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Latest significant advancements in robots and robotics. Reporting on the far-reaching impacts of robotics on society and humanity.

The Present and Future of Military – Talon Robot (Video)

Expendable. It's a word that is rapidly disappearing from use when describing soldiers in the field. Instead, that label has fallen on the shoulders of the newest unit in armed forces: the robot. Drones,...

Brain Controlled Robot Follows Mental Commands (Video)

Ask any super villain and he'll tell you - good robotic henchmen are hard to find. That's why I love the robot from Rajesh Rao's lab at the University of Washington. The little humanoid...

Swarm Bots Evolve Communications Skills and Deceit (Video)

Oh what a tangled web a robot weaves when it first practices to deceive. S-bots, the swarm bots developed in Lausanne, Switzerland at EPFL were shown to evolve communication skills over time. The S-bots...

HUBO-2 Robot Shows Off (Video)

The Beatles and The Monkees. Scooby-Doo and Josie and The Pussycats. Transformers and Gobots. It seems like whenever someone creates something amazing, someone else has to copy it. But what happens when the copy...

Dan Barry – The Future of Robotics (Singularity University Video)

There are people out there who's list of accomplishments simply seem unbelievable. Dan Barry has a MD PhD and a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science. He's a robotics expert, and a former...

Honda’s ASIMO Turns 9, Celebrates With Cardboard Cake

Oh, robots, they grow up so fast, don't they? No wait a minute...they don't. Well, anyway, Honda celebrated the ninth birthday of their famous ASIMO robot at the beginning of the month. With over...

Swarm of Underwater Drones To Help Explore Ocean

Release the drones! Jules Jaffe from UC San Diego's Scripps Institute just received $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to build a fleet of drones to explore the ocean. The Autonomous...

iRobot Announces Healthcare Bot

TEDMED 2009 just passed and with it came some news about the future of robotics and healthcare. iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT), the company that brought you the Roomba, is set to enter the healthcare business....

Guest Post: Top 10 Innovations at TEDMED

I spent last week in San Diego for TEDMED, the medical version of the TED conference. It was an incredible experience for me, almost overwhelming at times with the quality and number of amazing...

Femisapien – Wowwee’s Female Toy Robot (Videos)

Wow. Just wow. I'm not sure what it says about robotics, toys, or gender studies, but the new Femisapien from Wowwee is ready to blow your mind with its mechanical wiles. Building on the...

Adept Quattro Becomes World’s Fastest Robot (Video)

Watch out Flexpicker, there's a new quick draw robot in town. According to the latest press release from Adept Technology(NASDAQ: ADEP) their new Quattro s650 is the fastest packing robot ever built. Working at...

ROPID Robot Runs, Skips, and Jumps to Your Voice Commands

Some robots get all the girls. Not only is ROPID one of the only toy-sized robots that can run and jump, it likes to walk around with a healthy dose of swagger. The latest...

8 Hilarious Robot Videos You Have To Watch

One day robots may possess the intelligence of a human being, but for now they'll just have to settle for our sense of humor. While scouring the internet for the latest in amazing robotic...

Self-Parking Car from Stanford and Volkswagen

Sure you could drive your own car and park it yourself, but why go to all that trouble when computer and robots can do it for you? The Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) and...

From Petman to Dexter, Bipedal Humanoid Robots Come of Age

Whoa!  I am totally blown away by the just released video of Boston Dynamics' Petman bipedal humanoid robot (check it out later in this post).  Bipedal humanoid robots have been in earnest development for...

Hanson Discusses Robots That Show Emotion in TED Video

Are the robots of the future going to be cold-hearted automatons or loving empathetic androids? David Hanson, founder and head of Hanson Robotics, is working to make sure that robots know how humans are...

Titan Robot Wows, Frightens…But Its Fake

During the last 24 hours a robot called Titan has been creating huge waves across the internet as viewers have been wowed by impressive videos of the robot dancing, singing, making jokes, and walking...

New Panasonic Robots To Assist The Elderly (Video)

As populations age in industrialized countries all over the world, the elderly may turn to robots to help them with chores and mobility. Panasonic recently held a press conference in Kadoma, Osaka to demonstrate...

Build Your Own Telepresence Robot – Sparky Jr.

In the list of awesome things to do with your free time, "build a robot" has always been right up there with "make everyone love me" and "master time and space". Now thanks to...

Skiing Robot Not Very Useful But Totally Fun To Watch

The robot invasion continues: snowy slopes are no longer safe from robots.  Bojan Nemec from the Jozef Stefan Institute in Slovenia recently presented his skiing robot at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems...

ABB’s Super Fast Industrial Robots Impress [Videos]

Humans may still be king when it comes to creativity or reasoning, but when it comes to raw speed, precision, and repetition, its all about the robots.  To prove this point, and to showcase...

Intel Robot Senses Wall Outlet, Plugs Itself In

The robots are starting to feed themselves. Marvin, the prototype from Intel Labs Seattle, can now plug itself into a wall outlet to recharge its battery. While not the first robot to plug itself...

Gentler Robot Hands Pick Up Objects With Care (Video)

Humans might be more enthusiastic to work with robots if they knew they wouldn't be crushed to death in their cold metallic hands. Well, researchers at Harvard and Yale have developed the SDM robotic...
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DASH Robot Can Fall Off 28m Building, Keep Running (Video)

Have you ever tried to catch a running cockroach? They're fast little suckers, and resilient too, which is why scientists at the University of California Berkeley modeled their latest robot after them. DASH or...

New Robot Has Come To Conquer Human Race…With Snacks!

