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Robots and Robotics

Culinary Creativity Is An Algorithm, And Computers Are Learning It

Looks like the creative class is next on the robotic chopping block: according to the folks at IBM, the best way to determine new recipes for human consumption is to use a supercomputer. The natural next step, of course, is to apply that theory to everything else - including writing.

Drones, Robots, And Scientists Join Forces For "Citizen Science"

At Lake Merritt - the oldest wildlife refuge in the U.S. - a group is exploring the future of citizen science. The Lake Merritt BioBlitz set out to explore the rich biodiversity present in this lake, allowing participants the opportunity to document the rich environment. Oh, and there were robots, too.

Ever Wonder What Your Garden Is Missing? Why Not Robotic Lamps?

What's your garden missing right now? You've probably got a few nice statues, some pretty flowers, some edible plants...all the boring, vanilla stuff you can find in any garden. I can tell you what you probably don't have, too: Robots. Don't worry: The Toro-bots have you covered.

Iranian Teacher Builds A Robot To Teach Kids To Pray

While we're still some decades away from robots that are capable of finding religion, we're most definitely living in an era where they're capable of teaching it. An Iranian schoolteacher has taken it upon himself to build a robot that will instruct his students on proper Muslim prayer techniques.

Linkify Harnesses Semantic Technology For On-The-Go Small Businesses & Smartphones

Time is of the essence when running a small business -- particularly when each staff member [whether he or she is the founder or its sales agent] is often required to wear many hats, juggle multiple disciplines and multi-task on an ongoing-basis. Add travel and out-of-the-office business engagements to the mix...

Google's All Set To Tango With A New Android Mapping System

Google made an exciting announcement today: Project Tango. Although it's not directly related to robotics, the underlying technology could very well lead to some pretty amazing developments. I should back up a bit, though: basically, Tango is a smartphone that can map your surroundings. Literally.

Apparently, Humans Are Programmed To Obey Robots

Everyone would like to think that, when the robot overlords arrive, they'll fight. Turns out, most of us might be likelier to submit - scientists in The Republic of Congo have made some very interesting observations about humans, concluding that we might well be wired to serve.

Thalmic's Myo Armband Will Let You Pilot Any Robot You Desire

We might just be a few years away from Gundam Wing or Pacific Rim-esque giant mechas, thanks to a new invention from Thalmic Labs. The firm has developed an arm-band which promises to allow its user to control just about anything with gestures alone. Ladies and Gentlemen, say hello to the Thalmic Myo.

Robotic "Injector" Pills Could Revolutionize Modern Medicine

Prolific inventor (and possible mad scientist) Mir Imran has created a robotic pill which could replace injectible drugs. This would have been impossible just a few years ago, but now it might well become a common sight in medicine. What's more, it could very well replace syringes altogether.

Flying Batbots Could Soon Take To The Sky

The way bats move their wings while in flight could serve as inspiration for a new generation of flying robots. Researchers are examining closely how fruit bats use their wings to manipulate the air around them. An understanding of these processes could in turn help them produce better designs.

Harvard Researchers Have Turned Termites Into Robot Builders

A group of scientists at Harvard University have just developed the latest in biomimicry: a group of autonomous construction robots whose behavior is based on real-world termites. It is hopes that these TERMES, as they're called, will eventually create a fully automated work-force.

A Look At James Dyson's New Robotics Laboratory

As some of you have likely already heard, British inventor Sir James Dyson this weeek launched a collaboration with The Imperial College in London to the tune of £5 million (approximately $8.34 million USD) . The purpose? To found The Dyson Robotics Laboratory. Pretty cool, right?

Foxconn And Google Are Secretly Working Together On Robotics

Foxconn is widely - and a little infamous - for assembling the majority of Apple's hardware, along with a host of other electronics. Yesterday, it came to light that the company's been recently working with Google...but not for electronics manufacturing. They're interested in Google's robotics.

Hacker Dad Creates The Perfect Air Hockey Opponent

In a true display of Macguyver-like ingenuity, Spanish hacker Jose Julio has cobbled together an intelligent air hockey table using nothing more than a PS3 camera and a 3D printer. The table, he explains, was for his daughter - though I'm sure he enjoyed building it as much as she enjoys using it.

Scientists: If A Robot Could Express Emotion,Would It Feel More Human?

Scientists based out of the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln have created a robot that's capable of showing everyone how it feels...well, sort of. The researchers are using expressive robot ERWIN to study how relationships form betwen robots and humans.

The Marsupial Robot Team Monitors Rivers From Both Land And Sky

In order to better understand our environment - and our impact on it - proper monitoring tools are absolutely essential. The more information we can gather, the more we'll be able to accomplish. That's where the Marsupial comes in - a robot team designed to monitor rivers from both air and land.

This Robotic Arm Is Learning To Perform Surgery By Painting

If an artist offered their steady hand to perform life-saving surgery on you, would you allow it? What if that artist were actually a robot? Turns out, the skillset required for painting and that required for surgical cuts have more in common than we thought.

How Can A Tumbleweed Prevent The Spread Of Deserts Across The World?

Desertification isn't something we understand particularly well, yet - meaning we don't really have any idea of how to stop it. It's a pretty serious environmental problem...and one inventor has found what may be the first step to a solution: Tumbleewed, a rolling robot.

Lockheed Martin Is Bringing Robotic Convoys To War

The day when soldiers have to risk their lives to transport supplies might be at an end. Lockheed Martin has recently completed testing on the world's first autonomous convoy; a driverless collection of heavy-duty military vehicles equipped with advanced AI. So, yeah. Basically, robot trucks.

A New South Korean Theme Park Will Let You Build Your Own Robots

Robots seem to be everywhere these days. They're in our factories, our schools, our homes, and now they're even in our theme parks. Over in South Korea, a futuristic new theme park is being built. The theme? Robotics, of course.