Knowing the unknown: Researchers work to build robots' awareness of their own limitations
Robot butlers that tidy your house or cook you a meal have long been the dream of science-fiction writers and artificial intelligence researchers alike.
Drone 'space ship' app to help robots on future missions
European Space Agency scientists have developed a smartphone app that turns a toy drone into a virtual spacecraft on a mission to dock with the International Space Station, and uses crowd-sourced data from ...
Teachable moments: Robots learn our humanistic ways
(Phys.org) —Robots can observe human behavior and—like a human baby—deduce a reasonable approach to handling specific objects.
Quadcopter piloted by a smartphone
The quadcopter, which was developed at TU Vienna, can negotiate its way through a room completely on its own. It does not need any human interference, and in contrast to other models, it is not assisted by ...
DARPA issues robot challenge to clothing imports
Japanese robot to sit top-ranked university exam
Japanese researchers are working on a robot they hope will be smart enough to ace entrance exams at the nation's top university, which test everything from maths to foreign languages.
Building molecules: Serendipity pays off
Serendipity – the act of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it – can sometimes pay off. Now Princeton University chemistry researchers report that this non-specific ...
US study: Split views on robots' employment role
In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, Americans could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction ...
Robots able to reach through clutter with whole-arm tactile sensing (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —Whether reaching for a book out of a cluttered cabinet or pruning a bush in the backyard, a person's arm frequently makes contact with objects during everyday tasks. Animals do it too, when ...
HUBO ready for DARPA's Robotics Challenge trials (w/ Video)
The Humanoid Robot Research Center (HUBO Lab) at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Rainbow Co., a spin-off venture company of the university, unveiled a new model of HUBO ...
DARPA to invest in iRobot's inflatable robot arm
Robot hand wins at rock, paper, scissors every time (w/ Video)
NASA and Houston hospital work on spacesuit issue
The empty spacesuit that sat on the operating table in a lab at Houston Methodist Hospital's research institute made for an unusual patient.