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Human-robot emotional and musical interactions: Lecture by Massimiliano Zecca

In this video lecture, Massimiliano Zecca from the Healthcare Technology and Head of the Healthcare Technology group at Loughborough University discusses emotional robotics, musical robotics and...

True AI, or clever simulation? Transcendence movie has Johnny Depp crossing the Singularity

I was inspired to write this article after recently watching Transcendence starring Johnny Depp and reading this article “Death is Optional.”  What will the world look like when we cross the sing...
01 May 2015, by

The real soft robots that inspired Baymax, with Chris Atkeson

Baymax, the lovable, inflatable robot star of Disney’s recent hit, Big Hero 6, is far from a movie fantasy. With their soft cushiony bodies, robots like Baymax have very real prospects as future car...
28 April 2015, by

Underwater Dreams: The story of undocumented teens who win underwater robot competition

Underwater Dreams is a documentary that follows a team of undocumented students from an Arizona high school and shows their perseverance and ingenuity to win a NASA- and ONR-sponsored underwater rob...
16 April 2015, by

When is an ice cube not an ice cube?

Japanese advertising agency wins award for Suntory Whisky ad campaign using CNC-milled ice cubes and a 3D printing app from Autodesk....
06 April 2015, by

Ability to self-repair isn’t the same as consciousness: Analyzing Automata from a tech standpoint

I recently had a chance to view Automata and wanted to share my thoughts on the movie based upon the current and future state of robotics and artificial intelligence. As a film, this was a tough one...
04 April 2015, by


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Beware April Fool’s Day robot hoaxes!

We had to laugh at some of the robot news spoofs that came out on April Fool's Day yesterday. If you know of any others, please share in the comments below....
02 April 2015, by

Sensor-driven armband used to direct robots

ThalmicLabs' MYO gesture-based armband is making inroads driving robots, moving robot arms and on the arms of a Dutch trance music producer, DJ and radio personality....
21 March 2015, by

A bionic model is born

The personalisation of healthcare devices has been a growing trend in the maker-sphere. From gold-plated hearing aids, neon walking sticks, and sparkling blade prosthetics to 3D printed arm casts, peo...
17 March 2015, by

Ex Machina: When Turing meets Bechdel test

Alex Garland’s first feature film as a director, Ex Machina, had its US debut at SxSW on March 14. This stylish idea film explores the Turing Test in a very Pinteresque fashion as a young coder fall...
15 March 2015, by

While most robots are either geek or jock, CHAPPiE is a lesson in sexy

Neill Blomkamp's new film CHAPPiE can teach us a lot about how to design robots. That, and how to be sexy. Rolling out in theatres this week....
03 March 2015, by

Keep Calm and Carry Passengers: UK robocar projects level up

The government-baked robocar projects in the UK are going full steam, with this press release from the UK government to accompany the unveiling of the prototype Lutz pod, which should ply the streets...
13 February 2015, by

From sideshow to main event, drones are making their mark in entertainment

[tweetquote]What do you get when you cross hundreds of drones with an indoor football stadium equipped with GPS?[/tweetquote] Quite possibly the world's largest drone entertainment show the world has ...
12 February 2015, by
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Looney the Robot, with Hunter Lloyd

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Hunter Lloyd, who is a Professor of Robotics at Montana State University and a comedian. Hunter performs a comedy act for all ages with partner Looney, a NAO ...
23 January 2015, by

RoboThespian co-hosts new robot documentary from CBC – “Roboticize Me”

Roboticize Me is a new documentary co-hosted by Peter Keleghan and his android sidekick RoboThespian. Produced by CBC's Doc Zone, the documentary looks at what’s driving our need to develop intel...
22 January 2015, by

A cruel waste of STEM talent

"Spare Parts" is a new movie showing grit, creativity, determination, and leadership in robotics through teamwork and individual success. The movie has a Hollywood ending: teacher and kids inspire ...
19 January 2015, by
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RoboThespian, with Will Jackson

Transcript below In today’s podcast, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Will Jackson from Engineered Arts Limited about his team’s work making robot actors....
10 January 2015, by

12 favorite robot movies – new and old

If you're planning for some downtime this holiday, try curling up with one of these robot/AI-themed movies recommended by the Robohub team....
25 December 2014, by

20 great books to hook kids and teens on robotics

Kids love robots! And they love reading too. Ranging from preschool to teen, this selection of books includes fiction and nonfiction, activity books and maker manuals, all to help inspire the kids in ...
18 December 2014, by

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: Weekly Roundup 12/8

At the Center for the Study of the Drone In 2007, Addie Wagenknecht started using drones to make abstract paintings. Her works both challenge and celebrate the aerial robot and its power. In an in-...

Kidbotics review: Thymio II

This is Kidbotics, [tweetquote]a new educational robotics review series for kids who, like me, are just coming into the robotics scene.[/tweetquote] I am 12 years old, and these reviews are meant to g...
05 December 2014, by

GoPro to start making drones

[tweetquote]GoPro is to start making its own line of drones and have them ready for release as early as Christmas 2015.[/tweetquote] Early indications of price point range from $500 to $1,000 for the ...
04 December 2014, by

Call for holiday robot videos

Is it that time of year already!?!? It must be given that your Editors woke up to snow on the ground this morning. Robohub will once again be featuring robot videos this holiday, so send your submiss...
17 November 2014, by

The Future Starts Here: Robots, Botox, and Google Glass

[tweetquote]Why do we fall in love with some technologies, while others creep us out?[/tweetquote] Unravelling this mystery leads Ken Goldberg and Tiffany Shlain to vampires, zombies, and Sigmund Freu...
10 November 2014, by and

A computer vision system for mining artistic influence

When we look at an image we not only recognize object categories and scene category, but we can also infer various aesthetic, cultural and historical aspects. For example, an expert (or even an averag...
06 November 2014, by , and

“Chappie” movie to explore human reaction to AI, machine learning

A new action/sci-fi thriller by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) is due in theatres March 6, 2015. Starring Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sigourney Weaver, Chappie follows an exper...
04 November 2014, by

Robots dance in synchronization while balancing on balls

http://youtu.be/Ebgrr4yLlCk Murata Manufacturing recently unveiled a team of 10 robots, called the Murata Cheerleaders, which dance in formation while balancing on top of balls. The Murata Cheerlea...
29 September 2014, by

Quadrotors vs CGI: A Q&A with the makers of Sparked

If you thought "SPARKED" - the new short film by Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and Verity Studios - is too real-looking to be CGI, you were right. But why go to all the trouble of using quadrotors to ...
24 September 2014, by

‘Person of Interest’ Season 4 will tackle big questions about AI | Mashable

For three seasons, CBS's Person of Interest has tried to raise questions about who's watching us. But starting Tuesday, the show will shine a light on a subject producers think no one is keeping an ...
24 September 2014, by

New quadrocopter video points to a future for flying machines in entertainment

We've seen robots on stage before: Humanoids have been featured in theater productions in Switzerland, Austria, and Japan, and industrial robots have played parts in dance performances and other stage...
22 September 2014, by







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