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Tokyo Science Museum ‘Hires’ Humanoid Robots
06/26/14 — Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro has been creating humanoid robots for years, and his latest creations might be the most humanlike. The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Japan has added humanoid robots to its staff to show visitors around the science museum in Tokyo. Otonaroid is working…

Self-propelled Robot Accurately Pinpoints Pipe Leaks
06/19/14 — Researchers at MIT and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Saudi Arabia are working on a robot that quickly and accurately detects pipe leaks "by sensing a large pressure change at leak locations." MIT News says the robot can "detect leaks of just 1 to 2 millimeters…

Harvard Develops 3D-Printed, Robotic Lamp That Folds
06/11/14 — If you like your robots small and cute, then you won’t want to miss the 3D-printed, self-folding robotic reading lamp. Researchers from the Harvard Microrobotics Lab are behind the project, they're the same folks now developing the RoboBee. The lamp was just demonstrated at the International Conference on Robotics and…

How to Bake Your Own Robot
06/05/14 — Intel just announced Jimmy the Robot, a 3D-printed, customizable robot for consumers. But researchers at MIT, the University of Zurich, and the University of Tokyo, want to take the at-home building of robots out of the office and into the kitchen. The process, known as self-folding, allows consumers to essentially…

Google’s Self-Driving Cars: Where Will They Take Us?
05/30/14 — My brother-in-law, the muscle-car maven, would call this tiny, rounded auto the ultimate "pregnant rollerskate."Atlantic Magazine is calling it "adorable" and speculating on whether Google's motives for developing it are somehow nefarious.Google, for its part, apparently views it as reinventing the wheel, a revolution on wheels – but one which…

Self-Assembling Roombots Morph into Furniture
05/22/14 — Lego meets Transformers. Inventors in Switzerland have devised modular robotics called Roombots – motorized half-spheres with retractable grippers – that transform into various forms of furniture at will. Chairs, benches tables – it's not merely form follows function, but furniture facilitating the future.The furniture changes shape and function depending on…

Why All the Buzz About Robotic Bees?
05/13/14 — There’s been quite a bit of buzz recently about “robot bees” and a fictional dystopian future in which they replace – and possibly even kill off – nature’s own version. The apparent intent of the video from Greenpeace - a clever parody of slick “corporate responsibility” videos complete with cute…

Volvo Tests Self-Driving Cars on Public Roads
05/07/14 — Volvo has joined Google and others in testing self-driving cars on public roads. The first phase of Volvo's Drive Me project is underway testing semi-autonomous vehicles on 30 miles of commuter routes around Gothenburg, Sweden. The technology, which Volvo is calling Autopilot, can now handle lane following, speed adaption and…

Thumbles’ Tiny Robots Add Controls to Touchscreens
05/01/14 — If there's still one complaint we all have about touchscreens, it's that we sometimes miss physical buttons. Whether it's a game controller, or a keyboard, having tactile feedback is often a better solution - sometimes. This is what led to the development of these tiny robot Thumbles that roll onto…

Google’s Project Tango Helps Robots on International Space Station
04/23/14 — Google’s technology will soon enter into new territory: space. NASA has announced plans to take advantage of Project Tango on board  the International Space Station to guide SPHERES robots’ navigation within the facility. SPHERES are zero-gravity autonomous machines being developed to serve as robotic assistants to help astronauts and independently…

Mini Robot Printer is Like an Ink-Squirting Roomba
04/16/14 — Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer actually is. Printers, of course, are annoyingly big pieces of hardware that remain tethered to our desktops, a…

MIT Developing Paper Robots People Can Print at Home
04/10/14 — MIT's Ankur Mehta is lead researcher on a project that quite literally enables people to print robots on a standard piece of paper at home. It might sound crazy, but there's a lot of complicated math to back up the fact that you can create nearly any shape you like…

Crabster CR200 6-Legged Robot to Explore Ocean Floor
04/03/14 — Monsters of the deep soon will have a man-made horror to contend with, according to CNN, as the Crabster CR200 is released into the oceans. Weighing over half a ton, the six-legged, crustacean-inspired robot is intended for the most dangerous undersea exploration. Developed by the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and…

MIT’s ‘RoboClam’ Can Destroy Underwater Mines
03/27/14 — The Atlantic razor clam uses very little energy to burrow into undersea soil at high speed. Now a detailed insight into how the animal digs has led to the development of a robotic clam that can perform the same trick.The device, known as “RoboClam,” could be used to dig itself…

Autonomous Ships Take to the Sea
03/20/14 — If artificial intelligence is sophisticated enough to guide a car through Bay Area traffic, surely it can pilot a ship safely from port to port on the open sea. That’s the premise of a European Union-funded project called MUNIN tasked with designing largely automated cargo ships by the beginning of…

MIT ‘Fish’ Soft Robot Powered by Carbon Monoxide
03/13/14 — Soft robots — which don’t just have soft exteriors but are also powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels — have become a sufficiently popular research topic that they now have their own journal, Soft Robotics. In the first issue of that journal, out this month, MIT researchers report the…

Teleoperated Robot Makes Tree Cutting Safe
03/04/14 — Of all the things you should not give robots - lasers, knives, swords - one of the worst is possibly chainsaws. I mean, chainsaws are noisy in a terrifying sort of way and awfully messy. They're especially dangerous if you're a tree, in that if you're a tree, there is a significantly increased…

AI Expert: Robots Will be Smarter Than Humans by 2029
02/27/14 — One of the world’s leading futurologists and artificial intelligence (AI) developers, 66-year-old Kurzweil has previous form in making accurate predictions about the way technology is heading. In 1990 he said a computer would be capable of beating a chess champion by 1998 – a feat managed by IBM’s Deep Blue,…




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