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The 10 Weirdest Robots At This Year's Drone Show

A $38,000 piece of Styrofoam, a pop-up drone-in-a-can, and more!<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), a trade organization for the drone industry, is hosting a convention this week in Washington, DC. The show is a place for law …

New GPS Receiver Offers Navigation Accurate To An Inch

Great for tiny robots!<p>GPS is really good at finding where people are, typically with a margin of error of just a few meters. That's fine if you're using GPS for driving directions, but if you're, say, a drone operator, you might want to navigate the sky more precisely, as a few feet can mean the …

Quadcopter collides with groom's head during photo shoot

A few days before a wedding, a couple gets all dolled up, stare lovingly into each other's eyes, and a photographer uses creative angles and scenes to capture that loving moment forever. During the shoot, a small quadcopter, controlled by the photographer, flies right into the groom. Ouch!<p>Earlier …

Drones

Florida Keys turns to drones in battle against mosquitos

To the casual observer, it will look like a group of grown men and women playing with model aeroplanes. But in a carefully planned mission next week, a small airshow in the Florida Keys will mark a dramatic escalation in the war on the state's army of mosquitoes.<p>Officials responsible for curtailing …

Associated Press News

Testing the Future: Astronaut in Space Remote-Controls Robot in California

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.30.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p><i>NASA's K-10 rover maneuvers around the</i> …

A Mind-Blowing Dome Made by 6,500 Computer-Guided Silkworms

Author: Joseph Flaherty. Joseph Flaherty Design<p>Date of Publication: 07.11.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p><i>Photo: Steven Keating</i><p><i>Photo: Steven</i> …

Watch This Untrippable Robot Strut Its Stuff

Boston Dynamics' latest 'bot doesn't fall down easily.<p>Boston Dynamics, makers of some of the coolest, most terrifying robots around, have already showed off prototypes of their humanoid Atlas robot, but we haven't quite seen it in action like this.<p>Look at them hit it with that wrecking ball thing! …

DARPA Pushes Bionic Arm Boundaries

The Revolutionizing Prosthetics program has led to two parallel research paths investigating new ways to build arm prostheses that users can control with their brains.<p><b>Former Army Staff Sgt. Glen Lehman</b>, standing tall in a white tank top and jeans, takes a blue piece of tulle in his left hand and …

Meet e-David, the robot that paints

We usually call a robot that can produce images a printer, but e-David is special. Created by a team at the University of Konstanz in Germany, E-David is a painter bot -- not the kind that spray-paints auto parts, but the more artistic variety.<p>E-David doesn't come up with images on its own, but …

Digital Art

The evolution of humanoid robots (pictures)

On Thursday, DARPA unveiled one of the more<p>Updated:July 12, 2013 Caption:James MartinPhoto:DARPA/Boston Dynamics<p>In 1967, an artificial muscle was developed by professor Ichiro Kato and his team at Waseda University in Japan, one of the centers of early robotics research. Rubber embedded in several …

Robotics

Robotic snakes wriggle through pipes to inspect nuclear power plants

With names like Frostbite, Spooky and Pepperoni, Carnegie Mellon University’s robotic snakes sound like they would fit in perfectly in a Teenage …

Turn Household Objects Into Drones With New DIY Kit

This 3-D printing kit lets you transform any sufficiently light object into a flying quadrotor.<p>Really, why shouldn't keyboards fly? A new suitcase-size kit by Dutch artist Jasper van Loenen lets you attach four rotors to almost any object so that you can fly it like a drone.<p>The kit includes …

What The X-47B Reveals About The Future Of Autonomous Flight

Five things you need to know about the X-47B, the U.S. military's first unmanned, autonomous combat jet.<p>When the Navy's X-47B drone screamed skyward off the aircraft carrier <i>USS George H.W. Bush</i> in May, those of us standing on the flight deck knew we were witnessing history: a robot flying …

Look out below: The next 'wave' of autonomous robots (pictures)

