Robotics News

'I want a Robot Olympics in 2020' says Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe

When Japan hosts the summer Olympics in 2020 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe doesn't just want to see humans competing he wants robots to get involved as well.

Wed 23 Jul 14 from The Independent

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Move aside, Segway: Honda's Uni-Cub could make walking a thing of the past

Behold, the future of personal mobility devices: The Honda Uni-Cub. The Uni-Cub, which is self-balancing and has zero turning radius, is essentially a sit-on Segway without any handlebars. Most ...

Tue 22 Jul 14 from Extremetech

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Here's That Extra Pair of Robot Fingers You've Always Wanted

First it's extra robotic arms, and now it's extra robotic fingers

Mon 21 Jul 14 from IEEE Spectrum

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Prototype Platform Perceives Pristine Peppers, Precisely Picks a Perfect Peck

Prefer a person picking your peppers? Psh. Processes performed by people are past, we promise

Thu 17 Jul 14 from IEEE Spectrum

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JIBO robot could become part of the family

JIBO, measuring at about 11 inches tall and weighing approximately 6 pounds, is a robotic device designed for people to use as a companion and helper at home. , The team behind JIBO aims to ...

Thu 17 Jul 14 from

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World's fastest humanoid robot learns sign language

The latest evolution on Honda's iconic white android, Asimo, combines athletic running with a delicate and dextrous touch

Thu 17 Jul 14 from Newscientist

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Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future

A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in Japan.

Wed 16 Jul 14 from

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Bee-Inspired Bots Skitter and Swarm at NYC's Museum of Mathematics

Dr. James McLurkin has a swarm of robots. Individually, they're not that smart, but throw a crateful of them on the floor, and they'll behave in some very complex ways, like the bumblebees ...

Sat 19 Jul 14 from Gizmodo

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Phase-change material could let robots be soft or hard-bodied as needed

If you've ever watched an octopus, you may have noticed how they can deliver powerful grasping force when necessary, yet can also squeeze through tiny openings by essentially making themselves ...

Tue 15 Jul 14 from Gizmag

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Google-owned 'Big Dog' has first live military trials with US Marine Corps

A robotic pack mule created by Google-owned Boston Dynamics has had its first ever live trial with the US Marine Corps.

Tue 15 Jul 14 from The Independent

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