Robots
Starship deploys autonomous delivery bots on a college campus  TechCrunch · 31 minutes
Starship, an autonomous delivery robot startup, is deploying its first batch of robots as part of a commercial service. Starting today, Starship will begin delivering food to the 40,000 students,... more
China’s JD.com tests drone delivery in Indonesia in first overseas pilot  TechCrunch · 31 minutes
We hear a lot about drones having the potential to revolutionize delivery and logistics. It’s easy to be dismissive — in many cases, a robot may... more
Save $51 on the Roborock E25 robot vacuum cleaner that can mop your floors  Windows Central · 34 minutes
Let Roborock do the work. The Roborock E25 robot vacuum cleaner is down to $248.99 with code ROBOROCKE25 on Amazon.... more
Increasing skepticism against robots  PHYS.ORG · 42 minutes
In Europe, people are more reserved regarding robots than they were five years ago. This is shown in a new study published by scientists from Linz and Würzburg. more
The robots being readied to enter nuclear no-go zones  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
Robust, intelligent robots that react to their surroundings are being developed to work in situations that are too dangerous for humans, such as cleaning up Europe's decades-old radioactive waste or... more
Scientists teach a robot dog to get back up after they kick it down - CNET  CNET · 12 hours
Researchers teach their robot canine to "roll over", which is both terrifying and adorable. more
Hotel fires half its robot staff for sucking at their jobs - CNET  CNET · 20 hours
Bye bye, bots. Henn na Hotel in Japan laid off droids that annoyed customers by failing to perform simple tasks. more
Bye bye, bots! Hotel fires half its robot staff - CNET  CNET · 22 hours
Henn na Hotel in Japan laid off droids that annoyed customers by failing to perform simple tasks. more
A new low-latency congestion control for cellular networks  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Heavy traffic on narrow roads could be one of the leading causes of traffic congestion, which also applies to communication networks. If more data is collected than the allowed data capacity can... more
New eclipsing cataclysmic variable discovered  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Using the Mobile Astronomical System of Telescope-Robots (MASTER), an international team of astronomers has detected a new eclipsing cataclysmic variable. The newfound object, designated MASTER OT J061451.70–272535.5, is most likely of the polar subclass. The finding is detailed... more
Uber Seen Exploring Autonomous Bikes, Scooters Options: Report  Gadgets 360 · 1 day
Uber has hired a "micromobility robotics" team to work on autonomous bikes and scooters. more
Can nanotechnology rewire an injured spinal cord?  nanowerk · 1 day
The ByAxon project is developing a new implant that restores the transmission of electrical signals in an injured central nervous system. more
Scientists develop smart microrobots that can change shape depending on their surroundings  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
One day we may be able to ingest tiny robots that deliver drugs directly to diseased tissue, thanks to research being carried out at... more
Uber is exploring autonomous bikes and scooters  TechCrunch · 2 days
Uber is looking to integrate autonomous technology into its bike and scooter-share programs. Details are scarce, but according to 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson, who said Uber announced this at a DIY Robotics event... more
Save more than $50 on the iRobot Roomba 690 robot vacuum  Windows Central · 2 days
Self-charging and works with Alexa. The iRobot Roomba 690 self-charging robot vacuum cleaner is down to just $247.99 on Amazon. It normally sells for around $300.... more
Our fascination with robots goes all the way back to antiquity  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 days
In the book ‘Gods and Robots,’ a scholar recounts how early civilizations explored artificial life through myths. more
Smart microrobots that can adapt to their surroundings  nanowerk · 3 days
Scientists have developed tiny elastic robots that can change shape depending on their surroundings. Modeled after bacteria and fully biocompatible, these robots optimize their movements so as to get to hard-to-reach areas... more
Are these the faces of the future?  BBC · 4 days
Are these the faces of the future? It's clear these robots are no ordinary machines. more
Smart microrobots that can adapt to their surroundings  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Scientists have developed tiny elastic robots that can change shape depending on their surroundings. Modeled after bacteria and fully biocompatible, these robots optimize their movements so as to get to hard-to-reach areas... more
Controlling iRobot’s Roomba vacuum with Siri, no HomeKit required  9to5Mac · 4 days
Robot vacuums remains one obvious category HomeKit should support in the future. HomeKit support would bring voice control... more
Microrobots could one day deliver drugs inside the body  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Researchers have developed highly advanced miniaturized smart robots designed to change their shape as they encounter different bodily fluids. more
