Propulsion Breakthrough Holds Promise for Medical Microbots

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I suspect that there will be a run on Fantastic Voyage rentals in the next few months. Fans and trivia buffs will remember that little sci-fi movie gem as starring Raquel Welch much more than they’ll remember that the vital task the miniaturized scientists had to perform was remove a blood clot. Yet that very […]

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Dexter, the Robot That Can Learn on the Fly

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Meet Dexter. He’s still in his formative years, just learning how to walk, to think. But he can analyze 20,000 actions a second. Dexter is a robot, a product of a California research lab run by Anybots, a group of independent engineers who have put six years of their lives into making Dexter, who can […]

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Mini Robot Explores, Gives You Medicine from Within

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This will still give some people the creeps. It’s a mini robot that can be controlled remotely even after it’s inside your body. That’s thanks to the genius of researchers from the Shiga University of Medical Science and Ritsumeikan University of Japan. These dedicated scientists have put together a tiny machine that, once inserted in […]

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Robots to Learn Human Emotions

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One of the things that humans will always have over robots is, for better or worse, the complexity of emotions. Computers can think better logically and make faster and more accurate calculations, but they can’t feel. There’s a huge gap there. Into that gap are wading a group of European scientists on a project titled […]

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iRobot Next-Generation Bomb-Removing Robot

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When it comes to handling explosive objects, it’s probably better if you don’t go in there yourself to deal with it. I think it’d be much safer for everyone involved if you just deployed the iRobot PackBot 510 with EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) kit. This speedy little sucker will zoom into action 30 percent faster […]

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i-SOBOT: handheld robot for adults

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If you’ve been secretly jealous of your kids’ ever-more-sophisticated toys, you can soon get one of your own, thanks to Takara Tomy, who are unveiling the i-SOBOT, a small yet powerful little robot that can respond to voice commands as well as a remote control. The iSOBOT is just 6.6 inches high and weighs just […]

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Video: Hamster-powered robot

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I’m just not sure whether to laugh or quake in fear. iRobot, the folks who brought you the robots that can mop your floors and vacuum your carpets, have gone and done the open source thing, giving us a robot that we can all program to our own heart’s desire. That would be the iRobot […]

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Surgical robots go right down your throat

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If you are one who gets freaked out in the dentist’s chair, you might want to steady yourself before reading on. It seems the inventive folks at Johns Hopkins have come up with a surgical robot that can crawl down your throat. The whole thing looks like something out of the Terminator series to me, […]

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Video: Robot gets ‘human soul’

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We’re getting ever closer to the sentient robotic age. And we’re not talking The Jetsons here, although this robot does roll around on wheels just like Rosie. The latest entry in that technological development race is a robot out of Germany that takes its instructions directly from a plugged-in human boss. The human part of […]

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Robotic vehicle to be road-tested in traffic

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Look closely behind the wheel of that Chevy Tahoe behind you, because there may not be a driver. In Pittsburgh, a group of researchers are planning to test a robotic vehicle that drives itself through traffic. The Tartan Racing team from Carnegie Mellon, is looking to enter next year’s DARPA robotic vehicle challenge with a […]

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NetTansor: tiny Wi-Fi robot spy

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So this little guy will go where you want him to go. He’s small enough to remain unseen (if you try hard enough). And he can stay in one place for 150 minutes without needing a battery jolt. He is NetTansor, a Wi-Fi robot with wheels and a webcam in his face. The result is […]

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War robots dominate iRobot show

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Isaac Asimov definitely would not approve. A recent iRobot gathering in Washington, D.C. featured robots designed for war. The autonomous killing machines were out in full force: One robot packed double-barreled shotguns. Another had a 30-caliber machine gun. Not all robots were packing heat, however. Some are the kind that we’ve heard about before: the […]

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Matsushita targeting helpful robots this time

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Matsushita is aiming to get back into the robot business. This time, however, the target audience will be people who need help. Speaking at the CEATEC tech trade show, Matsushita President Fumio Ohtsubo said that the company was pursuing two kinds of robots. The first will have two pairs of arms, one for lifting a […]

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Instantmoto – robotic stores to sell Motorola

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Motorola is looking towards vending machines as the newest way to expand their retail reach. The Instantmoto robotic stores will carry 30 different products – initially 12 phones and 18 accessories. The pilot project of the stores will see them installed in 20 malls and airports in the States. There are already three operating in […]

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MI RAI-RT robot: It sings, it dances, it speaks English

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From the creators of AIBO comes MI RAI-RT, another in a growing line of moving, entertaining, and “speaking” robots. MI RAI-RT can do all sorts of fun things, like sing and dance and even speak. The makers are quick to point out that the robot can speak English, which means that it can teach English […]

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