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Robotics
One Robot Was Able to Watch Another Bot and Predict Its Actions
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Robotics
One Robot Was Able to Watch Another Bot and Predict Its Actions
A Columbia University study suggests that empathy between robots may be possible — and the skill could make the bots more useful to humans.
January 16, 2021

A Columbia University study suggests that empathy between robots may be possible — and the skill could make the bots more useful to humans.

Aerospace
This Spider-Like Moon Rover Will Explore Lunar Lava Tubes
moon rover
Aerospace
This Spider-Like Moon Rover Will Explore Lunar Lava Tubes
A spider-like moon rover heading to the lunar surface in 2021 is designed to explore the underground lava tubes in which astronauts might one day live.
January 13, 2021

A spider-like moon rover heading to the lunar surface in 2021 is designed to explore the underground lava tubes in which astronauts might one day live.

Robotics
Recycling Robot Keeps Waste Out of Landfills
recycling robot
Robotics
Recycling Robot Keeps Waste Out of Landfills
AMP Robotics has developed a recycling robot that uses AI to sort recyclables twice as quickly as humans can.
January 10, 2021

AMP Robotics has developed a recycling robot that uses AI to sort recyclables twice as quickly as humans can.

Robotics
Robot Made of Ice Can Repair and Rebuild Itself
robot made of ice
Robotics
Robot Made of Ice Can Repair and Rebuild Itself
A team of researchers wants to build robots out of ice and send them to space. The icy bots can use found materials to rebuild themselves.
January 9, 2021

A team of researchers wants to build robots out of ice and send them to space. The icy bots can use found materials to rebuild themselves.

Robotics
NASA Scientists Want to Send This Robot Dog to Mars
robot dog
Robotics
NASA Scientists Want to Send This Robot Dog to Mars
A modified version of Boston Dynamics' robot dog Spot could be the ideal Mars rover for exploring caves and other underground structures.
December 27, 2020

A modified version of Boston Dynamics' robot dog Spot could be the ideal Mars rover for exploring caves and other underground structures.

VR
This VR Exoskeleton Lets You Actually Run Through Virtual Worlds
vr exoskeleton
VR
This VR Exoskeleton Lets You Actually Run Through Virtual Worlds
A VR exoskeleton called the Holotron works with a person’s entire lower body to let them control the locomotion of an avatar in VR.
December 26, 2020

A VR exoskeleton called the Holotron works with a person’s entire lower body to let them control the locomotion of an avatar in VR.

Mental Health
The Best Therapy Dog May Be a Robot
therapy dog
Mental Health
The Best Therapy Dog May Be a Robot
A life-life robot dog might be an effective — or even preferable — alternative to a living therapy dog, according to a new study.
December 23, 2020

A life-life robot dog might be an effective — or even preferable — alternative to a living therapy dog, according to a new study.

Ecosystems
A Massive Iceberg Is About to Crash into an Island of Penguins
south georgia island
Ecosystems
A Massive Iceberg Is About to Crash into an Island of Penguins
A massive iceberg is expected to hit South Georgia Island. To assess the impact of the collision, researchers are deploying a pair of robot submarines.
December 17, 2020

A massive iceberg is expected to hit South Georgia Island. To assess the impact of the collision, researchers are deploying a pair of robot submarines.

Robotics
Robot Dogs Are Being Deployed at a U.S. Military Base
robot dogs
Robotics
Robot Dogs Are Being Deployed at a U.S. Military Base
Four robot dogs are heading to a Florida Air Force base to serve as security patrol, marking the U.S. military’s first full-time deployment of a robot dog.
December 13, 2020

Four robot dogs are heading to a Florida Air Force base to serve as security patrol, marking the U.S. military’s first full-time deployment of a robot dog.