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Get up and go! 3D printed bots are getting closer

Technologists are edging close to constructing 3D printing sensors which can be embedded inside robots, so that a fully 3D printed functioning and moving robot can be produced.

Amazon is developing an 'Alexa robot' to follow you around

Devices like Amazon's Alexa are now commonplace to many homes, to the delight of many and to the annoyance of others. Alexa is a static voice controlled tool, but what if Alexa could follow you about? Amazon are working on that.

New packing robot aims to save businesses time and money

A new innovation with a robotic arm speeds up the process of packing and does so more efficiently, thereby offering a solution to business that will save time and lower operating costs.

Domino's experiments with self-driving pizza robo-car

Houston - Domino's, the pizza chain, is experimenting with a self-driving pizza delivery system in the U.S. city of Houston. This takes the form of a temperature controlled robo-car, which takes the pizza directly to the customer.

British art dealer unveils pioneering robot artist

Oxford - Billed as "one of the most exciting artists of our time", Ai-Da differs from generations of past masters in one inescapable way: she is a robot.

How to train a robot to feed you dinner

Washington - A new robot has been developed to assist people with eating. The robot can pass food to people who are ill, injured or elderly, or otherwise require support. The robot has an algorithm that guides to selecting the required food item.

Robot to be 'questioned' on impact of AI on jobs

London - As part of an inquiry into the impact of artificial intelligence on employment, a group of British parliamentarians are to 'question' as robot. Behind this are some key questions about the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs.

First autonomous, free-flying and agile flapping-wing robot

A novel flying robot has been developed which can mimic rapid insect flight. The machine is presented as the world's first autonomous, free-flying and agile flapping-wing robot.

Robotic café chain raises $9.4 million

San Francisco - A robotic coffee bar startup powered by robots raised $9.4 million, and has plans to continue fundraising until they hit their goal of a $12.01 million venture funding round.

First robot made burger launches in Bay Area

San Fransisco - Much of the burger process relies on a combination of human and machine. This is about to get an automation uplift at one restaurant in the Bay Area of San Francisco. The advantage is lower costs and a faster service.

Robot bloodhound tracks down odors

A new robot, dubbed a 'bloodhound', has been developed to track down odors on the ground. Such a device will be useful for detecting and addressing chemical spillages.

Autonomous glider flies like an albatross & cruises like boat

Brisbane - Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed robotic glider which can skim along the water's surface, ride the wind like an albatross, and surf the waves like a sailboat.

Op-Ed: Has this article been written by a robot?

London - Has this article been written by a robot? Could you tell? More importantly, does it matter? The answer, by the way, is no. The reason for posing the question is due to developments at London's Press Association.

Friendly 'robocop' helps police in Hungary

Szolnok - A talkative little robot has been enlisted by police in Hungary to help bring an electric jolt to presentations in schools and pensioner clubs."Hi kids!

Toyota showcases humanoid robot that mirrors user

Toukyo - Japanese auto giant Toyota Wednesday showcased a humanoid robot that can mirror its user's movements, a product it says has uses as varied as elderly care and disaster response.

Robot 'conductor' steals the show from Italy's top tenor

Pisa - Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's voice soars to the rafters of the Tuscan theatre, but all eyes are on the orchestral conductor beside him -- a robot with an apparent penchant for Verdi.

People prefer slightly faulty robots to perfect ones

The race to perfect robots continues, with weekly advances in robotic science reported. But do we want the perfect machine? New research suggests otherwise.

Robot uses deep learning to write its own music

A robot, designed by the Georgia Institute of Technology, has used deep learning, artificial intelligence and big data to write and play its own music.

'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted

Toukyo - A "scorpion" robot sent into a Japanese nuclear reactor to learn about the damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown had its mission aborted after the probe ran into trouble, Tokyo Electric Power company said Thursday.

Toyota introduces robot designed to provide companionship

Tokyo - Car maker Toyota Motor Corporation has unveiled a cupholder-size robot designed to provide companionship in Japan where birth rates are plunging.

Dallas robot bomb highlights shift in police technology

Washington - The "bomb robot" killing of a suspected Dallas shooter may be the first lethal use of an automated device by American police, and underscores the growing role of technology in law enforcement.

Would you trust a robot to sew up your appendix?

Washington - A robot has been used to operate on soft tissue for the first time. This wasn't a human controlled device; the robot operated "autonomously," according to a computer program.

Diabetes robot developed to help children

Hatfield - A robot, designed to mimic having diabetes, has been created. The cartoon-like character is designed to help children recognize symptoms of the condition.

