Robotics

German Company 'Festo' Creates a Robotic Spider and a Robotic Bat

The German engineering company Festo has a history of creating robotic animals, and they're adding two new oddballs to their...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 7:30PM

Nukes and Alien Invasions Aren't the Greatest Threats to Humanity: Futurist Michio Kaku Says Killer Drones Will Wipe Us Out First

Physicist and futurist Michio Kaku is well known for his predictions of the future of robotics.With degrees from Harvard and Berkeley...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 26 March 2018 - 1:14PM

Bipedal Robot Gets Around With Jet-Powered Feet

"Walking" is one of those things we just take for granted after our first year or two, but replicating that in machines can be...

Jonathan Kesh
Friday, 23 March 2018 - 6:40PM

EPFL Scientists Say New Memory-Deleting Method Could Stop AI From Destroying Humanity (Even the Terminator)

The problem with a giant red "OFF" button on an incredibly powerful artificial intelligence is that the AI will eventually try to...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 11:25AM

MIT Designs a Robot Fish to Explore the Waters of Fiji

Considering how easy it is to scare off a fish, they can be difficult animals to study without attaching a camera to a fish and...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 7:28PM

Ohio State Scientists Just Created an AI That's Better Than Human Beings at Reading Emotions

A new artificial intelligence has been constructed that is better than humans at reading emotions. This isn't based on the facial...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 10:49AM

Airbus Wants To Use a Giant Harpoon to Clear Up Space Junk

The ever-growing field of garbage in Earth's orbit is becoming increasingly problematic.Sending something into space is a costly...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 12:28PM

XPrize Foundation Contest: $10M If You Can Build a Working Robot Avatar

It's hard to ignore the appeal of the robot avatar. Fans of science fiction in general, and video games in particular, dream of the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - 1:41PM

New Robots With 'Emotion Chips' Can Empathize With Human Emotions

The lasting message of this year's CES has been one of sensitive robots.The biggest draw of the show was Omron Automation's ping-pong...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 09 March 2018 - 11:00AM

Facebook Just Patented a Secret Robot That's Basically R2-D2

Star Wars and Mark Zuckerberg fans rejoice: Facebook has patented R2-D2.Admittedly, this robot isn't quite the same as the classic...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 08 March 2018 - 11:21AM

Futurist Expert Warns Robots Will Use Humans as Guinea Pigs in Experiments

It sounds like something out of the Twilight Zone, but a futurist's shocking prediction about real life robots using humans as test...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 02 March 2018 - 11:46AM

Curiosity Rover's New Drilling Method Could Transform NASA's Search for Life on Mars

Rejoice, fans of The Martian: Resourceful thinking and clever jerry-rigging on the Red Planet can indeed salvage a disaster, even...

Super User
Thursday, 01 March 2018 - 11:08AM

Robotic 'Flying Brain' Cimon Joining International Space Station Crew to Monitor Astronauts' Mental States

We've seen all kinds of strange little robot helpers, from Robelf to Temi, but Cimon is probably the weirdest: it's a floating...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 - 11:38AM

Michio Kaku: Robots Need Inhibitor Chips To Prevent Human Slaughter

Noteworthy scientists and technology experts, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, are speaking out about the need for humanity...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 23 February 2018 - 10:19AM

MIT and Princeton's Robo-Picker Can Precisely Lift Nearly Any Object

As anyone who's ever played one of those claw crane games would know, it's much easier for a robotic claw to drop something than pick...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 8:50PM

Harvard Scientists Design an Origami Robot That Slithers Like a Snake

For some reason, scientists seem incredibly keen on making robots that look absolutely terrifying when on the move.Perhaps it's an...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 7:05PM

Terminator Rising: Watch Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Fight a Human

For decades, sci-fi fans have been haunted by the infamous velociraptor door-opening scene in Jurassic Park.Did that stop Boston...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 11:40AM

A Taiwanese Company Has Created a Robotic House-Elf With a Tablet for a Face

Robotic home assistants like SoftBank's Pepper and the ASUS Zenbo all claim to be the future, but there was always something about...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 - 11:48AM

Watch Astronauts Fix Up a Robotic Hand Out in Space

It's been said before, but it's always worth saying again: tasks that sound simple in everyday life become much trickier out in...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 17 February 2018 - 10:30AM

Space Station's Malfunctioning 'Robonaut' Will Be Sent Home For Repairs

The future of space travel is likely going to involve a lot of robots. As artificial intelligence and robotic bodies develop, it makes...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 7:18PM