Robots Archive
19 December 2014, 05:03 PM ET
From humanoid robots to machine guns, here are five da Vinci inventions that were truly before their time.
12 December 2014, 06:18 AM ET
A new interactive exhibit in New York City teaches kids and adults alike about the mathematical order of the natural world in an unconventional way: with dozens of swarming robots.
11 November 2014, 02:21 PM ET
A new germ-zapping robot could help stop the spread of deadly viruses, like Ebola, in hospitals and other health care facilities in the United States.
10 November 2014, 02:21 PM ET
Tiny electrically activated "muscles" could one day give rise to microscopic robots that are smaller than a grain of sand, researchers say.
06 November 2014, 11:35 AM ET
Sometimes people report they can feel a strange presence around them, a ghost. Now scientists create the eerie sensation in the lab using a robot.
05 November 2014, 07:43 AM ET
With no brains to peer into, researchers have to work hard to dissect a bot's point of view.
27 October 2014, 02:53 PM ET
A new robotic tool could help rescue workers locate victims of disasters and other emergencies before venturing into collapsed buildings or other potentially dangerous places.
17 October 2014, 07:11 AM ET
If a self-driving car causes an accident or a surgical robot kills a patient, whose fault is it? These are some of the questions a recently released European Union-funded report seeks to answer.
09 October 2014, 03:10 PM ET
One snake's ability to shimmy up slippery sand dunes made it the perfect subject for a new study aimed at getting robots out of the lab and into the real world.
09 October 2014, 02:00 PM ET
The science of biorobotics is informing the design of new robots.
09 October 2014, 07:55 AM ET
Even people who aren't diehard fans of the "Star Wars" films will likely remember C-3PO and R2-D2. These sci-fi creations provided a glimpse of how robots could be used in the future, but how close is the world to making its a real R2-D2?
07 October 2014, 02:06 PM ET
Some robots can swim. Others can kick, fetch, jump or fly. But the latest development in the field of robotics lets machines carry out an activity that is somewhat less athletic: plugging in a USB cord.
02 October 2014, 12:40 PM ET
A warning to all smugglers: A new underwater robot could be used to sniff out contraband — including weapons and drugs — hidden aboard ships.
30 September 2014, 02:16 PM ET
A new toolkit could help veteran and beginner roboticists design, create and assemble a variety of soft-bodied bots.
29 September 2014, 01:58 PM ET
Octopuses, with their underwater dexterity and camouflage abilities, have inspired much technological innovation. Here are some novel technologies that have been created based on the sea creature.
29 September 2014, 01:43 PM ET
The octopus is inspiring all kinds of technologies, from grasping tentacles and camouflage material to robotic arms and suction cups. Here’s a look at the sophisticated tech that this sea creature has helped unleash in recent years.
20 September 2014, 04:12 PM ET
World Maker Faire is an annual festival that celebrates science, technology and innovation. The event features hands-on workshops, panel discussions and special exhibits. Here are some photos from the 2014 World Maker Faire in New York City.
15 September 2014, 03:40 PM ET
MIT's new robotic cheetah isn't as speedy as its wild counterpart, but it is stealthy and surprisingly agile.
15 September 2014, 10:15 AM ET
MIT researchers have assembled a robotic feline that weighs about the same as its real-life counterpart. It reached its current top speed during indoor track experiments.
25 August 2014, 06:39 PM ET
Decades of research and speculative fiction have led to today's computerized assistants such as Apple's Siri.
22 August 2014, 01:44 PM ET
This new generation walking stick combines the benefits of a whitestick with the guidance of a seeing-eye dog without the need for long, expensive trainings or the necessary clean up.
20 August 2014, 11:49 AM ET
With the goal of one day making tiny living drones, a team of engineers created a cyborg moth and watched it spin inside an "insect disco" full of flashing lights.
14 August 2014, 02:08 PM ET
Like an army of miniature robots with a highly effective drill sergeant, 1,024 coin-size machines can race into meticulous formation to create three-dimensional shapes.
14 August 2014, 02:07 PM ET
"Kilobots" are tiny robots that self-assemble into target shapes.
14 August 2014, 07:47 AM ET
A futuristic-looking robot suit that has its own "limbs" may help paralyzed patients walk again. The exosuit was originally developed in Japan, but has now been tested on paralyzed patients in Germany.
10 August 2014, 02:36 AM ET
Transformers, hallucinations and fake orgasms are just the start; check out the coolest stories in Science this week.
05 August 2014, 03:27 PM ET
A Canadian project centered around a hitchhiking robot aims to explore the state of artificial intelligence and the culture of human kindness.
05 August 2014, 02:55 PM ET
A hitchhiking robot, named hitchBOT, is making his way across Canada, relying on the kindness of strangers to give him a ride. Among other things, the project is designed to investigate how humans interact with artificial intelligence technology.
01 August 2014, 01:56 PM ET
A new robotic device could make simple, everyday tasks — such as peeling a banana or unscrewing the cap from a water bottle — even easier.
30 July 2014, 11:27 AM ET
Improving the design of the world's tiniest drones could start with taking a closer look at one of nature's smallest and most efficient flyers, the hummingbird.
22 July 2014, 03:58 PM ET
Humans will subconsciously mimic the facial expressions of android robots, a new study finds.
15 July 2014, 02:43 PM ET
A new kind of robot muscle — made out of materials that could be found at a craft store — goes soft when heated and hardens when cooled. Researchers say it could be used to make shape-shifting bots for surgery and disaster response.
30 June 2014, 03:42 PM ET
A 3D-printed "bio-bot" powered by skeletal muscle tissue could give robots more precise control over its movements.
26 June 2014, 05:32 PM ET
Next June, the DARPA Robotics Challenge will draw to a close with a $2-million final competition in Southern California.
10 June 2014, 04:08 PM ET
The robotic exoskeleton is brain controlled and will be worn by a paraplegic volunteer. The technology is made possible by basic research funding from NSF.
30 May 2014, 05:45 PM ET
Assembling a future robot could be as simple as heating it up. Two new studies demonstrate how 3D-printed robots could fold into shape and assemble themselves after being exposed to heat.