It’s the New Year and you’re getting laundry folding robot

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It’s the New Year and you’re getting laundry folding robots, because the 1960s thought of everything The robot laundry folding wars are heating up. The German appliance manufacturing giant BSH is in the early stages of partnering with Israeli laundry folding robot designer Foldimate on product development and manufacturing in the latest volley in the […]

This Robot that Mimics a Sea Turtle May Eventually Reach Mars

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Researchers at University of Arizona have created a modular robot made of cardboard and a Raspberry Pi Zero (a simple computer) for around $70. The form and movement of this little machine is made to mimic a sea turtle, and the cardboard fins can be swapped out for more durable, 3D-printed materials depending on the […]

America’s plan to somehow make drones not ruin the skies

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If you can’t wait for the day drones plop packages on your porch or a flying car whisks you to work, you should know that the hold-up isn’t technological, but technocratic. Before these future flyers can take off, they must learn to play by the rules of the sky. That means communicating with air traffic […]

Ford Invests $1B in Robotics Startup in Driverless Car Quest

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Ford Motor will spend $1 billion to take over a robotics startup to acquire more of the expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021. The big bet announced Friday comes just a few months after the Pittsburgh startup, Argo AI, was created by two […]

Robots to build canal bridge using 3D printing

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The latest sign robots are taking over the world: They’re building a bridge over an Amsterdam canal. That’s the plan at least, for an ambitious project that will use industrial robots to print a metal bridge over water by “drawing” steel structures in 3D. Dutch robotic printing firm MX3D is leading the gravity-defying build. Here’s […]

Elon Musk Wants to Rein in the Robots

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Elon Musk Donates $10 Million to Make Sure Robots Don’t Kill Us If the thought of robots destroying humanity keeps you awake at night, you can sleep a little easier now. Billionaire Elon Musk wants to make sure the world will never face a robot uprising. Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, wrote […]

Here’s what robots are doing at this hospital

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Pricy robots ‘Tug’ hospital supplies The robots are pricy, but this hospital hopes to save labor costs. Traveling 115 miles, roving robots make their way around the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, transporting medication, linens and medical waste. “The hospital is set up almost as a virtual railroad. … If they encounter an […]

These tiny robots have superhuman strength

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Imagine dragging a blue whale around on land without batting an eye. That’s similar to the strength of tiny robots being developed by engineers at Stanford University. These micro-robots, which are about the size of a Matchbox car, can pull 2,000 times their weight. They come in two sizes, and the smaller one can even […]

Future Talk Robotics.

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Mercedes-Benz teaches autonomous cars how to talk. The first words. The fact that cars are able to perform more and more tasks autonomously, meaning that they are gradually becoming mobile robots, is now beyond dispute. This will not just lead to changes in motoring itself, however; traffic conditions on the whole will change, too. This […]

National science museum unveils new androids

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The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo has unveiled what it calls the world’s most advanced humanoid robots. The museum invited media on Tuesday to show a girl android called Kodomoroid and an adult female android named Otonaroid. “Kodomo” means “child” in Japanese, and “otona” means adult. The androids are to be […]

Robotics to boost economic growth in Japan

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The Japanese government will promote the use of robots to start a new industrial revolution and double the size of the robotics market in the manufacturing sector by 2020. It plans to include measures to promote the robotics industry in its draft of its new growth strategy. The government says robotics technology will be used […]

NHK Robot Contest 2014

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Engineering students from more than a dozen Japanese universities have tested their skills and creativity in an annual NHK robot contest. The 18 finalist teams gathered in Tokyo. Each of them brought a set of parent and child robots they created to compete under the theme: “A Salute to Parenthood.” Two teams squared off against […]