Robots Archive
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.
19 December 2013, 09:23 AM ET
The Challenge is a series of tasks to test the capabilities of robots designed for disaster response in emergencies.
18 December 2013, 10:58 AM ET
Before athletes from around the world gather for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, 17 robotics teams will compete for glory — and funding — this week in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials.
18 December 2013, 10:50 AM ET
Seventeen teams will compete in DARPA's Robotics Challenge Trials in Homestead, Fla., from Dec. 20-21, 2013. Here are some of the robots that qualified for the competition.
17 December 2013, 01:55 PM ET
A small drone that resembles a robotic dragonfly is the first of its kind to be able to flap its wings and dodge obstacles mid-flight without a human operator at the controls.
16 December 2013, 06:01 PM ET
This week, 17 teams and their robot creations will descend on Florida to compete in an ambitious robotics competition. The contest is designed to foster the development of robots that could one day work alongside humans.
13 December 2013, 11:27 AM ET
Young children with autism have a tough time making social connections, but because they often have an affinity for technology, psychologists using a robot can help these children understand concepts like imitation.
06 December 2013, 01:56 PM ET
How animals move in complex environments is a big question with relevance to several fields including robotics.
21 November 2013, 04:16 PM ET
While this might read like a scenario from a George Orwell novel, it is actually a reasonable step into the not-so-distant future of the next generation of robots.
07 November 2013, 08:48 PM ET
A device that mimics the squeezing action of the human heart has been used to pump urine into a microbial fuel cell, which could power robots that convert the waste into electricity.
06 November 2013, 03:55 PM ET
Virtual monkey avatar shown from a 3rd person perspective as the movements of the two arms are decoded in real-time from the brain of a rhesus monkey. The monkey sees the arms and 3D objects from a 1st person perspective.
06 November 2013, 02:10 PM ET
A group of researchers at Cornell University teaching a robot how to properly and safely handle a variety of objects, from sharp knives to egg cartons, based on human feedback in a grocery-store scenario.
06 November 2013, 01:53 PM ET
Researchers are training a cashier robot how to safely handle knives, tomatoes, egg cartons and other common items in a grocery store checkout.
05 November 2013, 11:52 AM ET
Teaching a robot to walk – even poorly – requires huge investment into computational resources. How is it that even the simplest animals are able to achieve far more sophisticated feats of manoeuvrability?
23 October 2013, 07:18 PM ET
What is our relationship to robots and how do our attitudes toward them – whether that’s a pervading fear of the singularity or a fond affection – affect the sort of robots we create?
21 October 2013, 04:08 PM ET
American soldiers may soon be joined on the battlefield by machine gun-toting robots on wheels, according to U.S. Army officials. The U.S. Army and the U.S. Marines have already experimented with prototype machines on the battlefield.
16 October 2013, 11:41 AM ET
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has a reputation for working on some of the most cutting-edge, futuristic projects. From humanoid robots to flying armored cars, here are 10 of the coolest DARPA projects.
04 October 2013, 03:21 PM ET
Robot makers at Boston Dynamics have unveiled their latest military-funded creation: a four-legged machine called WildCat that bounds and gallops across the ground in an uncannily animal-like way.
04 October 2013, 02:55 PM ET
Robot-makers at Boston Dynamics are showing off their latest creation: WildCat, a four-legged robot that bounds and gallops at 16 mph.
30 September 2013, 08:58 PM ET
Researchers' new system could study other worlds with a cell phone camera.
21 September 2013, 04:33 PM ET
From boxing bots and 3D-printers to a rendersphere made of 400 LED lights, this year's Maker Faire was filled with innovation. Here are some of the highlights in photos.
18 September 2013, 02:19 PM ET
Modular robots like these Cubelets use individual pieces designed for a specific function like movement, sensors, or lights, that can be pieced together by children, learning simple computational thinking along the way.
23 August 2013, 10:39 AM ET
The GuineIN Tube is a robotic, self-guiding intubation device that correctly identifies which of the two holes in the trachea leads to the lungs (the other leads to the stomach) in a critically important procedure where failure can lead to death.
18 July 2013, 04:02 PM ET
These industrial robots show off their precision and speed at a Beijing manufacturing tradeshow.
02 July 2013, 05:16 PM ET
Cleaning windows and gutters is tough, repetitive, and sometimes dangerous work, which makes it the perfect job for a robot. Even keeping the air fresh throughout your home can be the work of a smart new droid with the cleanest robot technology.
15 June 2013, 10:51 PM ET
Someday soon, robots may appear indistinguishable from humans.
06 June 2013, 05:11 PM ET
Jared Frank and other engineering students at NYU-Poly have created Caesar, a humanoid robot built with off the shelf and 3D printed parts and programmed using open source software with the intent of helping people with limited mobility.
06 June 2013, 04:24 PM ET
The robotic bird is so lifelike it even fools hawks.
31 May 2013, 02:36 PM ET
Researchers are designing tiny particles to act as medicine.
30 May 2013, 01:11 PM ET
The gel absorbs water at room temperature but expels it at higher temperatures.
23 May 2013, 06:04 PM ET
Robots rush in where dolphins fear to tread.
22 May 2013, 07:48 AM ET
In computer simulations, squishy robots evolved to move like animals.