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RoboCup 2014 competition attracts experts and inspires learning

RoboCup 2014 has a bit in common with FIFA's World Cup. Robots are now playing soccer (football) in Brazil instead of humans but international glory is still on the line.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Op-Ed: Robotic Reflections

When asked to write an Op-Ed on the subject of robotics, one over-arching thought came to mind: The robots are coming, people — get on board or get left behind.
In the Media by Mike Rossi - 2 comments

MIT creates device that gives you two additional robotic fingers

Robotics experts are working on a way to give you more fingers which you can wear. Why should you settle for five fingers when you can have seven?
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

Video: Meet Jibo, called the 'First Family Robot'

An Indiegogo campaign for a small robot meant to help your family called Jibo was recently launched. The idea is to have a small helper robot that can tell stories, take messages and even order food.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

The previous 'Robot Olympics' competition

Recent articles on Japan's possible Robot Olympics sparked a wave of interest about the concept on many sites. A previous contest was held in 2013 that could give us some insight on what the future event may look like.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Video: Advanced robotic newscasters 'hold' press conference

Japanese robotics developers recently held a press conference to reveal their newest models. Their robotic newscasters took center stage as they reacted to comments, received additional documents and even waved to the crowd.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

Dutch scientists flap to the future with 'insect' drone

Delft - Dutch scientists have developed the world's smallest autonomous flapping drone, a dragonfly-like beast with 3-D vision that could revolutionise our experience of everything from pop concerts to farming."This is the DelFly Explorer, the world's smallest...
In the Media by Jan Hennop (AFP)

TERMES robots build structures without human guidance

Harvard - Termites are among the oldest forms of life. Their structures are ultra-efficient, air conditioned, and extremely durable. New robots developed at Harvard have successfully mimicked termite behaviour, with minimal software and no human help at all.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 1 comment

South Korea plans to open a new robot theme park in 2016

Seoul - A massive world robot theme park project is underway in South Korea, a family friendly amusement park that will also double as a robotics grad school.
In the Media by Megan Morreale

The 'Singularity' is here, but without any emotion

Technological singularity sometimes referred to as simply "Singularity" is a point in time when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence. Some debate that "Singularity" is here today. Others wonder, will it ever come to pass?
In the Media by W. Mark Dendy - 3 comments

The other face of Tiger Woods

Philadelphia - Tiger Woods is arguably the highest profile golfer in the world, but he has another string to his bow, one that he doesn't boast about.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 12 comments

Robotic ultrasound developed to screen for kidney cancers

Medical technologists have carried out a study that demonstrates the benefits that robotic ultrasound techniques can offer in the treatment of kidney cancers.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Robotic Mantis: A two-ton turbo diesel hexapod you can drive

Micromagic Systems has been working steadily over the past four years to design and build a walking robot that's big enough to carry a human passenger.
In the Media by Eko Armunanto

Op-Ed: Will robots replace everyday workers?

"A coming wave of robots could redefine our jobs. Will that redefine us?" It can do if we use a little lateral thinking, and take on board the thoughts of Major Douglas.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 2 comments

Rapyuta, Roboearth's collective brain for robots goes live

It’s not quite the Borg Collective of Star Trek fame but this week, the prospect of sentient, reasoning robots took a step closer as the European Roboearth project deployed its alpha version of a standardised knowledge base for robots.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

Video: In Japan, robots are your friends

Osaka University Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro talks about the importance of robotics in modern day Japanese culture. Ishiguro compares and contrasts robots in regards to western culture vs. eastern culture.
In the Media by Can Tran

Video: Power Loader exoskeleton demonstration

The Power Loader in "Aliens" could soon become reality. A Japanese company called Activelink is working on the first prototype of such a machine.
In the Media by Can Tran

EcoBot-III turns human waste into electricity

Bristol - In a collaborative effort between Wessex Water and Bristol Robotics Laboratory, scientists in Great Britain have developed a robot capable of transforming human waste into usable energy.
In the Media by Greta McClain

Video: Mind-controlled robots, they somewhat exist now

Researchers from France and Japan have collaborated on creating mind-controlled robots for various medical applications. This is still a work in progress.
In the Media by Can Tran

Video: 'Terminator-like hand' in use turns sci-fi into reality

Metal worker Nigel Ackland, who lost his right forearm in an accident, demonstrates his "Terminator-like" replacement. From the video, it seemingly functions like an actual arm.
In the Media by Can Tran - 2 comments

Robot created with real muscles to help scientists study humans

The expectation that robots and humans will interact closely is common, but predictions about how robots and people will relate and experiments testing the shapes future bots might take continue to proliferate. Will mechanical helpers look like ECCERobot?

