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Robots and Robotics

The UBR-1 One-Armed Robot Could Put Shelf Stockers Out A Job

Well, folks, it's finally happened. There's an open-source robot on the way. An organization known as Unbounded Robotics yesterday announced the UBR-1; a semi-autonomous, one-armed robot which it claims is perfect for a wide range of industrial, business, and office applications.

New Cataract Treatment Will Involve Robots

There's a new treatment for cataracts on the way, thanks to BIOLASE and Auris Surgical Robotics. The two organizations have just announced the formation of a partnership which will culminate in the completion of a new robot designed for ophthamalogical surgery.

Chinese Inventor Builds Robot Roommate

Tao Xiangli - the same inventor that built his own homemade submarine back in 2008 - just recently came forward with something even cooler: where most of us would be lucky just cobbling together a few tools; he's constructed his own working robot entirely out of spare parts.

Introducing Roboraptor: About Time We Got A Smart Pet Cyborg Dinosaur!

As a kid who grew up in the 90’s Jurassic Park and its iconic velociraptors made a lifelong impression on me and my imagination, so I’d have flipped my lid with excitement if I discovered this bipedal beast under the Christmas tree!

The Robot Roundup

A look at what has happened in the world of robots in the last week or so. This feature roundup will give you looks at what robots are doing, what researchers and making and how you can get into the world of robotics in at least a little way.

How Smart is AI, Really?

Artificial Intelligence has made some downright incredible leaps and bounds over the past few years. It's actually a little difficult to believe that only a few decades ago, the notion of a human-like, intelligent robot seemed wholly the realm of science fiction. Is that still the case?

Just how intelligent IS AI, really? 

China's First Robot Moon Rover Needs A Name, Wants Your Input

Red rover, red rover, let... what's-it's-name come over! That's right, China's first lunar rover doesn't have a name and the China Academy of Space Technology wants the world's netizens to help fill in the name tag before the groundbreaking Chang'e-3 moon mission gets off the ground.

Drones And Jets – Russia’s Latest New Military Technology Advances

The jets and drones came out to play at Moscow's Innovation Fair. But where will they go next?

Artificial Intelligence Could Replace Humans In As Little As Five Years

According to one technology engineer, machines could take the place of humans within sales, call center and customer service positions within the next five years. That's a scary thought, isn't it? Do his predictions hold water, though?

Drone Delivery Could Be The Courier Industry's Next Big Boom

One of southern China's leading courier companies is testing an 8-propeller robotic delivery drone equipped with a built-in navigation system that helps guide it to each target, er, customer.

University Of Washington Researchers Succeed In First Human Brain-To-Brain Interface

In what is believed to be the first human brain-to-brain interface, a researcher at the University of Washington (UW) sent a thought across campus to the brain of another researcher, thereby controlling the recipient's hand movements on a keyboard.

Window Cleaning Robot Alters Your Views In Minutes: The Winbot 7

Dog breath-vapored and finger-printed windows, shaving-creamed and water-spotted mirrors are irritating, but seldom rise to the level of must-clean more than monthly. Actually, I rarely clean the bay windows or sliding door glass unless company comes and the streaking that remains makes me wish I'd left them dirty.  But if I had a robot to clean the buggers, it might just change my view about the whole process. Alas, here's the Winbot 7 by Ecovacs....

Robots Learn to Copy Art

When it comes to making great art the odds are good that you think about the makers of great art you think of a painter, bent over a canvass agonizing over where to put each stroke, but art can be made  by a robot. 

The machine in question, known simply as the e-David, is designed to do one thing: find great art and copy it.

Blind Robot Gets Around

When it comes to robots we don’t expect them to see the way that we do. But we do expect it to have some way to view the world around it. Maybe we expect that to be in the form of cameras, or perhaps with an infrared map. What we do not expect is for a robot to be completely blind to the world around it, but much like its living counterparts a blind robot can in fact figure out how to get around.

Ball Robot Gets Upgrade for Kids

Robots are, for the most part, the prevue of adults. We design them, we build them and we get to play with them, but a growing number of companies are bringing robots to the younger set and some of the companies that started out with adults are looking to kids as a new market for their products.

Can Mold Make Robots Happy?

When you think about what makes a robot work the odds are good that what you picture is chipsets and wires. What you probably do not picture is a big slimy hunk of mold, but that is exactly what is happening in the world of robots.

Robot Sensors Could Go Super Thin

When it comes to robots sensors make the world real. It allows a machine to help to make sense of the world around them. It tells them when they have made contact with a wall, or when they are in the presence of a desired chemical. One cross continent team is working on a very small sensor.

Intuitive Surgical Sued Again

Surgery always comes with risks, and so does technology. So when you add a new advanced technology to a surgical procedure there is always a risk. Patients and doctors however need to be aware of those risks in order to make good decisions about which courses of treatment are best for the situation at hand. Failing to make exactly that kind of a notification has a woman in the state of New Jersey suing Intuitive Surgical, the makers of the da Vinci surgical robot system.

Japan Makes Swimming Robots

Olympic swimmers have to train for years to get into the kind of peak physical condition that allows them to push the limits of the human body can do.  When it comes to robots with amazing physical capabilities it is the developers who work hard to create the almost super human like capabilities of the machine.

The Robot Barista in Texas

When it comes to getting your custom blend coffee drink, who do you picture getting it from? The odds are good that you probably picture a happy looking barista handing you a warm cup of your favorite drink with a paper capped straw peeking out of the top. One company in Austin, Texas, Briggo Coffee, has put a coffee robot on a University of Texas campus.