Robots Archive
26 July 2012, 06:36 PM ET
A Japanese robot baby goes through different levels of creepiness based on its appearance.
26 July 2012, 05:30 PM ET
A Tokyo bakery's system can recognize pastries automatically and price them at the cash register.
26 July 2012, 04:08 PM ET
A robot arm mounted on tank treads can install solar panels day and night for an energy-hungry world.
25 July 2012, 03:50 PM ET
A swimming drone shaped like a graceful ray fish could do underwater missions for the U.S. military or scientific surveys.
24 July 2012, 05:21 PM ET
Factory robots, nanotechnology and 3D printers can revive U.S. manufacturing, but may not bring back human jobs.
23 July 2012, 06:02 PM ET
Iranian-made drones have appeared at a Syrian airfield in commercial satellite images.
23 July 2012, 04:17 PM ET
An ordinary trashcan uses video game technology to become a trash-catching robot.
20 July 2012, 05:38 PM ET
The U.S. spy intelligence agency is funding small, stealthy spy drones that can hover quietly in midair.
20 July 2012, 04:39 PM ET
Homeland Security needs to take responsibility for the security risks of drones in the U.S., Congress said.
19 July 2012, 01:35 PM ET
A robot arm with a sensitive side can feel the comfort level of new cars.
11 July 2012, 06:51 PM ET
A robot can look happy or sad, but humans will likely still find its rigid expressions creepy.
09 July 2012, 03:37 PM ET
A tiny drone that whirls around like a helicopter can take video anywhere in a 360-degree view.
06 July 2012, 05:48 PM ET
A new drone census allows U.S. citizens to find out which government entities are using flying robots.
06 July 2012, 02:50 PM ET
The first biologically accurate robot legs may show why clumsy human babies can still walk on treadmills.
05 July 2012, 05:33 PM ET
A robotic android can do dirty, dangerous jobs better than experienced human technicians in half the time.
05 July 2012, 02:52 PM ET
Humans can control a small fighting robot using boxing motions captured by motion-sensing technology.
02 July 2012, 03:26 PM ET
A rival GPS technology can work indoors, underground or anywhere by using TV, cell phone and radio signals.
02 July 2012, 11:18 AM ET
Homegrown drones failed to win $100,000 in a U.S. military competition, but their failure is still a small success for taxpayers
29 June 2012, 01:07 PM ET
Robot makers were held for a two-hour interrogation at a London airport on suspicion of possible terrorism.
29 June 2012, 12:45 PM ET
Hacking drones through GPS spoofing also points to problems for GPS-guided aircraft, ships and driverless cars.
29 June 2012, 12:30 PM ET
Google's secret Silicon Valley factory may return some manufacturing jobs to the U.S., but a robotics revolution is looming.
29 June 2012, 12:04 PM ET
Robots are one of a few automated inventory systems many stores are considering for the future.
27 June 2012, 12:55 PM ET
A flying parafoil robot and a swimming tractor could help the U.S. military offload cargo container ships during disaster relief.
22 June 2012, 10:36 AM ET
Underwater robots will help search for Amelia Earhart's plane on the 75th anniversary of her disappearance.
21 June 2012, 02:23 PM ET
Silicon circuits fry when exposed to radiation. Using mechanical switches may solve that problem.
18 June 2012, 05:10 PM ET
Researchers teach a baby robot to recognize and repeat syllables.
15 June 2012, 05:27 PM ET
A clever drone design mimics flying insects by surviving clumsy collisions and using the bumps to figure out navigation.
15 June 2012, 03:24 PM ET
A Japanese robotics pioneer who first described the uncanny valley says he finds the faces of dead humans and Buddha statues more comforting than living humans.
15 June 2012, 11:51 AM ET
Personal robots could reach sales in the billions of dollars with help from a NYC-based investment fund.
14 June 2012, 06:05 PM ET
A snake robot can curl up and roll along like a tank tread or the legendary hoop snake.
12 June 2012, 03:23 PM ET
The uncanny valley essay about creepy robots gets a new look in an updated English translation.
07 June 2012, 02:11 PM ET
Robots made in the U.S. could sew garments more cheaply than Asian workers in Chinese or Vietnamese factories.
06 June 2012, 06:37 PM ET
Scientists recreated the maneuver known as “rapid inversion” used by roaches and geckos with robots.
04 June 2012, 03:00 PM ET
Mosquitoes' survival abilities could help scientists engineer flying robots.
31 May 2012, 11:54 AM ET
A military drone helicopter has made history by picking up cargo from U.S. Marines while hovering in midair.
30 May 2012, 04:54 PM ET
Such robots could also help pack warehouses and clean up auto repair shops.