A 6-Legged Robot Stares at the Sky to Navigate Like a Desert Ant

A 6-Legged Robot Stares at the Sky to Navigate Like a Desert Ant

A 6-Legged Robot Stares at the Sky to Navigate Like a Desert Ant Dupeyroux et al., Sci. Robot. 4, eaau0307 (2019) Sensing polarized light is an indispensable skill for the ants, and perhaps soon it will also serve robots and autonomous cars.

Why'd the Polar Vortex Cancel So Many Flights? Blame Humans

Why'd the Polar Vortex Cancel So Many Flights? Blame Humans

“When you get below 35 degrees Fahrenheit, everything starts slowing down,” says Jeff Kohlman, of the Aviation Management Consulting Group. “When you get below 35 degrees Fahrenheit, everything starts slowing down,” Kohlman says.

The Punishing Polar Vortex Is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

The Punishing Polar Vortex Is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

University of Michigan “We thought the walking would be limited by the duration of the battery outdoors,” Grizzle says. (Very Game of Thrones , by the way, all the fire and now ice.) “We all want to use robots in conditions where people could be at risk,” Grizzle says.

A Robot Teaches Itself to Play Jenga. But This Is No Game

A Robot Teaches Itself to Play Jenga. But This Is No Game

“It knows what the blocks look like and where they are, but it doesn't really understand how they interact with each other,” says MIT roboticist Nima Fazeli, lead author on the new paper.

US Ratchets Up the Pressure on Huawei With New Indictments

US Ratchets Up the Pressure on Huawei With New Indictments

The US Department of Justice on Monday unsealed a 13-count indictment against Huawei and its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, alleging the company misled banking partners about violations of US sanctions against Iran.

The Prime Challenges for Scout, Amazon’s New Delivery Robot

The Prime Challenges for Scout, Amazon’s New Delivery Robot

And soon, your Amazon Prime packages may show up courtesy of Scout, Amazon's new six-wheeled autonomous delivery robot built to withstand the sidewalk. While at the moment Amazon’s Scout is sequestered in one neighborhood in Washington, it’s not hard to see a future where delivery robots of all kinds roam among humans on city streets.

A Crocodile-Like Robot Helps Solve a 300-Million-Year Mystery

A Crocodile-Like Robot Helps Solve a 300-Million-Year Mystery

But today, in an epically multidisciplinary paper in Nature , researchers detail how they married paleontology, biomechanics, computer simulations, live animal demonstrations, and even an Orobates robot to determine that the ancient critter probably walked in a far more advanced way than was previously believed possible.

CES 2019 in Photos: The March of the Gadget Fanatics

CES 2019 in Photos: The March of the Gadget Fanatics

An estimated 180,000 attendees made up of manufacturers, retailers, technology buyers, and just plain tourists flew in to Las Vegas, Nevada to prowl miles of expo hall booths, interact with robots, try flashy virtual reality demos, or just look for their next phone case.

The Clever Clumsiness of a Robot Teaching Itself to Walk

The Clever Clumsiness of a Robot Teaching Itself to Walk

But lately, researchers have been experimenting with a novel way to go about things: Make robots teach themselves how to walk through trial and error, like babies, navigating the real world.

Don't Fear the Robot Overlords—Embrace Them as Coworkers

Don't Fear the Robot Overlords—Embrace Them as Coworkers

The camera data is used to calculate the moment when a robot should stop moving, depending on what it’s doing and its distance to a human, says Patrick Sobalvarro, CEO and co-founder of Veo.

The Terrible Joy of Yelling at Alexa

The Terrible Joy of Yelling at Alexa

The Terrible Joy of Yelling at Alexa Amazon; Casey Chin I love to scream at robots. Morril had a tendency to scream at Alexa whenever she got things wrong, like thinking he was in Calgary instead of Brooklyn when he asked the weather.

A Bug-Like Robot Uses Electricity to Walk Upside Down

A Bug-Like Robot Uses Electricity to Walk Upside Down

“The idea is with three legs on the ground, it's always statically stable,” says Wyss roboticist Neel Doshi, coauthor on a Science Robotics paper describing HAMR’s new power.About that static: Think of the robot as sticking to the surface like a magnet, only the forces here are electric.

Watch Live as NASA's InSight Lander Descends to Mars

Watch Live as NASA's InSight Lander Descends to Mars

The 1500-pound robot will enter the planet's atmosphere around 12:00 PST in excess of 12,000 miles per hour, its protective aeroshell shielding it from heat-generating friction and treacherous sandstorms on its descent toward the Martian surface.

A New Robotic Fly Dips and Dives Like the Real Thing

A New Robotic Fly Dips and Dives Like the Real Thing

In this sense it’s autonomous to a degree, though the researchers remotely pilot it around.To fly forward, DelFly’s motors tilt the two pairs of wings forward, like a helicopter. Taken together, these wing controls produce a range of maneuvers to rival that of the fruit fly.Animation by TU Delft

Watch This Artist's Sonic Robots Play Thumping Techno Music

Watch This Artist's Sonic Robots Play Thumping Techno Music

Instead, he calls on his army of sonic robots—a collection of small, motorized creations that click, clank, and whirr in an intricate mechanical symphony.Geist composes robotic electronic music, a burgeoning genre of electro jams that relies on hardware, not software, to engineer electronic sounds and beats.

This One-Armed Robot Is Super Manipulative (in a Good Way)

This One-Armed Robot Is Super Manipulative (in a Good Way)

“This is all about letting the robot supervise itself, rather than humans going in and doing annotations,” says coauthor Lucas Manuelli, also of MIT CSAIL.“I can see how this is very useful in industrial applications where the hard part is finding a good point to grasp,” says Matthias Plappert, an engineer at OpenAI who has developed a system for a robot hand to teach itself how to manipulate, but who wasn’t involved in this work.

This Hyper-Real Robot Will Cry and Bleed on Med Students

This Hyper-Real Robot Will Cry and Bleed on Med Students

If you like, you can even speak through the robot, with a system that turns your voice into that of a 5-year-old.One of the reasons for building Hal was to train medical workers on how to approach children, who may not be forthcoming about their symptoms.

A Clever and Simple Robot Hand

A Clever and Simple Robot Hand

By exploiting tension this way, the SoftHand requires far fewer cables than your typical robotic hand, yet can still get all those fingers a-wiggling.Take a look at the GIF above and you can see the difference an extra motor makes.