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

Up Close With the Telepresence Robot From Anybots

Can't make it to a meeting thousands of miles away, but wish you could?  Need to be two places at once?  Perhaps you need the telepresence robot from Anybots.  This weekend while attending Singularity...

i-LIMB Revolutionizes the Commercial Prosthetic

Think you can spot an amputee?  Think again.  Meet the i-LIMB, the first commercially available prosthetic hand with five individually powered fingers.  Combining a revolutionary functionality with amazingly natural cosmetics, the i-LIMB is changing...

Cyborg Insects Take Flight

Insects that can be remote controlled to spy on others?  A completely robotic fly smaller than a penny?  These are just some examples of what is in the pipeline in the world of insect...
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Video: Juan Enriquez Explains The Biology Revolution At TED 2009

Below we have posted a video of Juan Enriquez at the 2009 TED conference explaining the convergence of engineering in genetics, organs, and robotics.  Think you don't have time for a 9 minute video? ...

Did You See That Woman…Wait…She’s A Robot!

Check out the HRP-4C robot, one of the first humanoid robots to boldly sidestep the typical transformer look, instead posing as an attractive manga style woman.  Is anyone else having flashbacks of the movie...

Simple Keepon Robot Wows Humans

Ever heard of the Keepon robot?  Originally created as a therapeutic tool to interact with children with autism and other social disorders, this cute, dancing, and addictive social robot has gained worldwide adoration and...

The Justin Humanoid Robot

Today we introduce the robot Justin, the latest example of the relentless pace of robot advancement.  The Justin robot is impressive for its ability to dynamically and delicately grab and manipulate objects, performing actions...
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Eyeborg – Video Enabled Prosthetic Eye Fuels Privacy Debate

When he was a child Rob Spence lost one of his eyes in a shotgun accident.  Now as an adult, Rob is a filmmaker working on a documentary called Eyeborg: a thrilling effort to...

Fantastic Collection of Robot Pictures From The Big Picture

The Boston Globe's project to report news stories in photographs, known as The Big Picture, just released a fantastic collection of robot pictures.  Just by looking at these pictures compelling story of the progress...
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Robot Wrestling Video – Awesome!

Props to Robots-Dreams for discovering this fantastic video of robots wrestling WWF style, including a championship belt and even a hot girl ringmaster:
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Bionic Arm Controlled By Patient’s Own Thoughts

Last year we reported about the latest efforts to create the next generation in prosthetic arms.  Without a doubt the most exciting feature being developed for this new generation of arms is their ability...

Researchers Develop “Brain-Controlled” Wheelchair Robotic Arm

Researchers at USF have created a wheelchair with a robotic arm that is operated by capturing the user's brain waves and converting them into actions, such as typing.  This is just another example of...

Immaculate: The Prosthetic Arm With Style

   From Endgaget and Playmedesign we learn that Masters student at AHO Hans Alexander Huseklepp, has a novel design, dubbed the Immaculate that opens our minds to a world in which prosthetic devices are fashionable,...

A Few Awesome Humanoid Robot Videos

We recently came across several awesome humanoid robot videos that we have brought together into this one single post.  Most of these videos are more than a year old, but still amazing if you...

Army’s Cyborg Beetle Takes Flight

Technology review has one of the better reports about the army's success in creating a remote controlled cyborg beetle in collaboration with the University of California - Berkeley.  From the article: "The beetle's payload consists...

Wired For War: The Rise of Robotic Armies

P.W. Singer just launched his latest book titled Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. This looks to be a must read book for those that are interested in...

The Onion: Are We Giving Robots Too Much Power?

Need a good laugh?  The onion has a funny spoof about computers taking over the world below:

Motorized Nanobot To Swim Through Human Arteries?

The media is abuzz with the announcement of a 250 micrometer motor that could someday be used to power tiny robots that swim through human blood vessels.  Will tiny nanobots or man-made molecular structures...

16 Amazing Robot Videos

Robot innovation continued its relentless advances during 2008. In this post we would like to showcase some of our favorite robots and robot videos of the last year or so. This review is heavily...

Monkey’s Thoughts Control Robot Halfway Across the World

The New York Times today reports on an awesome experiment in which thoughts were extracted from a monkey in the US and used to control a walking robot in Japan.  An electrode array implanted...

