Robotics

New 'Science and Star Wars' Episode Shows How Close We Are to Having Real-Life Droids

The droids of Star Wars may not seem like the most spectacular element of the franchise's mythos, but they're actually...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 11:36AM

Robot With Attached Chainsaw Can Climb Trees While Trimming Them

You've got a problem: you need to trim a tree, and you've got the tools, as well as some extra metal pipes and a load of tires and...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 22 September 2017 - 8:50PM

A Robot Performed Unaided Dental Surgery on a Human Patient

How much do you trust modern robotics? Would you, for example, be happy with letting a robot implant false teeth into your mouth?...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 22 September 2017 - 7:27PM

Knightscope Unveils a Robot Security Guard for All-Terrain Patrols

Robot security guards aren't necessarily a perfected technology just yet. Among the stories of robots awkwardly tripping in...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 7:45PM

Columbia Researchers Create Artificial Humanoid Muscles for Robots

As impressive as modern robot designs might be, humanity's attempts to build artificial shells for our computers still pale in...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 - 8:52PM

Check Out the Bomb-Defusal Robot That Can Be Controlled in Virtual Reality

Bomb disposal is one of the most frightening, high-pressure, high-risk jobs out there. It's as life-threatening as it is intricate and...

Chelsea Gohd
Monday, 18 September 2017 - 12:01PM

Social Robot 'Bina48' is a Human's Personality Recreated by AI

If you could store your personality in a robot, would you? What might you ask a robot who's been programmed with the same data that...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 16 September 2017 - 3:59PM

An Origami-Inspired Drone Could One Day Deliver Your Packages

Origami has long inspired technological innovation. From NASA’s shape-shifting radiator to foldable solar panels, the Japanese art...

Chelsea Gohd
Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 8:45PM

Panasonic Develops LiDAR to Stop Robots from Awkwardly Falling Over

For a robot with three legs that's designed for stability, R2-D2 spends a lot of time in the original Star Wars trilogy falling over....

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 8:08PM

Tiny Linking Robots Share a Central Hive Mind With Each Other

It's increasingly looking like the future of robotics is going to be modular. Specialized robots are useful for many tasks, but for a...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 7:27PM

Check Out the Real-Life Mech Designed by the Artist From 'Terminator' and 'Robocop'

Oscar Wilde once said that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” but even he couldn’t have predicted just how far...

Andrew LaSane
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 11:11AM

Security Expert Warns that Sex Robots Can Be Hacked and Turned Violent

If Westworld has taught us anything, it's that you can't program a robot to feel human emotions and then attempt to have your way...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 11 September 2017 - 7:55PM

Robot Champions Are Using Italy as a Training Ground for Nuclear Disaster Aid

If you have ever watched Battlebots, then you know the raw mechanical power and excitement of pitting two robots against each other in...

Chelsea Gohd
Monday, 11 September 2017 - 11:23AM

The Future of AI: From Quantum Computing to the Internet of Things

One of the most well-attended and energetic panels at Escape Velocity this year was "Artificial Intelligence: How Close Are We...And...

Chris Mahon
Sunday, 03 September 2017 - 7:15PM

Squishy, Modular 'Soft Robots' are Gross But Impressively Flexible

When we think of robots, we all tend to imagine to ourselves hulking, impersonal, cold steel monstrosities with gears and levers and...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 - 8:52PM

Domino's and Ford Are Testing Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Cars

It's a sad day for teenage pizza delivery guys everywhere, but great news for those who hate waiting for pizza: Ford has teamed up...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 - 10:38AM

Meet Temi, the Tablet-Faced Robot Assistant Built for Video-Chats

The biggest problem with Skyping from your phone or tablet is that you constantly have to hold the device in order to make the best...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 28 August 2017 - 10:01AM

Pepper the Robot is Programmed to Perform Buddhist Funeral Rites

Last fall, it was exciting to watch Softbank's Pepper robot learn how to play with a ball-and-cup toy. And, well, Pepper's come quite...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 27 August 2017 - 1:40PM

Japan's New "Weird Hotel" Is Staffed by Polite Robot Dinosaurs (and More)

The Henn na Hotel (or "Weird Hotel" in English) is one of Japan's newest attractions, having just thrown open its doors today for all...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 25 August 2017 - 10:26AM

The Greatest Threat to Self-Driving Cars Will Be Hackers

Autonomous vehicles have been a staple of sci-fi for a while, but they're quickly becoming a promising, potentially life-saving...

Chelsea Gohd
Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 1:21PM