've a robot assistant to bring it to them.

Have A Look At How Far Honda's ASIMO Robot Has Come

Over a decade ago, Honda unveiled the revolutionary ASIMO, which today remains one of the best-known humanoid robots in the world. Since unveiling it way back in 2000, Honda has been hard at work making the robot better, faster, and stronger - today, we saw the result of that work.

These Robotic Mice Are Programmed To...Uh...Mate.

So, uh...fair warning, thisz story might potentially be a little bit not-safe-for-work. Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have designed several mice-shaped robots whose only purpose is getting it on. Apparently, this is supposed to help them study evolution.

Weird. 

Microsoft's Giving Us A Look At The Future Of Robots In The Office

Today, we've been given a glimpse into the future of the workplace. Not surprisingly, it involves robots. Microsoft's Situated Interaction Project is a near-fully automated, robotic workplace, designed to show that robots and humans can interact - and work together - on a meaningful level.

Robots Made Out Of Paper Are Now A Thing, Apparently

Have you ever wanted to create your own robot? Thanks to a researcher at MIT, you now can - provided you have a few simple electronic components with a total value of about $20. Oh, and paper. Lots of paper. Yes, I'm serious.

The United States Navy Now Owns A Tablet-Controlled Robot Helicopter

The Office of Naval Research today announced that it's created the future of combat support - a robotic helicopter, linked up to a simple touchscreen tablet that a soldier can use to send the chopper into missions too perilous for human pilots.

Toyota Is Securing Efficiency By Replacing Robots With Humans

No, that's not a typo. While many automotive manufacturers are embracing robots in the workplace, Toyota is apparently taking the opposite approach: they're actually reducing the number of robots used in the production line. Even stranger, they're actually becoming more efficient as a result.

A Robotic Snake Is Now Capable Of Performing Surgery

The Flex System - based on a robotic snake previously used to explore an abandoned nuclear power plant - is a robot designed to perform surgery...by slithering down the throat of a patient. Don't worry, that's actually significantly less unpleasant than it sounds.

Take A Look At This Bouncing, Bionic Kangaroo

Not all robots need to be creepy, ominous, or terrifying. An industrial automation company in Germany has designed a cheerful, bouncing robotic kangaroo for its Bionic Learning Network project. Look at it, and tell me it's not at least a little loveable.

This Tiny Droid Can Perform Surgery On Astronauts In Space

Risky surgical operations in space could soon become a routine activity - although they won't be carried out by human hands. NASA is currently exploring the possibility of sending medical droids up with astronauts. Working with robotics firm Virtual Incision, they've already developed a prototype.

The Crabster CR200 Is A Man-Made Monster Of The Deep

A mechanical monstrosity will soon be stalkined the darkest depths of the ocean. Developed by the Korean Institute of Ocean Science And Technology, The Crabster is a massive, six-legged machine designed for exploration of the deepest, most dangerous undersea regions.