Robots Archive
21 July 2015, 02:31 PM ET
Think you'd never pick up a hitchhiker? Then you've probably never met hitchBOT.
10 July 2015, 07:23 AM ET
It may seem soft and squishy to the touch, but a new robot is tough on the inside and ready to pounce, researchers say.
06 July 2015, 05:29 PM ET
If watching giant robots fight to the death sounds like your idea of a good time, then you're in luck.
02 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Slinky snake robots could get a better grip when climbing, thanks to new research on how a seahorse's tail works, according to a new study.
23 June 2015, 10:34 AM ET
Robots inspired by cockroaches can use the shape of their bodies — particularly, their distinctive round shells — to maneuver through dense clutter, according to a new study.
23 June 2015, 10:11 AM ET
Discoid cockroaches (Blaberus discoidalis) roll their bodies to help them get through narrow obstacles. Roboticists took natures design and added it to their VelociRoACH robot.
10 June 2015, 08:13 PM ET
They walked, they climbed, they drove around in utility vehicles, but the skillful robots at this year's DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) also spent much of the competition doing something else: falling over.
06 June 2015, 10:24 PM ET
A robotics team from South Korea took home the $2 million first-place prize in a competition this weekend to design robots that could aid humans in a natural or manmade disaster.
06 June 2015, 06:42 AM ET
Watching a robot competition can be incredibly exciting, but things tend to move at a glacial pace. While some of the robots had trouble staying upright, others drove a vehicle and climbed a set of stairs.
05 June 2015, 07:12 AM ET
At the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, robots built by teams from around the world are preparing to face off in a competition that tests their ability to assist humans during a simulated natural or manmade disaster.
04 June 2015, 07:10 AM ET
This week, students and engineers from around the world will descend on Southern California for two days of good old-fashioned robot mayhem.
04 June 2015, 07:10 AM ET
This weekend, some of the world's most sophisticated robots will go head-to-head in a competition that tests their ability to assist humans in a natural or man-made disaster.
29 May 2015, 03:22 PM ET
One four-legged machine is making great leaps in the field of robotics.
27 May 2015, 02:08 PM ET
It's a familiar theme in Hollywood blockbusters: Scientists develops robot, robot becomes sentient, robot tries to destroy humanity. But with seemingly sci-fi technological advances inching closer to reality, artificial intelligence and robotics experts f
27 May 2015, 01:37 PM ET
Robots that are damaged in action can now quickly "heal" themselves by tapping into experiences from simulated lives, according to a new study.
22 May 2015, 06:35 AM ET
If the movie "Tomorrowland" is anything to go by, the future will be filled with jetpacks, flying trains and, of course, evil robots.
21 May 2015, 01:42 PM ET
Micro electrodes implanted in the posterior parietal cortex of “Patient EGS” gave "stop and go" commands to a computer, which translated them into control inputs for a prototype tele-operated arm.
21 May 2015, 01:33 AM ET
Exoskeletons aren't only for combat — they have potential to help patients recovering from stroke.
20 May 2015, 09:45 AM ET
NSF-Funded University of Texas Austin designed HARMONY to deliver physical therapy and aid neurological disorders such as stroke and spinal cord injury, the team believes the exoskeleton could reduce a patient’s recovery time.
15 May 2015, 01:23 PM ET
A robotic arm inspired by octopus tentacles could make it easier for surgeons to access hard-to-reach parts of the body.
14 May 2015, 07:18 AM ET
In a quest to figure out what makes some male sage grouse so sexy, one scientist has turned to partly taxidermied robots.
12 May 2015, 12:03 PM ET
MIT's cognitive seabots are designed to plan autonomously and work together like ... well, like the crew from Star Trek, actually.
10 April 2015, 10:43 AM ET
DARwIn-OP, which stands for Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence–Open Platform, recently visited the National Science Foundation to participate in a 'video interview' while 'he' was in town for a National Robotics Week event.
08 April 2015, 10:38 AM ET
For National Robotics Week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) postulated the DARwIn-OP robot (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence–Open Platform) taking one selfie per decade before heading to work for 900 years.
21 March 2015, 09:42 AM ET
Star Wars' beloved droid C-3PO's astounding translation abilities might be the most useful in everyday life, and the most likely to be replicated by real-life AI.
20 March 2015, 11:55 AM ET
Arnold Schwarzenegger takes on his iconic killer-robot role in July's "Terminator Genisys." While no Skynet-like AI has sent red-eyed robots after humanity, the prospect of weaponized AI has gotten much more likely since the first "Terminator" movie.
18 March 2015, 08:23 AM ET
The Turing test, a foundational method of AI evaluation, shapes the plot of the sci-fi/psychological thriller "Ex Machina." But real-life systems can already pass the test.
16 March 2015, 03:27 PM ET
At the Robot Petting Zoo, makers showed off everything from a social robot to an insectlike creature that gazes longingly into your eyes.
11 March 2015, 04:41 PM ET
With its delicate touch, created by new soft gripper technology, Empire Robotics' "Versaball" robot is out to make grasping tasks easier for automation, prosthetics and space robotics. You'd probably get very drunk playing a few rounds against this r
06 March 2015, 04:06 PM ET
This summer, 25 robots from around the world will go head to head in a competition to test how machines could one day provide assistance after natural or man-made disasters.
04 March 2015, 09:31 PM ET
Virginia Tech developed Tactical Hazardous Operations Robot (THOR-OP) and Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence (DARwIn) have similarities to the robot from the new film "Chappie." UCLA Labs robotic expert Dr. Dennis Hong explains.
27 February 2015, 07:03 AM ET
In the future, you might be able to talk to computers and robots the same way you talk to your friends.
10 February 2015, 04:04 PM ET
Google-owned robotics company Boston Dynamics recently unveiled its newest animal-inspired bot. Meet Spot — a four-legged robotic dog that can climb stairs, trot over rough terrain and even recover from a well-placed kick to the ribs.
06 February 2015, 06:16 AM ET
Hose-wielding humanoid robots could one day keep Navy firefighters out of harm's way.
05 February 2015, 02:16 PM ET
What if you could check into a hotel, have your luggage carried to your room and order a coffee — all with help from a team of robots?
28 January 2015, 10:45 PM ET
The reports of a robot uprising have been greatly exaggerated.