Stop & Shop's grocery pods will bring the store to your house - Roadshow  CNET · 4 days
It's a bit different than the grocery delivery robots we've covered in the past. more
Researchers develop smart micro-robots that can adapt to their surroundings  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
One day, hospital patients might be able to ingest tiny robots that deliver drugs directly to diseased tissue, thanks to research being carried out at EPFL and ETH... more
Biologists discover deep-sea fish living where there is virtually no oxygen  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Oxygen—it's a basic necessity for animal life. But marine biologists recently discovered large schools of fishes living in the dark depths of the Gulf of California... more
Amazon built an electronic vest to improve worker/robot interactions  TechCrunch · 4 days
Over the course of last year, Amazon began rolling out a new worker safety wearable to 25+ sites. From the looks of it, the Robotic Tech Vest is really more... more
INTEGRA Biosciences offers chance to win a VIAFLO 96/384 pipette  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
INTEGRA Biosciences is offering labs the chance to win a VIAFLO 96/384 pipette. Designed to simplify plate replication, plate reformatting or reservoir-to-plate transfers, the VIAFLO 96/384 allows labs... more
Study evaluates first-ever Robotic Visualization System for neurosurgery  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Operative microscopes have become fundamental to the success of modern neurosurgical and other surgical specialty procedures that they are requisite for a modern standard of care. Operative microscopes have become active platforms... more
Robot dinosaur sacked and other technology news  BBC · 4 days
BBC Click’s Stephen Beckett looks at some of the best tech news stories of the week. more
Robots can go all the way to Mars, but they can?t pick up the groceries  nanowerk · 4 days
Researchers are studying the interaction between robots and humans - and teaching them how to do the very... more
Amazon Announces re:MARS Conference on Robotics, Space, and AI  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Amazon announced plans Thursday to hold a conference open to the public on robotics, space and artificial intelligence. more
Reinforcement learning expedites 'tuning' of robotic prosthetics  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Researchers have developed an intelligent system for 'tuning' powered prosthetic knees, allowing patients to walk comfortably with the prosthetic device in minutes, rather than the hours necessary if the device is tuned by a... more
Check out this robotic flying fox video - CNET  CNET · 5 days
The BionicFlyingFox bot is made by Festo, a company with a history of making animal-inspired robots. more
Amazon sets conference on robotics, artificial intelligence  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Amazon announced plans Thursday to hold a conference open to the public on robotics, space and artificial intelligence, as well as to discuss future applications of emerging technologies. more
Researchers ran a simulator to teach this robot dog to roll over  TechCrunch · 5 days
Advanced robots are expensive, and teaching them can be incredibly time consuming. With the proper simulation, however, roboticists can train their machines to learn... more
Amazon is holding a public version of its secretive MARS conference  TechCrunch · 5 days
All most of us will see from Jeff Bezos’s secretive MARS conference are a few photo shoots of the world’s richest man attempting to look as... more
Robots can go all the way to Mars but they can't pick up the groceries  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Cambridge researchers are studying the interaction between robots and humans – and teaching them how to do the... more
Robot recreates the walk of a 290-million-year-old creature  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
How did the earliest land animals move? Scientists have used a nearly 300-million-year old fossil skeleton and preserved ancient footprints to create a moving robot model of prehistoric life. more
Robot recreates the walk of a 290-million-year-old creature  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Scientists have used a nearly 300-million-year old fossil skeleton and preserved footprints to create a robot model of prehistoric life more
Stop & Shop is testing self-driving mini grocery stores  THE VERGE · 6 days
Grocery store chain Stop & Shop announced today that it will begin testing driverless grocery vehicles in Boston... more
Robots—like people— use ‘imagination’ to learn concepts  Science Magazine · 6 days
Learning framework detects abstract differences in images and re-create them in real life more
'Ambidextrous' robots could dramatically speed e-commerce  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Engineers present a novel, 'ambidextrous' approach to grasping a diverse range of object shapes without training. more
These robots can follow how-to diagrams  SCIENCE-NEWS · 6 days
