Robot

  • Chinese nature park owners sue Paramount over 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' scenes 2 days ago

    Beijing: The owners of a Chinese nature park have filed a lawsuit against the makers of the latest Transformers film because it failed to include the park's logo, a court said on Friday. The Transformers films are wildly popular in China, and Chinese companies from milk producers to banks have flocked...
  • Hit Swedish TV series pits robots against humans 1 week ago

    Stockholm: He has no special interest in science fiction, but the creator of a Swedish sci-fi drama that pits robots against humans has struck a nerve among viewers. "Real Humans", by screenwriter-actor Lars Lundstroem, stars humanoids called "hubots", a word mixing humans and robots. They are merchandise, bought and sold, run...
  • Self-parking to autonomous braking: Here's how smart cars will change driving July 17, 2014

    Paris: Why waste your time looking for a place to park when your car can do it for you? An idea that was pure science fiction only a few years ago is becoming reality thanks to automatic robot cars. A car with no one on board drives into a car park...
  • 'Take your clothes off, be like me!' says wise-cracking robot July 16, 2014

    Tokyo: A wise-cracking humanoid robot called Pepper whose makers claim can read people's emotions was unveiled in Tokyo last month. Mobile carrier Softbank, which created the robot, says Pepper can understand 70 to 80 per cent of spontaneous conversations - although it also answers from a set number of pre-programmed responses. AFP...
  • RoboCup 2014: Can robots beat human football Word Cup champions by 2050? July 11, 2014

    Philadelphia: When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month's international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next...
  • NASA to send 3D Google smartphones for robots to space station July 7, 2014

    Mountain View: Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology are about to blast into orbit, where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the International Space Station. NASA plans to use the handsets to beef up its Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES,...
  • 'Transformers' turns into box office behemoth with $100 million opening June 30, 2014

    Reuters: "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the fourth in the series of films about form-changing Autobot robots that save the planet, powered up with $100 million in box office sales, jump-starting a sleepy summer with the year's biggest opening weekend. "22 Jump Street," starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, was second with...
  • Woman or machine? New robots look creepily human June 24, 2014

    Tokyo: The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people - almost. Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, says they will be useful for research on how people interact with robots and on what differentiates the person...
  • RoboCup 2014: Football-playing robots eye their own cup, and beyond June 13, 2014

    Washington: When robots play football, it looks like a game played by five-year-olds: they swarm around the ball, kick haphazardly and fall down a lot. But robot teams have made strides in recent years, and some researchers believe the humanoids could challenge the world's best players in a decade or two. "Maybe...
  • Meet Pepper, a personal robot that can read emotions; to go on sale next year at $1,900 June 5, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan's SoftBank said on Thursday it will start selling human-like robots for personal use by February, expanding into a sector seen key to addressing labour shortages in one of the world's fastest ageing societies. The robots, which the mobile phone and Internet conglomerate envisions serving as baby-sitters, nurses, emergency medical...
  • Intel making 3D-printed robots; to hit the market later this year May 29, 2014

    Rancho Palos Verde: Intel Corp introduced a walking, talking robot on Wednesday made from 3D-printed parts that will be available to consumers later this year, if they are willing to assemble it with a kit that costs around $1,600. The company's Chief Executive Brian Krzanich was accompanied by "Jimmy" on stage...
  • Missing Malaysian Airlines: Robotic submarine completes third search mission April 17, 2014

    A mini-submarine deployed to locate the missing Malaysian plane's wreckage on the floor of the Indian Ocean has completed a full 16-hour mission mission at its third attempt, authorities said on Thursday. Two previous missions by autonomous underwater vehicle Bluefin 21, a US Navy probe equipped with side-scan sonar, to map...
  • Madurai: Indigenous borewell robot saves 3-year old April 17, 2014

    It was "borewell robot", an indigenous device developed by a Madurai-based social worker, that saved a 3-year old boy who fell into an abandoned borewell in a village in Tirunelveli in southern Tamil Nadu. For M Manigandan, who along with his team is involved in operations to save children who accidentally...
  • Robot sex to determine how life began April 15, 2014

    This may come straight from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Scientists have performed robot sex to find how life began on earth. Scientists used rat-sized robots to study evolutionary patterns over thousands of generations without them growing old in the process. They programmed a small bots with the need to forage...
  • Robotic submarine deployed in search for missing Malaysian plane April 14, 2014

