ARTICLES RELATING TO ROBOTICS

DRC hopes to change world with traffic robots

2014-02-27 11:26

A new small co-operative in the DRC has created two Giant robots that will help with traffic congestion and hopefully alleviate tensions on the road.

Beer tasting with a robotic twist

2014-01-31 17:04

Spanish researchers have created an electronic "tongue" capable of distinguishing between beer varieties and their alcohol content.

Brainiacs red-faced over 'robot' cleaning woman

2014-01-10 11:40

A Japanese academic society has apologised for the front cover of their journal, which used a drawing of a cleaning woman with a cable in her back to depict the idea of artificial intelligence.

Robot gets chatty with astronaut on ISS

2013-12-20 09:03

The first humanoid robot in space has made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero-gravity on the International Space Station.

Google robots may around the corner

2013-12-05 07:25

Google has bought seven robotics companies in recent months as part of a strategy to develop its own robots that can be used for warehouse, manufacturing and delivery work, a report says.

New generation of tiny drones launched

2013-09-13 18:43

Unmanned drones have become an almost ubiquitous presence on the battlefield for US and other high-tech forces.

Japan launches talking robot into space

2013-08-05 09:01

Japan has launched the world's first talking humanoid robot "astronaut" toward the International Space Station.

Conversation robot ready for outer space

2013-06-26 12:01

The world's first space conversation experiment between a robot and humans is ready to be launched.

No killer robots, says UN

2013-05-03 14:42

Killer robots that can attack targets without any human input "should not have the power of life and death over human beings," a new draft UN report says.

Cockroaches may inspire robotics

2013-02-25 08:21

New insights on how biological systems stabilise in cockroaches could one day help engineers design steadier robots and improve doctors' understanding of human gait abnormalities.

New Lego robotics talk to iPhones

2013-01-07 10:29

Lego bricks are getting cozy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit.

Robot buddy to keep Japan astronaut company

2012-11-30 11:03

A small humanoid robot that can talk will be sent into space to provide conversational company for a Japanese astronaut.

Toshiba shows robot for nuke disaster

2012-11-21 14:40

Toshiba has unveiled a robot that the company says can withstand high radiation and help in nuclear disasters.

Cape Town man to get robot suit

2012-11-02 10:25

A paralysed Camps Bay man is set to become the first African to use a robotic device called the ReWalk suit - which will help him walk.

Robotic hand gets thumbs up

2012-08-02 22:17

European researchers say they have developed the world's first real-sized, five-fingered robotic hand able to grasp and manipulate objects with human-like dexterity.

Robots crawl bodies for surgery

2012-05-29 11:32

Scientists and doctors are using creeping metallic tools to perform surgery on hearts, prostate cancer, and other diseased organs.

Mind-controlled robot unveiled

2012-04-25 10:28

A professor has unveiled a robot that can be controlled by the brainwaves of a paraplegic person wearing an electrode-fitted cap.

EU paying for lovable robots

2012-02-14 21:05

The European Union executive in Brussels is funding research designed to make robots more lovable.

Japan robot washes hair

2011-10-06 14:45

A new Japanese hair-washing robot replicates the dexterous touch of a human hand to care for the locks of the elderly and the infirm.

Robot seals comfort tsunami victims

2011-08-01 22:43

For some elderly survivors of Japan's March earthquake and tsunami, comfort comes in the form of a small white robotic seal named Paro.

Robots learn to talk

2011-05-30 12:41

Robots have begun talking to each other in an experiment - and in a language of their own devising.

New robots for Japan nuclear plant

2011-04-29 13:26

The operator of Japan's damaged nuclear station has said it would deploy two kinds of remote-controlled robots to help stabilise the plant.

No robots at Japan nuclear plant

2011-03-17 16:04

Japan may build robots to play the violin, run marathons and preside over weddings, but it has not deployed any of the machines to help repair its crippled reactors.

Humanoids run 1st robot marathon

2011-02-26 17:26

Robovie-PC, a toy-sized humanoid, has won the world's first full-length marathon for two-legged robots by a whisker after more than two days of racing.

