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Robots and Robotics

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.

Have A Look At This Awesome Panoramic Shot Taken By Curiosity

NASA's Curiosity Rover currently has a long trip ahead of it - the drone is on its way to Mount Sharp, where it will investigate the geological history of Mars. It won't arrive there for a few months, however...so in the meantime, it's just enjoying the ride, taking samples and snapshots along the way.

Switzerland Will Host Cybathlon, The World's First Bionic Olympics, In 2016

A few years from now, traditional athletes won't be the only ones competing for gold and glory. The Cybathlon - an Olympic competition designed for bionic athletes - is planned for 2016, and will include exoskeletons, prothestic limbs, and even a virtual-reality competition.

Creepy Robot Can Wear Your Friends' Faces And Predict Your Emotions

Hey there, ladies and gents! Today, I'm going to present you with one of the creepiest inventions I've seen in a while. It's called Socibot Mini. This little robot - which wears the face of one of your friends - is capable of reading your mood through a camera. Lovely, right?

The Search For Malaysia Airlines MH370 Is Now Being Aided By Robots

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues - fruitlessly. That might change in the near future. Crews searching for debris from the flight can now count on help from a fleet of 3600 floating robots released into the world's oceans.

Here's An Animatronic Dancer Guaranteed To Make Your Spine Tingle

Quick question - did any of you want to get any sleep tonight? Yes? Then it might be a good idea for you to skip this article. What I'm about to show you may well be one of the most nightmarish dance robots ever invented. You have been warned.

Xprize Wants To Fund A TED Talk Given By An Artificial Intelligence-

Xprize - known for awesome projects like a working Star Trek Tricorder - has set its sights on an entirely new frontier: artificial intelligence. The outfit is teaming up with TED in order to produce a TED talk presented entirely by an artificial intelligence. That's not all - they want your help.

This Soft Robotic Fish Swims Just As Well As The Real Thing

There are two primary challenges facing the world of robotics at the moment: the navigation of complex environments, and the ability to collide safely with humans. MIT's Computer Science And Artificial Intelligence Laboratory appears to have overcome both, with a robotic fish made of silicone.

Robotic Behavioral Tics Are The Key To Bridging The Uncanny Valley

Currently, the problem with a lot of human-like robots is how undeniably inhuman they appear. In spite of their creators' best efforts, there's still something undeniably 'off' about them. Researchers may have just discovered why, and in so doing, how to address the issue.

Victor Is A Robot That's Better At Trash Talking Than Scrabble

Students at Carnegie Mellon University have put together a robot that's capable of playing scrabble - and trash talking its opponents as it does so. Victor, as its known, has been installed in the computer science lounge for the last 18 months, where it's battled - and berated - countless foes.

A Lego Robot Just Solved A Rubik's Cube In Less Than Four Seconds

You can add puzzles to the long list of things robots are already better than us at doing. A Lego robot called Cubestormer 3 just solved a Ruik's Cube puzzle in 3.253 seconds, shattering the existing world speed record. Yes, a robot constructed out of a children's toy is a world-class puzzle champ.

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.