• Bubble casting: it's not hard to make soft robots

    “Fancy balloons” could accelerate the development of the bots.

    Soft robots – made from malleable material – can get into and around thousands of places their hard counterparts cann...

    Robotics November 11, 2021
  • Colour-changing chameleon-bot

    Artificial ‘skin’ the first step towards colour-blending military camo.

    Artificial camouflage may sound more like science fiction than science, but the possibility of donning a colour-chang...

    News August 11, 2021
  • Making robots useful in the warehouse

    Researchers try adding a little deep learning.

    Working in a warehouse is tough for robots. Unlike on a production line, where the same motion is constantly repeated...

    News November 19, 2020
  • What drones can tell us about penguins

    Algorithm works out the logistics and saves a lot of time.

    How do you keep a close and regular eye on 300,000 nesting pairs of Adélie penguins spread over two square kilometres...

    Automation October 29, 2020
  • Bots not a part of the vaccine chat

    Study suggests influence on information flow not great.

    The influence of bots on vaccine-related discussions on social media may be a lot smaller than we think and fear. ...

    Behaviour October 6, 2020
  • Can robot cars drive more like us?

    Researchers develop a model based on managing risk.

    Robot cars would be a bit less robotic if they drove a bit more like us, Dutch researchers suggest. And they may have...

    News October 2, 2020
  • These bots were made for walkin’

    Taking baby steps with standard electronic signals.

    A Cornell University collaboration is trying to up the ante on walking robots by developing some you can control with...

    News August 28, 2020
  • Algorithm keeps robots on task

    To avoid collisions, they focus on their immediate vicinity.

    US researchers say they have developed the first decentralised algorithm that can stop robots colliding when they are...

    News February 25, 2020
  • Snakes in the lab, but all is well

    Engineers develop a robot that can climb like a kingsnake.

    Ophiophobes might suggest we have enough real snakes in the world without creating artificial ones. A robot snake ...

    News February 19, 2020
  • Robot pigeon promises new flying machines

    Producing a prototype for avian-inspired aviation.

    As early aviators discovered, sometimes to their terminal cost, the way in which birds fly is complicated and complex...

    News January 16, 2020
  • Pavlov's plastic

    Training inanimate material to behave like artificial muscles

    Picture a robot and images of futuristic humanoids of metal and code come to mind. However, researchers in Finland ar...

    Technology December 4, 2019
  • Conversation

    How should we treat a social robot?

    Abusing it won’t hurt it, but it could make you a crueller person

    Set in a dystopian 2019, the sci-fi classic Blade Runner explores how artificial humans could impact our humanity. Ha...

    Ethics November 10, 2019
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