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Robots and Robotics

Bits Of Verse: Computers Are Now Capable Of Writing Poetry

So remember how I said writers might soon be replaced by machines? Apparently, it's already happening. A PhD student at MIT has created an artificial intelligence capable of analyzing the work of famous poets and creating new works which could have been written by said poets.

Robots Will Bring About A New Age, But Not Before Ruining This One

Today, I'm writing a post which is more than a little uncomfortable for me. After all, I'm dealing with the notion that I might someday be obsolete. AI is improving more with each passing day; pretty soon, we might see a whole host of news-bots, designed to deliver stories right to your screen.

Google Diversifies From Androids Phones To Android Armies

Over the last ten years, Google's foray into the smartphone market has established its Android phones as a viable competitor to Apple's iPhones. However, in the years to come, mobile revenues will be more or less chump change in comparison to the returns Google will be able to derive from robots and artificial intelligence.

Scientists Develop Spider-Man Robot For Space Exploration

Many of the distant planets researchers want to know more about aren't really great for wheeled probes. In order to pore over the surface of thes worlds, scientists have to get a little creative. Take researchers in London, for example, who just developed a robot based on the superhero Spider-Man.

This Robot Has The Potential To Make Land Mines Obsolete

Currently, it's estimated there are 110,000,000 active landmines in the world. Not exactly a small number.Since humans aren't likely capable of clearing them out any time soon (never mind the danger involved), researchers at the University of Coimbra decided they could use a bit of robotic help.

New Robot Rene Can Detect, Diagnose, And Help Treat Autism

Scientists in Croatia have developed a new robot that they say could be used to detect autism in children quickly and easily - and to help treat it, as well. The robot goes by the name of Rene, and is equipped with all the tools necessary to interact with sufferers of the illness, who are often incredibly timid around human beings.

This Mini Industrial Robot Arm Will Make Your Desk Feel Like A Factory

Hey there, folks! How would you feel about having your own personal robot arm? Inspired by the industrial-strength ABB PalletPack robot arm, the uArm adds a factory-esque feel to your office desktop, perfect for the motion-impaired (or the especially lazy).

Georgia Tech's Using Human Arms To Make Robots More Accurate

One of the biggest driving forces in robotics innovation is the manufacturing industry. See, the machinery used to construct cars could easily tear a human apart of miscalibrated. The latest development comes from the Georgia Institute of Technology: a control system developed using the human arm.

This Friendly Little Dalek Robot Will Watch Your Home Like A Hawk

Good news, everyone: robots are now invading our homes!

Well, sort of. Say hello to Keecker- a robotic entertainment center, butler, and security guard. Developed by former Google Product Manager Pierre Lebeau, this little robot puts Roombas right to shame. 


The Beam + Telepresence Robot Is Coming To A Home Near You

When Suitable Technologies CEO Scott Hassan talked about the Beam at CES 2014, he mentioned that he has one of his own at home which he uses with his kids while away. Not such a bad idea, is it? He thought so too - which is why the Beam + is now available to the general public.

Scientists Are Now Testing An Internet Made For Robots: RoboEarth

I've got three words for you, ladies and gentlemen: robotic hive mind. That's what scientists at Eindhoven University have spent the last four years creating; an invention they refer to as "RoboEarth," a "world wide web for robots."

CES 2014: Say Hello To The World's First Working Security Robot

At this year's Consumer Electronics show, the science fiction concept of robot security guards has just blasted its way into the real world. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the Knightscope K5: the world's first true security drone.

At CES 2014, Even The Journalists Are Robots

In the future, we might be able to start attending conferences through robots. A company known as Suitable Technologies has recently made their telepresence robot, Beam, available to the general public. Using Beam, a Forbes journalist attended CES 2014 without ever leaving her kitchen.

NASA Is Using A Lake In Chile To Prepare For An Exploration Of Titan

Over in Chile, a team of scientists from NASA's Intelligent Robotics Group are testing something very, very cool. The Planetary Lake Lander is an early prototype of an autonomous, floating space probe which the team believes can be used to explore the surface of Titan.

The Ozobot Wants To Play A Game With You - Is Your iPad Ready?

Unveiled today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Ozobot is a robot that's all about playing games. The diminutive robot is capable of recognizing and responding to lights, colors, and shapes; it uses this to react to stimuli in mobile games. Basically, it's like Nintendo's ROB for your iPad.

The WildCat -- A New All-Terrain Robot that Sort of Looks Like a Monster

Look at that picture on the right.  Looks innocuous enough, right?  Well, wait until you see this thing in motion.  Quite scary.  But, scariness aside, there is something to say about the WildCat robot.  It may just be the way to cover long distances across all sorts of terrain at a rather rapid pace.

Graduate Student Invents A Mechanical Inchworm To Patrol Power Lines

A graduate student at UC San Diego by the name of Nick Morozovsky has invented a rather unique alternative to in-person power line inspections. Meet Skysweeper: a mechanical inchworm that consists of little more than some 3D printed components, an arduino motor, and a store-bought battery.

This Gecko-Like Robot May One Day Crawl Over The Hulls Of Spacecraft

One enduring trend in the world of robotics is for researchers to base their designs on real-world creatures. The six-legged Abigaille - based on a real-world gecko- is no exception. Designed by Canadian researchers, it may one day operate on the hulls of spacecraft for maintenance and repair.

Robots Can Probably Manage Your Finances Better Than You Can

According to entrepreneur Mike Sha, in the near future we'll be handing all our money over to robots. Sort of - the Bay Area entrepreneur's startup, SigFig, has developed a set of algorithms designed to manage a user's financial portfolio automatically. He's not the only one with the idea, either.

China's Yutu Rover Might Be The World's First True Hibernating Robot

The moon isn't exactly known for its balmy temperature, and its nights are especially bad. They last about 14  days, during which temperatures can drop as low as -180 degrees Celsius. Scientists in China may have designed a rover capable of surviving such extreme conditions...by hibernating.