Robot cheerleading squad shows sensor tech

2014-09-25 14:25

A team of cheerleading robots has made their dancing debut in Tokyo as creator Murata Manufacturing demonstrates its cutting-edge sensor technology.

Robo-cook: Android restaurant boots up

2014-08-14 12:04

A restaurant in China is electrifying customers by using more than a dozen robots to cook and deliver food.

Merc working on talking to robot cars

2014-07-09 07:00

Mercedes-Benz is teaching autonomous cars how to speak. Robotics... will we need a new dictionary soon? Or an electronic translator?

Japan unveils android newscaster

2014-06-25 10:51

Scientists have unveiled what they said was the world's first news-reading android, eerily lifelike and possessing a sense of humour to match her perfect language skills.

Robot steps up

2014-06-18 07:13

Epson’s prototype production line robot says much about automation, says Arthur Goldstuck.

Emotional robot set for sale in Japan

2014-06-06 11:48

A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile.

UN talks take aim at 'killer robots'

2014-05-14 11:30

The UN is taking a close look at so-called "lethal autonomous weapons systems" - opponents prefer the label "killer robots" - and whether these weapons systems should be banned from modern warfare.

Robot ready for deep sea mining to start

2014-04-20 14:21

The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea.

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.


Tiny robots stretch game for robotics

2014-08-17 11:26

A swarm of small robots called Kilobots at a laboratory at Harvard University is making a little bit of history for automatons everywhere.

Japanese androids come closer to Blade Runner

2014-07-16 09:24

A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in Japan.

Merc working on talking to robot cars

2014-07-08 06:37

Mercedes-Benz is teaching autonomous cars how to speak. Robotics... will we need a new dictionary soon? Or an electronic translator?

Japan PM wants to stage Robot Olympics

2014-06-20 07:29

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to stage a "Robot Olympics" in 2020, the same year Tokyo hosts the Summer Games.

'Iron Man' to kick ball at Soccer World Cup

2014-06-09 11:21

The first kick at the World Cup opening ceremony will be made by a paraplegic wearing an Iron Man-like robotic bodysuit controlled by signals from the brain.

Intel readies 3D-printed robots

2014-05-29 13:33

Intel has introduced a walking, talking robot made from 3D-printed parts that will be available to consumers soon.

Obama gets a kick out of footballing robot

2014-04-24 13:26

Barack Obama has come face to face with Japan's newest sporting phenomenon - an eerily realistic humanoid robot which can run, jump and enjoy a kick-a-round with the president of the US.

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.

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