Robotics
Reserve your driving time to reduce traffic congestion  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
For his thesis, EPFL Ph.D. student Raphaël Lamotte studied rush-hour traffic congestion. He suggests implementing a system whereby commuters reserve time on a special traffic lane – like booking a seat on... more
Sensitive e-skin embedded with nanowires  nanowerk · 23 hours
Flexible skin for soft robots, embedded with electrical nanowires, combines conductivity with sensitivity within the same material. more
Bionic 3D-printed arm 'gives confidence' to young amputees  BBC · 1 day
Open Bionics has developed the world's first medically-certified 3D-printed artificial arm more
Plant-robot hybrid out of MIT can make its own way to sunny spots - CNET  CNET · 3 days
Gardeners won't need to adjust the Elowan cyborg plant on the windowsill. more
China Launches 1st Mission to Land on Far Side of the Moon  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
China's robotic Chang'e 4 spacecraft launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center Dec. 7, kicking off the first-ever surface mission to the moon's far side. more
Tiny 'Blueberries' on Mars Continue to Baffle Scientists  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
Snack-loving scientists working with the Opportunity mission on Mars dubbed tiny, iron-rich spheres scattered near the robot's landing site "blueberries," but these features were easier to name than to understand. more
NASA's Mars InSight flexes its arm  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
New images from NASA's Mars InSight lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting. With a reach of nearly 6 feet (2 meters), the arm will be used to pick up science instruments... more
InSight Lander Flexes Its Arm  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
New images from NASA's Mars InSight lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting. With a reach of nearly 6 feet (2 meters),... more
China Launches 1st Mission to Land on the Far Side of the Moon  SPACE.COM · 4 days
China's robotic Chang'e 4 spacecraft launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center this afternoon (Dec. 7), kicking off the first-ever surface mission to the... more
MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Vector Robot From Anki  MacRumors · 4 days
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Anki to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the... more
Innovative steering system meets the needs of the disabled and autonomous driving  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Current adaptable systems that enable people with physical disabilities to drive compare poorly with conventional vehicle controls like steering wheels. An EU initiative has... more
NASA's Mars InSight flexes its arm  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
New images from NASA's Mars InSight lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting. more
NASA's InSight Lander on Mars Just Snapped Awesome New Views of Its Home  SPACE.COM · 4 days
NASA's Mars InSight lander is starting to settle in at its new home and prepare for its scientific work — and the... more
Watch this plant drive a robot video - CNET  CNET · 4 days
Researchers at MIT have created a plant-robot hybrid that moves in response to the plant's natural signals. more
World's first robot-assisted bilateral breast reconstruction performed by Penn surgeons  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
A team of surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are the first in the world to use a surgical robot to assist... more
Pico projectors, smart plugs, and more are all discounted today  Windows Central · 5 days
Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered. There's never a shortage of deals available, but sorting through all of them can... more
Plant roots inspire 3D-printed automotive sensors  nanowerk · 5 days
A robot arm that encompasses sensors, motors, gears and a tiny 3D-printing module all within the tip can mimic root movements through the soil. more
Smart trains with no driver  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Everyone's talking about autonomous cars, wondering if they'll soon be whizzing along our roads. This hype surprises me, because many vehicles in other transport systems have been moving about driverless for years, or even decades. In industrial environments... more
An app for operating a self-driving car  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and IT Engineering, a Korean electric vehicle producer, have jointly developed a smartphone software package for calling and moving a self-driving car with voice recognition. more
5G network to improve road safety  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Next-generation mobile network and fast data transmission solutions can be used to collect a huge amount of data on vehicles on the road. The information can be used, for example, to provide road weather services, carry... more
Japanese cafe uses robots controlled by paralysed people  BBC · 5 days
The project aims to give some disabled people more independence, interaction and paid work. more
WATCH: Uber tries again to put self-driving cars on the road  ABC NEWS · 5 days
The ride sharing company has resumed testing of self-driving vehicles despite a fatal accident earlier this year. more
Headphones, smart speakers, and more are all discounted today  Windows Central · 5 days
Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered. There's never a shortage of deals available, but sorting through all of them can be difficult... more
