Robots Archive
27 May 2014, 02:32 PM ET
Leading scientists, artists and thinkers from around the world will convene here this week for the World Science Festival, a five-day event that celebrates "the beauty and complexity of science."
22 May 2014, 02:15 PM ET
Like a scene right out of "The Jetsons," a fleet of robotic blocks could assemble themselves into pieces of furniture that can move around the house.
22 May 2014, 02:15 PM ET
A group of scientists in Switzerland is developing small robotic modules, called "roombots," which fit together like LEGO bricks to form structures that can fit together and morph into different shapes.
20 May 2014, 05:41 PM ET
The so-called Roombots can move around and change shape depending on an individual's needs.
18 May 2014, 09:40 AM ET
Some people envision a grim future in which machine intelligence exceeds that of humans, but robotic technologies don't have to evolve at the expense of humans, one expert says.
15 May 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A slew of sci-fi celebs and all-star scientists will descend on Washington, D.C., this weekend (May 16 to 18) for The Future Is Here, a festival celebrating the technology of tomorrow, science fiction and outer space.
13 May 2014, 01:31 PM ET
Governments are gathering this week for a four-day session to discuss how to prevent "lethal autonomous robots," according to news reports. The debate is part of the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons, which is being held in Geneva, Switzerland.
12 May 2014, 01:46 PM ET
An extremely advanced prosthetic arm — sometimes compared to Luke Skywalker's arm from "Star Wars" — has been approved for clinical use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, officials announced.
12 May 2014, 12:53 PM ET
With its four-fingered, three-jointed hand, a new robot can catch a ball, a bottle or a tennis racket thrown in its direction in less than five-hundredths of a second, researchers reported today
07 May 2014, 10:38 AM ET
The newly discovered Moroccan Flic-Flac Spider (Cebrennus rechenbergi.) jumps like a gymnast with rolling motion, Bionics expert Prof. Dr. Ingo Rechenberg modeled the arachnid's movements for his Tabbot robot. (Video In German)
15 April 2014, 01:05 PM ET
A Google-owned company has chosen to forgo military funding for the next round of a robotics competition hosted by DARPA, the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for developing new technologies for the military.
08 April 2014, 07:01 PM ET
A robot that can dig quickly and deeply in mud or wet sand could one day be used to lay underwater cables, dig up and detonate underwater mines, or anchor machines to the seafloor, researchers say.
21 March 2014, 03:41 PM ET
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) fostered the development of autonomous, self-driving cars through its prize-based competitions. The first DARPA Grand Challenge was held in 2004.
21 March 2014, 02:27 PM ET
DARPA, the arm of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for advancing military technology, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the DARPA Grand Challenge, an ambitious, first-of-its-kind race between robotic, self-driving cars.
21 March 2014, 11:39 AM ET
Imagine a day when a form of artificial intelligence could deliver a speech as compelling as one given by a human.
14 March 2014, 01:06 PM ET
Robot fish could one day be enlisted for undercover science missions. A soft-bodied robot that looks and swims like a fish was unveiled by researchers at MIT this week.
18 February 2014, 01:09 PM ET
Researchers at Virginia Tech studied how fruit bats use their wings to manipulate the air around them. The findings could inspire new designs of flying robots.
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.