X

The coolest robots from UK Robotics Week 2017

Robots take many forms, from prosthetics to adorable animals to surgical tools.

Katie Collins
Katie a UK-based news reporter and features writer. Officially, she is CNET's European correspondent, covering tech policy and Big Tech in the EU and UK. Unofficially, she serves as CNET's Taylor Swift correspondent. You can also find her writing about tech for good, ethics and human rights, the climate crisis, robots, travel and digital culture. She was once described a "living synth" by London's Evening Standard for having a microchip injected into her hand.
Katie Collins
iet-robotics-showcase-london-16
1 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

UK Robotics Week 2017, which took place at the end of June, culminated in a showcase of some of the coolest robots from around the world.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-11
2 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

The parts for this prosthetic hand are manufactured by a company called Steeper in Leeds, England.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-19
3 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Pistons activate the fingers so that the user can grip items.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-35
4 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

This robotic arm is being used to help rehabilitate stroke victims and to assist children with cerebral palsy.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-34
5 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Users manipulate the arm to play games and complete challenges, which help retrain links between brains and muscles.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-24
6 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

This shape-shifting metamorphic worker robot was designed by King's College London.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-29
7 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

It can change its form to navigate difficult or dangerous environments.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-28
8 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

One potential use: reconnaissance missions in disaster situations.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-43
9 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Prosthetic hands are increasingly sophisticated. This one, created by Queen Mary University London, is made from soft materials.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-46
10 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Each finger is controlled individually by air pressure and can mimic the movements of a human hand in real time.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-22
11 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

This is a robotic endoscope created by researchers at the University of Leeds.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-20
12 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

It's cheap, compact and portable and can be used by non-specialist medical staff to look for cancer in the stomach and esophagus.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-4
13 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

This is Lucie, one of several of her kind currently undergoing trials in offices around the UK.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-2
14 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

She's learning about human environments and activities as part of a project being run by the University of Leeds

iet-robotics-showcase-london-40
15 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

MiRo is an adorable companion robot designed by Consequential Robotics.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-38
16 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

It's affectionate and sweet, but can also provide vital help to elderly people in the home.

iet-robotics-showcase-london-37
17 of 17 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

As well as being able to detect falls, MiRo can remind people to take medicines.

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra
magic-v2-2024-foldable-1383

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites
img-0368.jpg

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?
img-1599-2.jpg

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos