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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

New 'Scorpion' Robot Will Inspect Fukushima Reactor This Summer

When the 2011 earthquake in Japan damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant, teams scrambled to find a robot that could go where humans couldn’t. In many ways those robots failed, and ever since, there has been a focus on creating robots that can get the job done. Enter Toshiba’s “Scorpion” robot, which will make its… » 6/30/15 3:32pm 6/30/15 3:32pm

This Nanobot Gun Could One Day Assemble Inside Your Body And Shoot You

One of science fiction’s biggest unfulfilled promises are medical nanobots: tiny little machines that will run around your body, repairing what’s gone wrong. Scientists from the University of Houston are setting out to change all of that, with an incredibly clever self-assembling robotic gun that can clear blockages… » 6/25/15 4:03pm 6/25/15 4:03pm

These Slithering Modular Snakebots Are the Future of Robotics

A snakebot recently crawled up my leg. The engineers sort of grinned while I grimaced, wondering if I should try to attack it or cry for help, an impulse that comes from watching too many scifi movies, I guess. I expect most robots to destroy me, but these snakebots are designed to do the opposite. And they could… » 6/17/15 4:25pm 6/17/15 4:25pm

Humanity's Future Will Be In Caves ... On the Moon

While I talked with the legendary roboticist Red Whittaker in his lab at Carnegie Mellon, a half-moon shaped remnant of a Lifesaver was resting on his knee. He nibbled on it as we talked about sending autonomous robots to explore the Moon. That’s when he told me about the Moon caves that could be humanity’s future… » 6/15/15 1:20pm 6/15/15 1:20pm

Silicon Valley and the Shit-Slinging Robot Monkey Hand

Even though Silicon Valley primarily follows (and mocks) a small startup, the show has always been stellar at satirizing the tech establishment. This week’s episode uses a wearable robotic monkey hand to make a point about how the big companies can be the biggest (and sometimes most literal) shitshows of them all. » 5/11/15 3:30pm 5/11/15 3:30pm

Inside the Experimental Robotics Lab Where Machines Are Getting Softer

Last week, an artificially intelligent robot scared me to death . The next day, I travelled to Carnegie Mellon University where I met a lab full of robots designed to do the exact opposite. Big, soft, and inflatable, these robots are Disney characters in real life. Your grandma’s going to love them. That’s the idea. » 4/15/15 3:30pm 4/15/15 3:30pm