NASA links SPHERES robots to Android smartphones

If you thought little Android helpers only came in the form of green robots, think again.

NASA launches robotic gas station

Watch out gas station attendants, NASA is now experimenting with a Robotic Refueling Mission experiment that will provide refueling and minor repairs to spacecraft already in orbit.

Soccer goes high tech at the Robot World Cup

Why watch real people exert energy playing sports when you can just watch robots do it!? Well, that is the general idea behind the Robot World Cup, or RoboCup, held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Sensitive skin makes robots more self-aware

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich say they've moved closer to the development of self-aware robots by giving them sensitive skin.

Robot fails to complete Japanese nuke plant mission

A robot and a drone have failed to complete their respective missions to inspect and measure contamination levels in Japan's hard-hit Fukushima nuclear plant which was damaged by a devastating tsunami in March.

NASA to launch robotic gas station into orbit

Refueling your spaceship at the local robot gas station may not just be a piece of science fiction movies anymore.

Robot throws first pitch at Phillies opener

Who needs a major celebrity to throw the first pitch at a baseball game when you can get a robot to do it? Well, that’s exactly what the Phillies thought as the "PhillieBot" threw the pitch at the first Brewers-Phillies game of the season.

Stock and Trade: U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men

In Stock and Trade, our latest genre fiction feature series, we’re looking at fictional corporations. Today, we’re featuring U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men.

Researchers enlist robots to help autistic children

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have enlisted a specialized "Nao" robot to help teach autistic children.

Jelly muscles make robots more flexible, life-like

It’s hard to make a robotic pile of nuts and bolts move in a realistic or human way.

Dude, where's my robotic clone?

Have you ever wondered what a robotic clone would look and feel like? Well, meet Geminoid DK, the robot of nightmares for Automatonophics throughout the galaxy.

Cheetah military robot can outrun human beings

Boston Dynamics is working on two new robots for DARPA - one agile humanoid and one designed to outpace the fastest human runners.

Robots to dance the do-si-do

The SIGCSE Symposium is mostly about sharing ideas for computer science education and evaluating different curricula. But this year, the organizers are aiming to make it just a bit more fun, with a robot hoedown and rodeo.

LCD components used to operate worms like robots

Researchers say they've been able to control the brains and muscles of small organisms such as worms, controlling them like tiny robots.  

Qualcomm reboots Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots were one of the coolest toys of the 80s and 90s. I remember pulling the old box down from the shelf and setting up the plastic-y perfect robots for battle, going head-to-head until one of the robots’ heads literally popped off.  

Robocopter plays Jingle Bells on the piano

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control have found a novel way of wishing people a merry Christmas.

US military to deploy robots in combat

Weapons have come a long way since the bow and arrow was considered the height of military technology. They've become more powerful, stronger, and now, smarter. 

American sex robots ready to invade the UK

An army of silicon sex robots may be preparing to invade the UK. 

System allows different robot vehicles to cooperate

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) will this week give the Army a demonstration of an advanced way to allow dissimilar robotic vehicles to communicate autonomously.

Team teaches robots to deceive

Researchers have been playing hide-and-seek with robots to help them develop the ability to deceive.