Google’s robotics division just got a lot bigger with the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, a company that makes four-legged walking robots for the military.
Who would win in a fight between Amazon’s drones and Google robots? That’s something we may have an answer to in a few years.
ATOMS are a system of plug-and-play sensors, motors, and logic blocks. Kids can either use one of ATOMS’ sets to build monsters, robots, or magic wands, or attach them to existing toys and control them using an iOS device.
When robots inevitably take over, cows will be the first things they take control of.
CyPhy, a company that builds flying robots got $7 million today to, well, build freaking flying robots.
Why might a preschooler need to program, you might be wondering? They don’t, but an early grasp of programming concepts can have a significant impact on the rest of their life.
This giant spider bot is just for a demo. But you can buy the tiny critters in stores.
Hollywood’s latest blockbuster “Gravity” was filmed by robots. Four giant industrial robots whisked props, lights and even actors around the set in a ballet of split-second precision, as well as doing the camerawork. They call it cinematic automation.
Jimmy is an example of a robot that anybody could build and print themselves.
“The projects we think of as the Holy Grail of robotics, the humanoid robot and the self-driving car,” are old ideas that are becoming outmoded by today’s devices, said Anki founder Boris Sofman.
Ford will partner with a Russian university to study the communications models of robots in space. The goal is to provide the next generation of drivers with insights about how to avoid traffic accidents.
Robotics expert Michael McMaster has been building R2-D2 robots with his friends for years. But now he’s made a life-size working replica of Wall-E, the lovable robot from the Pixar film of the same name.
In the spirit of Father’s Day, I’m guessing everyone has probably heard the phrase “it’s not what you say; it’s how you say it.” Well, MIT is actually applying that concept to a new automated program that rates your body language as you talk to someone.
Editor’s Pick While hospital robots sound like the stuff of the future, the technology is already in wide use today.
The White House is celebrating its third science fair today where you’ll see new biofuels, robots, and more. All from the kids of America.
The personal robots market is set to pull in some major cash over the next few years — but robotic assistants probably won’t be a part of the equation.
Now Wave Glider robots come with hybrid engines, using wave or solar power.
Robotex, the private company creating robots that go where it might be too dangerous for humans, brought in $2.06 million in funding today.
The future of robotics may be less Terminator and more gardener. Charles Grinnell helped build the world’s largest particle collider at CERN (The European Center for Nuclear Research). Now he’s taken up gardening, or rather, his robots have.
RedZone Robotics just launched a new robot to inspect mid-sized sewage pipes for corrosion, deformation, and debris in order to prevent leaks that could pose health hazards.
Seventy-one-year-old genius Stephen Hawking will soon apply his brain to some of the world’s most pressing threats. I feel safer already.
Attacknids, sold by Wow! Stuff, are the first in a line of fighting robots called Combat Creatures.
Fifteen years after launching its first Mindstorms robots, EGO is releasing a new generation of programmable smart toys.
Editor’s Pick A robot descends slowly into a “skylight” on the moon, the gateway to a lunar cave network sheltered from the harsh thermal environment and micrometeorites showering the surface. Its objective? To scout and construct habitats suitable for human beings.
Editor’s Pick It took Claire Lomas 17 days to complete the London marathon. The twist? Lomas is paralyzed from the chest down and walked the entire course wearing a robotic exoskeleton called the ReWalk. ReWalk users, who thought they would never walk again, can stand, sit, walk and climb stairs.
Is your robot stressed? Robot yoga for the humanoid robot Nao is just one of the applications you can download from the RobotAppStore, which just landed a $250,000 investment from Grishin Robotics.
“Many of us will live to see the day where we have physical, non-human colleagues,” says Matt Beane, a researcher at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and he doesn’t mean the office dog. Beane’s research addresses what he calls “The Avatar Economy”, where remote workers operate robots.
Guest Post In the typical office, machines will increasingly do more work, automating functions that were once performed manually. But they will never replace humans. Here’s why.
Running a magazine that writes about futuristic technology isn’t enough for Chris Anderson: He’s leaving to helm a company that actually makes futuristic tech.
Russian billionaire Dimitry Grishin wants to bring robots to the masses. Throw together cash, design, and startup culture, and the robolution starts now.
Suddenly, telepresence robots are the hottest gadgets that don’t fit in your hand. Double Robotics blew the lid of the category just a month or so ago, I’ll be checking out a Vancouver startup’s new product next week, and a number of other pitches are hitting my inbox.
Editor’s Pick OpenROV, a mini submarine developed in a Silicon Valley garage, has been hailed by the world’s media as the key to unlocking the earth’s last frontier.
At VentureBeat, we come across a lot of funding news every day. In order to bring you the most information possible, we’re rounding up the quick-and-dirty details about the funding deals of the day and serving them up here in our “Funding daily” column.
Computer vision works much better than it once did, and that could enable a diverse range of machines to see and understand their environments. Such machines could be useful in everything from military scouting to self-driving cars.