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Humanoid diving robot hunts for sunken treasure in French shipwreck
‘Robo-mermaid’ able to reach depths too dangerous for human divers retrieves vase from wreck of Louis XIV’s flagship Robotics scientists at the US’s Stanford University have achieved a remarkable first: they have successfully sent an automated avatar – which they describe as a robo-mermaid – down to (...)
[The Guardian]

Tim Peake drives remote robot on Earth
UK astronaut Tim Peake controls a robot vehicle on Earth from the space station, simulating how humans could one day remotely command vehicles on other worlds.
[BBC News UK]

Robots may be able to lift, drive, and chat, but are they safe and trustworthy?
Automation experts conclude that the time is ripe for human factors researchers to contribute scientific insights that can tackle the many challenges of human-robot interaction.
[Science daily]

Algorithm for robot teams handles moving obstacles
Researchers will present a new, decentralized planning algorithm for teams of robots that factors in not only stationary obstacles, but also moving obstacles. The algorithm also requires significantly less communications bandwidth than existing decentralized algorithms, but preserves strong (...)
[Science daily]

The untold story of Magic Leap
There is something special happening in a generic office park in an uninspiring suburb near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Inside, amid the low gray cubicles, clustered desks, and empty swivel chairs, an impossible 8-inch robot drone from an alien planet hovers chest-high in front of a row of potted (...)

Fish-eyed lens cuts through the dark
Combining the best features of a lobster and an African fish, engineers have created an artificial eye that can see in the dark. And their fishy false eyes could help search-and-rescue robots or surgical scopes make dim surroundings seem bright as (...)
[Science daily]

World's cutest smartphone robot can be yours for a hefty price tag
RoBoHoN is adorable, can recognise your face, read your messages aloud, wake you up and announce phone calls, but is probably out of your price range The cutest robo-smartphone ever made is hitting shelves in Japan next month - but is it cute enough to drop almost £1,300? RoBoHoN (which (...)
[The Guardian]

Robots could get 'touchy' with self-powered smart skin
Smart synthetic skins have the potential to allow robots to touch and sense what's around them, but keeping them powered up and highly sensitive at low cost has been a challenge. Now scientists report a self-powered, transparent smart skin that is simpler and less costly than many other (...)
[Science daily]

Humanoid robotics and computer avatars could help treat social disorders
A collaborative research team has found humanoid robotics and computer avatars could help rehabilitate people suffering from social disorders such as schizophrenia or social phobia. It is thanks to the theory of similarity, which suggests that it is easier to interact socially with someone who (...)
[Science daily]

Scientists invent robotic 'artist' that spray paints giant murals
Robots do many things formerly done only by humans - from bartending and farming to driving cars -- but a researchers have now invented a 'smart' paint spray can that robotically reproduces photographs as large-scale (...)
[Science daily]

The robotic personal assistant that just got $23M
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[CNN Money]

Insect eyes enable drones to fly independently
After studying how insects navigate through dense vegetation, researchers have come up with a system that can be applied to flying robots. By adapting the system to drones, they can be made to adjust their speed to their surroundings and fly on their own -- completely without human intervention (...)
[Science daily]

Touching a robot can elicit physiological arousal in humans
Touching a robot's intimate areas elicited physiological arousal in humans, a new study has found. The findings showed that when participants were instructed to touch the robot in areas that people usually do not touch, like the eyes or the buttocks, they were more emotionally aroused when (...)
[Science daily]

Touching robots can arouse humans, study finds
Researchers discover that touching the areas where a robot’s genitals or buttocks would be provokes a physiological response in humans Californian researchers have established that an intimate caress of a humanoid robot can produce a physiological response in a human. They challenged volunteers (...)
[The Guardian]

Gestures improve communication, even with robots
In the world of robot communication, it seems actions speak louder than words. Scientists have discovered that by getting robot avatars to 'talk with their hands,' we understand them as well as we do our fellow human (...)
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