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Robots and Robotics

Scientists Are Now Testing An Internet Made For Robots: RoboEarth

I've got three words for you, ladies and gentlemen: robotic hive mind. That's what scientists at Eindhoven University have spent the last four years creating; an invention they refer to as "RoboEarth," a "world wide web for robots."

CES 2014: Say Hello To The World's First Working Security Robot

At this year's Consumer Electronics show, the science fiction concept of robot security guards has just blasted its way into the real world. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the Knightscope K5: the world's first true security drone.

At CES 2014, Even The Journalists Are Robots

In the future, we might be able to start attending conferences through robots. A company known as Suitable Technologies has recently made their telepresence robot, Beam, available to the general public. Using Beam, a Forbes journalist attended CES 2014 without ever leaving her kitchen.

NASA Is Using A Lake In Chile To Prepare For An Exploration Of Titan

Over in Chile, a team of scientists from NASA's Intelligent Robotics Group are testing something very, very cool. The Planetary Lake Lander is an early prototype of an autonomous, floating space probe which the team believes can be used to explore the surface of Titan.

The Ozobot Wants To Play A Game With You - Is Your iPad Ready?

Unveiled today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Ozobot is a robot that's all about playing games. The diminutive robot is capable of recognizing and responding to lights, colors, and shapes; it uses this to react to stimuli in mobile games. Basically, it's like Nintendo's ROB for your iPad.

The WildCat -- A New All-Terrain Robot that Sort of Looks Like a Monster

Look at that picture on the right.  Looks innocuous enough, right?  Well, wait until you see this thing in motion.  Quite scary.  But, scariness aside, there is something to say about the WildCat robot.  It may just be the way to cover long distances across all sorts of terrain at a rather rapid pace.

Graduate Student Invents A Mechanical Inchworm To Patrol Power Lines

A graduate student at UC San Diego by the name of Nick Morozovsky has invented a rather unique alternative to in-person power line inspections. Meet Skysweeper: a mechanical inchworm that consists of little more than some 3D printed components, an arduino motor, and a store-bought battery.

This Gecko-Like Robot May One Day Crawl Over The Hulls Of Spacecraft

One enduring trend in the world of robotics is for researchers to base their designs on real-world creatures. The six-legged Abigaille - based on a real-world gecko- is no exception. Designed by Canadian researchers, it may one day operate on the hulls of spacecraft for maintenance and repair.

Robots Can Probably Manage Your Finances Better Than You Can

According to entrepreneur Mike Sha, in the near future we'll be handing all our money over to robots. Sort of - the Bay Area entrepreneur's startup, SigFig, has developed a set of algorithms designed to manage a user's financial portfolio automatically. He's not the only one with the idea, either.

China's Yutu Rover Might Be The World's First True Hibernating Robot

The moon isn't exactly known for its balmy temperature, and its nights are especially bad. They last about 14  days, during which temperatures can drop as low as -180 degrees Celsius. Scientists in China may have designed a rover capable of surviving such extreme conditions...by hibernating.

NASA's Super Ball Bot Will Be Exploring The Surface Of TItan

Where the deployment of exploratory drones is concerned, one of the biggest challenges lies with getting a robot down to the surface of a planet or moon. NASA has come up with a rather novel solution: Super Ball Bot, a wire mesh, ball-shaped robot that can roll around of its own volition.

Google's New Robots Dominate At The DARPA Robotic Rescue Challenge

Although Google may be entering into the manufacturing sector in the long term, for the time being, it's entering its new robots in contests. Several bots developed by Google-owned organizations today dominated the early stages of the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Workplace Mechanization Is The Next Frontier Of The Robot Revolution

For decades, robots and humans have worked separately from one another on factory floors as a matter of safety. Now, however, companies like GM and BMW are looking to close the gap between man and machine. They're looking to create integrated work-spaces, where robots and humans can work in tandem.

Intel's Oculus Robots Are All About Playing Games

If you've ever wondered how touch screens are tested for accuracy, Intel this week provided a bit of insight into the process. Turns out, they've invented The Oculus, a simple robotic array designed for one purpose: playing video games. That's cool and all, but...how exactly does that work?

This Interactive Petting Zoo Replaces Animals With Robots

Experimental Architecture and Design studio Minimaforms has put a new swing on the petting zoo: they've opened up one without animals. Well, sort of: instead of fluffy goats and bunnies, they offer a bizarre, slinky-like "pets," all equipped with the capacity to learn. Animals are so last decade.

King Robota -- A Real Giant Robot?

Ranging anywhere from eight to sixteen feet in height, King Robota manufactures some amazing robots designed for corporate events and large entertainment venues.  But... how much of the robot is a robot?

Unfamiliar Territory: Why We Find Boston Dynamics' Robots So Unnerving

As most of you have probably noticed, everyone's still booming about the Google/Boston Dynamics acquisition. Many people seem focused on one particular: how creepy many of the designer's robots look. I won't argue with the sentiment. Instead, I'm going to look at the reason behind it.

Google's Robot Army: A Look At The Google Boston Dynamics Buyout

Google today acquired Boston Dynamics, one of the worlds foremost developers of advanced robotics. This marks the eighth robotics company Google's purchased in six months, and a clear indication that the search giant has some very significant plans. Hopefully, those don't involve world conquest.

Chinese Moon Rover Replicas Ready To Roll Off Store Shelves

In celebration of China's successful landing of the Jade Rabbit moon rover, scale model replicas of “Yutu” in zinc alloy and silver have been made available for retail sale.

NASAs Valkyrie One Robot Will Pave The Way To Mars

This just in, folks: NASA has built Iron Man. Well, sorta. The Valkyrie One Robot is the result of a months-long secret project at the Johnson Space station. It's  six foot two, weighs one hundred twenty-five kilograms, and is completely autonomous.