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Robots

Walmart robots in stores

Robots are working retail jobs at Walmart now

August 29th, 2019

Back in 2017, Walmart launched a pilot project that made some of its old-school brick-and-mortar retail stores seem like futuristic testbeds. The chain began trialing robots that could scan shelves to make sure items display the correct price and that they’re in stock, a test that started out in 50 stores. This year, those robots …

ant robots

These tiny robots tackle tasks in groups, just like insects

July 11th, 2019

On its own, a single ant can only accomplish so much, but you toss it into the mix with a couple hundred of its peers and suddenly the capabilities of the group are exponentially greater than the sum of its parts. Could the same be true of robots? Some robotics researchers think so, and a …

robot blood

This robot fish has robot blood

June 20th, 2019

If decades of science fiction movies have taught us anything, it’s that when the eventual robot uprising happens, the bots that purge mankind from Earth are going to bleed. Sure, they might spew robo-body-fluid in hues of green or blue, but the dangerous AI-powered robots of the future always seem to have some kind of …

nasa astrobee

NASA’s floating robot ‘bee’ is alive and well aboard the ISS

May 20th, 2019

NASA is betting big on the future of space robots. As automated gadgets become more and more advances, scientists are starting to imagine how robots could not only aid space travelers but perhaps even shoulder some of the load when it comes to various duties. To explore those possibilities, NASA sent a trio of Astrobee …

nasa soft robots

NASA is designing flexible robots that could find a home on Mars

May 8th, 2019

Robots and space exploration go hand-in-hand, so it’s no surprise that NASA is on the forefront of experimental new robotics technologies that could be used during missions to other planets. The group’s rovers and robotic landers have proven incredibly useful for gathering information about places like Mars, but rigid metal might not be the ideal …

nasa astrobee

NASA just sent robotic ‘bees’ to the International Space Station

April 18th, 2019

Do robots have a place in the future of crewed space missions? NASA thinks so, and it’s not the only one. Late last year the ESA launched a robotic assistant known as “CIMON” (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) to the ISS to help astronauts with a variety of tasks ranging from schedule keeping to basic maintenance. …

spotmini dance

The robots are dancing now

October 16th, 2018

As humans, it’s important to keep track of what robots are doing. We know with 99 percent certainty — thanks to Hollywood films pre-historical documentaries like Terminator 2: Judgement Day — that mankind will eventually be wiped out by our own creations, but that’s not happening just yet. They seem to be biding their time …