Robots capable of reading diagrams could work in more varied environments and be easier to communicate with. more
Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility  TechCrunch · 6 days
Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area... more
A four-legged robot hints at how ancient tetrapods walked  SCIENCE-NEWS · 6 days
Using fossils, computer simulations and a life-size walking robot, researchers re-created how an early tetrapod may have made tracks. more
Get a TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI demo table while you can  TechCrunch · 6 days
Innovation’s leading-edge lives at the intersection of robotics and AI. What could possibly be more exciting than attending TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI on... more
Clarks 'robot-assisted' shoe factory in Street may close  BBC · 6 days
The facility only opened in 2017 but 80 jobs are now at risk after production targets are not met. more
MTC in Rouen acquires Robocath’s R-One robot for future healthcare practitioner training  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Robocath, a company that designs, develops and commercializes cardiovascular robotic systems for the treatment of vascular diseases, announces today that the Medical Training and... more
Intel vet takes wheel of self-driving car startup Zoox  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Intel vet Aicha Evans will lead self-driving car startup Zoox from next month, becoming a rare high-profile black chief executive in a Silicon Valley. more
Intel Vet Takes Wheel of Self-Driving Car Startup Zoox  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
Intel vet Aicha Evans will lead self-driving car startup Zoox from next month, becoming a rare high-profile black chief executive in a Silicon Valley. more
The Square Off chess board melds the classical with the robotic  TechCrunch · 7 days
CES crowds can be tough — especially toward the end of the week. You’re physically and emotionally drained, and you’re pretty sure you’ve seen everything the... more
Grocery robots detect spills - with some far-off human help  ABC NEWS · 7 days
A wheeled robot named Marty is rolling into nearly 500 grocery stores to alert employees if it encounters spilled granola, squashed tomatoes or a broken jar of mayonnaise more
VW, Ford team up on pickups, explore deal on electrics  ABC NEWS · 7 days
Volkswagen and Ford say they're forming a global alliance in which they will work together to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups while exploring broader cooperation on battery-powered... more
Spatial senses  ESA · 7 days
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano trains for a spacewalk for his upcoming Beyond mission more
VW, Ford team up on pickups, explore deal on electrics  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Volkswagen and Ford say they're forming a global alliance in which they will develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups together while exploring broader cooperation on future battery-powered and... more
Algorithm gives robots an instinctive understanding of how to use tools  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A*STAR researchers working with colleagues in Japan have developed a method by which robots can automatically recognize an object as a potential tool and use it,... more
Driverless car laser ruined camera  BBC · 1 week
A man took a photo of a lidar sensor system on display at a tech fair and found pink dots on all his photos afterwards. more
A solid-state nanopore platform for digital data storage  nanowerk · 1 week
Using DNA to directly store data is an attractive possibility because it is extremely dense and long-lasting. Currently, though, synthesizing and sequencing DNA molecules for storing large amounts of data involves complex... more
DNA origami: A precise measuring tool for optimal antibody effectiveness  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, in collaboration with researchers at University of Oslo, Norway, have demonstrated the most accurate distance between densely packed antigens in order to get... more
First elder care robot tested in a WSU smart home apartment  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A robot created by Washington State University scientists could help elderly people with dementia and other limitations live independently in their own homes. more
Self-driving car startup Zoox gets a new CEO  TechCrunch · 1 week
Self-driving car startup Zoox has selected its new CEO following the unexpected firing of co-founder and former CEO Tim Kentley-Klay in August. Aicha Evans, Intel’s now-former chief strategy officer, is joining Zoox as... more
Smart home tests first elder care robot  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers believe the robot, nicknamed RAS, could eventually help those with dementia and other limitations continue to live independently in their own homes. more
Scientists coax proteins to form synthetic structures with method that mimics nature  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists have long dreamed of creating synthetic structures out of the same raw material that nature uses in living systems—proteins—believing such an advance would... more
