Items tagged with robotics

Mechanical engineers at Rice University have devised a method of turning dead spiders into tiny gripping robots. The repurposed spiders are being used as mechanical grippers that can easily blend into natural environments while hoisting objects that outweigh them. When you think about a group of engineers taking... Read more...
A group of Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot. The crab robot is just a half-millimeter wide, which is narrower than a US coin, but can bend, twist, crawl, walk, turn and even jump. The field of robotics has seen engineers and researchers finding new... Read more...
We are *this* much closer to getting a home very similar to the one featured in the Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House. Dyson revealed it is working on several robot prototypes (and has been, in secret, for the past decade) that would complete household chores. The hope is that these products will "[save]... Read more...
Boston Dynamics' robot dog, Spot, is well known for busting a move on the dance floor, but the company doesn't want you to forget it is not a one-trick pony. Er, umm, dog. Spot has become well known for its dance routines featured on Boston Dynamics' YouTube channel. In one video, Spot even mimics Mick Jagger as he... Read more...
Researchers at MIT are developing a new AI method that will allow robots to think more like a human as it makes pizza. The framework for the robotic system uses a two-stage learning process, which is aimed to enable a robot to perform complex dough-manipulation tasks over a long period of time. When someone thinks... Read more...
At the heart of every autonomous machine, modern industrial robot, and automated manufacturing apparatus is some form artificial intelligence. These things are amazingly complex, too—not only are there models to train, but there are sensors to interpret and reactions to formulate. NVIDIA has been at the forefront of... Read more...
If you have ever wished you could own a robot goat that you can ride to work, your dreams may be coming true. Kawasaki recently showcased Bex, its robotic goat, that can transport cargo up to 220 pounds. Last week at the 2022 International Robot Exhibition held in Tokyo, Kawasaki unveiled its 4-legged robot to the... Read more...
Robots have long brought both amazement and fear into our imagination,and Hollywood has capitalized on those emotions with futuristic movies about robots taking over the world. Now a robotics company in the UK is eliciting both of those emotions in present time with its own robot, named Ameca. The movie I, Robot... Read more...
Meta has not made it a secret it intends to expand its metaverse to include new projects and products. It seems Mark Zuckerberg wants one of those new ventures to include helping robots experience and understand the world as flesh and blood humans do, through touch interaction. Or maybe Zuck pines to be human. Either... Read more...
Back in June of this year, Hyundai Motor Group acquired a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics, the robotics experts who have put out several entertaining videos highlighting some remarkable robot capabilities (laugh now, cry later when the robot overlords flip the script). One of their more popular creations is... Read more...
We always love it when Boston Dynamics releases new videos showcasing its advanced robots. While the robots are meant to perform everyday tasks handled by humans, the company knows how to show its humorous side, as it did with Atlas and Spot robots dancing to "Do You Love Me" by The Contours back in December. Today... Read more...
While robots are cool, the jury is still out on whether they will want to kill us pesky humans if the robot uprising occurs. This is not helped by the fact that we are making more robust robots that can walk and move as well as if not better than humans. Enter Cassie: a bipedal legs-only robot devised at Oregon State... Read more...
Whatever plans you might have today, carve out around 16 minutes of your time to watch to a hilarious YouTube video that will be the greatest thing you view today, this week, and maybe even all month. What has us so excited? It's a dog that seeks out red Solo cups and then pees beer into them. Like, for real. What the... Read more...
The last time we saw Spot, an adorable robotic canine (of sorts) developed by Boston Dynamics, it was doing Fortnite victory dances alongside a couple of Atlas robots. Perhaps adding to its list of tricks, Spot has now spent some time with the French army as part of a two-day exercise, in which several robots are... Read more...
Be happy that you are alive now, and not 100 or 200 years into the future. Why is that? Eventually there are not going to be any jobs left for flesh and blood humans, not when robots rule the world. Perhaps nudging us in that direction, Boston Dynamics has announced Stretch, its second commercial robot that is right... Read more...
Boston Dynamics has long impressed us with its robotic creations, from the adorable Spot robot dog to the humanoid-like Atlas. Good ol' Spot is now a commercial product, and is available for anyone with enough coin ($74,500 to be exact) to purchase one; heck, it will even fetch you a beer. Atlas, on the other hand... Read more...
Boston Dynamics has built some fantastic robots over the years, and though we often joke about an inevitable uprising in the vein of Skynet, their is a ton of engineering that goes into making these contraptions highly useful in the right settings. Serving as a reminder, hospitals are reaching out to Boston Dynamics... Read more...
NVIDIA is making a Herculean effort to bolster self-driving cars with vastly upgraded chip technology, Specifically, NVIDIA this week unveiled its DRIVE AGX Orin platform designed to handle the large number of applications and deep neural networks that run simultaneously in autonomous vehicles and robotics, with... Read more...
Sure, you can summon Alexa to order a pizza, but if you want a beer, you will have to get up and march your backside to the refrigerator, and get it yourself. Might that change one day? Who knows, but perhaps things are trending in that direction. There is talk of Amazon developing an Alexa-enabled robot that could... Read more...
NASA has had an exciting month; it announced early in June that it intended to open the ISS to private astronauts tours for $35,000 per night. In addition, NASA has now announced that on June 14 a robot called Bumble became the first Astrobee robot to fly under its own power in space. Astrobee robots are free-flying... Read more...
It was just another day for Boston Dynamics, the engineering and robotics design company that gets its jollies from pushing around its mechanical creations. There is a method to the madness—can these piles of metal and electronics maintain (or regain) their balance when shoved around or hit with a hockey stick? That's... Read more...
MIT has been working on robots going back for years, and with each new generation, the bots get more capable. The MIT Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory has trotted out a new robot that is called the Mini Cheetah, and as the name implies it is a smaller version of the full-size Cheetah robot. MIT has produced a new... Read more...
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