Robotics

This little rover thinks it’s time we went back to the moon

This little rover thinks it’s time we went back to the moon

The attentions of the space-faring industry may have turned to more distant targets, like Mars or even hurtling comets, but that's not to say there's not still room to explore a closer neighbor, like our own moon. Carnegie Mellon has revealed the robotic rover it believes will not only clinch it part of a $20m+ Google Lunar XPrize, but discover new and unseen pits and caves that pock the moon's surface. Dubbed Andy, the robot is predominantly the handiwork of students, and took just nine months to develop.

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Watch: Chappie, a robot movie with District 9, Die Antwoord on mix

Watch: Chappie, a robot movie with District 9, Die Antwoord on mix

Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9 and Elysium, is about to release a movie that'll throw you for a true loop. Inside this film you'll find Hugh Jackman, the voice of Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel (from The Newsroom and Slumdog Millionaire), and Sharlto Copley - whom you'll recognize from District 9 as the main character, Wikus Van De Merwe. Chappie also features the two characters that bring Die Antwoord to life: Yo-Landi Visser and Ninja, Africa natives and musical personalities absolutely and completely without equal.

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Darkside Ollie hits market for the evil robot lover in you

Darkside Ollie hits market for the evil robot lover in you

Earlier this year we had a peek at the Sphero Ollie, a two-wheeled remote-control robot from the same folks that made the original spherical Sphero device. Now the two-wheeled beast has been given a slight reboot in an all-black design called Darkside Ollie. This unit will cost you just a bit more than the original Ollie, and not just because it comes in a limited-edition color scheme. This unit has a whole lot more in the box as well - Prime Hubs and Flux Hubs and Turbo Tires, oh my!

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Robot dolphins go deep to understand Antarctic melt

Robot dolphins go deep to understand Antarctic melt

We knew the West Antarctic ice was melting, but it's taken a school of robotic dolphins to figure out why, with researchers at Caltech using ocean gliders to explore the ocean eddies responsible. The six foot long robots take advantage of changes in buoyancy to soar through the water, rather than propellers, and swam the Southern Ocean off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula for two months, diving to depths of around 1.2 miles before surfacing again to report their findings around temperature and salinity via radio links to the Caltech team.

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Atlas robot tries to do the Karate Kid “Crane” stance

Atlas robot tries to do the Karate Kid “Crane” stance

If robots of the future start trying to become our new overlords, we could probably trace it back to this day. Well, sort of. Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IMHC) is teaching its Atlas robot a few kickass moves. Or at least is trying to. The latest stunt this humanoid contraption is trying to pull off is that iconic stance from 1984's Karate Kid, popularly known as "The Crane". But while it seems to have its arm movements down to a T, it still needs a lot of work on its legs.

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Google takes over NASA’s Moffett Field for aviation, robotics

Google takes over NASA’s Moffett Field for aviation, robotics

In an interesting agreement, Google will take control of NASA’s Moffett Field. the 60-year agreement will see Google invest up to $200 million in the property. Though they’re operating and investing in the air strip, which previously used by Google as a private airstrip, NASA will ultimately retain ownership. According to NASA, Google’s Planetary Ventures LLC branch, a shell company for investment purposes, will dole out $1.16 billion over the contract, and reduce NASA’s operating cost by $6.3 million annually.

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Micro-scallop robot can swim through blood, eyeballs

Micro-scallop robot can swim through blood, eyeballs

Some of us might imagine robots to be big hulking contraptions of mass destruction, but one of the applications of robotics and science goes in the opposite direction, scaling down these objects so that they could be used for medical purposes. But alas, the laws of physics, as often is the case, hinder instead of help, preventing microscopic robots from swimming inside our bodies for whatever purposes. Prof. Peer Fischer and his research team at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany, however, might have found a way around that limitation.

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Cyborg cockroach experiment locates disaster survivors through sound

Cyborg cockroach experiment locates disaster survivors through sound

They may be one of the most disgusting insects you've ever seen, and laying eyes on one in your kitchen probably makes you want to scream, but one day cyborg cockroaches could save your life if you're trapped in a disaster. A pair of researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a way to control the bugs through a circuit board connected to their brain, and having them find the sources of sounds, including human voices.

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