ROBOTS

  • Robots sell Nestle's coffee machines in Japan December 4, 2014

    Tokyo: Move over George Clooney - Nestle has added a fleet of chirpy robots to sell its coffee machines in Japanese stores. The Hollywood heart-throb, who is the global face of the Swiss giant's Nespresso brand, has been joined by Pepper, a cheeky and chatty android, which its makers claim can...
  • How Amazon is taking help of robots to speed up delivery process December 1, 2014

    Tracy: Amazon.com has installed more than 15,000 robots across 10 US warehouses, a move that promises to cut operating costs by one-fifth and get packages out the door more quickly in the run-up to Christmas. The orange 320-pound (145 kg) robots, which scoot around the floor on wheels, show how Amazon...
  • Flying robots to serve as waiters in Singapore restaurants November 28, 2014

    Singapore: If you are planning to visit Singapore next year, don't be surprised if you were greeted and served a sumptuous meal by flying robots as waiters in some restaurants. Infinium-Serve, the autonomous flying robotic waiters, will be first launched at one of Timbre Group's five outlets in Singapore. And, the...
  • Dancing, talking humanoid robots show off at Madrid congress November 21, 2014

    Madrid: Hundreds of robotics experts and their whirring, flashing robot creations gathered in Madrid on Wednesday for a top world congress on humanoid technology. "Hello human friends, I am Reem-C," said one of the guest exhibits, a 1.65-metre (five-and-a-half-foot) humanoid robot weighing 80 kilos (176 pounds). Robots big and small showed off...
  • A baby penguin robot to study the behaviour of flightless birds November 9, 2014

    London: French researchers have developed a baby penguin robot to get up close and personal with penguins and study their behaviour. The team from the University of Strasbourg tried about five different versions of the robots until they found the right one to study penguins in Adelie Land, Antarctica. It was covered...
  • NYC worker suspended for 20 days for answering an IT help line in a 'robotic voice' November 2, 2014

    New York: If some workplace problems happen because employees are only human, one New York City government worker got in trouble for virtually the opposite. He was suspended for 20 days without pay partly for answering an information-technology help line "in a robotic voice." The city Civil Service Commission upheld the...
  • Chinese, US researchers develop robots that can work together October 21, 2014

    Beijing: Chinese and American researchers have successfully used cloud computing to link robots with very different specifications in the two nations to communicate with each other and work together. Using Internet-based computing in which remote servers are networked to share information, the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)...
  • Watch: Robot Gigi can prove important shield against Ebola virus October 21, 2014

    As the world looks for ways to tackle Ebola, a germ killer robot called Gigi being used in the US, could prove to be an important defence shield against the virus. Gigi uses ultraviolet light 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight. Robot kills 99.9 per cent of germs in hospital...
  • Watch: How robot Gigi is helping US hospitals curb the Ebola contagion October 20, 2014

    As the world looks for ways to tackle Ebola, a germ-killing robot called Gigi being used in the US could prove to be an important defence shield against the deadly virus. ...
  • Surgical robot takes a cheeky approach to brain surgery October 16, 2014

    Washington: In a new non-invasive method to treat severe epilepsy, researchers have developed a surgical robot that uses an alternative point of entry in brain surgery - through the cheek. For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area...
  • Indianapolis airport debuts customer service robot; travellers say 'he's a nice guy' October 12, 2014

    Indianapolis: A new customer service robot has started roaming around the passenger terminal of Indianapolis International Airport. The robot was rolled out Thursday, with a staffer guiding it remotely around the baggage claim area greeting travelers and looking for anyone who needed assistance. The robot looks like a miniature Segway, but...
  • Indian-origin researcher in US unveils robot for port scan September 27, 2014

    Boston: A low-cost football-sized robot has been developed by an Indian-origin researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in US to perform underwater ultrasound scan at ports to spot concealed contrabands. Originally designed to look for cracks in nuclear reactors' water tanks, the robot could also inspect ships for the false hulls...
  • Indian origin scientist invents underwater robot to help spot concealed contraband September 27, 2014

    New York: Spotting concealed contraband at ports can now be a lot easier as researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), including an Indian-origin scientist, have developed an oval-shaped submersible robot that can perform ultrasound scans. The robot is a little smaller than a football with a flattened panel on...
  • This robot can do your dishes September 16, 2014

    London: Tired of housemaids' tantrums? Soon try this robot who can load dishwasher for you. Developed by scientists at the University of Birmingham, "Boris" is capable of intelligently manipulating unfamiliar objects with a humanlike grasp. The robot sees objects with depth sensors on its face and wrists. In 10 seconds, it calculates up...
  • Watch: MIT's Cheetah robot that sprints like Usain Bolt September 16, 2014

    Washington: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a bounding algorithm to enable a robotic cheetah run and jump with super agility. This cheetah is a sleek, fourlegged assemblage of gears, batteries and electric motors that weighs about as much as its feline counterpart. The team recently took the...
  • Robotic assisted surgery ushering in new era in heart surgery September 10, 2014

    Coimbatore: RobotAssisted surgery is ushering in a new era in heart surgery by offering patients better outcome and a greater quality of life, a senior surgeon in the Chennaibased Apollo Hospitals on Wednesday said. Traditional open heart surgery involved making a big incision and resulted in...
  • Watch: A robot with every room is what a New California hotel promises August 17, 2014

    A nice pool, a great bar and a robot with every room is what a New California hotel is promising it's visitors. A robot has been programmed with room numbers and they move around the hotel for service. ...
  • Robots can now see through solid walls using WiFi August 11, 2014

    Washington: Researchers have created a new technology that allows robots to look through solid walls using WiFi signals. Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara have been working to provide Xray vision to enable robots to see objects and humans behind thick walls through the use of radio frequency signals. The...
  • This $100 origamiinspired thin robot can fold itself, walk away August 8, 2014

    Washington: It starts out laying flat, like a sheet of paper. Then it springs up, almost lifelike, and folds into moveable parts much like origami art. And then it crawls away. This new kind of robot could someday be used in space exploration, to slide into collapse sites to aid search...
  • Can robots trust humans? hitchBOT is hitchhiking across Canada to find the answer August 2, 2014

    Ottawa: A talking robot assembled from household odds and ends is hitchhiking thousands of kilometres across Canada this summer as part of a social experiment to see if those of its kind can trust humans. Society is "usually concerned with whether we can trust robots," Frauke Zeller, cocreator of the "hitchBOT,"...
  • Chinese nature park owners sue Paramount over 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' scenes July 25, 2014

    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 July 20, 2014

    Stockholm: He has no special interest in science fiction, but the creator of a Swedish scifi drama that pits robots against humans has struck a nerve among viewers. "Real Humans", by screenwriteractor Lars Lundstroem, stars humanoids called "hubots", a word mixing humans and robots. They are merchandise, bought and sold, run...
  • Selfparking 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 wisecracking robot July 16, 2014

    Tokyo: A wisecracking 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 preprogrammed 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 nextgeneration 3D sensing technology are about to blast into orbit, where they will become the brains and eyes of ballshaped 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 formchanging Autobot robots that save the planet, powered up with $100 million in box office sales, jumpstarting 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: Footballplaying robots eye their own cup, and beyond June 13, 2014

    Washington: When robots play football, it looks like a game played by fiveyearolds: 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 humanlike 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 babysitters, nurses, emergency medical...