Latest Isaac Asimov's Robot Series Stories

Helping Robots Understand Their Limitations And Adapt
2013-03-27 19:04:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the journal International Journal of Robotics Research talked about building robots that are aware of their own limitations. According to researchers at MIT´s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), if robots are ever going to move around a constantly changing environment effectively, they will need to be more aware of their own limitations. Leslie Pack Kaelbling, the...

Print Your Own Robots
2013-03-18 19:33:43

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The boom of 3D printing has opened up countless possibilities, from reproducing human ears to building single-use weaponry. Now, roboticists are adding another potential candidate to the PYO (print your own) revolution: Robots. A National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project has now set about developing a robot which can be designed, customized and brought to life in a matter of hours. It currently takes considerably...

Tiny Robots Can Work Together On Complex Tasks
2012-12-15 06:30:57

[ Watch the Video: Robotics That Can Swarm Together ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at one US university have developed a team of 20 miniature robots which can work together on complex tasks, and now they are hoping to expand their work to mass-produce the machines and prove their usefulness in a vast array of different scenarios. The robots, which were created by University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll...

Wildlife Critters Inspire Scientists To Build Deceptive Robots
2012-12-04 12:36:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have used the deceptive behavior patterns of squirrels and birds to develop robots that are able to deceive each other. Professor Ronald Arkin, who led the study, suggests the applications could be implemented by the military in the future. Arkin and his team reviewed biological research results to learn that squirrels gather acorns and store them in specific locations. The...

Robotic Assistance In The Home For Elderly Care
2012-10-26 09:14:58

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online (After the article, read redOrbit's exclusive interview with researcher Cory-Ann Smarr.) Throughout the last few decades, advances in the field of robotics have made these helper machines become quite sophisticated and valuable. As these robots have progressed, they´ve been able perform an ever expanding set of duties and tasks. They can carry soldiers into and out of battle zones, fight fires and even dance exotic,...

2012-09-18 17:27:03

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It was inevitable, really, that one day we´d start seeing robots pop up in expected and unexpected places. One could argue, of course, that robots have been helping us manufacture and produce many of our most beloved items for years, such as automobiles, computers and even blue jeans. While these robots have helped to automate many of these processes, they´ve largely been autonomous and without any personality, much...

2012 Robot Hall Of Fame – Vote Now!
2012-08-21 12:17:49

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Let´s admit it, we all have a thing for robots. Whether we grew up watching Rosie take care of the Jetsons´ household or Bender engage in all manner of debauchery normally reserved for humans, robots have been a part of our pop culture and even everyday work lives. As such, it´s only fair to give them their due and honor them in an annual, vote-based popularity contest. Enter the Robot Hall of Fame, a contest...

2012-07-10 09:07:48

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A group of engineers at the University of Arizona worked to develop a set of robotic legs that most closely mimic the gait of humans. Researchers studied, then replicated a simple nervous system that controls the hips and directs the legs to take steps on its own. The intended use for a robot that walks ranges from commercial to personal. "It is clear that in the future robots will be used in homes to do household chores, assist the...

2012-07-09 11:16:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new robot developed by automation giant Yaskawa and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) takes the human element out of the equation when working in a lab. Mahoro is able to automate lab work and perform tasks such as culturing more quickly and accurately than human lab techs, as well as handle biohazards. Tohru Natsume, the team leader for the Biological Information Research Center at...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'