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BoxingBots let you do the dirty without getting hurt physically

06/19/2012, One look at the BoxingBots in the video above, and surely you would have thought about the Hugh Jackman movie, Real Steel? How about turning back the clock even further, with The Island in mind, where Ewan and Scarlett duke it out in a virtual ring with...

Mexican jumping beans to influence robot design?

06/18/2012, What do Mexican jumping beans and robots have in common? Not much at this point in time, but one should not rule out the possibility of Mexican jumping beans acting as a design influence in future robots. A new study by researchers concern the seemingly...

Flying robot continues flying even after crash

06/15/2012, The classical story of Icarus flying too close to the sun, having his wax wings melt after that before plunging to his death is a grim reminder that things do go wrong sometimes, and it would be good to have a failsafe introduced somewhere in the system....

Takara Tomy unveils Omnibot toy robot

06/15/2012, Takara Tomy, a name that is well known in the world of toys, has managed to wow the crowds over at the Tokyo Toy Show 2012 with the I-SODOG. Just what is the I-SODOG? It is a toy that is said to be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand –...

Jennifer scores gold as a hockey-playing robot

06/14/2012, Robots have been programmed to perform many tasks, and I would dare say if a robot ever gets to the way David acts in the movie Prometheus, it would be pretty hard to look at a human the same way again – is he/she a robot, or not? Well, one...

Marines depend on robots on the battlefield

06/13/2012, Have you watched Prometheus? Do you recall Fifield’s “pups”, as he called them, where they went scurrying around the huge cavern to map out the place with their sophisticated laser-based system. Having said that, man and technology are...

Inari-zushi Robot does 2,500 rolls each hour

06/12/2012, Just how many sushi rolls can you produce in an hour? Suzumo’s latest Inari-zushi Robot is one productive machine – it is said to be able to improve from its predecessors by being able to make up to 2,500 Inari-zushi rolls each hour. All one...

Robots to adapt to humans at work

06/12/2012, Without robots in today’s factories, you can be pretty sure that production lines are going to be slow and long. Well, having said that, humans and robots work in very different areas at today’s manufacturing plants, where large and automated...

Robots to help the elderly?

06/12/2012, Henrik Scharfe, a professor at Aalborg University at Denmark, is the one behind the Geminoid-DK, which is an eerily lifelike robot that was specially developed in his image, bringing us to new depths of the Uncanny Valley. Designed in order to examine the...

Robot performs brain surgery

06/11/2012, Would you trust to undergo the knife wielded by a robot for brain surgery, or would want to look towards a human behind the knife instead? I guess it is a matter of perspective, and Mazor Robotics certainly place their money on the former. After all, they...

Robotic appendage might usher new age of humans

06/08/2012, Ever wondered what would have happened if Doctor Octopus fought on behalf of the good guys? Having an extra four arms that are made out of virtually indestructible material, fused to your body and capable of responding to your every thought is definitely...

Robot sewing machines in the US might result in cheaper clothes

06/07/2012, I guess everyone more or less sees China as the world’s factory – hardly anything these days do not have the label, “Made in China” imprinted somewhere. Clothes, especially, has been a huge money spinner for factories in China, and...

Dancing robots show off cultural cues

06/07/2012, One advantage about robots would be this – they are virtually tireless workers, and will run without complaining about getting higher wages or better working conditions, and you definitely will not find them at a picket line. However, there are...