Self-Driving Car Rules Will Lag Tech, Think Tanks Predict

Like an impatient teenager, self-driving car technology will be ready to hit the road well before authorities are ready to license it, predict a pair of studies released last week. That may not be such a bad thing, write researchers at RAND, a think tank in Santa Monica,

 

Future steps: exoskeleton lets paralyzed snowmobiler walk again

Robotic exoskeletons are a staple of sci-fi, pointing to a future where technology can overcome serious injury and bestow superhuman powers on people. But that future is here today for Paul Thacker, who uses an exoskeleton about once a month to stand up and walk around — no ...

 

This 'Valet' App Parks Your Car For You

A Valeo Representative Swipes His Finger Across An IPhone To Initiate A Self Parking Demonstration At The 2014 International CES In Las Vegas, Nevada, January 8, 2014The self-parking is directed by an app which controls the vehicle, detects an available space and maneuvers into it.The "automated parking valet" ...

 

Ozobot lets you play iPad games with an 'intelligent' robot

Nintendo's Robotic Operating Buddy is finally getting a proper successor — only this time it's for your mobile device. Unveiled today at CES 2014, the new Ozobot platform is described as an "intelligent robot" that can be used for both physical and digital gaming. The tiny, 1-inch-tall machine ...

 

Lockheed Martin's Disaster Robot Gets the Go-Ahead From DARPA

By Katie Spence | More Articles December 28, 2013 | Comments (0) If you're a human, you're a first-responder, or you just like robots, you might want to take note, because Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) humanoid first-responder just made it to the next stage in the Defense Advanced ...

 

At Unbounded Robotics, Smart Compromises Bring Down Costs | Xconomy

When is one arm better than two? When you’re trying to build a mobile-manipulator robot that somebody can actually afford to buy.One of the problems that kept PR2, a humanoid robot developed by Menlo Park, CA-based Willow Garage, from succeeding commercially was its $400,000 price tag. And one ...

 

The Empire Strikes Back Featurette: How Walkers Walk with Dennis Muren

Dennis Muren looks back on how Industrial Light & Magic animated the AT-AT walkers from The Empire Strikes Back's Battle of Hoth sequence -- and the inspiration for the techniques used.Originally, Muren and his team were unsure of how they would bring the AT-ATs to life. The first ...

 

Robotic Expectations

 

Why Google’s Robot Dog Terrifies You

One of the strangest and most unsettling things I have seen on the Internet in quite a while—and like everyone else, I regularly see strange and unsettling things on the Internet—is a YouTube video called "Petman Tests Camo.” It begins with a figure walking in place on a ...

 

10 pop-culture robots that shaped the future

(CNN) -- Say "laptop" or "tablet" or "app" to a technophile and you may get them interested. Say "robot," and you've got them excited.For centuries, we've been intrigued by the concept of creating mechanized beings that are as much like us as possible. And as our technological know-how ...

 

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