Robots Archive
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.
28 May 2014, 01:51 PM ET
For a study examining the physics of various types of soccer balls, engineers employed a robo-kicker to launch the orbs. Research found that the 2014 FIFA World Cup official soccer ball, the Brazuca, was particularly stable.
28 May 2014, 12:56 PM ET
Leading scientists, artists and thinkers from around the world will convene here this week for the World Science Festival, and you can watch the talks live in a webcast.
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.