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Robots and Robotics

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.

NASA's Super Ball Bot Will Be Exploring The Surface Of TItan

Where the deployment of exploratory drones is concerned, one of the biggest challenges lies with getting a robot down to the surface of a planet or moon. NASA has come up with a rather novel solution: Super Ball Bot, a wire mesh, ball-shaped robot that can roll around of its own volition.

Google's New Robots Dominate At The DARPA Robotic Rescue Challenge

Although Google may be entering into the manufacturing sector in the long term, for the time being, it's entering its new robots in contests. Several bots developed by Google-owned organizations today dominated the early stages of the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Workplace Mechanization Is The Next Frontier Of The Robot Revolution

For decades, robots and humans have worked separately from one another on factory floors as a matter of safety. Now, however, companies like GM and BMW are looking to close the gap between man and machine. They're looking to create integrated work-spaces, where robots and humans can work in tandem.

Intel's Oculus Robots Are All About Playing Games

If you've ever wondered how touch screens are tested for accuracy, Intel this week provided a bit of insight into the process. Turns out, they've invented The Oculus, a simple robotic array designed for one purpose: playing video games. That's cool and all, but...how exactly does that work?

This Interactive Petting Zoo Replaces Animals With Robots

Experimental Architecture and Design studio Minimaforms has put a new swing on the petting zoo: they've opened up one without animals. Well, sort of: instead of fluffy goats and bunnies, they offer a bizarre, slinky-like "pets," all equipped with the capacity to learn. Animals are so last decade.

King Robota -- A Real Giant Robot?

Ranging anywhere from eight to sixteen feet in height, King Robota manufactures some amazing robots designed for corporate events and large entertainment venues.  But... how much of the robot is a robot?

Unfamiliar Territory: Why We Find Boston Dynamics' Robots So Unnerving

As most of you have probably noticed, everyone's still booming about the Google/Boston Dynamics acquisition. Many people seem focused on one particular: how creepy many of the designer's robots look. I won't argue with the sentiment. Instead, I'm going to look at the reason behind it.

Google's Robot Army: A Look At The Google Boston Dynamics Buyout

Google today acquired Boston Dynamics, one of the worlds foremost developers of advanced robotics. This marks the eighth robotics company Google's purchased in six months, and a clear indication that the search giant has some very significant plans. Hopefully, those don't involve world conquest.

Chinese Moon Rover Replicas Ready To Roll Off Store Shelves

In celebration of China's successful landing of the Jade Rabbit moon rover, scale model replicas of “Yutu” in zinc alloy and silver have been made available for retail sale.

NASAs Valkyrie One Robot Will Pave The Way To Mars

This just in, folks: NASA has built Iron Man. Well, sorta. The Valkyrie One Robot is the result of a months-long secret project at the Johnson Space station. It's  six foot two, weighs one hundred twenty-five kilograms, and is completely autonomous.


When The Robots Take Our Jobs, It Might Actually Be A Good Thing

One of the greatest concerns facing the modern robotics industry is the notion that, eventually, robots might replace human laborers in many positions, leading to a huge job shortage. According to Paul Krugman, this might actually be a good thing.

Wait, what? 

Robots Will Soon Deliver Both Medicine And Mail

A German post office is testing a delivery drone which could be used to provide remote areas with medicine and other much-needed supplies. The little yellow aircraft just completed its first flight, from a pharmacy in the city of Bonn to the company's headquarters across the Rhine.

The Path To Better Robots Lies In Teaching Them Human Interaction

If we're to create robots that can truly relate to human beings, they can't simply be developed in a laboratory. That's a recipe for disaster. Instead, more researchers across the world are turning to other men and women to help them develop their machines...through simple interaction.

Robots Of The Future Might Be Powered By Pee

Robots of the future might be the ultimate expression of symbiosis. That is to say, they might be powered by human waste products. Researchers in London have developed an artificial heart that pumps human urine, converting it into electricity. Quite the interesting alternative to a toilet, isn't it?

U-CAT Is A Bionic Turtle Designed To Explore Deep Sea Shipwrecks

The job of undersea archaeologists just got a whole lot easier. A team of Estonian engineers today unveiled a small, pill-shaped turtle robot dubbed U-CAT. Equipped with four flippers and an on-board camera, U-CAT is designed to make the job of exploring deep-sea shipwrecks both easier and considerably more affordable.

This Year's Macys Thanksgiving Parade Was Kicked Off By A Robot

Some of you may have noticed that this year's  Macy's Thanksgiving Parade had a very special guest in attendence to get things started: a robot. Known as SONIC, the robot is the result of work by the Woodlands High School's local robotics club in Texas, winners of the FIRST robotics competition.

 

We're Going To Need Better AI To Truly Explore The Depths of Space

For the time being, manned space travel is out of the question. If we're to truly explore the universe, unmanned probes are currently our best bet. Unfortunately, unmanned space exploration comes with its own array of challenges, the greatest of which is...well, robots aren't all that smart yet.

This Little Robot Flies Through The Air Like A Jellyfish

Most flying machines imitate creatures of the sky with their designs. That might not be wholly necessary. Turns out not everything without wings is grounded - researchers at New York University have created a flying robot modeled after a jellyfish. It works very, very well.