Robotics

  • Robotic creepy-crawlies climb walls

    Two teams of researchers exploit electrostatic forces.

    One of the Shanghai team's wall-climbing robots. Gu et al., Sci. Robot. 3, eaat2874 (2018) Two teams of researcher...

    Robotics December 19, 2018
  • Star Wars shows the way on robotics

    A droid in the new flick suggests the future of robot design. Sort of.

    With the release of Solo: A Star Wars Movie and the rise of its break-out star, a self-modifying droid called L3-37, ...

    Robotics June 20, 2018
  • Robots offer new ways to study sea life

    Scuba diving biologists may become an endangered species.

    Researchers seeking new ways to explore the ocean have developed an underwater “robotic plankton” inexpensive enough ...

    Robotics February 15, 2018
  • Mantis makes a spectacle of itself

    Studying praying mantis vision could lead to cheaper robots.

    Stereoscopic vision in praying mantises works in a significantly different way to that found in mammals such as human...

    Robotics February 8, 2018
  • The 10 “great challenges” for robots

    Moral boundaries are one of the difficulties faced by bots.

    Developing the capacity to make moral decisions is one of the 10 greatest challenges facing robots in the near future...

    Robotics January 31, 2018
  • Robots heal injured pig oesaphagus

    A team report success with a cell-regenerating robot implant.

    Every so often the march of research seems to take an abrupt turn into the realm of science fiction. For example, a n...

    Robotics January 14, 2018
  • Neurotech may destroy your privacy and rights

    Calls for protection against brain-computer interfaces.

    At the 2016 Code Conference, held last June in Rancho Palos Verdes in California, US, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon M...

    Robotics November 8, 2017
  • Coming soon: robots with jellyfish skin

    A prototype electronic skin glows when in danger.

    An electronic skin that takes a lesson from jellyfish and glows when in danger of being damaged is being developed by...

    Robotics November 5, 2017
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