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Robots and Robotics

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.

In A Ping Pong Match Between Robot And Man, The Marketing Team Wins

Looks like the robot uprising's going to be on hold for at least a few more years. To celebrate the opening of its first plant in Shanghai, China, Kuka Robotics decided to host a match between table tennis champion Timo Boll and one of its industrial robots. Boll won...but was it even a fair fight?

Immersive Virtual Robotics Will Soon Allow Us To Directly Control Robotic Behemoths

Turns out, the answer to the myriad safety concerns surrounding massive industrial robots is virtual reality. Johns Hopkins Computational and Interactove Robotics Lab has developed an Immersive Virtual Robotics Environment that allows workers to directly interact with and control robots.

By 2015, Humanoid Robots Will Be Better Than You At Keeping Secrets

Can you keep a secret? No? Then by 2015, robots will be more trustworthy than you. That's the year a British team of researchers plans to release new programming that allows robots to keep private information, well...private.

Charles Is A Robot That Can Sing, Tell The Weather, And Read Emotions

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology has just designed what he's referring to as the world's most advanced robot. The companion bot Charlie proves that size doesn't mean anything, standing at a mere 20 centimeters tall. Sweet, right?

Human Exoskeleton Is "The Most Complex Wearable Robot" Ever Built

Today, we're one step closer to fully-functional robotic exoskeletons. Engineers in italy have created the world's most complex wearable robot - an exoskeleton known as the "Body Extender." They believe this device to have a wide range of applications, from therapy to industrial work. Cool, right?