Robots Archive
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.
27 January 2015, 03:40 PM ET
What do you call a robot that can drive a car, break down walls and scale buildings? Hint: It's not "the Terminator."
22 January 2015, 02:48 PM ET
She's your personal assistant, your photographer, your butler and your home security guard — and she's a robot.
21 January 2015, 02:15 PM ET
A new software program combines your schedule and preferences with the best route to get you where you need to go.
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.