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Freakish Robot Seal Is a Better Basketball Player Than You

If robots were allowed to play in the NBA, this mechanical arm disguised as a Muppet seal would be a huge star. The 'bot, whose gripper terrifyingly juts out of the sad-eyed stuffed animal's mouth, is able to sink a basketball with 98-percent accuracy. Check the interesting and slightly unsettling video above....

Kinect-Enabled Rescue 'Bot Could Help Scan for Earthquake Survivors

With rescue workers continuing to search for survivors among the rubble from last week's devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, a group of engineers from the U.K. have constructed a robot that could make their jobs a little easier -- thanks to Microsoft's Xbox Kinect. The Kinect's motion-detection sensors can instantly model the robot's surroundings and scan them for survivors,...

Read This: The Growing Robot Armies

Well, right now, there's something like 43 countries [that] have robotics that they are using out in the field, primarily in the form of unmanned drones - some armed, some not. We're in the early stages of seeing deployment of ground robots as well. Many of those are for bomb disposal. The development of ground robots like the iRobot Packbot was motivated largely by the desire to carry out...

Robotic Snake Slithers in for Surgery Through a Hole in Your Chest

Having a snake burrow its way through your chest doesn't sound like a terribly enjoyable experience, but that's exactly what the Cardio Arm is designed to do to patients undergoing heart surgery. Created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the Cardio Arm is a snake-like robot capable of entering a patient's chest through a three-quarter inch incision in the solar plexus. The snake and...

Aerial Robot Flits Like a Hummingbird, Reports Back to DARPA Like a Stool Pigeon

DARPA has a fancy new spy drone that looks almost exactly like a hummingbird (provided you don't get too close to it). The tiny robot is able to zip through the sky, performing feats of aerial acrobatics similar to what an actual hummingbird is capable. The hope is that, when deployed, it won't draw much attention and will be able to find a perch near a potential target. The current version can...

Japan Planning to Send Tweeting Humanoid Robot to Space Station

It's no secret that the Japanese love their robots. But the country's space agency, JAXA, is hoping that other nations will enjoy its android creations, too. The country of cutting-edge 'bots is planning to send a humanoid robot to the ISS, where it will monitor the health and stress levels of astronauts, and report back via Twitter....

Scientists Create Ominous Baby 'Bot, Needs Diaper-Changing Skills

Studies have indicated that if a robot appears and acts like a human, then babies will actually believe the robot is a human. But, what if the baby is a robot? Will it grow up thinking it, too, is human? Robot researchers at Osaka University don't have to worry about that realism uncertainty, for now, because their new AFFETTO baby 'bot may just be the creepiest creation to ever roll off a robot...

Texas Teen Uses Robot to Remotely Attend High School Classes

Lyndon Baty's weakened immune system won't allow him to attend classes at his local high school in Knox City, Texas. Fortunately, though, there's a robot capable of doing that for him. Baty, who suffers from Polycystic Kidney Disease, is now remotely attending his freshman classes via a VGO robot, which allows him to interact with his teachers and fellow students from the comfort of his own...

Swedish Street Artist Constructs Rainbow-Painting Robot

Geeks, tinkerers and amateur engineers obviously love Rube Goldberg devices, those overly complicated, ridiculous contraptions that accomplish mundane, everyday tasks. Akay, a Swedish street artist, has assembled one impressively complex technical apparatus that both defiles and brightens the urban landscape with a single and (seemingly) simple swoosh. Using a bicycle and a diverse array of...

Kuka the Dancing Robot Translates Music Into Art, With a Blow Torch

A dancing robot in Germany is providing an entirely new, and high-tech, meaning to the ol' musical phrase "spinning wax." Created by designer Hermann August Weizenegger and composer Michalj Kekenj for Berlin's Made art studio, the Kuka robo-dancer possesses unprecedented moves and skills. According to Wired, "the robot is programmed to process and interpret Kekenj's musical compositions -- which...

'GhostBot' Swims Vertically, Mimicking Movements of Knifefish

Researchers at Northwestern University have created a robot that mimics the movements of a knifefish, a creature that deftly swishes its lone fin in a ribbon-like motion to swim vertically. According to Fast Company, professor Malcolm MacIver noticed the curious way in which a knifefish he had in his aquarium tank would shoot upward. After studying the fish, MacIver and his colleagues discovered...

Quadrocopters Work Together to Build, Rather Than Destroy

The truce with the quadrocopters continues. After offering an olive branch in the form of holiday melodies, the four-rotored autonomous vehicles are shifting their efforts from intimidating displays of aerial agility to feats of carefully choreographed construction. Check out the video, after the break, of a tower being built by a team of quadrocopters in the GRASP Lab at the University of...

LG's HOM-BOT Is Roomba on 'Roids, Texting You and Feeding Fido

Crushed by the lines at Lady Gaga, we stumbled aimlessly around the convention center until we noticed a group of people crowding around a small, seemingly empty stage. Was it an invisible Pico projection? A telepathic social networking demonstration? No, it was the massive, fluorescent LG booth, and the object of attraction was a small, circular vacuum cleaner with tiny spinning brushes. We bent...

iRobot Unveils Tiny Scooba 'Smart Mop'

iRobot just unveiled an updated model of its autonomous, floor-washing robot, Scooba, which, at just 6.5-inches across, is half the width of its predecessor. The 3.5-inch-tall Scooba 230 will launch this spring and cost $299. The pint-sized bot comes with all the bells and whistles of most other smart mops -- sensors that make sure it doesn't roll down stairs and bumpers that protect your walls....

Robots Now Teach English in South Korean Schools

We always thought intimate, human-to-human interaction was a crucial element to learning any foreign language. But officials in the South Korean city of Daegu apparently think that human-to-robot interaction can be just as effective. On Monday, the city unleashed an army of 29 robot English teachers, designed by the Korea Institute of Science of Technology. The 'bots conducted classes across...