Tiny Magnetic Robots Might One Day Work On Equally Tiny Assembly Lines

We've successfully engineered giant robot arms for building cars on an assembly line. But smaller mass-produced items—like electronics—still mostly rely on the nimble hands and fingers of a human. Building and controlling robots on a very small scale is still very difficult, but a company called SRI International may… » 4/16/14 4:20pm 4/16/14 4:20pm

Robo-Hands Can Now Feel What They're Crushing

People's #1 fear when shaking the hand of a robot: having it mash their digits like Popsicle sticks. Two Stanford grad's solution: coat the robo-hand in the same material used in touch-screen phones to give it a precision grip. » 7/26/11 2:00am 7/26/11 2:00am