Robots and Robotics

Brush Hour: The World's 7 Neatest & Sweetest Street Sweepers

Street sweepers might not have the celebrity clout of other motorized vehicles but you'll appreciate them every time one of those “cool” cars doesn't leave you in its dust.

That Isn't A Toy Truck You See There - It's A Swarmie, NASA's Latest Space Exploration Robot

NASA's Swarmies look more like toys than space robots. You'd be forgiven for thinking there isn't much to them - though you'd be wrong. Connected to one another by a sort of wireless 'group mind;' these little 'bots could very well serve as the vanguard of interstellar exploration.

Meet RoboThespian, A Robotic Entertainment Extraordinaire - He Can Even Perform Singin' In The Rain

According to Engineered Arts founder Will Jackson, his company originally set out to make an automated presenter. Somewhere along the line, that changed. Now, the engineering firm is well on its way to making a fully-functional entertainment bot - and also the most human-like commercial robot yet.

Unifiller's Cake Decorating Robot Is Probably The Sweetest Thing You'll Ever See

Today, the world of food crossed the point of no return - the point at which hand-made and machine-made become indistinguishable. For this, you can thank Unifiller, an insidious organization that crafts tools to make baking easier. The fiends have designed a robot that decorates cakes. Diabolical.

Hitchbot Has Arrived In Victoria, Officially Finishing Its Trek Across Canada

Yesterday, three weeks after setting out from Halifax, Hitchbot completed its cross-country journey in Victoria, BC - surprisingly still in one piece. Designed as an experiment in robot-human interaction, the little machine was sent to hitchhike from one end of the country to the other.

Internet of Everything Is Hackable

Still in its infancy, the Internet of Everything, aka IoE (the interface of our things with data, people and process) is already being threatened by hackers. While Cisco has predicted that 25 billion units of things will connect to the Internet by 2015 and will double in five short years, this rapid growth has given pause to reflect on the perceived risks.

When This Robot's Leg Gets Broken, It Can Start Walking Again In Minutes

This just in: engineers have designed a robot that's capable of adjusting to a broken leg. Using, as they put it, "intelligent trial and error," they've developed a droid that learned how to walk two minutes after losing one of its limbs. For the world of adaptive robotics, this is pretty huge.

Thanks To Hydrogel, The Deep Sea Droid "Poseidrone" Can Go Where Other Robots Can't

Octopi are kind of known to be the world's greatest escape artists. Thanks to the flexibility of their rubbery body, they can squeeze through even the tightest opening. Now, researchers at Italy's Biorobotics Institute have invented a robot that does the same. It's called PoseiDrone.

The Flutter Dress: Utterly Cool Blend of Textiles and Robotics

Smart phones are one thing, but smart clothing is quite another. With its built-in microphones, the Flutter Dress allows the hearing-impaired to feel the world around them. Read on for more on this amazing wearable tech phenomenon.

These Robotic Plants Are Going To Be Capable Of Growth - Just Like The Real Thing

Here's something that sounds like it was pulled straight out of a science fiction novel: a robotic, completely-artificial plant which is capable of growth; the closest to artificial life we've ever come. Don't scoff - there's a team of researchers in Italy this very moment trying to make it a reality.

A Struggling Korean Baseball Team Has Come Up With A Novel Way To Increase Attendance: Robots

It's a tough life, being a fan of the Hanwha Eagles. In the past 5 years, the team's suffered so many losses that most other baseball fans in Korea regard them with great sympathy. In an effort to improve the atmosphere of their matches, the team's decided to introduce some new fans. Robotic ones.

The Logitraxx Tracked Robot Kit Will Introduce You To A Whole New World Of Robot Construction

These days, there's no shortage of robot construction kits around.  Logitraxx is the latest of these, and may well be the most promising yet. Built around the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA, it's a development platform at its core - and perfect for anyone who wants to build a robot.

The United States Government Wants Robots To Start Teaching Your Children Fitness

Would you trust a robot to educate or befriend your child? You'll find out soon. The United States Government is hoping you won't mind; it's putting $10 million into the creation of robots that will act as 'personal trainers' for children. The goal? To reduce childhood obesity

Terrified Of Typhoons? This California-Made Seafaring Robot Certainly Isn't

There are some tasks that robots are just better than humans at accomplishing. Apparently, surviving deadly storms is one of them. The research robot known as Wave Glider on Tuesday survived a direct encounter with a typhoon - and a nasty one, at that.

Worried Your Kids Aren't Learning Critical Thinking Skills? Tiddlybot Is Here To Help!

One can't be blamed for being a little worried about their kid's education. We aren't exactly living in the ideal eara for learning. With that in mind, it's not entirely surprising that we're starting to see inventions like Tiddlybot - a robot designed to teach children higher-order thinking.