Tagged With Robots

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I won't be satisfied with the robotics industry until I can send a swarm of nanobots to devour my enemies and turn them into fashionable singlets. While science plugs away at that problem, cool droids like the milliDelta from Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) will have to do. The robot is around 15mm², but can move with a degree of speed and precision that blows the pants off everything that's come before it.

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To the untrained eye, babies are nothing more than drooling, crying blobs who do basically nothing all day. But a recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology has found that babies are actually drooling, crying blobs who stir up impressive clouds of bacteria, dirt, fungi and bug bits wherever they crawl. And all it took to figure this out was creating a foil-covered robot baby.

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Japanese scientists are hard at work trying to create the only kind of robot that matters in this hopeless hellworld: one capable of pulling off an inspirational training montage, glistening robo-muscles and all. Their latest efforts have been detailed in a paper published in Science Robotics earlier this month, complete with videos that show off the robots' workout routine.

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The trouble with the future is that it never seems to arrive. That's why we call it the future. We consequently have this bad habit of taking the present, and all the wondrous and horrific things it has to offer, for granted. As a reminder that we're actually living in the future of a not-so-distant past, we present to you a list of the most futuristic things that happened in 2017.

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For toddlers, playing with toys is not all fun-and-games - it's an important way for them to learn how the world works. Using a similar methodology, researchers from UC Berkeley have developed a robot that, like a child, learns from scratch and experiments with objects to figure out how to best move them around. And by doing so, this robot is essentially able to see into its own future.

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Federico Ciccarese and his company, Youbionic, imagine a not-too-distant future where everything we see is enhanced through augmented reality, and our body's ability to interact with the world is upgraded through augmented physicality. What does that look like? For starters, a $US2,000+ 3D-printed glove that puts two hands on the end of your arms, instead of just one.

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Long before robots such as R2-D2 and the Terminator hit the silver screen, a 1956 movie called Forbidden Planet featured a humanoid automaton that, in all likelihood, blew your grandparents' minds. Robby the Robot might be primitive by today's movie prop standards, but the three-piece costume is so iconic that it recently sold at a Bonhams auction in New York for a staggering $US5,375,000 ($7,105,648).

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Video: Need to run downstairs to fetch the laundry? Or maybe there's a phone call you just have to take? Life with a baby can make even the smallest chores feel like a herculean task if you don't have a nanny. But it turns out, if you keep your floors clean using a robot, maybe you do have a nanny and just didn't realise it.