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Robots and Robotics

No Robot Army Here: Google Pulls The HRP-2 Robot From The DARPA Robotics Challenge To Focus On Consumer Tech

Google is not, in fact, building an army of robots to conquer the world. The search giant today announced that Team Schaft will be withdrawing from the DARPA Robotics Challenge and turning down funding from the defense agency in order to focus on "the development of a commercial product."

Airports Could Soon Feature Robotic Valets For Your Car

Add "valet" to the list of jobs that'll soon be taken over by machines. On Tuesday, Germany's Dusseldorf Airport welcomed a new employee: Robot Ray, a mechanical valet that'll be available to fliers through a smartphone application. Safe, secure, and completely automated. Sweet, right?

Robot, Make Me A Sandwich! Tell Me Dave Is A Robot That Can Do Pretty Much Whatever You Order It To

Researchers at Cornell University are hard at work designing the next generation of housekeeper with a project called Tell Me Dave. They're using human volunteers to train robots to recognize verbal commands. Their end goal is simple: to create robots that can respond directly to a human being's request.

This Army Of Robots Could Be Responsible For Building The Cities Of Tomorrow

The system by which we actually put together our buildings, roads, and cities actually leaves a lot to be desired. It can be messy, inefficient, and fraught with human error.  A group of researchers is looking to remove that human element - and instead consign construction to an army of robots.

Next Time You Get Your Audi Repaired, The Job Might Be Done By A Robot

The next time you take your Audi in for a little bit of work, there might be a rather unusual mechanic waiting to assist you. The Volkswagen Subsidiary is looking into providing telepresence robots in order to assist technicians with repairs. The droids are currently part of a pilot program at 18 dealerships, with plans to bring them to 100 in the near future.

Remote Controlled Robot Caterpillars Will Crawl Into Your Heart

Raji Konchu RC Caterpillars from Japan's JTT Online Shop will crawl their way into your heart... not literally, because that would be weird (not to mention painful). These oversized robotic beasties will never turn into Mothra either but at least you won't have to pick up after them.

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.