NASA’s Valkyries Are Being Honed for a Mission to Mars

NASA’s plans to colonize Mars is not just a far-fetched dream. It has been working on it for a long time and we now have robots who will help in the construction of habitat for human explorers to Mars. But with the idea of one step at a time, three out of the four sister robots have been shipped to three different universities in Massachusetts and Scotland. The aim is to hone the skills of these robots named Valkyrie with ...

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In a “Friendly Buyout” Toyota Helps Google Unload its Robotics Division

At a time when robotics seems to be all the rage, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, feels otherwise. Reportedly, Boston Dynamics, which was purchased in 2013 is being sold to Toyota Research. While the deal has not been disclosed publicly, this has come to light through a source who told about the sale to Tech Insider. It appears that the deal is almost finalized but the price has not been disclosed.

Boston Dynamics was left asunder when its co-founder Andy Rubin ...

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ZenBo – ASUS’ Cute New Creation Offers a Lot of Promising Features

Homes and gadgets seem to be getting along really well because all of a sudden the robotics industry has started taking keen interest in homes more than any other place. Our latest addition to the list of robots who can now be welcomed to your home is ZenBo created by ASUS. ZenBo was unveiled this Monday at the Computex stage by Asus chairman Jonney Shih. The chairman announced that the robot has been created with the goals of “assistance, entertainment ...

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Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft Prepped for Launch in September This Year

NASA is all set to launch OSIRIS-REx this year in September. OSIRIS-REx is a robotic spacecraft which is built to collect the samples of the asteroid Bennu, which will be nearest to Earth in 2018.  Bennu has been calculated to be of a 500-510 meter diameter asteroid and OSIRIX-REx will spend two years to map the object before collecting its samples and returning to Earth. OSIRIX-REx is predicted to reach its set destination in 2018 and return back to Earth ...

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Predictions of Harari: AI vs. Human Beings

The warnings have been predicted long back and it is hard to ignore them. In the verge of making intelligent computers, humanity will beckon a demon which will summon the end of days. We are building silicon assassins instead of silicon assistants. The story of the doomsday of an malevolent artificial intelligence has been told many times but our destiny at the hand of clever robots might be shoddier; we might be bringing upon ourselves a class of perpetually useless ...

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Pepper the Robot

Who is Pepper?

Pepper is a kind-hearted humanoid robot which is a joint effort of a French robotics company Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank Mobile. Pepper has been designed and programmed to understand and respond to human emotions, the bot adapts itself according to the behavior of his speaker.

The partnership of the two companies began in 2012 when SoftBank wanted an emotionally intellectual and a sweet robot to intermingle with their customers. It took two years to build Pepper and finally Pepper ...

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Return of Eric: UK’s First Robot

The London Science Museum has hurled a new movement; funding of UK’s first robot Eric.

Eric was initially built in 1928 and was the first hominid robot which enthralled the spectators with its actions and dialogue. He toured the earth as a showcase for revolutionary technology but suddenly vanished in the 1930s. The museum is now attempting to raise funds for £35,000 to rebuild Eric, and in lesser time they have already managed to collect £6,000.

Alan Reffell and Captain William ...

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Studies Reveal: a Robots Touch Can Arouse Humans

According to Californian researchers an intimate touch of a humanoid robot can yield physiological reactions in human beings.

The study reveals there is a lot more to humanoids: a touch is enough to stimulate human response.

In their research they challenged six male and four female  volunteers with an Aldebaran Robotics Nao robot around two feet with eyes, ears, legs, arms, torso and the ability to speak and chat with the volunteer’s inviting them to touch or point its body parts. ...

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Google Loses Interest in Robotics – Explores Sale Options for Boston Dynamics

Amidst great commendation for its efforts in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Google seems to be losing interest in one of its most visible robotic efforts. Word is out that Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is trying to privately sell Boston Dynamics. The robotics company was about in late 2013 as a part of its robotics division called Replicant.

This gives the company less than three years of association with Google and it appears that Google has already started exploring sale options ...

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Who moved my car?

Researchers Have Developed Ants – Ant Robots – Who Can Move a Car

Recently, I feel like I’m being bombed with new research advancement every day. From robotic clones of dead ones to ant robots that can move a car. Is there any field that has been left untouched by the invigorated tech world? I can hardly think of any such industry that has not been applying robotic science to stay at the forefront. In the universe of robotics, every ...

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