Teach your kids how to code with Wonder Workshop robots on sale today only  Windows Central · 6 days
Learn to code. Have fun doing it. One of Amazon's daily deals features a selection of Wonder Workshop coding robots... more
'Blueberries' on Mars Have a Watery Past. But Scientists Are Still Baffled.  SPACE.COM · 6 days
Snack-loving scientists working with the Opportunity mission on Mars dubbed tiny, iron-rich spheres scattered near the robot's landing site "blueberries," but these features were... more
Yandex gets in the smartphone game  TechCrunch · 6 days
“The Google of Russia” is a fairly apt description, as far as those things go. Yandex has its hand in just about everything internet in its native Russia. Recently additions include a Prime-style service, a smart... more
Waymo One is Alphabet’s public self-driving car service, culminates nearly decade-long project  9to5Google · 6 days
Nine years since the Google Self-Driving Car Project began and over 10 million autonomous miles later, the company today announced the launch of Waymo... more
Google's robotic spinoff launches ride-hailing service  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Google's self-driving car spinoff is finally ready to try to profit from its nearly decade-old technology. more
Waymo launches self-driving car service Waymo One  TechCrunch · 6 days
Waymo, the former Google self-driving project owned by parent company Alphabet, is launching a commercial robotaxi service in the Phoenix area dubbed Waymo One. This milestone, for the company and nascent self-driving technology industry,... more
Rise of the robo-vegetal hybrid society  nanowerk · 6 days
Plants can grow elaborate shapes for public spaces through a network of sensors and 3D-printed robotic nodes. more
Overview of an overview  ESA · 6 days
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: an astronaut’s view of our atmosphere and climate more
Elowan is the plantdroid you’ve been looking for  TechCrunch · 6 days
With Big Dog busy pulling Santa’s sleigh what horrible robotic hybrid is left to haunt our dreams? How about Elowan! Elowan is a project out of the MIT Media Lab and it’s... more
Biologists show inner workings of cellular 'undertaker'  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
One of a cell's most important responsibilities is to break down and recycle proteins that are no longer needed or endanger the cell. This task is carried out by a cellular nanomachine called the... more
A Sphero robot ball, Bluetooth speakers, and more are all discounted today  Windows Central · 7 days
Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered. There's never a shortage of deals available, but sorting through... more
Mountain splendor? Scientists know where your eyes will look  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Using precise brain measurements, researchers predicted how people's eyes move when viewing natural scenes, an advance in understanding the human visual system that can improve a host of artificial intelligence... more
A universal DNA nano-signature for cancer  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Researchers from the University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) have discovered a unique nano-scaled DNA signature that appears to be common to all cancers. more
Why autonomous vehicles won't reduce our dependence on cars in cities  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The technology of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is progressing rapidly, but have we really thought through how they'll work in reality? more
Yale researchers predict how people's eyes move when viewing natural scenes  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
Using precise brain measurements, Yale researchers predicted how people's eyes move when viewing natural scenes, an advance in understanding the human visual system that can improve... more
Uber Hires Former US Safety Official for Self-Driving Effort  Gadgets 360 · 7 days
Last month, Uber asked Pennsylvania for permission to resume self-driving car testing on public roads and said it had improved the autonomous vehicle software. more
Audi to spend nearly $16 billion on self-driving car tech, electrification through 2023  TechCrunch · 7 days
Audi, the Germany luxury automaker under VW Group, said Tuesday it will invest 14 billion euros ($15.95 billion) over the next five... more
Are these robots the future of warfare?  BBC · 7 days
The Ministry of Defence is carrying out its biggest ever exercise using autonomous vehicles in battle scenarios. more
'Deep fake video', 'gut MOTs' and 'city brains' coming in 2019  Sky News · 1 week
Robot lawyers and 'city brains' might sound far-fetched, but they are technological innovations that could become part of everyday life, starting next year. more
Hyundai MNSoft and Netradyne are partnering to map the US in HD - Roadshow  CNET · 1 week
The partnership will use Netradyne's Driveri tech and vast amounts of crowdsourced data to make the high-definition maps that self-driving... more
Covert infrared image encoding—hiding in plasmonic sight  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Plasmonic materials can uniquely control the electromagnetic spectrum due to nano-scale surface architecture. Recent advances in nanotechnology and materials science and their combined capacity to develop controlled geometries at the nano-scale continue to evolve,... more
Nanotechnology solution for photovoltaic systems  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Photovoltaic (PV) systems, which harvest sustainable and clean energy from the sun, accumulate dirt or particles like dust, water and sand. This build-up leads to a reduction in the light energy reaching the solar cells and lowers their... more
