When a robot performs an action, it is typically scripted and very precise.
A team working with the iCub humanoid robot says it can now understand what is being said to it and even anticipate the end of a sentence.
Harvard researchers are currently devleoping "soft robots" that are capable of performing all sorts of functions robots made out of rigid materials, such as metal, are unable to do.
If you grew up in the 80's, odds are you probably remember the Rock Em' Sock Em' Robots - little red and blue plastic robots with manual handles and buttons.
Give a moth a robot car, and it'll use it to cruise the streets for a female, Japanese scientists have discovered. Using a small, two-wheeled robot, a male silkmoth was able to track down the sex pheromone usually given off by a female mate.
Michigan State University scientists say their latest robot fish can glide almost forever, using little to no energy, while gathering data on water quality.
For years, DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has heavily invested in the development of robots for various military missions.
I'm sure I wasn't the only child growing up in the 80s who wished he could own an actual robot like one of the Transformers.
Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created robots capable of deceptive behaviour based on distraction techniques observed in squirrels.
Toshiba has developed a four-legged robot that - at some point - will be used to explore Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor - still basically a no-go area more than a year and a half after the accident.
We've definitely come across some strange robots over the years designed to perform all sorts of interesting and unusual tasks.
Cornell researchers have created an autonomous flying robot that they say can maneuver around obstacles as efficiently as a bird.
The Pentagon has spent untold billions of dollars on research and development related to the advancement of robotics over the past few decades.
DARPA’s been showing off two robotic 'pack mule' prototypes developed as part of its Legged Squad Support System (LS3) program.
Even the world's fastest man can't outrun DARPA's latest robot, which has now been clocked at 28.3 miles per hour.
Everyone knows that big solar arrays that can track the sun will deliver more power than fixed-tilt systems.
A new robot can follow a moving target around without any optical sensors - or, indeed, any sensing technology at all apart from whiskers.
Personally, I think robots are great, as I can't wait until I can have one that will keep my house clean and my lawn mowed.
Sandia National Laboratories has built a robotic hand designed for disarming improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, that's so flexible it can even repair itself.
We all know that geeks often design something overly complicated to perform a simple task - yet such creations inevitably end up looking so cool that we just can't help but admire them.