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Robo Revolution: A Factory Cut Labor Costs in Half, Thanks to Tiny Robots

Rising Automation<p>For any manufacturer, one of the biggest overhead costs to consider is labor. But in China, which has been particularly aggressive …

PowerRay is an underwater drone for filmmakers or fishermen

The creator of the PowerEgg, an ovoid flying robot, has begun accepting orders for its newest creation, a submersible camera drone for home use. Dubbed the PowerRay, the waterproof device can find, attract and record fish. It operates at a depth of 30 meters, or about 98 feet, for up to four hours …

Drones

Robotic cheetah moves almost as efficiently as the real thing

The fastest land animal on Earth, the cheetah, has inspired a number of swift-footed robots. The latest has cropped up at the University of Twente, …

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Engineers Agree: Nature Makes the Best Robots

Engineers Agree: Nature Makes the Best Robots<p>In nature, elegant engineering solutions abound. The robotics world is working to unravel them.<p>My …

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Let Robots Teach Our Kids? Here’s Why That Isn’t Such a Bad Idea

From building cars to assisting in high-precision surgeries, robots today are taking on more complex roles than ever before — and getting smarter and more sophisticated every day.<p>With recent advances in programming algorithms and artificial intelligence, the possibility of robots moving from the …

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How Steve Wozniak Got Over His Fear of Robots Turning People Into Pets

Steve Wozniak is one half of Silicon Valley’s most prototypical founder’s myth. But whereas Steve Jobs went on to define what it meant to be a modern …

Silicon Valley

Robot lawn mowers are a thing now

Introducing the Roomba for your lawn<p>From smart TVs to a modular sofa that can be controlled by an app, home tech isn’t just something for the future, it’s in our homes now. New technologies aim to make our lives easier, safer, and—sometimes—a little bit cooler. It was only a matter of time before …

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The baby daddy of Boston Dynamics' BigDog robot

This is CAM (cybernetic anthropomorphous machine), a "walking truck" designed by Ralph Mosher at General Electric in 1965. It may not be as …

Battle of the vac pack: iRobot sues Hoover and others

Watch out! Roomba is on the warpath.<p>It's go time for the robot wars, as iRobot sues Hoover, Black & Decker and other vacuum manufacturers, claiming they used its intellectual property without permission.<p>The company announced a series of lawsuits on Monday targeting Hoover, Black & Decker, Bobsweep …

Robots

Here’s what the driverless semi trucks of the future will look like

While Google, Ford, Apple, and others slug it out to see who the future king of driverless transportation will be, shipping companies are patiently …

Transportation

Jürgen Schmidhuber on the robot future​: ‘They will pay as much attention to us as we do to ants'

The German computer scientist says artificial intelligence will surpass humans’ in 2050, enabling robots to have fun, fall in love – and colonise the galaxy<p>In a soft-furnished studio space behind a warehouse in west Berlin, a group of international scientists are debating our robot future. An …

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Swingin' robot made to watch crops from above

When you've got a crop full of plants growing in a field, inspecting each and every one of them can be very monotonous work. That's why scientists …

iRobot Sues Hoover, Other Rivals Over Robot Vacuum Patents

iRobot, the maker of the popular Roomba robotic vacuum, brought a string of lawsuits on Monday accusing rivals including Hoover and Black & Decker of …

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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

Machine Learning

Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio, has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about US $900), Musio is now sold online through SoftBank’s marketplace and Amazon Japan, and through a handful of …

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The Co-Inventor of the Roomba Wants a New Word to Replace 'Robot'

Rodney Brooks is annoyed. The man who helped bring the Roomba to life posted a blog entry on Tuesday, lamenting the fact that the word “robot” has …

Robots

Watch These Robots Build a Carbon Fiber Pavilion All on Their Own

A university project shows potential for buildings of the future.<p>Students and researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have built a new pavilion out of carbon fiber, but they didn't lift a muscle. They got drones and robots to build the entire thing for them.<p>Designed with an …

Construction

What happens if a robot kills or commits a crime?

We could soon face a robot crimewave and UK law needs to be ready.<p>Christopher Markou, University of Cambridge<p>This is where we are at in 2017: …

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Delivery robots: a revolutionary step or sidewalk-clogging nightmare?

They’ve been called the ‘only sane solution’ for urban deliveries and are already being tested, but are pedestrians prepared to jostle for space?<p>Sharing a sidewalk with one of DoorDash’s delivery robots is a bit like getting stuck behind someone playing Pokémon Go on his smartphone. The robot moves …

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Should Autonomous Cars Be Forced To Save Lives In An Emergency?

We’ve discussed the need for a coherent set of ethics for autonomous cars before. After all, these are really 3,500-pound robots that will be roaming …

The Unstable World of Robot Law

The “Three Laws of Robotics,” which Isaac Asimov dreamt up for his <i>Robot</i> series, remains an entirely fictional concept. In the real world — which is …

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Robotic parcel sorting facility in China

The dumb robots fall into the holes, while the smarter ones survive and breed. From the YouTube description:<p>Chinese delivery firm is moving to …

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Honda Miimo is an adorable Roomba for your lawn

After being announced years ago, it's finally coming to the US.<p>If you've always been too lazy to mow your lawn, there's finally a Honda-branded robot that will do it for you.<p>The Miimo is Honda's robotic lawnmower. It can do the job entirely on its own, within a defined area. That mow-friendly patch …

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New self-driving electric trucking startup thinks it can replace semis

There's a new player in the autonomous trucking game, and it's coming out of the gate with some big claims.<p>Swedish transportation company Einride announced its global launch with news that it's working to establish the world's first totally emission-free road transportation system. Their aim: To …

Transportation

An Epic International Duel Between Giant Robots Is Going Down in August

World War Mech<p>The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived…well…kind of. We at least now know the month when the battle of the century …

Robotics

Smart factory 'LocusBots' talk to each other to work more efficiently

Why it matters to you<p>Locus' autonomous warehouse robots just got a whole lot smarter, thanks to a new software update that allows them to talk to …

Robotics

Scientists Have Created an Artificial Synapse That Can Learn Autonomously

This is crazy.<p>Developments and advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have been due in large part to technologies that mimic how the human brain …

This tiny ray-bot can spy on you while you swim

Shaped like a manta ray, this squishy, swimming robot can carry a video camera<p>Scientists have created palm-sized swimming robots made out of soft, transparent silicone. They’re tiny, squishy, and equipped with video cameras — and theycould one day be used for underwater surveillance or research.<p>The …

Robotics

Quadruped Robot Can Crawl Under Cars and Jump-Kick-Open Doors

The wheel is a revolutionary invention — as they say — but going back to basics sometimes opens new pathways. Robots that traverse terrain on legs …

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