Robotics is the area of technology research that involves the design, construction and application of intelligent mechanical agents. Robots are used to more efficiently perform repetitive and dangerous tasks in a range of environments, from factories to outer space.
The robotics engineers at Willow Garage have developed a new program that allows robots to open a fridge door, grab a beer, flip the lid, and serve. It's part of a larger vision: to build and...
4 | July 12, 2010 5:03pm
A robot in every operating room? Tom Low leads a team of researchers and engineers working on the next generation of medical robots to be used in laparoscopic surgery. Pioneered in the 1980s by...
3 | June 4, 2009 8:31am
Robotics researchers from around the world gathered in San Francisco to share their work at the 2011 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. SmartPlanet correspondent Sumi Das...
1 | September 29, 2011 4:37pm
At the FutureMed conference at Singularity University in Mountain View, Calif., former astronaut Dan Barry explains how robots are helping change the way we think about medicine. Barry shows...
1 | May 13, 2011 12:18pm
Need a little extra help getting the laundry done? Robotics engineers at University of California at Berkeley have developed a robot that can fold towels and socks. SmartPlanet talks to Berkeley...
6 | February 18, 2011 9:00am
PARC research scientists Julia Liu and Ying Zhang are developing robots to help soldiers in urban combat and civilians on rescue missions. The sensor robots are equipped with infrared bump and...
2 | January 3, 2011 8:51am
Robotic wall climbers assigned to military surveillance? Harsha Prahlad has developed a smart technology called electro-adhesion. The way it works, mechanical robots are clamped to walls using...
3 | June 9, 2009 8:43am
They save lives, save time, and fascinate us all at once. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das reports from the Future of Robotics in Silicon Valley and Beyond event, where robots take center stage and...
1 | May 9, 2012 4:07pm
Robert Full, a professor at University of California at Berkeley, believes that by studying the motion of animals, we can better design robots for search and rescue missions. SmartPlanet visits...
1 | May 3, 2012 3:00pm
From an autonomous car to a robot built to respond to disasters to a robot that can fold towels a la Rosie from "The Jetsons," these are just some of the amazing machines that caught the attention...
November 30, 2011 5:15pm
Pei Zhang, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, is working on a mobile-sensor network that could send swarms of tiny helicopters into a building. The robotic helicopters are equipped with...
8 | May 26, 2011 8:13am
Raytheon recently demonstrated its next-generation exoskeleton robot suit for military personnel. Using a high-pressure hydraulics system and a mix of sensors and actuators, the new suit aids a...
14 | September 29, 2010 3:39pm
Researchers at MIT have developed independent robots that use a revolutionary nanomaterial to absorb considerable amounts of oil - up to 20 times their weight. Powered by solar panels, the...
2 | September 2, 2010 9:53am
Dr. Jacob Rosen, a professor at UC Santa Cruz is designing wearable robots to assist stroke victims in physical therapy and rehabilitation. SmartPlanet visits his robotics lab to see how...
3 | August 31, 2010 12:25pm
In the not too distant future, robotic cells may be able to target tumors, and maybe, even kill them. At UCSF, cellular engineer, Wendell Lim has discovered a way to get cells to act as robots....
4 | October 13, 2009 8:17am
SRI International calls it Taurus. The 15-pound robot is being developed by researcher Tom Low to remove a roadside bomb in the middle of a war zone, or a suspicious package in the city....
3 | July 26, 2012 9:48am
Grabit, a spin-off from research institute SRI International has developed a way for robots to pick up objects using electroadhesion. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das finds out how the technology works.
May 9, 2012 4:16pm
The latest creation from U.C. Berkeley's robotics researchers, DASH Plus Wings scampers along at 1.3 meters per second and climbs 17 degree inclines. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das get a close look at...
1 | October 19, 2011 1:19pm
Companies took to the stage at the exclusive DEMO conference for their 5 minutes in the spotlight. From virtual dressing rooms to a smart alarm clock, SmartPlanet correspondent Sumi Das sampled...
1 | September 14, 2011 3:55pm
The new pharmacy at the University of California at San Francisco is believed to be the most automated hospital pharmacy in the country. Robots now track and prepare doses of pills, IV bags, and...
3 | June 8, 2011 12:00am