 

Robotic termites build without a boss

2014-02-13 22:28

US scientists have showed off tiny robots that can tackle tasks much like real-life termites, working collectively to build structures without following orders from a boss.

Tunnel robots help US war on drugs

2014-01-15 08:33

The US Border Patrol has purchased robots that let border agents remotely navigate the tunnels and storm drainage systems that smugglers use to sneak drugs, guns and people across the border.

Electronic 'mother' watches over home

2014-01-07 07:28

Resembling a Russian nesting doll, a pint-sized robotic device wants to be your "mother".

Robots readied for big tests

2013-12-17 07:29

The real world has not caught up yet with Star Wars and its robots, but some of the most sophisticated units that exist are heading for a Defence Department-sponsored competition.

Droids dance, dogs nuzzle, at robot museum

2013-11-29 17:27

A white robotic beagle sits wagging its tail and nuzzling anyone who pets it, while six pint-sized robots, flashing blue, pump their fists as they dance to the pop hit "Gangnam Style".

US researchers create robot that jumps

2013-08-13 23:03

Researchers in the US have put together a robot that can jump and climb, make it particularly useful for military search missions or supply transport.

Aus dinosaur park gets green light

2013-07-25 09:29

Eccentric Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer has been given the green light to build "the world's biggest" park of giant robotic dinosaurs.

SA expert wants 'killer robots' stopped

2013-05-23 21:33

A South Africa human rights investigator has called for all states to declare a moratorium to prevent so-called "killer robots" being deployed on the battlefield.

Robot suit gets safety certificate

2013-02-27 13:00

A robot suit that can help the elderly or disabled get around was given its global safety certificate in Japan.

Robot-assisted hysterectomies on the rise

2013-02-20 11:26

The proportion of women having their uterus removed using robotic-assisted surgery increased from one in 200 procedures in 2007 to almost one in 10 in 2010, according to a new study.

Japanese man builds giant robot

2012-11-29 09:11

Like many Japanese, Kogoro Kurata grew up watching futuristic robots in movies. Unlike most other Japanese, he has actually done it.

'Bionic man' reaches top of skyscraper

2012-11-05 22:31

A US amputee has become the first person to get to the summit of the iconic Willis Tower in Chicago wearing a thought-controlled prosthetic leg.

Robot artist learns from masters

2012-10-02 18:00

Robots that can mimic the exact brush strokes of master painters or calligraphers could recreate their work, a Japanese researcher has said.

Inventor pins hopes on 'ro-butt'

2012-07-05 22:04

The mechanical buttocks may look like a new low for the world of Japanese robotics, but they might actually mark a new leap into the future of humanoid development.

Japanese vacuum robot is trilingual, witty

2012-05-08 18:30

A Japanese manufacturer has produced a robot vacuum cleaner that takes photos, purifies air, speaks three languages and even knows a hip humourous dialect.

Astronaut, robot shake hands in space

2012-02-16 08:25

The commander of the International Space Station, Daniel Burbank, shook hands with Robonaut.

Honda shows smarter robot

2011-11-08 12:40

Honda's human-shaped robot can now run faster, balance itself on uneven surfaces, hop on one foot, and almost "think" on its own.

ISS Robonaut comes alive

2011-08-22 21:12

The space station's humanoid robot has comes alive, powered up for 1st time in orbit.

Robot sphere flies to the rescue

2011-07-14 19:40

A radio-controlled sphere, roughly the size of a basketball has been designed to fly in and out of buildings in search and rescue operations.

Japan needs new robots for nuke crisis

2011-05-03 13:35

Japan may be at the forefront of robotics, but the country has so far had to rely on US-made machines for help tackling its nuclear crisis.

Underwater robots search for tsunami victims

2011-04-21 18:54

Two underwater robots operated by a joint US-Japanese team have searched a bay in northeast Japan for bodies of victims swept away by a tsunami nearly six weeks ago.

Robot Kaspar helps autistic kids

2011-03-08 21:25

Children with autism, a disorder that affects development of social interaction and communication, have played with a robot as part of scientific research.

Robot marathon kicks off in Japan

2011-02-24 11:36

The world's first full-length marathon for two-legged robots has kicked off in Japan.

 
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