Cheaper robots could replace factory workers

2015-02-10 10:32

The falling cost of industrial robots will allow manufacturers to use them to replace more factory workers over the next decade while lowering labour costs.

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.

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 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.

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".

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