At the gadget fest in Las Vegas, iRobot's newest bot scoots and hoists, WowWee's Panda chats and Robo Elvis looks good in leather.
January 11, 2007
How a robot learns to walk--and limp
Cornell researchers conjure up a starfish-shaped robot that figures out all by itself what it is and how to move.
NASA launches twin robots to map the sun
NASA has launched two robot observers into space on a two-year mission to capture the first-ever 3D images of the sun's solar storms.
Fueling Toyota's future
The I-Foot is a prototype vehicle from Toyota that can carry someone and walk.
Attack of the killer prototype robots
Combine the right voltage and software program with a flat piece of fabric and you get dynamic physical rendering.
Snakes on a fire truck
A Norwegian research company is developing robotic firefighting snakes to keep firemen out of dangerous situations.
Robot makers rev their rescue-bots
Robots test search and rescue operations for Department of Homeland Security.
Robot balances, rides on a ball
The Ballbot from Carnegie Mellon stands tall and scoots around on a small metal sphere.
Robots get smart
Highlights of an exhibition on the application of artificial intelligence in robots.
RobotCranes at work
New "floating" robotic cranes can handle formerly difficult and expensive aircraft-maintenance tasks much more quickly and safely.
Robot Microsoft tool envisions evolution of robots
Windows-based toolkit offers simulation runtime so developers can aim to create intelligent applications.
Fun and games
Creating a customized iRobot
iRobot is releasing the iRobot Create, a programmable robot for entertainment and education.
January 7, 2007
A robot with moves by Microsoft
Robotic Studio software enables owners to program their tribot via the PC, and then control its actions wirelessly.
Happy hour with robots
Cocktail robots mix mojitos, serve snacks, make small-talk and smoke cigarettes at Vienna convention.
The friendly faces of Japanese robots
If the new generation of household robots has puppy-dog eyes, blame a classic cartoon character named Astro Boy.
From Ambient Orb to wired bunny
Cut from similar cloth as the famous orb, the Nabaztag Smart Rabbit brings wiggly ears to the smart object.
Lego lands in Redmond
At Microsoft, Lego shows off the latest iteration of its programmable robot technology.
As iPod rocks, this robot rolls
Japan's ZMP which calls its iPod playing device Miuro, short for "music innovation based on utility robot technology."
RoboCup 2006 set to kick off
World Cup soccer matches not techie enough for you? Check out these robo-Ronaldinhos.
Samsung's gun-toting robot
If you don't know the password, then you could get in serious trouble with this armed and dangerous border-patrolling 'bot.
December 1, 2006
Robot rescuer for wounded soldiers
The Bear, from Vecna Technologies, would put itself in the line of fire instead of human stretcher-bearers.
The Army's Rapid Equipping Force is focusing on devices such as surveillance systems for locating explosives.
The Talon Sword is an autonomous vehicle with a machine gun (or rocket launcher) mounted on top.
Eye in the sky
The CyberBug is an aerial surveillance drone for budget-conscious law enforcement agencies.
Robots are now being used by the military on dangerous missions in reconnaissance, security and demolition.
A soldier's duty
Robots are ready for dangerous missions like explosives removal.
These robots can be configured with machine guns.
Robots are being used to detonate or disable confirmed bombs.
White Box Robotics uses off-the-shelf PC parts to build mobile robots that look a bit like R2D2. White Box's products double as PCs.
December 2, 2006
Scooba in the house
CNET News.com reporter Michael Kanellos lets the floor-scrubbing robot loose in his house--and gets clean linoleum and lots of laughs.
Robot vacuums and rolling laptops
Evolution Robotics has a navigation system called NorthStar that helps self-propelled machines scoot around the living room.
Live large in this smart home
What would a home of the future be without an army of robots to vacuum the rug, cut the grass and entertain the kids.
WowWee's Roboraptor and Hasbro's I-Dog are expect to be two of the most sought after holiday gifts.
The Wakamaru robot does a variety of household tasks, from security to secretarial.
The ideal pet: they'll work, provide companionship and don't make a mess.
Sit back and let Roomba vacuum your floors.
Scooba is Roomba's counterpart, with a scrubber and squeegee.
A step in the right direction
A two-legged robot is aimed at enabling people in wheelchairs to go up stairs.
Ringing the alarm
Roborior looks like a light but will call your cell phone when something looks suspicious.
Video: Robotic animal thrives on land, in sea
The Salamander Robot is an experimental machine that can operate in three modes: swimming, slithering and walking.
Video: Fly your own remote-controlled robot
CNET News.com's Michael Kanellos gets a demo of a few different models.
Video: Create your own robot
Watch an example of what the robot is capable of as it attempts to find a piece of foam and pick it up on its own.
Video: Go forth and mop
Watch Scooba suck up Diet Coke, eat pretzel crumbs and take on the soda machine.
Video: Robots may ask you for change
Artist creates robots in response to class divide.