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Electronic skin could help robots feel their way around better

09/13/2010, While the field of robotics did make some pretty large strides when replicating the senses of sight and sound, smell and taste are still way at the back with touch long thought to be the most difficult among them. Of course, this pecking order might just...

Decepticons could be a reality

09/10/2010, Remember the Decepticons from the Transformers movie franchise? Well, that’s one of the cooler names for an enemy to date, but here we have actual decepticons thanks to researchers at Georgia Tech who managed to teach a robot to identify situations...

Egg-Bot is perfect for the next Easter

09/09/2010, Do you work with kids? Why not make their next Easter a whole lot more memorable by enlisting the help of the Egg-Bot? This unique robot is capable of drawing on spherical surfaces – even on a delicate egg shell without missing a beat. Patterns are...

Toshiba ApriPoco changes channels among other things

09/03/2010, The Japanese are clearly very big when it comes to robots, and Toshiba’s ApriPoco will definitely appeal to those who have plenty of house chores to finish each day and need other forms of domestic companionship to provide a boost to the spirit....

Seaswarm oil-scrubbing robots could clean up nasty oil spills

08/26/2010, The boffins over at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have announced the development of a prototypical robot known as Seaswarm. Costing $20,000 a pop, these will be unveiled to the public officially this Saturday night, and ought to be...

Comical robot from Takeshi Maeda is a hoot

08/26/2010, Takeshi Maeda, the brain behind the line of OmniZero robots, has come up with his latest ROBO-ONE competitor that has yet to be named. This comical robot will feature a hand painted head, but according to Maeda-san, he does have concerns about its 9.9kg...

Modified frog cells help robot smell better

08/23/2010, Robots that smell, now how about that? This is now made possible thanks to genetically modified frog cells that will be utilized in robots as per explanation by Shoji Takeuchi, a bioengineer at the University of Tokyo in Japan. This will usher in a new...

Phasma robot to mimic insect movement

08/20/2010, The Phasma robot has half a dozen legs to resemble that of an insect, as it was specially developed to mimic insect movement. Made by Tokyo-based design and engineering firm takram, this battery-powered insectoid can be controlled from afar (within the...

PR2 robot performs MIDI files to keep you entertained

08/20/2010, Ben Cohen, Daniel Benamy and Mike Phillips at UPenn managed to program their PR2 robot to perform a couple of songs through the use of MIDI files as part of a contest. The PR2 is able to do so autonomously as it interprets the MIDI files as keys on the...

P2 robot fetches beer, plays pool, offers a listening ear

08/20/2010, If you’re a bachelor and want a mate who does not talk back and supports your decision to have a tipple once in a while, then the P2 robot would fit the bill perfectly – although you will not be able to enjoy the more feminine aspect of a...

Supernova robot works great for bachelors

08/20/2010, Bachelors more or less cannot live without a laundry service, otherwise they would be one of the largest purchasers of clothes. The Supernova robot, assuming it ever comes out of the conceptual stage, might just be appealing enough to help a bachelor live...

Robots to inspect power lines, makes life easier

08/19/2010, Inspecting power lines is not an easy job, fraught with plenty of danger, so why not get a robot to do it instead? That’s what has happened with Hydro-Québec’s LineScout, a robot which is smart enough to go around obstacles simply by...

Robot help enlisted to help kids with autism

08/13/2010, Interbots Inc., a high-tech spin-off company that is associated with the Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center, has come together with the Autism Center of Pittsburgh in order to deliver innovative robot-based therapy for children who...

Robo wheelchair trained to heel

08/12/2010, One of the rite of passages in the life of a dog owner would be to have your four-legged friend obey the “Heel” command flawlessly, following you like what they term a “velcro dog”. Well, the same principle has been applied to the...