Honda's new ASIMO robot, more human-like than ever
It walks and runs, even up and down stairs. It can open a bottle and serve a drink, and politely tries to shake hands with a stranger. Meet the latest ASIMO, Honda's humanoid robot.
Simplicity is key to co-operative robots
A way of making hundreds—or even thousands—of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK.
Students turn $250 wheelchair into geo-positioning robot
Talk about your Craigslist finds! A team of student employees at The University of Alabama in Huntsville's Systems Management and Production Center (SMAP) combined inspiration with innovation to make a $250 ...
Video: Research is revealing more about what it takes to truly swim like a fish
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), aerospace engineer Michael Philen and his team at Virginia Tech are investigating the biomechanics of fish locomotion, in hopes of contributing to the next generation ...
Using robots to study evolution
A new paper by OIST's Neural Computation Unit has demonstrated the usefulness of robots in studying evolution. Published in PLOS ONE, Stefan Elfwing, a researcher in Professor Kenji Doya's Unit, has succes ...
Space station computer outage may force spacewalk
A computer outage at the International Space Station may require a spacewalk by astronauts and threatens to delay next week's launch of a commercial supply ship for NASA.
Eye of the beholder: Improving the human-robot connection (w/ video)
Researchers are programming robots to communicate with people using human-like body language and cues, an important step toward bringing robots into homes.
Kickstarter Project ZUtA - a crawling microprinter (w/ video)
'RoboClam' hits new depths as robotic digger (w/ Video)
A digging robot inspired by the unique mechanisms employed by the Atlantic razor clam has been created by a group of researchers in the US.
Startup creates underwater robotics with a human touch
It should be just as easy to use a robotic arm as it is to use your own hand. That's the thinking behind University of Washington startup BluHaptics, which is taking telerobotics—controlling robots from ...
As fast as their tiny 'bot' legs will carry them (w/ video)
Imagine robots no bigger than your finger tip scrambling through the rubble of a disaster site to search for victims or to assess damage. That's the vision of engineer Sarah Bergbreiter and her research team ...
The space station's small satellite launcher suite
It used to be that building and launching a working satellite was an enormously expensive and complex undertaking, feasible only for governmental and military agencies. But the CubeSat revolution of the past ...
SpaceX reschedules space station resupply launch
A delayed supply run to the International Space Station is now set to launch April 14.
Algorithm for determining orientation of objects could aid robots in navigation, scene understanding
Suppose you're trying to navigate an unfamiliar section of a big city, and you're using a particular cluster of skyscrapers as a reference point. Traffic and one-way streets force you to take some odd turns, ...