This week, the Navy announced that the MK18 Mod 2 Kingfish underwater unmanned vehicle has been deployed for operations in the<p>Updated:June 28, 2013 Caption:James MartinPhoto:U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Blake Midnight<p>Civilian mariners aboard the Afloat Forward Staging …

Military

Navies Use Undersea Drone as a Sub Warfare Training Target

Saab – yes, Saab – has built an amphibious drone meant to keep submarine crews on their toes.<p>The Saab AUV62 is a highly sophisticated autonomous …

University Of Nevada Students Could Soon Earn Degrees In Drone Studies

Training now for the jobs of the future<p>A workshop in Nevada hopes to launch higher-education programs in drone studies. Working with both the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and University of Nevada-Reno, the unmanned aerial vehicle industry wants to start training people now for jobs they expect …

From DARPA, A Virtual Tool To Revolutionize Robotics

The DARPA-funded Gazebo simulation software could make robotics accessible to everyone.<p>The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the most ambitious robot competition in history, cleared a key milestone yesterday. The Pentagon's research wing announced the results of the Virtual Robotics Challenge, a …

Robots: The droids we are looking for

The robot revolution has yet to take off. Why? Roboticist Rodney Brooks thinks this is because we have to feel we need them in our lives.<p>In decades past, science fiction writers believed the homes and workplaces of the future would include teams of labour-saving robots who would perform most menial …

Robotics

Robot subs beam the oceans to your homes

OpenROV is a simple submarine designed to explore the deep for little cost. In the first in our Future Thinking: Next Generation series, OpenROV founder David Lang explains how his creation may help a new generation get excited about our oceans.<p>Ocean exploration is no longer the preserve of a few …

Japan to send robot astronaut into space

This Japanese robonaut is preparing to go where no robot has gone before: the International Space Station.<p>A talking robot that will accompany a <b>Japanese</b> astronaut in space this summer says the cosmic tour will be one giant leap for androids everywhere.<p>In a scene straight out of Star Wars, the …

Navy Report on Maryland Drone Crash: “Disastrous Results” Averted

The fiery demise of a Global Hawk drone last year could have led to disaster, according to a report from Navy investigators obtained by Jefferson …

Turkish cops shoot a protester's drone out of the sky

Above, footage of a protester's quadcopter in Gezi Park getting shot down by the Turkish Police. Below, the footage of police violence the drone had …

Scientists create headless cat robot for use in search and rescue missions

Though it lacks a head, fur, whiskers and a miaow-ing sound, the ‘cheetah-cub robot’, developed by researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de …

Bots behind the wheel: Ford turns to high-tech robots for track testing duties

Ford engineers have developed an industry-first robotic test driving program that will likely give the automaker even more clout on the road.<p>The …

Robots won’t be stealing our paychecks in the future—they already have

For three decades, wages have evaporated as a share of the economy. Meanwhile, the proportion of national income consumed by profits, dividends, and capital gains has steadily grown. Capital 1, Labor 0.<p>So it’s a bad time to be a working stiff in the U.S. But it turns out that this isn’t just an …

Economics

Russian Multimillionaire Seeks To Mass Produce Lifelike Humans By 2035

How's this for a weekend conference: Some of the smartest people in the world are gathering in New York to try to figure out how to build lifelike copies of humans ... to be eventually uploaded with the contents of a real human brain.<p>It's the brainchild of a Russian multimillionaire, Dmitry Itskov. …

Long Shunned, Robots Finally Infiltrate Boeing’s Assembly Line | WIRED

The first large pieces of a 777 are "super panels" like these belly sections that arrive from Japan by boat. They are transferred from the harbor to …

Smartphone-controlled ‘cockroach cyborg’ to appear at TED conference this week

If the thought of a cockroach scuttling around on the floor is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end, then you’d better steer …

High-tech, $20,000 TrackingPoint ‘smart rifle’ turns anyone into a sniper

Hitting a target at 1,000 yards is a skill only possessed by a few elite snipers. But all that is about to change, thanks to a high-tech bullet …