Post Thumbnail

Based on what we've seen at DARPA's Robotics challenge finals, most humanoid machines are still stiff and hilariously clumsy. MIT's new robot named "Hermes," however, moves a bit more gracefully and has human-like reflexes -- because it's hooked up to a human controller. Think Pacific Rim, except...

August 9th 2015 at 5:01am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Human hands remain far more dexterous than their mechanical counterparts, but we doubt manufacturers would replace basic pincers with expensive robotic arm technologies. Since it's darn hard and costly to develop or buy a machine that can replicate what the human hand can do, a team of MIT scienti...

August 5th 2015 at 8:42am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Sphero's road to becoming more than a toy began last year with SPRK, an educational program that let kids build up their coding skills. Fast forward to today and the company, formerly known as Orbotix, is introducing a new edition of its robot to keep growing that initiative. This model offers bas...

August 4th 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Hitchbot might have made it across Canada, but it appears that the US wasn't quite so kind to this mechanical traveler. The hitchhiking robot's American journey has ended after a mere two weeks thanks to a vandal attack in Philadelphia. While the team behind Hitchbot vows that its experiments wit...

August 2nd 2015 at 2:26pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

My desire for a mechanized mixologist is as strong as an overproof rum. Much to my chagrin, and despite a long history of inventors toiling to perfect the drink-mixing machine, the practice is still largely the domain of human beings. That said, two Kickstarter projects are offering a new, more co...

July 31st 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

If you don't like the thought of autonomous robots brandishing weapons, you're far from alone. A slew of researchers and tech dignitaries (including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak) have backed an open letter calling for a ban on any robotic weapon where there's no human input involv...

July 27th 2015 at 10:59am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Today on In Case You Missed It: A Chrysler with a smart entertainment system was proven to be hackable and the company is releasing software to patch it. A martial arts company in Singapore is teaching swordplay with light sabers. And a new MIDI device for musicians will let them sync work over...

July 22nd 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

If you can't greet the president in person, don't worry... as of now, you can send a robot in your stead. President Barack Obama has welcomed a telepresence robot into the White House for the first time, letting Disability Visibility Project founder Alice Wong attend a celebration and say hello to...

July 21st 2015 at 2:10pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

France isn't the only European country grappling with suspicious drone flights, it seems. Reportedly, guards at the Spanish royal family's La Zarzuela palace have spotted numerous robotic aircraft flying through its airspace at night, including the residences. That's bad enough by itself, but the...

July 20th 2015 at 1:31am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Forget safeguarding drones against hacks -- if Boeing and Hacking Team have their way, robotic aircraft would dish out a few internet attacks of their own. Email conversations posted on WikiLeaks reveal that the two companies want drones to carry devices that inject spyware into target computers...

July 18th 2015 at 9:27pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Today on In Case You Missed It: A kid exhibit in New York uses Kinects for an immersive environment experience. A robot is hitchhiking across the U.S. and wants strangers to take it to places like the Grand Canyon for the photo-ops. And game coders hacked up Doom to play another version of Doom...

July 18th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

See that Nao robot waving its hand up there? It's not starting a dance routine: it just had a light-bulb moment, so it's trying to catch a human's attention. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Selmer Bringsjord programmed the three robots to think that two of them were given a "dumbing pil...

July 17th 2015 at 9:22am 0 Comments