An Astronaut On the ISS Will Control a New Type of Haptic Rover Here On Earth

This has been a year of haptics: From the widespread use of it in consumer electronics through the Apple Watch, to the boom in development of touchable interfaces. Soon, an astronaut aboard the ISS will attempt a major haptic experiment—by controlling a super-precise robot here on Earth using force feedback from… » 8/28/15 1:04pm Friday 1:04pm

This Robot Reads WikiHow Guides to Learn How to Make Breakfast

As robots become more common in offices and homes, more humans will need to communicate with them. Sadly, bots still can’t converse or read or write well—yet. A European research project is looking to fix this limitation with a WikiHow-skimming kitchen robot that uses text and voice commands to throw together grub. » 8/25/15 4:20pm Tuesday 4:20pm

A Human Master Gives This Robot Perfect Balance and Lightning Reflexes

Creating a humanoid robot that’s as agile and fast as an adult human—not a toddler—is a huge challenge as the recent DARPA challenge illustrated. So researchers at MIT have designed a robot that acts more like a puppet, relying on a human operator for dexterity, speed, and balance. » 8/07/15 3:00pm 8/07/15 3:00pm

Uh Oh, MIT Developed a Way To Make Robotic Hands Way More Like Our Own

Robotic arms have been around for decades now—but even though we humans like to compare these machines to our own bodies, robotic arms and hands are very, very limited when it comes to dexterity. According to a pair of MIT engineers, the key to making robotic hands more like our own is teaching them how to improvise. » 8/05/15 12:24pm 8/05/15 12:24pm

Whoever Found hitchBOT Brought Him to Meet Kevin Smith Last Night

The hitchBOT story just keeps getting weirder. After getting beheaded in Philly this past weekend some people thought he’d be lost forever. But that little hitchhiking robot has popped up again. This time hitchBOT made an appearance in Brooklyn with director Kevin Smith. » 8/05/15 11:03am 8/05/15 11:03am

Hitchhiking Robot Lasts Just Two Weeks in US Because Humans Are Terrible

When hitchBOT the hitchhiking robot started his journey in Boston two weeks ago he wanted to see the entire country. Unfortunately, he never made it out of the Northeast. The researchers who built hitchBOT announced today that they need to stop the experiment because hitchBOT was vandalized in Philadelphia. » 8/03/15 9:58am 8/03/15 9:58am