Andrew McKenzie

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Bionic Skin for a Cyborg You

<b>One decade ago,</b> my research group at the University of Tokyo created a flexible electronic mesh and wrapped it around the mechanical bones of a …

Campaign Calls For Ban Of Autonomous Killer Robots

In agreement with last year's announcement by Human Rights Watch, an initiative created by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots (an actual organization …

12-Year-Old Developer Is a Robot-Building Genius

Rohan Agrawal builds robots — and he's not even a teenager yet. While most kids his age likely spent their summer playing video games or on the …

Will Future Robots Have Superhuman Strength?

Artificial intelligence is slated to grant future robots the brains for world domination, now it turns out they’ll also have the brawn.<p>A research …

Meet the new generation of robots. They're almost human…

In a darkened robotics laboratory in Lyon, Peter Dominey and Stéphane Lallée are playing a game with a cute-looking humanoid called iCub. The game is <i>Toybox</i> and the object is to uncover a toy trumpet that Lallée has just moved from a box to iCub's right. For a human three-year-old such a game is …

Soldiers Feel Loss, Anger When Their Robots Die

Bomb disposal soldiers in all geographic areas view their robots almost as pets, according to research conducted by Dr. Julie Carpenter at the …

Petting Zoo: Interactive Robotic Creatures That Evolve Over Time

Minimaforms creates a series of AI pets that interact and communicate with the public.<p>Petting Zoo<p>The pets in the installation <i>Petting Zoo</i> by architecture and design studio Minimaforms<i>—</i>Stephen and Theodore Spyropoulos—are unlike any pets you've come across before. Not only do they look like they come …

Swarms of robots could fight cancer (with your help)

Cancer researchers are not shy of using nanotechnology. Their work is making promising headway into developing safer and more effective treatments. …

DARPA Seeks Self-Healing Networks

DARPA, the U.S. military’s R&D arm, announced this week that it will pay US $2 million to the winner of its Cyber Grand Challenge, a contest aimed at …

Robot Snakes Could Help Us Explore Mars

Instead of robots-on-wheels rolling around on Mars, mechanized snakes may soon explore the red planet.<p>The European Space Agency has asked Norwegian …

4 Robotics Trends from the International Robot Exhibition 2013

<i>This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE.</i><p>Last month, …

Soldier Andrew Garthwaite moves bionic arm by thoughts

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/regions/north_east/1035000/1035641_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532570208_40f86603e28309cb5fbe1c754d9a27f0<p><b>A soldier injured in battle said he is determined to make a success of his new life with a bionic arm he can control with his thoughts.</b><p>Cpl …

Assistive Technology

Watch a robotic cube walk and balance under its own power

Cubes aren't usually the go-to shape when creating an object that's meant to move around, but researchers in Switzerland have created one that can do just that — along with a handful of other surprising talents. Called the Cubli, it measures nearly 6 inches on each side and can walk around by …

Freakishly realistic telemarketing robots are denying they're robots

This is how it starts, people. First we get our chatbots to sound and act realistic — and then we get them to convince everyone they're actually …

U.S. Army Considers Replacing Thousands of Soldiers With Robots

Last week at the Army Aviation Symposium, in Arlington, Va., a U.S. Army officer announced that the Army is looking to slim down its personnel …

Boston Dynamics Now Belongs to Google

BigDog is feeling lucky.<p><i>The New York Times</i> is reporting that Boston Dynamics, the company famous for robots like BigDog, LS3, Petman, Atlas, and …

For the First Time in 40 Years, a Robot Is Wandering the Moon

The last rover to be operational on the Moon was the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2, in January of 1973. Since then, we humans have focused most of our …

Your Cat Holds The Secret To The Future Of Robotics

Popular Mechanics reports that scientists are at work to create whiskers for robots. It's called "biomimicry" — machines copycatting nature.<p>Here's a relevant paragraph from Popular Mechanics:<p>To craft the perfect e-whisker, Javey and his team sought out nanomaterials that were both lightweight and …

Robotics

Rise Of The Insect Drones

Nature spent millions of years perfecting flapping-wing flight. Now engineers can reproduce it with machines.<p>Five years ago, Richard Guiler and Tom Vaneck were sitting at a bar a few blocks from their office, trying to take their minds off work. For nearly a year, the two engineers had been …

Meet Google's Robot Army. It's Growing

Google can’t stop buying robotics companies. In the past two months, eight of the 12 companies the search giant has acquired have “robotics” in their name or descriptions. Here’s your complete breakdown of the robot army presently at Google’s command.

How to Make a Better Invisibility Cloak—With Lasers

For a century or more, nearly all technological advances have depended on our ability to produce and manipulate the vast variety of materials that …