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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... >>

Service robots are becoming a thing: K5 and OSHbot will help you keep watch, find a hammer

Service robots are becoming a thing: K5 and OSHbot will help you keep watch, find a hammer

By 18 November 2014

Robots are about to take over service work, at least in the US. Robots can be found in manufacturing plants, or even in the form of a disc-shaped vacuum cleaner that sweeps across your floor, and now a California startup is planning to kick things up... >>

Keeker is the smart robot for the home: A moving projector, speaker, security bot and more

Keeker is the smart robot for the home: A moving projector, speaker, security bot and more

By 17 November 2014

Keeker could be the first proper robot to grace homes with myriad uses. It's basically a little Star Wars style R2D2 for the real world, minus the weapons. Keeker is primarily a moving projector with surround sound. That means you can send it anywhere... >>

Meet Jimmy, Intel’s joke-telling, app controlled and customisable 3D-printed robot

Meet Jimmy, Intel’s joke-telling, app controlled and customisable 3D-printed robot

By 12 September 2014

In our job we meet a lot of different people throughout the industry. But at the Intel Developers Forum 2014 we “met” a robot for the first time: Jimmy, the customisable, programmable and 3D-printed creation from Intel and Trossen Robotics. And the... >>

Dyson teases its first robot vacuum, project N223, for 4 September unveil

Dyson teases its first robot vacuum, project N223, for 4 September unveil

By 28 August 2014

Dyson, the British vacuum specialist, has unveiled a video cryptographically showing off something called project N223. It looks like this will be the company's first robot vacuum cleaner which it plans to unveil on 4 September. Dyson used to have a section... >>

BAE smart skin will let planes 'feel' damage, cars and even homes next in line

BAE smart skin will let planes 'feel' damage, cars and even homes next in line

By 22 August 2014

BAE Systems has announced a new technology that will allow its aircraft to "feel" damage. The skin-like covering will plaster the plane in tens of thousands of micro-sensors which will be able to "feel" structural changes. They could also measure wind... >>