Robots Archive
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.
19 May 2012, 08:34 AM ET
Researchers hope to build an arm that could help people with more complex tasks, such as brushing your teeth.
16 May 2012, 01:57 PM ET
People who use the system say it doesn’t require any more concentration than moving your arm normally.
14 May 2012, 09:49 AM ET
Floating robots equipped with mobile phone equipment will help study river environments.
13 May 2012, 08:01 AM ET
The bionic legs that helped the marathoner is similar to the Iron Man suit, expert says.
11 May 2012, 02:28 PM ET
A robotic butt takes viewer's minds on an uncomfortably creepy tour of the uncanny valley.
10 May 2012, 01:29 PM ET
Would you want to control this robot remotely or pilot it from inside?
09 May 2012, 10:15 AM ET
A new video game about a U.S.-China Cold War and drones gone wild has already inspired a U.S. Military office to consider a new drone design.
07 May 2012, 03:13 PM ET
Soft, inflatable robots could do their jobs more easily than rigid machines and work more safely around squishy humans.
27 April 2012, 03:53 PM ET
A nonlethal suicide drone may eventually come to both battlefields and the U.S. home front.
24 April 2012, 01:10 PM ET
People proved willing to blame lying robots for causing harm in a new social experiment.
24 April 2012, 09:47 AM ET
The billionaire-backed asteroid mining venture announced today has deep roots in science fiction books and film.
19 April 2012, 04:28 PM ET
A new technique inspired by elegant origami will soon allow clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet.
18 April 2012, 05:51 PM ET
Insect robot creation method inspired by children's pop-up books.
12 April 2012, 10:18 AM ET
The U.S. military wants robots to replace humans in disaster zones, but it's not just looking for humanoid shapes.
10 April 2012, 11:49 AM ET
The U.S. military is looking for a few good humanoid robots to work in the dangerous aftermath of disasters such as Japan's Fukushima nuclear meltdown.
06 April 2012, 12:53 PM ET
The Navy's helicopter drones get smarter about spotting possible pirate boats on the high seas.
05 April 2012, 05:25 PM ET
DARPA's new Grand Challenge aims for humanoid robots that can drive vehicles, climb ladders and use keys to open locked doors.
05 April 2012, 02:45 PM ET
A future of flying cars may need to follow the path of driverless cars if it's to become a reality.
05 April 2012, 11:03 AM ET
Professor Jonathan Hurst discusses ATRIAS, a two-legged robot whose task is to move as nimbly and fluidly as people do.
04 April 2012, 03:55 PM ET
Mission: create a robot that can move as fluidly as a person.
31 March 2012, 08:24 AM ET
A roachlike RHex, four-wheeled hopping Sand Flea, and a mechanical cheetah may step foot onto the battlefield.
30 March 2012, 09:36 AM ET
The military is investing $250 annually to solve the battlefield problem of sorting through a deluge of data.