Self-propelled robotic device speeds through pipes pinpointing leaks
Explosions caused by leaking gas pipes under city streets have frequently made headlines in recent years, including one that leveled an apartment building in New York this spring. But while the problem of ...
Japan PM Abe wants to stage 2020 Robot Olympics
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to stage a "Robot Olympics" in 2020, the same year Tokyo hosts the Summer Games, local media reported Thursday.
Researchers mimic insect ocelli to build light sensor to control fly-sized drone
Japan robot firm showcases thought-controlled suits
A Japanese robot-maker on Wednesday showed off suits that the wearer can control just by thinking, as it said it was linking up with an industrial city promoting innovation.
Interactive communication technology for human symbiotic robot to enhance natural communication with humans
Hitachi today announced the development of interactive communication technology for the human symbiotic robot EMIEW2, which selects the optimal answer and explanation based on the subject and attributes included in a question, ...
Pepper the emotional robot may just make you angry
Softbank, a Japanese telecommunications giant, is selling what it is calling "the world's first personal robot that reads emotions". Pepper is designed to be a highly interactive household companion and was developed by Aldebaran, the company behind the succes ...
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.
Football-playing robots eye their own cup, and beyond
When robots play football, it looks like a game played by five-year-olds: they swarm around the ball, kick haphazardly and fall down a lot.
Big to tiny robots on risky ground: You go first
New generation of aerial robots for high-risk service tasks
The need for robots able to carry out high-risk service tasks, such as the inspection of power plants and the cleaning of skyscrapers, is growing. Robots that actively interact with the environment without ...
Engineering an affordable exoskeleton
When soccer's World Cup—the most-watched sports event on Earth—kicks off June 12, Berkeley professor Homayoon Kazerooni and his research assistants won't be watching the players. They'll be staring at ...
MagnetoSperm: A tiny swimming robot inspired by human sperm
Meet MagnetoSperm! No, it's not a precursor to a movie called 'X-Men: The Next Generation' it's a tiny, swimming robot inspired by sperm cells.
Chatty Japan robot makes friends on first day at work
A chatty humanoid robot whose makers claim it can understand people's emotions made its first friends Friday as it struck up conversations with shoppers in Tokyo. ...
Smoothly moving industrial robots save energy
Siemens wants to further reduce the power consumption of manufacturing robots in the automotive industry. One approach to this problems deals with movement patterns that require less acceleration energy, ...