Watch out Jeeves, robotic butlers could be trying to replace you. Developers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a humanoid robot that rolls around offering people snacks and souvenirs. The aptly named SnackBot is...

Spider Pill Walks Through You, Looking for Cancer

Getting your regular colon exam isn't always popular. Endoscopes don't come in comfortable sizes. In order to get a better (and less intimidating) view of your GI tract, Italian researchers at the CRIM Lab...

16th Robo-One Competition: Cool Pics and Videos

Listen Japan, I keep trying to tell you: if you don't want robots overthrowing your civilization you need to stop breeding them for gladiatorial combat. The 16th Robo-One Championship was held recently in Toyama...

Free Flying Cyborg Beetles

In the future, when a spy worries about a room being bugged, she might have to look for actual bugs. Back in March we told you about Michel Maharbiz attaching electrodes to beetles' brains...

Cool Video of ABB’s Smallest Industrial Robot

The world of industrial robots has welcomed the next master manipulator, the IRB20. From ABB (NYSE: ABB), the people who brought you the Flexpicker, IRB20 is not only deft, it's also small. Weighing just...
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iCub Takes Humanoid Robotics Back to Its Infancy

When parents give birth to a child, it would seem pretty ridiculous to expect that baby to immediately live and function as well as an adult. Yet our pursuit of humanoid robots does almost...
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StickyBot Mimics Geckos To Climb Walls

When naming robots, I want to encourage all of you researchers to go for the obvious choice, that way we know what we're getting. Case in point: Standford's StickyBot. Giant robotic booger? No, it's...

Honda’s Answer to the Segway: Motorized Unicycle U3X

Have you ever looked at a Segway and said, "hey that looks cool, but I wish someone would make a version with fewer wheels"? No of course you haven't, no one has, but Honda...
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Hexbugs – Robot Toys Mimic Animals (Videos)

Blame it on R2D2, or Bumblebee, but I have a soft spot in my heart for cute scrappy robots. Few robotic toys are as endearing in their efforts as the creations known as Hexbugs....

Kondo Robots – Now With Awesome Hands

Hobbyists have a tendency to use Kondo Robot kits in miniature death matches. That's not surprising considering that the model kit company sponsors a yearly event called Kondo Battle. But thanks to one developer,...

Military Surveillance Bot Jumps Over 25 Foot Walls

Holy crap that's cool! Earlier this week, Sandia National Labs debuted a four wheeled surveillance bot the size of a shoe box that can navigate urban environments by jumping walls. And not just those...

Dutch Gas Station Has Robot Pumping Gasoline (Video)

An inventor in the Netherlands has merged the spirits of robotics with the only joy of New Jersey. No, I'm not talking about a cyborg Tony Soprano, though that would be cool. Nico Van...

MIT Helps Little Dog Navigate Rough Terrain

Sometimes robot videos just make me laugh. CSAIL at MIT has been working with Boston Dynamics' robot Little Dog, helping it navigate rough terrain in novel ways. The scrappy quadruped can dynamically shifts its...

Someone Made A Flexpicker Out of Legos – Video

Okay, I love Legos, I love robots, I even love robotic Legos, but I can't decide if the tribute FlexPicker Lego-bot is awesome or just ridiculous. FlexPickers are lightning fast movers and sorters from...

Cool New Vid of MakerBot Visiting Google NYC

  I'm pretty jealous of my friends at Google because they get to hear some of the most interesting people in the World give talks just for them. Luckily, the big G is friendly enough...

Rovio Does for Security Cameras What Roomba Did for Vacuums

The next must-have robot has arrived. Rovio from WowWee is a mobile webcam that uses WiFi to work like a...

I-Swarm Micro Robots are Up and Running

I-Swarm, You swarm, we all swarm for --- OMFG, robots! While many robots find success by mimicking humans, there's a whole set of robotics dedicated to imitating ants and bees. We've seen some of these...

Check Out These Desktop Industrial Robots

When it comes to industrial robots we often focus on lightning fast line workers like the flexpicker, or heavy lifters like Kiva, or just cool looking podiums with arms like the Motoman SDA10. There's...

Motoman Robot Does It All in Videos

Teach a robot to fish and it will fish forever. Give a robot humanoid arms and it will build the fishing pole, catch the fish, gut it, pack it in ice, cook it, and...

Bionic Limbs With Artificial Intelligence

They won't give you superhuman strength, and they definitely don't cost six million dollars, but the artificial limbs from Ossur can think to help you walk better. The Rheo Knee, Power Knee, and Proprio...

Robots to Get Open Source Operating System

E Pluribus Unum...robot? The International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) saw a lot of amazing robots and computer programs. It also saw another round of discussions about the developing robotics operating system (ROS)....

Military Robot with Point and Go Commands

How do you say 'Geronimo!' in binary? Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to a fantastic new sport: robot tossing. Like any good pastime, 'bot tossin' has applications in the real world....

New York Times Has Sweet Modular Robot Media

Modular robotics have taken over the New York Times. All the news fit to print now includes a wonderfully conceived series of animated graphics describing the CK bot from the University of Pennsylvania. Hey,...

Commanding Military Drones – Now iPhone Has an App for That

If you've got drones in different area codes, iPhone has an app for that. MIT's Human and Automation Lab (HAL) has been able to control an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using everyone's favorite smart...

Makerbot is Asking You to Help Make More Makerbots

So here's a situation we've all been in. You just started a new company that builds and sells table top 3D printers. To save money, and be a badass, you use your 3D printers...

You Don’t Want To Miss These Amazing Robot Pictures

Remember a few months back when Boston.com's The Big Picture released an absolutely beautiful set of robot pictures from across the globe?  Well, now they have done it again with an equally impressive photo...

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