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

Cyberdyne Lets Hal Cyborgs Take a Stroll Through Tokyo

The Cyborg revolution marches inexhaustibly forward. Last Monday, the Cyberdyne company had three of its employees strut the streets of Tokyo in their cybernetically enhanced legs. The legs were part of HAL, or hybrid...

ASIMO robot impresses by navigating changing terrain

Scientists are helping robots think before they step. Honda's versatile ASIMO robot was able to find its way through moving obstacles and simulated terrain at Carnegie Mellon University. It makes you wonder if the...

Is Surrogates Movie Getting Closer to Reality?

You know you live in a crazy age when blockbuster movies look like they might come true. Next month marks the debut of the scifi film Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis and adapted from Robert...
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Gape in Awe at these Super Fast Robot Hands

This robot has skills! Speed is the key to the sweet robotic hand from Ishikawa Komuro Labs at Tokyo University. We are talking fast. In the video you'll see after the break, this robotic...

Stainless Steel Printing from Shapeways

As if 3D printing wasn't cool enough, you can now "print" objects in stainless steel. That's right, dust off your old Transformers designs, make room in the Monopoly box for a new piece, and...

The Robots Are The Chefs In This Japanese Restaurant

A restaurant has just opened in Nagoya, Japan that uses robots instead of humans as its chefs.  It may not seem that amazing at first, but once you see the video later in this...
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Toyota Humanoid Robot Runs At 7 Km/hr

Props to the guys over at smart-machines for digging up an awesome video (see below) of the Toyota humanoid robot running at 7 Km/hr (4 mph), besting Asimo's 6Km/hr.  Making humanoid robots that can...

Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man

Prominent New York Times reporter John Markoff just came out with a story titled "Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man" that has raised some eyebrows.  Several friends that aren't even in the science/tech space...
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Catherine Mohr Promises More Robotic Surgery

No matter how much it begs, never give your robot a knife - it will want to play surgeon. Engineer, medical doctor, and inventor Catherine Mohr is pushing the boundaries of medicine by pioneering...

Programmable Matter: Claytronics or Gershenfeld

We still tell our children "you can be anything when you grow up." It's time to start telling them "you're going to be able to make anything...right now." Similar work at MIT and Carnegie...
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Disturbingly Real Replicants from Hanson Robotics

If Disney's Hall of Presidents upset you, if Chuck E. Cheese and his friends frighten you, if the TV show Dinosaurs gave you nightmares - don't read this post! Hanson Robotics is in the...
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The FlexPicker: Industrial Robot Built for Speed – Video

Over the last few months, there has been very little showing on industrial robots here at Singularity Hub. That is truly a terrible circumstance, as some of the best and most innovative robots are...

Robot Hummingbird Ready for Spy Missions – Video

We’ve seen countless spy movies where the fearless protagonist is being tracked by video cameras shaped like owls or robotic insects with surveillance gear.  Most of us simply paid those fun fantasies no mind,...

RoboCup Takes Place in Graz, Austria: Robots Play Soccer and Search for Survivors

Earlier on Singularity Hub, we covered the RoboGames.  That was all well and good, with smashing and melee and some soccer to boot, but the six-year old RoboGames tradition is not the final word...

The Rise of the Modular Robot: A Review in Videos

In the world of robotics, someone is always out to build a better Transformer . There's just something about robots that can change shape that makes every developer get gushy inside. You can imagine...

Will Your ID Soon Be a Microchip Under Your Skin?

Yet another sci-fi milestone is upon us: microchips implanted under your skin and used to identify you. The VeriChip is the first radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchip that's been approved by the Food and Drug Administration...

Willow Garage: The Personal Robot Will Be Open Source

Want to build a robot? Join the club. Want to improve the way we build robots? Join Willow Garage. This silicon valley based robotics company is not just designing robots, they're working on how...

Interactive Motion Technologies: Physical Therapy Robotics

Strokes suck.  The mass destruction of a large number of the brain’s neurons robs the body of even the most basic motor functions.  Though there is no simple preemptive cure for would-be stroke victims,...

Army Exoskeleton To Give Man Superhuman Strength

Super hero movies are all the rage these days. Take a look at the swollen coffers of Marvel and DC and it will be apparent. With such a vested interest in the super-human, it...

RoboGames 2009 Summary, Highlights, Pictures and Video

The RoboGames were an astounding success.  Legions of robo-lovers flocked to the games in San Francisco to watch the carnage unfold and, though we didn’t go, but BotJunkie was able to make the trek...
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Army Exoskeleton Suit Gives Man Superhuman Strength

Super hero movies are all the rage these days.  Take a look at the swollen coffers of Marvel and DC and it will be apparent.  With such a vested interest in the super-human, it...
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RoboGames Land at San Francisco This Weekend

San Francisco locals, this is your lucky weekend.  Well, as long as you’re sufficiently interested in robotics, it is.  The Robo Games have come to town and will inhabit the Fort Mason Festival Pavillion...

Awesome Robots With Guns [Video]

Previously we have covered the ongoing robotization (is that a word?) of the military.  Robotex Inc is one of the plethora of companies out there that are working to bring intelligent weapon wielding robots...

Miniature Robot Attempts to Race Through the Body

The idea of a miniature explorer through the human body has been explored and parodied more times than one can count.  Now, science has finally caught up with imagination and, although there is no...

Robots Unlock the Mysteries of Evolution

Researchers and engineers have begun to unravel the mysteries of evolution.  Yes, we know that DNA changes and favorable mutations are awarded with longer lives and more offspring, but how can scientists tell which...

