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A New Alexa-Like System Is Helping Robots Understand Context Clues

Unlike human communication, which involves a variety of nuances and subtleties, today’s robots understand only the literal. While they can learn by repetition, for machines, language is about direct commands, and they...
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MIT’s ‘Living Jewelry’ is Made of Small Robot Assistants

Project Kino was inspired by ‘living jewelry,’ large bedazzled beetles and other insects worn as decoration in different parts of the world. For now, most of the robots’ tasks are decorative. The project’s...
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Robotic Eel With Living Sensors to Hunt Down Water Pollution

The robotics researchers at Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have produced some truly impressive (and creepy) animal-inspired droids over the years. Following in the footsteps of the team's robotic turtles, grasshoppers and crocodiles comes...

10 Ways Robots Are Being Used To Innovate the Creative Industries

Autonomous or semi-autonomous, robots have been proliferating—and will continue to do so—in order to replace us humans in our different everyday tasks. We’ve seen how Amazon is betting strongly on delivery drones, automotive companies...

Engineering a Robot for a Specific Job

With labor costs increasing and robot costs declining, collaborative robots have become an increasingly popular alternative to human labor. More and more, robots are filling a skills and cost niche –...

Stanford’s soft snake robot “grows” to explore disaster sites

Rather than a rigid robot rummaging through the rubble, the Stanford snake starts life as a rolled-up, inside-out tube made of soft material, with a pump at one end and a...
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These ‘1D’ Robots Can Be Printed in Just 13 Minutes

From wire to finished product in less than 13 minutes: a new robot-builder is faster than most takeaways. It works by bending wire that already has motors attached into different shapes,...
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Robots Finally Have a Good Way to Communicate Underwater

Under the sea, there are submarines, research vessels, robots, buoys, and tracking tags on animals, and they've all got to communicate. But radio signals don't work underwater, so the established radio...
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Flexible Exoskeleton Designed For Active Factory Workers

This flexible exoskeleton, designed by Swiss studio Sapetti, allows its wearer to sit down whenever and wherever they need to. The Chairless Chair is designed primarily for manufacturing environments, where workers are required...
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This Gecko-inspired Robot Could Help Clean Up Space Debris

Around 500,000 pieces of human-made debris orbit our planet every second, reaching speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour. This debris is a threat to satellites, space vehicles like the...