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...

Indian startup Flux Auto wants to democratize self-driving tech for trucks

A young startup in India wants to makes autonomous driving technology more widely available for truck operators, especially those outside of the U.S., by lower...

To err is human, and apparently that’s why we love watching robots fail

A new study suggests that people prefer faulty robots over flawless ones, even when they’re intended to be functional. Now researchers are developing robots to intentionally make mistakes in the...

These tiny modular ‘microbots’ can change shape to capture single cells

In a video out of North Carolina State University and Duke, five tiny cubes float freely under a microscope. Suddenly two pairs snap together, before...

iRobot’s CEO says the company never planned to sell Roomba home mapping data

This was not the conversation iRobot CEO Colin Angle expected to have this week. In the past few days, iRobot posted excellent Q2 earnings, thanks...

iRobot to acquire its biggest European distributor for $141M

Consumer robot maker iRobot, maker of the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, is to acquire its largest European distributor, Robopolis, in a cash deal worth $141...

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