Robotics

Google driverless cars still require double drivers

Google driverless cars still require double drivers

Google's driverless cars may have got the green light to roam the roads of Nevada under their own direction, but don't think you'll be able to summon your robot chauffeur to pick you up from afar. Although Nevada has allowed the autonomous Prius fleet to pilot themselves, they're only allowed to do so if two people are in the car at all times: one of whom must be behind the wheel to seize it in the case of an emergency.

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Panasonic testing Head Care Robot at salon

Panasonic testing Head Care Robot at salon

Panasonic has begun testing a hair washing and scalp massaging robot in Japan. This so called Head Care Robot is currently being trialed at the Super Hair Seo salon in Nishinomiya, near Osaka, where customers can go try out the robot until June 10.

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Robotic legs to help woman run London Marathon

Robotic legs to help woman run London Marathon

After a freak horse riding accident six years ago, equestrian Claire Lomas was told she would never walk again. But she was determined to go against the odds, and thanks to her determination - and some help with incredible advancements in medical technology since 2006 - Lomas is prepared to walk in the London Marathon tomorrow. She'll be an inspiration for paralyzed medical patients everywhere.

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Qbo robot up for pre-order

Qbo robot up for pre-order

Open-source robot Qbo has gone up for pre-order, offering DIY robo hobbyists a straightforward way to experiment with artificial intelligence, telepresence and object/speech recognition. Initially billed as "the Model T of robotics" Qbo is the brainchild of European start-up TheCorpora. The basic Qbo kit starts at €499 ($652) - a promotional price for the first 1,000 units, after which it climbs to €623.75 - however it's also available in two full-assembled versions.

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Scientists build robot with muscles and joints

Scientists build robot with muscles and joints

The next time you see someone doing the dance "The robot," it might not be accurate in the world of modern robotics. Scientists at the University of Sussex, the University of Belgrade, and the Artificial Intelligence Lab of the University of Zurich have been working on a new humanoid robot that has muscles and joints, just like real humans. This means their movements won't be as rigid as everyone has come to expect from robots.

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Robo Octopus research refines tentacle tech

Robo Octopus research refines tentacle tech

Good morning! Ready to see something creepy cool to start off your day? Happy to oblige. The European Octopus Project is designed to better understand the fine motor controls of an octopus and applying them to robotics. They seem to be making progress, with a new prototype having eight soft tentacles.

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Navy deploys robot helicopters to spot pirates

Navy deploys robot helicopters to spot pirates

The US Navy is planning to deploy robot helicopters to help scan the seas for pirates. The Office of Naval Research recently detailed the new system it calls Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker (MMSS), which involves high-definition cameras and sensors along with 3D imaging laser-radar, or LADAR, technology.

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Drexel University students create robotic Beatles band

Drexel University students create robotic Beatles band

If you ever wondered what classic Beatles tunes would sound like if they were played by entities that show no human emotion, you could always just listen to Paul McCartney. Nah, but seriously, a group of students at Drexel University's Music and Entertainment Technology Lab (MET-lab) have created an autonomous group of robots that can not only play instruments in time to a musical score but can also sing in synthesized English speech.

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MIT project envisions custom 3D-printed robots

MIT project envisions custom 3D-printed robots

A new project led by MIT researchers envisions a future where you can three-dimensionally print your own custom robot at a "Robot Kinkos." These robots could help with household tasks or be great for keeping pets or children busy. And you don't need to be a robotics expert to make your own. A program with templates and task categories would help you design a robot to suit your needs.

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