This Brooklyn man makes massive robotic costumes out of junk  TechCrunch · 1 week
One Man's Trash from We Are Films on Vimeo. Peter Kokis makes robots or, more correctly, he turns into robots. This Brooklyn artists takes parts from different things... more
Open Bionics closes $5.9M Series A for its affordable and cool bionic limbs  TechCrunch · 1 week
The world wowed a few years ago when a very clever startup from Bristol, UK, came up with 3D printed bionic limbs... more
Watch a Chinese probe land on the far side of the Moon  THE VERGE · 1 week
On January 2nd, China became the first country to land a spacecraft on the Moon’s far side (not the dark side) when its Chang’e-4... more
Steam-Powered Asteroid Hoppers Developed through UCF Collaboration  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Using steam to propel a spacecraft from asteroid to asteroid is now possible, thanks to a collaboration between a private space company... more
Makers of women’s sex toy accuse CES of double standard after award withdrawn  Global News · 2 weeks
The female-led team who made a robotic "personal massager" for women won a prestigious Consumer Electronics Show award. Then organizers took it away. more
A ping pong robot at CES 2019 made me wonder: Could I go pro? - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
Commentary: CNET's Katie Collins gets a glimpse of the elite sporting career she might have had. more
Receive a free high-speed blender with the $300 Eufy RoboVac 30C vacuum  Windows Central · 2 weeks
Clean and blend. Blend and clean. You can do it all! Add the Eufy RoboVac 30C self-charging robot vacuum cleaner and the Eufy MiracleBlend... more
Retailers eye new tech, data to revive fortunes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
With robots, augmented reality displays and other advanced technologies, traditional retailers are taking a cue from the online world to find new ways to connect and keep customers. more
World’s most valuable AI startup SenseTime unveils self-driving center in Japan  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
The world’s highest-valued artificial intelligence startup SenseTime has set foot in Japan. The Beijing-based firm announced on Friday that it just opened a self-driving facility in... more
Taking a stroll with Samsung’s robotic exoskeleton  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Samsung’s look but don’t touch policy left many wondering precisely how committed the company is to its new robots. On the other hand, the company was more than happy to let me take the... more
Is Samsung getting serious about robotics?  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
A funny thing happened at Samsung’s CES press conference. After the PC news, 8K TVs and Bixby-sporting washing machines, the company announced “one more thing,” handing over a few brief moments to announce a robotics division,... more
Alexa can now speak to you through a robot head video - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
Sick of talking to the smart speaker in the corner of your room? Oregon startup Robomodix wants to give it a face...... more
Drones
This artificial intelligence teaches robots to walk—by creating custom obstacle courses
Science Magazine
Bye bye, bots! Hotel fires half its robot staff - CNET
CNET
We spoke to a Waymo One customer about how robot taxis get confused by rainstorms
THE VERGE
Robots can go all the way to Mars but they can't pick up the groceries
PHYS.ORG
Stop & Shop is testing self-driving mini grocery stores
THE VERGE
A four-legged robot hints at how ancient tetrapods walked
SCIENCE-NEWS
Robot recreates the walk of a 290-million-year-old creature
PHYS.ORG
Japan’s robot hotel lays off half the robots after they created more work for humans
THE VERGE
Comment: Google Assistant’s ‘Pretty Please’ should not sacrifice utility in its quest to be kind
9to5Google
Watch a Chinese probe land on the far side of the Moon
THE VERGE
Ford’s robot butt for testing car seats can now sweat
THE VERGE
Robots, poop sensors and a dog food cannon: The bold new tech of CES 2019 - CNET
CNET
Alexa talks to you through a disembodied robot head at CES 2019 - CNET
CNET
Robots to improve safety and efficiency of spinal procedures
NEWS MEDICAL
Nanomaterials are changing the world—but we still don't have adequate safety tests for them
PHYS.ORG
The five types of robots you meet at CES
THE VERGE
Hyundai is building a car that can walk on four legs
THE VERGE
Ford's Robutt is a sweaty robot butt for testing vehicle seats - Roadshow
CNET
CES 2019 opens to a flying car, a boxing robot and a Google Assistant ride - CNET
CNET
Hyundai shows off 'walking car' at CES
BBC
Video: Hands-on with Sphero’s Specdrums, a colorful way to make music
9to5Mac
Square Off is robotic chess with Harry Potter-like magic at CES 2019 - CNET
CNET
PepsiCo is rolling out a fleet of robots to bring snacks to college students
THE VERGE
Lady Gaga teases an anime cyborg at her Las Vegas concert
THE VERGE
What will be the big science stories of 2019? Here are our predictions
SCIENCE-NEWS
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