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Builders beware, Hadrian the robot bricklayer can knock up a house in two days

Builders beware, Hadrian the robot bricklayer can knock up a house in two days

By 26 June 2015

The time of robots taking human jobs is well and truly here thanks to a robot bricklayer that can build a house shell in just two days. Hadrian the robot, named after the famous Roman defensive wall, was created by Australian aeronautical engineer, Mark... >>

Pepper, the emotion reading robot that feels, sells out in 60-seconds

Pepper, the emotion reading robot that feels, sells out in 60-seconds

By 22 June 2015

Pepper is a Japanese humanoid robot which is able to sense emotion and exhibit its own feelings. After going on sale in Japan, the robot made by Softbank was sold out in just a minute. Granted there were only 1,000 to be bought but they are not cheap.... >>

This tiny origami drone wants to fold into your body and dissolve when done

This tiny origami drone wants to fold into your body and dissolve when done

By 29 May 2015

As if flying drones weren't creepy enough, MIT has just unveiled a tiny bot it wants to send into your body. The magnetically powered drone is 1.7cm long but will, one day, be small enough to move about inside your body. The current model is still very... >>

Amazon setting robots against each other in $25,000 competition, potentially for human jobs

Amazon setting robots against each other in $25,000 competition, potentially for human jobs

By 26 March 2015

Amazon is calling out robots to fight for a $25,000 prize and, potentially, the jobs of its human warehouse staff. The retail giant already uses robots in its warehouses but when it comes to packing and unpacking items it still relies on the fleshy mitts... >>

Robocop police used in Congo, apparently to scare people in traffic

Robocop police used in Congo, apparently to scare people in traffic

By 6 March 2015

The Democratic Republic of Congo has replaced some of its traffic police with aluminium robots that look as though they could've come from a low-budget sci-fi film. The solar-powered machines tower over the roads, waving their arms, and hand out tickets... >>

Boston Dynamics' new robo-dog Spot is more of a pup, small but strong

Boston Dynamics' new robo-dog Spot is more of a pup, small but strong

By 11 February 2015

Spot is the new robot dog created by Google's Boston Dynamics. He's smaller than the first generation LS3 Big Dog, but just as capable. Spot is a 73kg electrically powered and hydraulically actuated robot that can walk, trot and climb. Spot can even take... >>

This Japanese hotel will be run almost entirely by robots

This Japanese hotel will be run almost entirely by robots

By 6 February 2015

Japan is like the planet's womb for robots, pioneering their development for decades. Now it's given robots a new level of responsibility with its robot hotel run almost completely by machines. The Henn-na Hotel will open in July, feature 72 rooms, and... >>

Robot-body upgrade anyone? A worm has had its mind put into a Lego robot

Robot-body upgrade anyone? A worm has had its mind put into a Lego robot

By 28 January 2015

It's finally happened, the mind of a living organism has been put into the body of a man-made robot. Specifically a Lego robot has been made that now thinks like a worm. The OpenWorm project has mapped connections between a worm's 302 neurons and simulated... >>

What would you have an intelligent robot do? Well, if 'draw in the sand' was your answer...

What would you have an intelligent robot do? Well, if 'draw in the sand' was your answer...

By 12 January 2015

Co-developed by Disney Research and a student team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Beachbot is an autonomous robot with a rather special talent; it can draw massive pictures in sand. That's just about it really, but the end... >>

This personal robot will run your life for you

This personal robot will run your life for you

By 9 January 2015

Let's face it, we've always had aspirations of owning a robot butler or household Android that will handle our menial day to day chores. And anyone born during before the 90s would have at least once thought that we'd have one by now - it's 2015 for... >>