David Hambling
at 21:12 PM Sep 10 2014

Atmospheric Dive Suits (ADS) are required for dives below three hundred feet. The ADS is a human-shaped hard shell enclosing diver so they can breathe air at normal pressure. ADS become more sophisticated in some ways over the last century, but they still have primitive lobster-like claws called prehensors rather than hands.

Francie Diep
at 09:56 AM Apr 15 2014

Update, 4/14/14: The SpaceX launch that was supposed to bring Robonaut 2 its legs has been postponed. The Falcon 9 rocket has a helium leak, NASA tweeted. R2 responded to the news on Twitter:

Erik Sofge
at 03:22 AM Mar 13 2014
Tech // 

Looking back, Google’s emergence as a robotics powerhouse seems obvious—and inevitable. First came the scattered hires of roboticists and the release of self-driving cars into Bay Area traffic. Then, the search giant reportedly bought two humanoid HUBO robots from South Korean university KAIST. But it wasn’t until December’srevelation that Google had acquired eight robotics companies—including Boston Dynamics, maker of BigDog, WildCat and a stableof other astonishing Pentagon-funded bots—that it became clear: Google means to build robots.

Francie Diep
at 03:00 AM Jun 26 2013
Robots // 

We've seen robots with wheels, robots with legs, and even robots with whegs. We've seen snakebots that use a creepy combination of undulation and grip to shimmy and swim. Now one research team has come up an innovative new robot with yet another way of getting around. They've made a plastic sphere with a mechanism inside to propel it like a hamster in a ball.

Nadia Cheng as told to Flora Lichtman
at 01:00 AM Aug 18 2012
Tech // 

Our 35 centimeter long robotic elephant trunk has five segments, each made of a silicone membrane with an embedded metal spring that acts like an exoskeleton. The segments are filled with dry coffee grounds and each is vacuum-controlled separately. When coffee grounds are loosely packed, they're in a liquid-like state. When they're vacuum-packed, they transition into a solid-like state.

Rebecca Boyle
at 04:51 AM Feb 29 2012
Robots // 

Though he was destined for manual labour, countless days spent toiling in the factory could not dampen this robot's dream. He was built to examine how objects reflect light, but he never failed to see the beauty in the patterns of light bouncing off a mundane object, say a child's backpack. He always wanted to be an artist, he just needed the chance!

Rebecca Boyle
at 11:00 AM Dec 8 2011
Space // 

When a satellite becomes unresponsive in orbit, there's not much to be done - engineers can try in vain to hail the spacecraft and send it instructions, or perhaps blow it up in a show of bravado. But fixing it is pretty much out of the question, especially now that the space shuttle is retired.But what if a remotely operated robot could do the job? Engineers at Johns Hopkins University have been working with a da Vinci surgical robot in a test of long-distance mechanical repair - call it satellite surgery

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