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Robots and Robotics

The Bionic Man May Walk Among Us Sooner Than We Thought

Humans have long dreamt of walking among robots controlled by artificial intelligence. But is that dream finally becoming a reality?

Are There Robot Farmers In Our Future? The UDSA Certainly Thinks So

The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture last week announced that it will be offering $4.5 million in grants towards research of robotics in American agriculture What this basically means is simple: in the near future, we're going to start seeing robots on the range.

iRobot's First Look Robot Will Give First Responders A Leg Up On Crime

I've a great deal of respect for first responders, but I'd never want their jobs. These men and women flirt with death on a daily basis, dealing with everything from chemical hazards to domestic disputes. It's not an easy job...but thanks to iRobot, it might have just gotten a little easier.

ESA Concept Robot Looks Towards The Next Frontier Of Space Exploration

There's a new video making the rounds this weekend, courtesy of the European Space Agency. Said video has a very simple purpose: to give us an idea of what the future of unmanned space exploration might look like. Let's have a look, shall we?

Startup Anki Wants To Make Video Games Real Using Robots

Virtual reality just got a whole lot more realistic. Consumer robotics startup Anki is hoping to take gaming to a whole new level, through the use of...well, robots. The firm's already created one such experience; a racing game that uses model cars.

Meet Robotena:The Perfect Battlefield Rescue Robot

Not everyone is fortunate enough to live somewhere you aren't likely to have a gun turned on you just for walking down the street, and a lot of folks are soldiers - a dangerous line of work. Robotena exists for just those people: a robot designed to safely cart wounded people out of warzones.

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.