Realistic undercover robot animals help officials snare poachers

Wildlife officials have a new breed of undercover agents: Robotic animals that are more than just taxidermy specimens. These animals are actually so realistic they are used to snare poachers all across the U.S.

Google X makes strides with 'Atlas' robot

Boston Dynamics, a subsidiary of Google X, has released new footage of the 'Atlas' robot performing more difficult tasks than previously released footage.

Robot solves Rubik’s Cube in around 1 second

Rubik’s Cube has been a mainstay for those interested in puzzles for the past forty-odd years. Over this time various people have broken the record for solving the puzzle. Now a robot has the fastest time ever.

Stop killer robots before it is too late, scientists tell Davos forum

Davos - The world must act quickly to avert a future in which autonomous robots with artificial intelligence roam the battlefields killing humans, scientists and arms experts warned at an elite gathering in the Swiss Alps.

Japan shows off disaster-response robots at android fair

Toukyo - Japan on Wednesday displayed a pair of two-legged humanoid robots that can operate in harsh conditions as the country prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions prepares for the next catastrophe.

Meet Spencer a humanoid robot who helps you get round the airport

Getting around a busy international airport can be a stressful thing, especially if you aren't familiar with it or if you happen to be running late for the flight.

Rise of the robotic journalist: Welcome to the future Special

For reporters on the business or sports beat, some stories can be boring, monotonous, and stressful all at once. The stories can seem rather…robotic. As well they might, because some stories are being written by robots.
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The IFL PiRo robot development team at the Amazon Robotics Challenge in Nagoya  Japan  2017.
The IFL PiRo robot development team at the Amazon Robotics Challenge in Nagoya, Japan, 2017.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
A prototype remote-controlled robot called "Caiba" is demonstrated by developer Katsumori ...
A prototype remote-controlled robot called "Caiba" is demonstrated by developer Katsumori Sakakibara (L) during a press preview of the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) Japan in Chiba, Tokyo on October 3, 2016
Toru Yamanaka, AFP
Diagram of the reactor vessels along with desigantions for where robots are being used.
Diagram of the reactor vessels along with desigantions for where robots are being used.
TEPCO
RoboBee is a tiny robot capable of tethered flight  developed by a research robotics team at Harvard...
RoboBee is a tiny robot capable of tethered flight, developed by a research robotics team at Harvard University.
Harvard University, The Robobee Project
Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) has a 3D camera and the ability to see near-infrared wavelength...
Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) has a 3D camera and the ability to see near-infrared wavelengths.
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC
SEM images of the hybrid soft pop-up actuators. The image has been colored in post processing to dif...
SEM images of the hybrid soft pop-up actuators. The image has been colored in post processing to differentiate between the soft (in yellow) and the rigid structure (in blue).
Wyss Institute at Harvard University
Researchers installed the soft robotic gripper on a Fetch Robotics robot in their lab.
Researchers installed the soft robotic gripper on a Fetch Robotics robot in their lab.
University of California San Diego
Robotland
Robotland
engadget
Picture of RobotLand
Picture of RobotLand
Engadget
File photo: The Musio robot wants to be your  curious new friend  and is capable of advanced machine...
File photo: The Musio robot wants to be your "curious new friend" and is capable of advanced machine learning.
Musio
A prototype of the dual-arm robot system during the first field tests.
A prototype of the dual-arm robot system during the first field tests.
Fraunhofer IPK
The surgical bot is named STAR  or Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot.
The surgical bot is named STAR, or Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot.
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC
An amazingly lifelike robot that evokes a psychological effect that many refer to as the  uncanny va...
An amazingly lifelike robot that evokes a psychological effect that many refer to as the "uncanny valley".
YouTube
Robotland
Robotland
Engadget
Yamaha Motors has revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 a robot designed to ride any racing motorbik...
Yamaha Motors has revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 a robot designed to ride any racing motorbike at high speeds.
© Yamaha Motors
Google is training AI to write jokes
Google is training AI to write jokes
Kaboompics // Karolina
Hospital robot
Hospital robot
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One of the Abigaille wall-crawler robot s six feet is shown  with six degrees of freedom for agile c...
One of the Abigaille wall-crawler robot's six feet is shown, with six degrees of freedom for agile climbing and dry adhesives on its footpad to keep it stuck to surfaces
Simon Fraser University
Sophia  Hanson Robotics Ltd.  speaking at the AI for GOOD Global Summit  ITU  Geneva  Switzerland.
Sophia, Hanson Robotics Ltd., speaking at the AI for GOOD Global Summit, ITU, Geneva, Switzerland.
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