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Essential Science: New speed record achieved for a soft robot

Recent months have seen several advances in the field of soft and micro-robots, with new speeds being accomplished for both flat surfaces and through water. These developments open up opportunities for new applications.

Essential Science: How robotics is reshaping surgical practice

A key advance with medical technology relates to the introduction of robots to assist with surgical procedures, helping surgeons to make assessments and to perform procedures with greater accuracy.

Advanced robot developed for sampling human blood

A new robotic device has been designed to take blood samples and the test results indicate that the machine can undertake a superior job for sampling blood compared with humans. The robot has recently undergone a clinical trial.

Robot designed to regulate own temperature for extreme conditions

A new type of robot has been developed, one that can cope with extreme environmental conditions. The robot is capable of temperature regulation, able to self-adjust to extremes of heat and cold.

Soft robot designed so it can be folded and squashed

Scientists have designed a super-tough robotic insect that can be folded and squashed while still retaining full functionality.

Vietnamese roll out Transformers-inspired robot with green message

Hanoi - There is more than meets the eye to the towering robot resembling a character from the "Transformers" movie franchise -- it speaks Vietnamese and is made from spare motorbike parts."Hello everyone ...

Russia terminates robot Fedor after space odyssey

Moscow - It's mission over for a robot called Fedor that Russia blasted to the International Space Station, the developers said Wednesday, admitting he could not replace astronauts on space walks."He won't fly there any more.

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.
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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
EcoRobotix claims its robo-brigade will decrease total herbicide use by a factor of 20.
EcoRobotix claims its robo-brigade will decrease total herbicide use by a factor of 20.
EcoRobotix
Muhammad Ali of BattleBots destroys everything in Its path with a spinning hammer-blade
Muhammad Ali of BattleBots destroys everything in Its path with a spinning hammer-blade
Distort
Meet Scout.
Meet Scout.
Amazon
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.
International Telecommunication Union, via Wikimedia. License: CC 2.0
Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk have conflicting views on the role AI should play in society
Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk have conflicting views on the role AI should play in society
knowmadic news / Flickr
Patient mockup of surgical robot designed to treat epilepsy by entering the brain through the cheek.
Patient mockup of surgical robot designed to treat epilepsy by entering the brain through the cheek.
Laboratory for the Design and Control of Energetic Systems / Vanderbilt University
Dextre  the Canadian Space Agency’s robotic handyman aboard the International Space Station (ISS) ...
Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency’s robotic handyman aboard the International Space Station (ISS), can be seen at the right. At left is the Canadarm2. Photo taken in December 2011 by an Expedition 26 crewmember.
NASA
The IFL PiRo robot detects the objects desired and automatically puts them into shopping baskets.
The IFL PiRo robot detects the objects desired and automatically puts them into shopping baskets.
© Laila Tkotz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Shimon  the robotic marimba player  can listen to  understand  collaborate with  and surprise his hu...
Shimon, the robotic marimba player, can listen to, understand, collaborate with, and surprise his human counterparts.
Courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology, National Media Relations
Completely unfolded  the milliDelta with 15 mm-by-15 mm-20 mm roughly compares to a cent piece  and ...
Completely unfolded, the milliDelta with 15 mm-by-15 mm-20 mm roughly compares to a cent piece, and uses piezoelectric actuators, and flexural joints in its three arms to control high-frequency movements of a stage on top.
Wyss Institute at Harvard University
A robot on show at the AI: More than Human exhibition in London.
A robot on show at the AI: More than Human exhibition in London.
Representation of a robotic device helping to construct a future Mars base.
Representation of a robotic device helping to construct a future Mars base.
Picture of RobotLand
Picture of RobotLand
Engadget
Jade Robot  designed by Mimetics
Jade Robot, designed by Mimetics
Myke Predko
A robot figure on display at the Barbican Centre  London.
A robot figure on display at the Barbican Centre, London.
Autonomous Flying Microrobots (RoboBees).
Autonomous Flying Microrobots (RoboBees).
Harvard University
The J-deite Quarter
The J-deite Quarter
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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

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