Meet AlphaDog, the next-gen robot dog

The new bigger and smarter AlphaDog version of the BigDog rough terrain robot being developed for military use by Boston Dynamics has been profiled by tech bloggers as extremely scary and creepy, but the video must be fun to watch - it soon went viral.

Chinese Foxconn employees could soon be replaced with robots

Shenzhen - Foxconn, which is the largest manufacturer of various Apple products, such as the iPad and iPhone, has established an automation robotics division. The plan could be to replace workers with nearly one million robots over three years.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 4 comments

Germany hosting RoboCup 2011, a soccer competition for robots

Magdeburg - RoboCup German Open 2011 is an international soccer tournament for robots taking place at Magdeburg, Germany, with the ultimate goal of developing a robot soccer team capable of beating the human World Cup champions.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar

Europe's Latest Humanoid is a Toddler Robot

European scientists from the Robot Cub Consortium have invented a humanoid robot based on the capabilities of a three-and-a-half year old toddler. Read on and wonder what on earth will ever be next?
In the Media by M Dee Dubroff - 9 comments

UK researchers create 'Heart Robot' that displays emotions

Instead of a robot with fixed mechanical movements, researchers in the United Kingdom have created a robot that displays dynamic human emotions.
In the Media by Chris V. Thangham - 4 comments

Op-Ed: 'Terminator' Technologies Coming To Wondrous and Fearsome Life

Land-roving Hunter-Killers. Powerful lasers. Target recognition systems. Al. Cybernetics. Indestructible alloys. A robot that reassembles itself. Even a British SkyNet to control airborne HK 'Reapers'. And all with plenty of time to spare until 2029.
In the Media by Johnny Simpson - 4 comments

Toyota's Violin-Playing Robot Shows Potential For Future Humanoids

If robots took over the world, they’d start by invading our orchestra pits. As demonstrated, Toyota’s new alien-looking robot can play violin almost flawlessly, adding to the company’s belief that robots will be put in real use in the future.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 9 comments

Digital Journal TV: Inside the Robotic Operating Room of the Future

Health care is always going to be a newsworthy issue, but what about futuristic health care? Digital Journal explored the sooner-than-we-think world of robotic medical machines.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 3 comments

Microsoft teams up in Japan to set robotics standards

Microsoft has announced a team up with Japanese humanoid robot maker Tmsuk in a bid to set the standard in the development of cutting-edge robots, the companies announced Friday.
In the Media by RobotGod
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The Schaft robot was actually able to use a hose properly  drive a vehicle and remove heavy debris f...
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The Schaft robot was actually able to use a hose properly, drive a vehicle and remove heavy debris from simulated accident zones. Japanese officials likely think they could win again at another Robot Olympics.
Robonaut2 surpasses previous dexterous humanoid robots in strength  yet it is safe enough to work si...
Robonaut2 surpasses previous dexterous humanoid robots in strength, yet it is safe enough to work side-by-side with humans. It is able to lift, not just hold, this 20-pound weight (about four times heavier than what other dexterous robots can handle) both near and away from its body.
Boston Dynamics robotics
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Boston Dynamics robotics
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Picture of RobotLand
Robonaut2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot  developed through a Space ...
Robonaut2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot, developed through a Space Act Agreement by NASA and General Motors
RoboCup 2014 featured an amazingly diverse lineup of robots.
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RoboCup 2014 featured an amazingly diverse lineup of robots.
Ekso Bionics robotic skeleton.
Ekso Bionics
Ekso Bionics robotic skeleton.

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