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robot taste

Scientists invent a robot that can taste with its fingers

June 27th, 2019

As the relentless march of technology continues unabated, robots have grown more and more complex. They’re capable of mimicking humans with increasing accuracy, but there are still a few things that set us apart from our mechanical creations. Sure, robots can touch, see, and hear, but what about taste? A team of researchers from UC …

Robot dog

Watch a robot dog pull a 3-ton plane in this unbelievable video

May 23rd, 2019

At a time when engineers have been perfecting robots that can perform skills like walking, gymnastics stunts, and warehouse-related box-sorting, researchers from Italy’s Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia just upped the ante in a major way. Meet the HyQReal, a robot dog that was able to successfully pull a 3-ton Piaggio P180 Avanti passenger airplane almost …

mars sunset

Here’s what a Martian sunset looks like

May 2nd, 2019

NASA’s InSight lander has been sitting safely on Mars for a number of months now after landing back in late 2018, and it’s already making a name for itself with a number of interesting discoveries. Most recently, the robotic lander detected what scientists believe may be the first recorded “marsquake” ever, but the bot’s talents …

Backflipping MIT mini cheetah

No one asked for it, but researchers built another back-flipping robot anyway

March 6th, 2019

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology describe the new robot they just built and unveiled as “powerful, robust and inexpensive.” Among its abilities, the robot can run, walk and (sigh) execute a perfect backflip upon command. This is either an impressive display of mechanical engineering prowess or a worrisome development, depending on your point …

Chinese girl robot

A Chinese girl got a robot to do her homework for her

February 21st, 2019

We’ve gone from the days of “the dog ate my homework” to “the robot did my homework for me.” According to a report in recent days from a Chinese newspaper, a young schoolgirl there recently spent the 800 yuan (equivalent to about $120) that she’d saved from Lunar New Year presents to buy herself a …

ford robot butt

Ford built a sweaty robot butt to simulate your sweaty human butt

January 11th, 2019

Car seats have come a long way from the rigid benches drivers were forced to plop their bottoms on many decades ago, and today’s seats are often a major part of the driving experience. Many have built-in heaters and are packed with electronic controls and even memories that adjust to specific drivers. As with any …

cimon ai

ESA’s adorable space station AI had an emotional meltdown in his debut

December 3rd, 2018

It’s been many months since the European Space Agency announced that it was building an AI for testing aboard the International Space Station. Named “CIMON” (short for Crew Interactive Mobile Companion), the digital helper is finally up and running aboard the ISS, and space station crew are getting a chance to test it out. No, …