Knitting and weaving artificial muscles could help create soft exoskeletons that people with disabilities could wear under their clothes to help them walk, according to new research.
Here's a roundup of some of the coolest (or scariest, depending on how you feel) abilities machines added to their repertoire in the last year.
Bionic plants that can detect explosives in real time could be the future of environmental monitoring and urban farming, researchers said in a new study.
A 3D-printed smartphone microscope system is making microbiology interactive by allowing schoolkids to experiment and play games with light-seeking microbes.
An augmented-reality helmet that gives cyclists a 360-degree view of the road could help prevent accidents, according to the device's designers.
Emotions can be tricky enough for humans to read, let alone machines, but a new system can predict people's feelings with 87 percent accuracy by bouncing wireless signals off them, researchers say.
Virtual-reality headsets are likely to be at the top of many kids' wish lists this holiday season, but with many VR devices coming with age restrictions, is the technology safe for youngsters?
A brain-inspired computing component provides the most faithful emulation yet of connections among neurons in the human brain, researchers say.
A fabric designed to power wearable devices by harvesting energy from both sunlight and body movements can be produced on a standard industrial weaving machine, according to a new study.
A team has created a new 4D printing process that makes soft, bendable polymers that respond to heat, which could be used in origami robots or drug-delivery devices.
Fluorescent proteins from jellyfish that were grown in bacteria have been used to create a laser for the first time, according to a new study.
Could an immersive virtual-reality environment like the fictional Holodeck in "Star Trek" help people tackle global problems like climate change or drug policy?
Would you ride in a self-driving car that has been programmed to sacrifice its passengers to save the lives of others, in the event of a serious accident?
Archaeologists in the United Kingdom are using 3D printing to bring two historical shipwrecks to life for history enthusiasts and experts alike.
Using inkjet printers, scientists have made laser devices cheap enough to be thrown out after a single use.
Your smartphone could one day be replaced by an electronic display laminated to the back of your hand, if the inventors of a new ultrathin "e-skin" have their way.