• Driverless dynamics and fiddling with fingers

    The promise of robots, and of human-robot societies, seems as elusive as ever. What are the main ...

    Dr Nicole Robinson spends her days working with robots. But not just today’s robots – she is working with the robots ...

    Robotics January 14, 2022
  • Fish robots put a scare into invasive species

    Researchers engineer a robot that may help turn the tide against invasive mosquitofish.

    Invasive mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) have been wreaking havoc in Australian freshwater systems since their arri...

    Australia December 17, 2021
  • Robotic hand dexterous enough to use tweezers

    Human hands are extremely difficult to replicate robotically – but this robot comes closer than e...

    Humanoid robots are a staple of science fiction, from C-3PO in Star Wars to Data in Star Trek, and they’re also now u...

    Robotics December 15, 2021
  • 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
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