Top 10 Countries By Robot Density

Just stumbled on this cool tidbit from ieee spectrum.  Not sure how reliable these numbers are (what metric is used to classify something as a robot?), but its neat to see anyway: There are now...

A Review of the Best Robots of 2008

Robot innovation continued its relentless advances during 2008. In this post we would like to showcase some of our favorite robots and robot videos of the last year or so.  This review is heavily slanted...

Real Life Transformer Robot

Just found this awesome short video of a transformer robot from Japan.  There are several transformer robot videos out there, but I think this robot represents one of the more elegant designs.  It is...

FIRST Robotics 2009 Competition Kickoff

Over the weekend the 18th annual FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) was officially launched.  This competition challenges and inspires high school student teams to build robots that compete in a match whose rules change each...

The Rise of the Cyborgs

Discover Magazine has just blown me away with a fascinating story on the current state of brain-computer interfaces (BCI).  The story cites numerous projects underway across the globe in which electrodes implanted into the...

Singularity Hub Reviews Intel CTO Justin Rattner’s IDF Keynote on the Future of Technology

Yesterday Intel CTO Justin Rattner delivered his keynote presentation about the future of technology and the coming of the singularity at Intel's annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF). Although Rattner could use some tips on...

Monkey Controls Robotic Arm Using Brain-machine Interface

In May the New York Times and many other outlets reported on the "most striking demonstration to date of brain-machine interface technology". From the article: "The findings suggest that brain-controlled prosthetics, while not practical, are...

Robots Controlled by Rat Brains

New Scientist released an awesome article describing how researchers are using rat brains to control a robot. Approximately 300,000 neurons from a rat fetus are deposited onto a sheet of nutrients and electrodes (and...

Robotic Surgery Taking the Industry by Storm

Intuitive Surgical introduced its Da Vinci robotic surgical system to the world in 1999, converting surgeons into "super surgeons" by giving them eyes with 3D HD vision and digital zoom and giving them hands...

A “Manhattan Project” for the Next Generation of Bionic Arms

Related to the IEEE special report on prosthetic arms is a fascinating article on prosthetic limbs that can take their signals directly from the nerves or even the brain of the user. As reported...

The Next Generation in Noninvasive Prosthetic Arms

In this piece from the IEEE special report on prosthetics we learn about Deka's amazing noninvasive prosthetic arm. As noted earlier, DARPA gave $30.4 million to fund two projects for the next generation of...

IEEE Spectrum Special Report on Prosthetic Arms

In Feb 2008 IEEE Spectrum released a fantastic special report on some of the latest work being done on prosthetic arms. The special report covers a lot of ground, but mostly focuses on DARPA's Revolutionizing...

Michael Chorost – Cochlear Implants and World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humans and Machines

Below is an interesting video of Michael Chorost speaking at Google June 30, 2008. Michael spends about half of the video explaining the amazing cochlear implant that has enabled himself and more than 100,000...

Tiny Robotic Tweezers Can Pick Up and Move Individual Cells!

Newscientist reports that researchers at the University of Toronto have created a microgripper device capable of grabbing and releasing objects as small as a cell. Tiny tweezers or grippers have been created by several...

Nao Robot – The Next Generation in Commercial Robots

Just found a nice video posted below of a group of Nao robots doing a synchronized dance. The Nao represents the next generation of "affordable, autonomous, and easily programmable humanoid robots". Created...

Major European Effort to Develop Robots With Emotions

The Feelix Growing Project is a $2.5 million euro initiative funded by the European Union to foster research in the development of robots that can detect and mimic human emotion. The project started...

The Bionic Body Shop – Buy Custom Upgrades for Your Body Now!

From the IEEE report on the singularity comes a really cool flash tool that gives you a tour of the implants and technologies for human enhancement that are already commercially available today. A...

ORlive – online repository of webcasts and videos of live surgeries

I just stumbled upon an incredible site called OR-live.com where you can witness live video of the latest surgical procedures. This is an excellent resource for researching and understanding how the medical field...

IEEE special report on the singularity

IEEE produced a special report on the singularity in its June 2008 issue located here: http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/singularity This is a comprehensive report, representing many diverse views about the singularity from a selection of tech luminaries and scholars...

Add air hockey to the list of things that computers can do better than humans

The Short: The EE Times reports that a computer has been built that can beat the world's best humans at the game of air hockey.  Check out this video of the air hockey robot putting...

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