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Bite-size Kilobots robots ready to swarm

Harvard University designs a system to manage hundreds of miniature, communicating Kilobots at once, letting researchers and hobbyists test ways that the minibots can move and work collectively.

By December 1, 2011

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The secret to swarming robots? Simplicity

Simple robots that identify and move toward each other could open the way to armies of machines that measure pollution, pollinate plants, or fly through our bodies.

By April 18, 2014

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See nano quadcopter robots swarm (video)

The robotics research team at UPenn teaches a swarm of small quadcopter robots to do agile flight and fly in formation, a step toward programming small, inexpensive robots en masse.

By February 1, 2012

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iRobot may send its Ava 'bot to medical school

iRobot invests $6 million in InTouch Health to test its robots, including Ava, for use in telemedicine and assisted care at healthcare facilities.

By January 31, 2012

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RoboBees ready for mass production. Thanks, Harvard!

Harvard University's robotics lab designs an origami-inspired method for stamping out large numbers of pop-up flying microrobots.

By February 16, 2012

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Consumers: Robots should clean my windows

A survey finds strong interest among consumers for robots that would do the dirty, dull work around the house.

By January 31, 2012

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The Ava robot can take you to aisle 9

iRobot reorganizes and creates a business unit for its tablet-sporting Ava pedestal robot in retail, security, and health care.

By February 29, 2012

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Quadrotor robots are a hit with James Bond theme song (video)

Shown at the TED conference, flying quadcopter robots take to the recording studio to jam out a robotic version of the James Bond theme song.

By February 29, 2012

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MIT 'smart sand' and 'robot pebbles' replicate objects

Research effort uses distributed robots that communicate with each other to auto-duplicate shapes by forming an object out of a larger pile of smart sand.

By April 2, 2012

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Robot companies come to bury C-3PO

Robotics is heating up, but the shape and function of today's robots are the polar opposite of humanoid robots that proliferate in popular culture.

By April 3, 2012