Robot couriers scoop up early-stage cash  TechCrunch · 1 week
Much of the last couple of decades of innovation has centered around finding ways to get what we want without leaving the sofa. But there’s a catch: We can't lie around ordering pizzas if someone still... more
People with paralysis remotely control robot waiters in Tokyo cafe - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
Robots in this anime-inspired, pop-up cafe are allowing people with ALS and spinal-cord injuries to work short-term. more
Medical News Today: Can nanotech slow the progress of osteoarthritis?  MNT · 2 weeks
Currently, no treatments can slow the progression of osteoarthritis, which is a common, debilitating condition. Nanotechnology offers a glimmer of hope. more
Toyota taps Docomo 5G to remotely control its humanoid robot  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Toyota introduced T-HR3 to the world right around this time last year. The humanoid robot is capable of mimicking to the motions of a plugged-in human, a la Pacific Rim... more
Robots in the field: farms embracing autonomous technology  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Faced with seesawing commodity prices and the pressure to be more efficient and environmentally friendly, farmer Jamie Butler is trying out a new worker on his 450-acre farm in England's Hampshire countryside. more
People with paralysis control robot waiters in Tokyo cafe - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
Robots in this anime-inspired, pop-up cafe are allowing people with ALS and spinal-cord injuries to work short-term. more
A novel solver for approximate marginal map inference  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
There is a deep connection between planning and inference, and over the last decade, multiple researchers have introduced explicit reductions showing how stochastic planning can be solved using probabilistic inference with applications... more
Robots in the field: farms embracing autonomous technology  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Automation is spreading to the fields, with startups developing new farming robots. more
Soviet Robot-Retrieved Moon Rocks Sell for $855,000 at Sotheby's  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
The going rate for moon rocks has changed for the first time in 25 years. more
(Don't) Transform your Roomba into a robot bartender - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
For $20, the Stella Artois BART marketing gimmick will turn your robot vacuum cleaner into a motorized drink tray. Please do not buy it. more
Insight into swimming fish could lead to robotics advances  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The constant movement of fish that seems random is actually precisely deployed to provide them at any moment with the best sensory feedback they need to navigate the world. more
Cruise control: GM's No. 2 exec to run self-driving car unit  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
General Motors' No. 2 executive is moving from Motor City to Silicon Valley to run the automaker's self-driving car operations as it attempts to cash in... more
Insight into swimming fish could lead to robotics advances  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The constant movement of fish that seems random is actually precisely deployed to provide them at any moment with the best sensory feedback they need to navigate the world, Johns... more
Insight into swimming fish could lead to robotics advances  nanowerk · 2 weeks
The constant movement of fish that seems random is actually precisely deployed to provide them at any moment with the best sensory feedback they need to navigate the world. more
Organic synthesis in a modular robotic system driven by a chemical programming language  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
The synthesis of complex organic compounds is largely a manual process that is often incompletely documented. To address these shortcomings, we developed... more
Cruise control: GM's No. 2 exec to run self-driving car unit  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
General Motors will put its second-ranking executive in charge of self-driving car subsidiary more
Cruise Automation taps GM president Dan Ammann as its new CEO  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Cruise Automation, the self-driving car subsidiary of GM, is getting a new CEO. The autonomous vehicle company, which was acquired by GM in 2016 and became... more
Building a robot? Occipital wants to provide the eyes  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
A few years back, Occipital released a sensor that turned your iPad into a portable 3D scanner. Called the Occipital Structure, it packed lasers and cameras into a snap-on package... more
Will Toyota's journey toward becoming a 'mobility company' be paved with e-Palettes?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Early this year in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show, Toyota unveiled a hard-to-define self-driving concept vehicle, alongside a slate of high-profile companies... more
Rolling, hopping robots explore Earthly analogs of distant planets  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Before we send any planet-trotting robot to explore the landscape of Mars or Venus, we need to test it here on Earth. Two such robotic platforms being developed for future... more
Lucas Di Grassi says human drivers are the real competitors for Roborace  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
