Hawking's speech software goes open source for disabled
The system that helps Stephen Hawking communicate with the outside world will be made available online from January in a move that could help millions of motor neurone disease sufferers, scientists said Tuesday.
Cats and athletes teach robots to fall
A cat always lands on its feet. At least, that's how the adage goes. Karen Liu hopes that in the future, this will be true of robots as well.
Japan toymaker unveils tiny talking, singing humanoid
Japanese toymaker Tomy on Wednesday unveiled a multi-talented humanoid robot, named "Robi jr.," which can converse using some 1,000 phrases and belt out about 50 songs, as well as move its limbs and head.
Soft elastomeric structures easy to fabricate using 'click-e-bricks'
Security robot can skim discreetly along a ship's hull to seek hollow compartments concealing contraband
Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side ...
Soft robotics 'toolkit' features everything a robot-maker needs
A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw ...
Researchers discover way to coordinate different types of robots
(Phys.org) —Robots have great value in a wide variety of areas, and while robots acting alone can be helpful in collecting data, ones that "talk" to each other can yield endless potential. That's especially ...
World Cup robo-suit team dismiss underwhelmed critics
The team behind the brain-controlled suit that helped a paraplegic kick a football at the World Cup opening ceremony defended itself Saturday against critics who said the demonstration was underwhelming.
Cutting the cord on soft robots
When it comes to soft robots, researchers have finally managed to cut the cord.
Woman or machine? New robots look creepily human
The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people—almost.
Judging a fish by its color: For female bluefin killifish, love is a yellow mate
There's an old adage that warns against passing judgment based on appearance, but female bluefin killifish, like many animal species, apparently don't share such human wisdom when choosing a mate. Researchers ...
Funky robots display Japan's latest technologies
A smartphone-controlled dinosaur, synchronized cheerleaders and a ping pong-playing spider are some of the robot technology showcased at the CEATEC Japan electronics exhibition.
Japan readies first robot to probe melted Fukushima reactor
(AP)—A snake-like robot designed to examine the inside of one of three melted reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is ready to begin its expedition.