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Rat heart muscle used to make robot stingray

An artificial stingray has been made by technologists and its ‘heart’ is cardiac muscle extracted from a rat. Light is used to cause the heart muscle to contract, thereby creating movement.

Amazon's Picking Challenge challenges the limits of AI robotics

Amazon has crowned the winner of its second Robot Picking Challenge, a competition that sees intelligent robots pitched against each other in a bid to be the fastest to pick products from shelves. The winner can pick over 100 items per hour.

Essential Science: Robot insects powered by static electricity

Harvard - Scientists are examining tiny robotic insects in a quest to find new ways to power robotic devices. The basis of the research is to improve the efficiency for search and rescue operations.

Science and technology will make it possible to garden on Mars

An aerospace engineering student at the University of Colorado, Boulder has been making the stuff of science-fiction into reality, inventing two robots that can grow fruits and vegetables as well as monitor human health in space.

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.

10 ways robotics is transforming the healthcare industry

Robots are becoming more mainstream, especially in the healthcare industry. From helping the elderly to assisting with dental care, robotics is fast becoming a hot trend affecting millions. Here are 10 things you should know about robotics and healthcare.

Why R2D2 is one of Star Wars' most beloved characters Special

On Dec.18, we’re getting another taste of the Star Wars franchise, so it only seems appropriate to revisit one of the series’ most beloved characters, R2D2, from the robotics experts who created him in 1977.

Disabled man controls robot arm with his mind

California - A group of researchers has helped a paralyzed man gain control of a robotic arm with the power of his mind — all thanks to a chip implanted in his brain.

'Cicadas': U.S. military's new swarm of mini-drones

Washington - U.S. military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings.

Octopus-inspired robot could save your life in the future

Taking its cue from the agile and transient form of an Octopus robotics engineers have created a prototype arm that could perform invasive surgery.

Will anesthesiologists be a thing of the past?

A new machine, piloted in the U.S., could one day replace the need for anesthesiologists. The machine has been piloted at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo.

'Smart' Mario and robots learning to cook by watching YouTube

Researchers at the University of Maryland recently published findings in a paper entitled "Robot Learning Manipulation Action Plans by 'Watching' Unconstrained Videos from the World Wide Web" after, well, teaching a robot how to cook by watching YouTube.

Say hi to Cheetah-bot, the fastest mechanical thing on 4 legs

Cambridge - MIT engineers have designed a unique robot that runs at 10mph and can jump 16 inches high, land and continue running for 15 minutes, while powered by batteries.

Uncanny human-like robots debut in Japan, pose ethical questions

Tokyo - Are you a receptionist, bartender or newscaster? If so, you might want to start training for a new job if Japanese robotics experts have their way. Japan recently debuted uncanny human-like android robots that may be taking your job in the future.

Op-Ed: Why Elon Musk is right about dangers of artificial intelligence

Elon Musk, the famous entrepreneur who created Tesla Motors and SpaceX, is certainly no Luddite but he is vocally warning us against the threat of artificial intelligence. Here's why we should heed his advice.

Paralyzed groom surprises guests and walks down the aisle

Syracuse - Matt Ficarra who, was paralyzed from the chest down in 2011 after a boating accident, achieved the seemingly impossible when he walked down the aisle on Saturday night.

Elon Musk: Robots could delete humans like spam

Elon Musk took to the stage Wednesday night at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit to warn attendees that advanced artificial intelligence could spell the end of humanity.

Meditators better at 'mind control' with computers, study says

Biomedical engineers at the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota say that practitioners of meditation are better at using systems that use the brain to control technology.

Op-Ed: Robots, the Cloud and robot banks — Utopia? Maybe, maybe not

Sydney - The robots are coming, but not the way you’d expect. They’re about to replace the suits, and perhaps even declutter your home. Spooky? Much more than that. There’s a “vision of excellence," and you know what that means — chaos.

Robotics researchers are turning the Internet into a giant robot brain

One of the biggest challenges in building useful robots lies in simply teaching them about our world. Robotics researchers at Cornell, Stanford, Brown, and UC Berkeley are building a compelling solution to this problem, and they're calling it Robo Brain.

MIT researchers create transforming origami robot

Origami creates the body of a new robot from MIT researchers. Technology experts have written about the device heavily since it can actually change the shape of the pieces which make up its body.

NASA tests robotics and laser-powered drills for Europa mission

Anchorage - Jupiter's icy moon Europa is the next target for some NASA scientists. Scientists are testing a robot equipped with a drill powered by laser energy carried through a fiber-optic wire.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.
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The Schaft robot was actually able to use a hose properly  drive a vehicle and remove heavy debris f...
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.
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RoboCup 2014 featured an amazingly diverse lineup of robots.
RoboCup 2014 featured an amazingly diverse lineup of robots.
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Boston Dynamics robotics
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Ekso Bionics robotic skeleton.
Ekso Bionics robotic skeleton.
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University of Colorado Boulder graduate students Heather Hava, far left, and Daniel Zukowski, second from the left, describe a computerized SmartPot, or SPOT, which could be used to grow plants in a deep-space habitat. The SPOTS could be tended by a Remotely Operated Gardening Rover, or ROGR, seen on the left.
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Robonaut2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot, developed through a Space Act Agreement by NASA and General Motors
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The team behind the winning robot in Amazon s 2016 Robot Picking Challenge
The team behind the winning robot in Amazon's 2016 Robot Picking Challenge
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Robots being developed at the Salford Institute for Dementia
Robots being developed at the Salford Institute for Dementia
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Picture of RobotLand
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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.
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Real pets can t always used in long-term care facilities  due to fear  infection or other restrictio...
Real pets can't always used in long-term care facilities, due to fear, infection or other restrictions, he (or she!) can be a complementary therapeutic companion. Obviously, Paro is not meant to replace caregivers or real pet therapy, it is simply a therapeutic tool.
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The winning robot in Amazon s 2016 Robot Picking Challenge
The winning robot in Amazon's 2016 Robot Picking Challenge
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Here the robot itself stands up after being given the signal to activate.
Here the robot itself stands up after being given the signal to activate.
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