    Perth: Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysian airliner after failing for six days to detect any signals believed to be from its black boxes. Meanwhile, officials were investigating an oil slick about 5,500 meters (3.4...
  • Good news: This lap dancing robot shakes her hips like Beyonce. Bad news: She's really creepy looking April 9, 2014

    This robot has moves that Beyonce wants back. Created as a one off by artist Jordan Wolfon with help from special effects company Spectral Motion, the robot is currently being exhibited at David Zwirner Gallery in New York.She wears a tiny dress and follows the owner around. The cyborg with...
  • India's Iron man? IIT Roorkee students develop 'soldier' robots to fight wars April 1, 2014

    Picture this: Robots braving bullets while ferrying weapons and ammunition to soldiers on the battle front. Or, a robotic arm resembling the human variety that can work in hazardous areas like blast furnaces. Students at IIT-Roorkee are swotting to turn these ideas into reality. At the leafy Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee...
  • SociBot-Mini: A robot that can wear any face, predict your mood March 30, 2014

    London: Researchers have developed a 'spooky' robot that can put on your friend's face, predict your mood and even guess your age. The 60-centimetre-high robot, called SociBot-Mini, was built by Will Jackson and his colleagues at Engineered Arts in Penryn, UK. The robot has a transparent plastic face with contours...
  • Android to Nest: Google's forays beyond the search box January 15, 2014

    San Francisco: Google Inc announced plans to acquire smart thermostat maker Nest Labs Inc for $3.2 billion, signalling the Internet company's intention to expand into a broader array of devices and bringing valuable hardware design expertise in-house. The Internet giant has in recent years ventured further afield from its roots in...
  • Watch: First humanoid robot in space chats with Japanese astronaut December 20, 2013

    Tokyo: The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero-gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot's developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in Japanese with astronaut Koichi Wakata...
  • Google gearing up to build robots December 17, 2013

    San Francisco: Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious Internet company expands into yet another technological frontier. To gather the expertise and research it needs, Google has purchased eight companies that specialise in robotics this year. The acquisitions are being assembled...
  • NASA’s 6 ft superhero robot that may one day go to space December 14, 2013

    The National Aeronautics Space Agency has yet again wowed the world with its entry for this year's DARPA Robotics Challenge - a real-life Iron Man! The agency has built a 6ft 2in 'superhero' robot called Valkyrie 1. The robot, which can walk by itself, pick up things and even use...
  • Google's former head of Android Andy Rubin now heading a robotics project: Report December 5, 2013

    San Francisco: Google Inc has quietly acquired more than a half-dozen companies for a new robotics groups led by Andy Rubin, formerly in charge of Google's popular mobile software, according to a report in the New York Times on Wednesday. The new group is focusing on developing robotic technology that can...
  • Robots let doctors 'beam' into remote hospitals November 18, 2013

    Carmichael: The doctor isn't in, but he can still see you now. Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to "beam" themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies. A growing number of hospitals in California and other states are using telepresence robots to expand access to medical...
  • Build your own smartphone-controlled robots with MOSS November 11, 2013

    London: Engineers have developed magnetic robot construction kits which enable you to build your own smartphone-controlled toy robots that can drive and wiggle. The robot construction system called MOSS uses over-molded neodymium, "rare earth," magnets and carbon steel ball bearings to build a wide variety of tiny robots. The system developed by...
  • World's first fully bionic man walks, talks and breathes October 20, 2013

    New York: Scientists have developed the world's first robot human made entirely of prosthetic parts and he can walk, talk and even has a beating heart. The robot, which cost almost $1 million to build, was assembled from prosthetic body parts and artificial organs donated by laboratories around the world. ...
  • 'Bionic man' makes debut at Washington's Air and Space Museum October 18, 2013

    Washington: A first-ever walking, talking "bionic man" built entirely out of synthetic body parts made his Washington debut on Thursday. The robot with a human face unveiled at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum was built by London's Shadow Robot Co to showcase medical breakthroughs in bionic body parts...
  • Engineers comes tantalisingly close to a true 'bionic man' October 14, 2013

    New York: Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, after all. We have the technology. The term "bionic man" was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called The Six Million Dollar Man chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using...