A typical day for researchers on Google’s Brain Team

What do you and researchers on Google’s Brain Team have most in common? You both probably spend a lot of time triaging email. In a...

Modular, self-healing robot swarms are definitely a great idea

Robots are going to have to work together if they want to destroy us, their soft, fallible masters. But the current paradigm of having a...

SpaceVR thinks VR-enabled robots are the future for colonizing space

Mars: 2051 In the bitter cold of a martian winter, 30 remote-controlled robots walk out of a holding bay across the icy terrain to begin their...

Researchers propose Iron Man style flight for humanoid robot

The way Iron Man flies may be cool, but if we’re honest it’s also kind of impractical. Even if your core strength is off the...

MIT CSAIL teaches a robot to follow contextual voice commands

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has devised a method by which robots can understand and respond to voice commands, stated in clear, plain...

This vacuum-activated modular robot is equally nasty and neat

Soft robots are a major area of research right now, but the general paradigm seems to be that you pump something (a muscle or tube)...

13 things drones are doing besides flying around your yard

Everyone who’s flown around a drone (or UAV, or multirotor, or what have you) knows that they’re a lot of fun. But they’re being used all over the world for...

Pepper the robot can perform funerary rites, but it shouldn’t

It’s not really clear just what “humanoid” robots are actually for. I’ve seen them do all kinds of things, but almost none of them well;...

MIT’s Robogami lets you build custom 3D-printable robots from standard, folding parts

Flat-pack furniture made IKEA a global powerhouse, and the same principles may help create a new generation of robots. Interactive Robogami is a project from...

This 3D-printed robotic arm is built for sign language

While we usually see robotics applied to industrial or research applications, there are plenty of ways they could help in everyday life as well: an...

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The best gaming headset you can buy

Whether you’re playing from your couch, or getting up close and personal with your PC monitor, a gaming headset has become a necessity...