As Roborace accelerates its plans to build an autonomous racing league, the company is finding that its toughest competition are still human drivers. In... more
Could 'Iron Man' style suit be the answer to the world's biggest nuclear challenge?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
If wearable technologies are the future, a radioactive-busting robotic suit could represent yet one more dramatic step into the beyond. more
Robotic Exoskeleton company Roam raises a $12 million Series A  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Bay Area-based robotic exoskeleton company Roam announced this morning that it has secured a $12 million series A. The round, led by Yamaha Motors, with investments from Boost... more
High-precision navigation for driverless cars  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Fixposition is an ETH spin-off specialising in real-time navigation systems for use in self-driving vehicles, robots or industrial drones. Using a combination of satellite-based positioning systems such as GPS with computer vision technologies, the young entrepreneurs have managed... more
We made deceptive robots to see why fake news spreads, and found a weakness  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Only a small amount of fake news is needed to disrupt any debate or discussion on an issue, according to... more
Togolese innovators turn the world's junk into robots  BBC · 2 weeks
How the 500,000 tonnes of e-waste that Togo imports each year has become a goldmine for its innovators. more
Watch Disrupt Berlin Day One live right here!  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Disrupt Berlin Day 1 starts now, and we have quite a show in store for you. We’ll kick the day off with an interview with Roborace’s Lucas di Grassi, and follow it... more
Flexible electronic skin aids human-machine interactions  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Human skin contains sensitive nerve cells that detect pressure, temperature and other sensations that allow tactile interactions with the environment. To help robots and prosthetic devices attain these abilities, scientists are trying to develop electronic skins.... more
Amazon debuts a scale model autonomous car to teach developers machine learning  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Amazon today announced AWS DeepRacer, a fully autonomous 1/18th scale race car that aims to help developers learn machine learning. Priced at $399 but... more
TechCrunch returns to Berkeley this April for TC Sessions: Robotics + AI  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Who doesn’t love robotics? And who doesn’t love robotics and AI together for the first time? Take it all in at TC Sessions: Robotics... more
Flexible electronic skin aids human-machine interactions  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Human skin contains sensitive nerve cells that detect pressure, temperature and other sensations that allow tactile interactions with the environment. To help robots and prosthetic devices attain these abilities, scientists are trying to develop electronic skins.... more
YouBionic adds creepy hands to SpotMini, the creepy robot dog  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
If you’ve ever wanted to add creepy, 3D-printed hands to your creepy robot dog, YouBionic has you covered. This odd company is offering an entirely 3D-printed arm solution... more
Image: Robotic hopper  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This walking and hopping robot is currently being tested in ESA's Mars Yard. more
Is Silicon Valley ready for fully autonomous Waymo vehicles?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Waymo, the first company to get approval from the Department of Motor Vehicles to test fully self-driving vehicles on California roads, faces questions and concerns galore as it prepares to... more
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iPhone XS Max beats Mate 20 Pro in speed test after Huawei was ‘confident’ it would outpace Apple’s flagship
9to5Mac
Waymo One is Alphabet’s public self-driving car service, culminates nearly decade-long project
9to5Google
The debut of a new ISS AI robot ‘crew member’ went exactly how you’d think
THE VERGE
People with paralysis control robot waiters in Tokyo cafe - CNET
CNET
A novel solver for approximate marginal map inference
PHYS.ORG
Insight into swimming fish could lead to robotics advances
PHYS.ORG
We made deceptive robots to see why fake news spreads, and found a weakness
PHYS.ORG
Could 'Iron Man' style suit be the answer to the world's biggest nuclear challenge?
PHYS.ORG
Flexible electronic skin aids human-machine interactions
PHYS.ORG
Image: Robotic hopper
PHYS.ORG
NASA to launch new refueling mission, helping spacecraft live longer and journey farther
PHYS.ORG
Watch a creepy humanoid robot head express complex emotions - CNET
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This chest-mounted robot feeding arm could stuff your face when you’re too full to move
THE VERGE
Exploration makes perfect
ESA
Lunar Outpost shows off new moon rover
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Development of a humanoid robot prototype, HRP-5P, capable of heavy labor
PHYS.ORG
Google shuts down bipedal robot team Schaft
THE VERGE
Feeling the pressure with universal tactile imaging
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Alphabet shutting down bipedal robot company Schaft bought in 2013 robotics spree
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Top 5 things you'll do in a self-driving car - Roadshow
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