ROBOTS

  • Iran shows off unmanned robot battlefield car that can carry missiles Yesterday

    New Delhi: A new unmanned car for battle has been unveiled in Iran that sports a mechanical arm and missile casings, complete with a camera on top. Showed off at the Iran's Armed Forces Day, the Nazir robot car includes cylindrical casings that can hold two missiles and has a camera...
  • Meet Han, an android that can recognise and interact with people 1 week ago

    Seoul: A humanoid robot which can mimic human expressions greeted visitors on Saturday (April 18) at a Hong Kong electronics fair. The robot head, known as 'Han', can also hold simple interactive conversations with the crowd. At the touch of a button using a mobile phone app, Han can smile, wince, frown,...
  • Can robots replace hackers? It's only a matter of time April 20, 2015

    New Delhi: In the age of robotics and wearables, it is not hard to imagine a situation where the software is itself the hacker-malicious and unmalicious. But how close are we to the future where we have no human hackers? The US military's research arm, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency...
  • NASA's new robot car can drive sideways April 16, 2015

    Washington: NASA has developed a new robotic electric car that can drive sideways, park itself and even spin on the spot. The remote-driven Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) can gain speeds of up to 64 kph and weighs 990 kilogrammes. The car has four liquid-cooled wheel motors that can run independently, which...
  • This new technology can make robotic wings a reality April 4, 2015

    New York: Researchers have discovered a new resonance phenomenon in a dielectric elastomer rotary joint that can make the artificial joint bend up and down, like a flapping wing. The new discovery by scientists from Harbin Institute of Technology, China and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has potential in...
  • Engineers create device to make walking easier, something scientists once thought couldn't be done April 3, 2015

    Washington: Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier - something scientists once thought couldn't be done. The prototype exoskeleton boot runs from just below the knee to the ankle, and when you strap on a pair, you can reduce the energy it takes...
  • Google, Johnson & Johnson team up to build robot surgeons March 28, 2015

    San Francisco: Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room. The alliance announced this week dovetails with two of Google's initiatives beyond its main business of Internet search and advertising. Google has been investing in medical research aimed at extending...
  • Researchers developing robotic clothing to help disabled move around easily, unaided March 21, 2015

    London: In good news for the physically challenged and elderly, scientists have conceived the idea of robotic clothing that would help them enjoy greater physical movement. Researchers are working to develop wearable robotics to help people with mobility impairments, disabilities and age-related difficulties to move easily and unaided. "At present people with...
  • Humans may soon be able to talk to computers and robots the same way they talk to their friends March 2, 2015

    New York: A new programme from the US Defence Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) aims to get computers to express themselves more like humans by allowing them to use spoken language, facial expressions and gestures to communicate. "Today we view computers as tools to be activated by a few clicks or keywords,...
  • Robotic ankles will soon have 'eyes' to see where they are going March 1, 2015

    Washington: Researchers are developing an artificial vision system that can enable a robotic ankle to see where it is going to improve the wearer's gait. Mo Rastgaar, a Michigan Technological University mechanical engineer and his team have already developed a prototype of the prosthetic ankle that can provide a range of...
  • New software developed for robots to aid dementia patients February 24, 2015

    Tokyo:A group of Japanese developers has created software for robots that will monitor and help dementia patients in their daily lives, media reported Monday. The application won the first app contest organised by Japanese telecommunications company Softbank, barely a few days before it begins selling its humanoid robot Pepper,the first robot...
  • Robots may even replace techies who program them: Researchers February 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Researchers have warned that robots may even replace coders, the very people who program these machines to perform tasks, in the near future. The researchers -- Boston University's Seth Benzell, Laurence Kotlikoff, and Guillermo LaGarda, and Columbia University's Jeffrey Sachs -- have proposed that even software developers could face...
  • TCS, Infosys, Wipro eye robotics, driverless cars for next round of growth February 20, 2015

    Mumbai: After decades of low-margin work like server maintenance, India's information technology services firms are moving upscale in search of lucrative contracts for driverless cars and other advanced projects as online innovation changes clients' needs. Companies from Tata Consultancy Services Ltd to Wipro Ltd are all joining Infosys Ltd in investing...
  • New Zealand Robot predicts Afghanistan will win World Cup 2015 February 13, 2015

    A New Zealand robot has predicted minnows Afghanistan will win the upcoming Cricket World Cup, although even the machine's programmer admits such a shock result is unlikely. The University of Canterbury's robot Ikram made the prediction using software developed by doctorate student Eduardo Sandoval. When the flags of the 14 participating nations...
  • Here's why robots could replace more factory workers in the years to come February 10, 2015

    New York: The falling cost of industrial robots will allow manufacturers to use them to replace more factory workers over the next decade while lowering labor costs, according to new research. Robots now perform roughly 10 percent of manufacturing tasks that can be done by machines, according to the Boston...
  • Indian-origin scientist develops robot that can do laundry February 7, 2015

    New York: If you find doing the laundry boring, a robot can soon come to your rescue. An Indian-origin scientist has developed an automated tool that is capable of doing laundry without any specific knowledge of what it has to wash. The researches enabled the robot to do the laundry without...
  • China to have most robots in the world by 2017: Report February 6, 2015

    Frankfurt: China will have more robots operating in its production plants by 2017 than any other country as it cranks up automation of its car and electronics factories, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) said on Thursday. Already the biggest market in the $9.5 billion global robot trade - or $29...
  • Indian Science Congress showcases robot with multiple cameras to defuse bombs January 5, 2015

    Mumbai: In an innovative invention, the Indian Army has built robots with multiple cameras which are being used by them to defuse bombs. Named as Daksh, the robot can carry 20 kgs of weight, climb stairs and even steep slopes. It can even take x-ray images. The Army has been...
  • Robots learn how to cook by watching videos on YouTube January 5, 2015

    Washington: Researchers have found a way to allow robots to learn how to cook by watching videos on YouTube. The researchers from NICTA, Australia's Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence, and the University of Maryland developed a way for teaching robots how to properly use tools by having them...
  • 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...