UK Robotics

Meet The World's First Autonmous, Soft Robot: A Tiny Octopus

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Tech

American scientists have engineered the first self-contained, soft robot – an octobot with eight gas-powered arms. Moving without batteries or wires...

State-Of-The-Art Robotic Hand Given To Kid Who's An Aspiring Footballer

SWNS | Poorna Bell | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Tech

An eight-year-old aspiring footballer who was born without a left hand is set to receive a state-of-the art robotic hand in the colours of his favouri...

This Japanese Robot Is Proof That Mankind Is Doomed

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Tech

Japanese scientists have managed to create the world’s creepiest robot, able to make decisions completely of it’s own accord without any human int...

Meet Hadrian X: The Robot That Can Build An Entire House In Two Days

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Tech

Robots are great aren’t they. When they’re not making cocktails on cruise ships they’re picking up boxes or (trying) to save lives. Well now you...

London Technology Week Showcases the Best of British Fashion Tech

Brooke Roberts-Islam | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Style
Brooke Roberts-Islam

'Fashion tech' and wearables are often described as solutions looking for a problem. The fashion industry is, paradoxically, resistant to change, while science and technology exist to pose and answer questions and catalyse change.

This Could Revolutionise Surgery As We Know It

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Tech

This week, a robotic operation to remove a patient’s rectal cancer was streamed live to surgeons, believed to be the first time ever via satellite. ...

I Saw the Struggle Young People Faced to Acquire Digital Skills - I Wanted to Change That

Simon Riley | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Tech
Simon Riley

I didn't want the next generation of young people to go through the same thing as me. I wanted to give them access to practical technology skills early, so they could start building, designing and making stuff as soon as possible, teaching them through hands on projects and engaging problems that got them thinking creatively.

You Don't Need to Be an Engineer to Build 'Robots for Good'

Cameron Norris | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Tech
Cameron Norris

After meeting, a clear project goal was settled upon - create a 'telepresence' robot to allow the children of Great Ormond Street to safely explore one of London's greatest places of discovery: London Zoo.

Woah. Robot Completes Surgery Unmanned For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Tech

For the first time, an unmanned robot has successfully performed surgery on pigskin as a replacement for soft tissue. Surgeons and scientists from Sh...

Man vs Machine? Daleks Can't Climb Stairs!

Dr. Mike Lynch | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Tech
Dr. Mike Lynch

Even before we breathe our first breath, humans innately learn patterns, laying the very foundations of our knowledge. With limited visual capacities, we make inferences by exploring the world through any means possible; mainly through taste, smell and touch. Each perception we have fits together in a certain way, forming a manifest relational framework.

Will Robots Really Take Over Our Jobs?

Leslie Willcocks | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Tech
Leslie Willcocks

For employers, the benefits of using RPA instead of human staff include significant cost savings, faster processing (a study of an organisation within London's insurance market, showed that data which previously took two days to process, took only 30 minutes using RPA), less error and a massively increased output.

Lithium Wars

Stephen Fear | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Tech
Stephen Fear

Lithium, a very soft silver white metal belonging to the alkali group of metals which carries the atomic number 3 is about to become one of the most sought after substances on earth, if it hasn't already!

Companion Robots Are Winning Hearts and Minds at CES 2016

Stephen Ebbett | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Tech
Stephen Ebbett

Pepper the humanoid robot has been around for a while, and this year she was present at CES in her newest incarnation. For $20,000, all four feet of doe-eyed, glossy white plastic will talk to you, read your emotions, sense when you are sad, dance to music and wiggle its bottom.

These Amazing Tech Inventions Help Make The World A Better Place

The Huffington Post UK | Shihab S Joi | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Tech

This was the year that silenced all those who felt duped by promises made in the ‘80s by finally being able to say: here. Here’s your damn hoverbo...

Technological Smorgasbord in Silicon Valley

Zaid Al-Zaidy | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Tech
Zaid Al-Zaidy

Last week, I was lucky enough to be chaperoned by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) and the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), around a variety of emerging tech companies in Silicon Valley. The IPA/UKTI interactive mission has been a real smorgasbord of tech inspirations and here are my views on the trends that will be coming to European shores shortly.

It's Old Age, Jim, but Not as We Know It...

Jeroen Tas | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Tech
Jeroen Tas

This year in fact, out of a global population of 7 billion, there are 900 million people over the age of 60. This figure is expected to rise to 2.4 billion by 2050, meaning that we will soon be living in a world with more old people than children, with many at a more advanced age than ever before.

The Rise of The Robots

Stephen Fear | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Tech
Stephen Fear

Washing Machines, Lawn Mowers and the such like are all early forms of robots if you consider the word to mean a machine doing a task which was formally done by human beings or animals. Machines do not require holidays, lunch breaks or time off. Increasingly these machines are more reliable and suffer less 'time off work'.

AI Robot Says 'F*** You' To Charlie Stayt Live On BBC Breakfast

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Comedy

BBC Breakfast is no stranger to awkward slip-ups, such as Bill Turnbull dropping the C-Bomb and the nation's favourite gardener saying "bastard" live ...

Where's the Humanity in Artificial Intelligence? Ask an Echoborg

Charlotte Webb | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Tech
Charlotte Webb

Currently, many androids are partly operated by humans, who are in charge of their speech and movement. This is because the technologies that orient androids to their environment are not sophisticated enough to make them seem convincingly human.

The Robot Apocalypse Is Back On Track As Google's Human Robot Becomes Scarily Agile

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Tech

Google-owned robotics company Boston Dynamics has taken its famous rescue robot ATLAS for its first proper run outside and the results are, well they'...

An Experiment To Prove How Good Humans Are Just Proved We're Actually Terrible Beings

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Tech

HitchBOT was supposed to show us that human kindness really does know no bounds, it was supposed to travel the world highlighting each country's best ...

Sexual Relationships With Robots Could Become Normal in Future

Dr Helen Driscoll | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Helen Driscoll

As virtual reality becomes more realistic and immersive and is able to mimic and even improve on the experience of sex with a human partner; it is conceivable that some will choose this in preference to sex with a less than perfect human being.

These 'Life-Saving' Robots Can Barely Stand, Let Alone Conquer The World

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Tech

The DARPA challenge is meant to be the ultimate quest for a disaster droid that will save humans from doom, enter dangerous territories, perform life-...

Robot Cheetah's Are Now Almost As Agile As The Real Thing

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Tech

MIT's robotic cheetah just received a fresh but slightly scary upgrade that allows it to run and leap over hurdles autonomously. This is the first ...

This Optimus Prime Lookalike Could One Day Save Your Life

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Tech

Robots saving our lives from impending doom is the kind of technology that Hollywood loves to play with and for the most part, we've come to accept th...