Robots Archive
13 February 2014, 03:20 PM ET
Inspired by the way termites work together to build complex mounds of soil without needing blueprints, researchers created robots that can autonomously build structures and work together without needing supervision or prescribed roles.
12 February 2014, 07:21 PM ET
James Dyson’s decision to fund a robotics laboratory at Imperial College London may not lead to the super advanced robot friends of our dreams, but what he has planned could make robotic domestic appliances significantly more realistic.
11 February 2014, 05:26 PM ET
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on a Collaborative Robot ('CoBot' for short) that learns its environment while providing assistance to people so that it can help autonomously instead of following a preprogramed path.
11 February 2014, 03:38 PM ET
In this month's reboot of the classic "RoboCop" film, scientists create a superhuman crime fighter that is half man and half robot, but how realistic is this technology?
11 February 2014, 03:03 PM ET
The 2014 reboot of the classic "RoboCop" film stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson.
05 February 2014, 02:36 AM ET
This weekend, the moon’s fortnightly rotation cycle turns China’s lunar rover Yutu (the Jade Rabbit) and its solar panels toward the sun once again … but whether the rover wakes up or not remains to be seen.
30 January 2014, 04:28 PM ET
The underside of the Ross Ice Shelf held more than just a view of the ice.
29 January 2014, 09:40 AM ET
RoboSimian was one of 16 robots that competed last month in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in Homestead, Fla. The two-day competition was designed to test the robots' abilities to carry out basic disaster-relief tasks.
17 January 2014, 06:26 PM ET
Soon our mechanical friends will be able to swap tips on how to best care for us and learn about their worlds.
14 January 2014, 07:01 PM ET
A new, naturally stable flying robot moves through the air like a jellyfish swims through the water. The robot could be useful for tasks such as air quality monitoring and surveillance.
14 January 2014, 05:56 PM ET
From a robotic snake that can slither or swim, to a giant Transformers-style contraption with "machine guns" for arms, here are some of the strangest robots ever created.
08 January 2014, 08:47 PM ET
Google recently acquired eight high profile start-up robotics companies, providing strong evidence of a strategy to create breakthrough applications for robotics over the next decade.
30 December 2013, 07:12 AM ET
Scientists share their wishes for research in 2014, from dreams of far-flung planets to hopes for new stem-cell treatments for disease and injury.
21 December 2013, 07:00 PM ET
A Japanese robotics team dominated the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, an ambitious two-day competition that saw robots driving cars, climbing ladders and wielding power tools.
21 December 2013, 03:27 PM ET
As robots battled through each phase of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, LiveScience sat down with DARPA director Arati Prabhakar to talk about the competition, the future of robotics, and how robots relate to national defense.
21 December 2013, 08:05 AM ET
After the first day of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, a two-legged, 209-pound (95 kilogram) blue robot sits atop the leaderboard, followed by an MIT-built robot. Today, the robots will battle through another round of challenges.
20 December 2013, 07:39 AM ET
Seventeen teams and their robot creations are battling it out today, in the start of an ambitious two-day robotics competition.
20 December 2013, 07:03 AM ET
This week, teams of engineers will compete in a prestigious robotics competition in Florida. From two-legged creations that resemble humans to bots that drive around on tracks like a tank, the contest boasts a diverse range of robot designs.
19 December 2013, 06:54 PM ET
A camera-toting robot that looks a lot like R2-D2 could become the next security guard, and one with crime-predicting powers, say its creators. Developed after the Sandy Hook shooting, the K5 will work for below minimum wage – just $6.25 an hour.
19 December 2013, 09:23 AM ET
The Challenge is a series of tasks to test the capabilities of robots designed for disaster response in emergencies.
18 December 2013, 10:58 AM ET
Before athletes from around the world gather for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, 17 robotics teams will compete for glory — and funding — this week in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials.
18 December 2013, 10:50 AM ET
Seventeen teams will compete in DARPA's Robotics Challenge Trials in Homestead, Fla., from Dec. 20-21, 2013. Here are some of the robots that qualified for the competition.
17 December 2013, 01:55 PM ET
A small drone that resembles a robotic dragonfly is the first of its kind to be able to flap its wings and dodge obstacles mid-flight without a human operator at the controls.
16 December 2013, 06:01 PM ET
This week, 17 teams and their robot creations will descend on Florida to compete in an ambitious robotics competition. The contest is designed to foster the development of robots that could one day work alongside humans.
13 December 2013, 11:27 AM ET
Young children with autism have a tough time making social connections, but because they often have an affinity for technology, psychologists using a robot can help these children understand concepts like imitation.
06 December 2013, 01:56 PM ET
How animals move in complex environments is a big question with relevance to several fields including robotics.
21 November 2013, 04:16 PM ET
While this might read like a scenario from a George Orwell novel, it is actually a reasonable step into the not-so-distant future of the next generation of robots.
07 November 2013, 08:48 PM ET
A device that mimics the squeezing action of the human heart has been used to pump urine into a microbial fuel cell, which could power robots that convert the waste into electricity.
06 November 2013, 03:55 PM ET
Virtual monkey avatar shown from a 3rd person perspective as the movements of the two arms are decoded in real-time from the brain of a rhesus monkey. The monkey sees the arms and 3D objects from a 1st person perspective.
06 November 2013, 02:10 PM ET
A group of researchers at Cornell University teaching a robot how to properly and safely handle a variety of objects, from sharp knives to egg cartons, based on human feedback in a grocery-store scenario.
06 November 2013, 01:53 PM ET
Researchers are training a cashier robot how to safely handle knives, tomatoes, egg cartons and other common items in a grocery store checkout.
05 November 2013, 11:52 AM ET
Teaching a robot to walk – even poorly – requires huge investment into computational resources. How is it that even the simplest animals are able to achieve far more sophisticated feats of manoeuvrability?
23 October 2013, 07:18 PM ET
What is our relationship to robots and how do our attitudes toward them – whether that’s a pervading fear of the singularity or a fond affection – affect the sort of robots we create?
21 October 2013, 04:08 PM ET
American soldiers may soon be joined on the battlefield by machine gun-toting robots on wheels, according to U.S. Army officials. The U.S. Army and the U.S. Marines have already experimented with prototype machines on the battlefield.
16 October 2013, 11:41 AM ET
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has a reputation for working on some of the most cutting-edge, futuristic projects. From humanoid robots to flying armored cars, here are 10 of the coolest DARPA projects.
04 October 2013, 03:21 PM ET
Robot makers at Boston Dynamics have unveiled their latest military-funded creation: a four-legged machine called WildCat that bounds and gallops across the ground in an uncannily animal-like way.