For some time now pop culture has painted a particular picture of robots. From Asimov's 'bots, to the Terminator - even the Transformers - the very concept of a robot has grown up next to these hugely popular sci-fi characters. So why aren't we seeing robots like these by now?
In mid-January, NASA will take the next step in advancing robotic satellite-servicing technologies as it tests the Robotic Refueling Mission, or RRM aboard the International Space Station. The investigation may one day substantially impact the many satellites that deliver products Americans rely upon daily, such as weather reports, cell phones and television news.
The world is getting a long-awaited first glimpse at a new humanoid robot in action mimicking the expressions of a one-year-old child. The robot will be used in studies on sensory-motor and social development - how babies learn to control their bodies and to interact with other people.
Two robots equipped with instruments designed to "listen" for the calls of baleen whales detected nine endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of Maine last month. The robots reported the detections to shore-based researchers within hours of hearing the whales, demonstrating a new and powerful tool for managing interactions between whales and human activities.
At a noodle restaurant in Xiamen, a new chef repeatedly shaves dough into a boiling wok with efficiency and precision. A human simply wouldn't be able to keep up. The robot shaver, capable of making four bowls of noodles a minute, is also inexpensive.
NASA Television will broadcast the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Kickoff event on Saturday, Jan. 5, starting at 10:30 a.m. EST from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. The event also will be streamed live on NASA's website.
With an eye toward enhanced safety and greater productivity, Johns Hopkins engineers have joined colleagues at four other universities in a project to create new ways for humans and robots to work together cooperatively.