Swarm Robotics: Beware The Swarm (videos)

Swarm robots are in vogue now.  Yeah, it was cool when one robot did something neat, like Asimo or the RiSE wall crawler, but why have one big expensive robot when a million little...

Woomba – A Robot Just For Women (Video)

A few years ago SNL did a commercial parody about the iRobot Roomba, promoting a women's robot called the Woomba.  Some will call it poor taste, but for the rest of us the video...

War 2.0 – Rise of the Robots

The face of war is changing, and it may no longer be a human one. Developing new technology has always been a cornerstone of a successful military force, but now those technologies are steadily...

Swarm Robotics: The Swarm Is Coming

Swarm robots are in vogue now. Yeah, it was cool when one robot did something neat, like Asimo or the RiSE wall crawler, but why have one big expensive robot when a million little...

6 in 1 Solar Robot Kit: Standing on the Shoulders of Giant Memes

I don't usually do toy reviews, but the new 6 in 1 solar robot kit from Red5 is pretty cool. It's a transformer (note the lower case t), it's solar powered, and it's a...

Man Receives First US Double Hand Transplant

Ten years ago, Jeff Kepner lost both his hands and feet to a bacterial infection. Today, he is recovering from the first US double hand transplant surgery. Soon, he'll be able to...

Robot See, Robot Do

You don't need to go through years of school and computer science classes to learn how to program robots. With the new Hawk robot from Dr. Robot, programming is as easy as playing with...

The Pocket Sized Robotic Scout: a Soldier’s New Best Friend

There are robots to do everything nowadays.  They move pallets, act as a butler and even scoop kitty poo, so it must come as no surprise that robots are heavily involved in military activity. ...

The Robotic Litter Box Makes for Hearty Consumerism

Cat technology has never been this revolutionary (terrible, terrible pun… just read on) since the advent of the laser pointer and, before then, bubbles.  Litter-Robot Inc. has for sale an automatic, self-cleaning litter box. ...

The Future of Sex: Androids, VR, and the Orgasm Button

Forget the Turing test. Imagine when a machine can not only convince us of their intelligence, but attract us with it. Bladerunner gave us a great glimpse in the eighties: sexy androids manipulating...

Braingate Frees Trapped Minds

It is a horrifying concept: being buried alive. Even more terrible is the prospect of living trapped in our own bodies, unable to move or communicate. It's called locked-in syndrome. Characters like Captain Pike...

Intestinal Implants make Cyborgs out of Diabetics

Modern medicine may not have reached the level of the Bionic Woman, but intestinal implants are turning more and more diabetics into low-grade cyborgs. The device in question is Enterra ®, a neurostimulator from...

The Lost Robot Saga Continues: Munich

You think that these robots would start investing in a GPS system. Recently, Singularity Hub covered the Tweenbot, a simple cardboard-wrapped automaton that was guided through New York City by the hands of New...

RiSE: The Robotic Wall Crawler

The robot invasion is nowhere close to over.  Singularity Hub has reported on a multitude of autonomous machines (the autonomous forklift, KIVA, Asimo) that may one day force honest, hardworking people to the unemployment...

Robot Overlords Battle For World Supremacy

Like so many epic robot battles, this one began in Tokyo, Japan. Pairs of robots stepped into a padded ring to fight, each vying for the chance to knock over and trounce their opponent....

The Autonomous Forklift

Here at Singularity Hub, we are interested in the different types of robots capable of doing a normal person’s job.  We have discussed Honda’s Asimo (who replaces the average butler) and recently talked about...

KIVA Robots Continue to Conquer Warehouses

Blue-collar robots don't really get the press they deserve. These dedicated, well designed, and efficient workers provide unparalleled improvements in almost every major industry. Let's face it, though, they are rarely photogenic. Singularity Hub...

Tweenbots – Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Would you help a lost robot? Just picture a tiny, cardboard skinned automaton making its way down the streets of New York City, asking for help. No chance it would survive, right? If someone...

Robots Take To The Stairs – This Is Just The Beginning

Robots can climb stairs, and they are doing it everywhere you look.  "No big deal" you say, but it really is a big deal.  Five to ten years ago almost nobody was doing it. ...

Company Uses Nanobots To Fight Cancer…But Its Not At All What You Thought It Would Be

Nanobots the size of living cells swimming around our bodies, doing our bidding to fight disease, make repairs, and augment our abilities?  Futurists and sci-fi books have cooked up this fantasy for years, but...

Cyberdyne Ready to Mass Produce Cyborgs

Nothing transforms scientific gurus into excited SciFi geeks quicker than the mention of a robotic exoskeleton. Iron Man, RoboTECH, Exosquad, Starship Troopers (the book), Neon Genesis Evangelion, Aliens and a thousand other pieces of...

The Flying Microbot: Batteries Not Included

"We have developed a magnetically levitated micro-robot.” -Prof. Mir Behrad Khamesee Simplify, Man Recently, we've shown you robots that are complex enough to take care of living things, and robots that are advanced enough to respond...

MIT and the Constant Robotic Gardeners

MIT continues to spin out awesome ideas and technology. Recently, Singularity Hub highlighted the creation of a new human interface. Now, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)  is pioneering the field of...

3D Printing and Self Replicating Machines In Your Living Room – Seriously!

Imagine having a machine for $500 in your living room that can take your computer based specification for a 3D object and print out a plastic replica of the object in a matter of...

The Real Scoop on Honda’s Brain Controlled Asimo Robot

Many of our readers may have seen the announcement yesterday that Honda has enabled its famous Asimo robot to be controlled by the thoughts of a nearby human.  The story certainly creates a sensational...

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