MIT’s ‘RoboRaise’ helps you lift things by studying your muscles

It's all well and good having a virtual assistant like Alexa or Siri in your lounge, but they make for a pretty useless robotic companion when it comes to shifting a sofa or getting a heavy box from a cupboard. MIT CSAIL has a solution in its sights...

Ford wants this creepy robot to bring its autonomous deliveries to your door

Autonomous deliveries and self-driving vehicles may be the future, but there are still a few gaps that need to be addressed -- namely that it's not always possible for people to leave their homes to retrieve deliveries from the roadside (and if you'r...

NASA’s Astrobee cube robot completes first hardware tests in space

NASA just inched closer to having robots take care of spacecraft. The agency recently completed its first hardware checkouts for Bumble (above), one of three Astrobee robots that will research automated caretaking aboard the International Space Stat...

These self-driving robo-palettes will park your car while you go shopping

Perhaps the most useful application for self-driving tech is in the area of driving that annoys most drivers. Parking. Parking is perhaps the one reason I don’t enjoy driving. Looking for a spot, and then struggling to parallel park (and eventually take out) your car from said spot requires patience, skill, and willpower… virtues that I don’t possess, but a robot could.

Hik Vision’s award-winning self-driving palette helps out by doing that task for you. Unlike other parking-assistant-robots that tug your car, the Hik Vision Parking Robot operates your car from underneath it. The robot sits under a metal platform that carries your car. All you do is drive onto the platform, making sure your car is perfectly positioned on it, and parking robot does the rest. Using inertial navigation, visual navigation, and a set of wheels that allow the palette to travel in any direction, including rotating in place, the robot carries your car to the nearest parking spot and gingerly lowers the platform down onto the ground. Once summoned, the robot lifts the platform and your car up, and carries it back to you, eliminating pretty much any undesirable parking experience you’d otherwise have if you were parking the car yourself.

The Hik Vision Parking Robot is a Gold Winner of the Design Intelligence Award for the year 2018.

Designer: HikRobotics

Amazon’s warehouse robots won’t replace humans for at least a decade

Are you worried your job is going to be taken by a robot? You needn't be if you work for Amazon, which has dismissed the idea of fully-automated warehouses becoming a reality any time soon. According to Amazon's director of robotics fulfilment, Scott...

Delivery robots will soon be allowed on Washington sidewalks

Washington has become the eighth state to greenlight the use of delivery robots on sidewalks and crosswalks. Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill yesterday, following support from Starship Technologies, which specializes in autonomous last-mile and lo...

Apple is making it easier to recycle iPhones in the US

With Earth Day just around the corner, Apple announced it's quadrupling the number of locations US customers can send their iPhones for recycling. The company's recycling robot, Daisy, will now disassemble select iPhones returned to Best Buy stores i...

Listen to the Sound of Our Robotic Doom

What you are seeing is the end times my friends. A world where robot dogs not only hunt you down but they run in packs and they haul equipment from one place to another in a dog sled formation. They cannot be stopped, they can not be reasoned with. They will not die. They rule the Earth. And we are but ants to be squished under metal foot.

What’s worse than a herd of robots pulling a truck on an empty post-apocalyptic road? A herd of robots where only the front two have heads. I picture a group of human resistance fighters hiding by the side of the road, waiting for the perfect moment to snipe these metal bastards and steal that truck, but it’s more likely they are just a pile of bodies in a ditch.

They should really give the lead robot a red nose and call it Rudolph. Seriously, why don’t the rest have heads? That’s just messed up. I can’t unsee this. This is a towing service that can only end in nightmares, but it does show how strong these Boston Dynamics Spotpower robots are. Don’t leave your truck unattended anymore I guess.

Ubisoft is donating $564,000 to help rebuild Notre-Dame

Following the fire that devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris this week, Ubisoft has pledged €500,000 ($564,000) to help restore the iconic church. The studio, which faithfully recreated Notre-Dame in Assassin's Creed Unity, is also offering...