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Robots and Robotics

The Next Hitchhiker You Pick Up Might Be A Robot Named Hitchbot

If you met a robot, would you give it a ride? That's the question researchers from Ontario are looking to answer with Hitchbot, a chatty little robot which will soon be hitch-hiking its way from Nova Scotia all the way to BC, sharing the experience online every step of the way.

Ever Wished You Could Have An Extra Pair Of Hands? Now You Can - Through The Power Of Robotics!

Wouldn't it be awesome to have an extra pair of hands? Just think about how much more you could get done - and how much easier it'd be to perform tasks like moving and construction. Two experts from MIT were thinking just that when they developed SRL - the Supernumerary Robotic Limbs.

How Do You Make A Robot More Human? By Making It Neurotic, Apparently

Although robots are far superior to humans where computational tasks are concerned, they're more or less useless when it comes to emotional ones. That is to say, they're almost universally awful at mimicking humans. Researchers at the University of California think they have a solution - neuroticism.

Built In Japan; Pepper Is A Robot That Knows How You're Feeling

According to Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, the uncanny valley shouldn't exist. Robots should make people smile - they should make humans feel happy and comfortable.

To that end, his company Softbank earlier today unveiled Pepper - a cooing little robot that's capable of understanding emotion. 

Ever Thought About Baked Robots? MIT Has - And They're Developing The Technology To Create Them

3-D printers are so last month. If recent research being carried out at MIT is anything to go by, it's all about ovens now. A group of scientists there is working to design a line of robots that will self-assemble when they're cooked. So...ever wanted to bake yourself a robot? 

Say Hello To Jimmy, Intel's Fully-Customizable, 3D-Printed Robot

Intel's got big plans for the world of consumer robotics. They plan to bring Jimmy - a fully customizable, 3D-printed robot - to market by the end of the year, with designs freely available online. So, how do YOU feel about owning your very own robot?

Korean Scientists Have Designed A Velociraptor Robot That's Nearly As Fast As Cheetah

A research team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have together designed a sprinting robot that's nearly as fast as Boston Dynamics' Cheetah - and with an infinitely cooler design. It's based on a velociraptor.

In 2016, NASA's New InSight Lander Will Dig Deep Beneath The Surface Of The Red Planet

I like to think we've gotten pretty familiar with what the surface of Mars has to offer; what we haven't really done is gone below. That's what NASA's looking to do with the InSight Lander. Due to launch in 2016, it's going to plumb the depths of Mars - and hopefully dig up something incredible. 

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.