New ‘Poké Ball’ robot catches deep-sea critters without harming them

Like a submarine Poké Ball, a new robotic device gently captures and releases deep-sea creatures without a scratch. This critter catcher could be decked out with cameras and other sensors to give scientists an unprecedented view of life in one of Earth’s most mysterious environments. The contraption, designed to be mounted on a remotely operated […]

Experts warn robots are growing in consciousness and should be classified as an “invasive species”

Should humanity become extinct in the immediate future, it won’t be by our own hands or through the wrath of nature. A number of experts has claimed that our demise shall be brought on by super-strong robots. What was once created to make our lives easier could very well “threaten our existence” in the span […]

Next-generation robotic cockroach can explore under water environments

In nature, cockroaches can survive underwater for up to 30 minutes. Now, a robotic cockroach can do even better. Harvard’s Ambulatory Microrobot, known as HAMR, can walk on land, swim on the surface of water, and walk underwater for as long as necessary, opening up new environments for this little bot to explore. This next […]

“Blind” Cheetah 3 robot can climb stairs littered with obstacles

MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot can now leap and gallop across rough terrain, climb a staircase littered with debris, and quickly recover its balance when suddenly yanked or shoved, all while essentially blind. The 90-pound mechanical beast — about the size of a full-grown Labrador — is intentionally designed to do all this without relying on […]

NEW ‘E-DERMIS’ BRINGS SENSE OF TOUCH, PAIN TO PROSTHETIC HANDS

“phantom limb”—a feeling that a missing body part is still there. That sensory illusion is closer to becoming a reality thanks to a team of engineers at the Johns Hopkins University that has created an electronic skin. When layered on top of prosthetic hands, this e-dermis brings back a real sense of touch through the […]

Researchers reveal more accurate, faster robot for breast biopsy

Last year, the University of Twente revealed the world’s most accurate 3D-printed biopsy robot. This time, during the Surgical Robot Challenge at the international Hamlyn Symposium in London, the researchers revealed the latest version. The Robot, named Sunram 5, is more accurate and faster, which means biopsy can be performed in an even better way. […]

Next-Generation Robotic Cockroach Can Explore Underwater Environments

In nature, cockroaches can survive underwater for up to 30 minutes. Now, a robotic cockroach can do even better. Harvard’s Ambulatory Microrobot, known as HAMR, can walk on land, swim on the surface of water, and walk underwater for as long as necessary, opening up new environments for this little bot to explore. This next generation […]

Terminator REBOOTING: Smart microchip can self-start and operate even when the battery runs out

Singaporean scientists have unveiled a smart microchip that will keep running long after its battery runs empty. The new BATLESS has an integrated solar cell that can get power from dim lighting, and its power management features let it start and run itself, an article in Science Daily states. The new chip will be installed on Internet of […]

This Boston Dynamics Robot Gets More Fresh Air And Exercise Than Most of Us

verybody needs to get some fresh air every once in a while. Even, uh, robots. Boston Dynamics just uploaded a video of its upright, bipedal robot called Atlas going for a jog. No tethers, no awkward stiffness, just a robot, a green field, and plenty of fresh air. No stress holding it down, Atlas effortlessly crosses different […]