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Robots to the rescue

The 2015 earthquake in Nepal is just one example of a recent natural disaster that required search and rescue operations. A European security research project has developed new robotic tools for such operations with great success. Some of its developments are already commercially available and ready to be deployed in order to save lives.

Posted: Nov 25th, 2016

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First steps towards the touch robot

Using a relatively simple system - a mannequin's arm with pressure sensors, connected to a computer - researchers have succeeded in getting it to recognize sixty percent of all touches.

Posted: Oct 24th, 2016

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Robot law - forging a new legal discipline

What happens to privacy when drones are deployed by police? What place do agbots (agricultural robots) have in ensuring food security? Whither the legal profession now that robots are performing legal tasks overseas?

Posted: Oct 6th, 2016

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Robot doesn't have to behave and look like a human (w/video)

The R2-D2 robot from Star Wars doesn't communicate in human language but is, nevertheless, capable of showing its intentions. For human-robot interaction, the robot does not have to be a true humanoid. Provided that it signals are designed in the right way.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2016

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