UK Robotics

This Invisible Chair Lets You Sit Down Literally Anywhere

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Tech

Chairs are frustrating objects, in that they have to be physically present for you to use them. How analogue. How backward. How... life 1.0? Is tha...

This Robot Swarm Is 1,000 Strong, Can Self Organise, And Is REAL

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Tech

Even the name sounds like it belongs to a sinister new adversary for Dr Who. Introducing the Kilobots - obedient miniature robots that act together...

Explore Tate Britain at Night Through the Eyes of a Robot

Tate | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tate

Have you ever wished you could have a secret robot alter ego? Or that you could wander around a gallery alone late at night? Well, now you can combine both these fantasies in one as After Dark is launched at Tate Britain.

You Can't Go To The Tate After Dark. These Robots Can.

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Tech

Robots are to give art fans a night at the museum with a series of after-hours tours around Tate Britain through an award-winning project. People f...

Bendy Robot 'Lego' Bricks Are Evil And Must Be Destroyed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Tech

Lego is one of life's great pleasures. Solid, dependable, honest. Now someone has gone an invented a bendable robot brick which can potentially use...

Knife-Wielding Robots Fight To The Death

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Tech

What happens if you attach two knives to a pair of robot vacuum cleaners, give them each a balloon and make them duel each other for your own amusemen...

Bringing It Home: The UK is Ready for Robotics

Huw Davies | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

"How many robots do you encounter during your day?" The answer, I expect, is none... the great news is that we have some fantastic UK entrepreneurs ready, and inspired by the mission, to lead the RAS charge from Europe.

Child Sex Robots Could Be Used To Cure Paedophiles

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Tech

Child-like sex robots could be used to help paedophiles in the same way that methadone is used to help cure drug addicts, a report has claimed. Thi...

This Robot Won't Stop Asking People To 'Get Naked'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Tech

A new humanoid robot developed in Japan has a unique strategy for making friends. It wants you to take off your clothes. The Andrew WK-style adv...

America Now Has Robot Dogs Named After A Beast From Hell

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Tech

Google-owned Boston Dynamics has started testing its LS3 robot 'mule' out in the field and already soldiers have given the robot a name: 'Cujo'. 'C...

After 30 Years, This Next-Gen AI Might Be Ready For Prime Time

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Tech

Artificial intelligence is one of those futuristic sci-fi ideas that seems to trickle along just underneath the public consciousness. Then all of a su...

Why Robotics and 'Open Innovation' Go Hand in Hand

Huw Davies | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

To the roboticists of course, potential practical applications for such products are endless - including within business, education and security.

These Robots Are Powered By Real, Living Muscle Cells

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Tech

Scientists have developed "a new generation" of tiny robots powered by living muscles. The ridiculously small robots are as biological as they are ...

Toys and Robotics Working Together

Huw Davies | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

The Robotics and Autonomous Systems Mission is off to a great start in sunny San Diego. My main highlight from day one was seeing the presentations from leading robotic technologists at the UCSD/Qualcomm Robotics Laboratory.

Michael Rundle

British Robots Invade America (In A Polite Sort Of Way)

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Tech

A team of British superhero robots has invaded America. There's MapleBird, one of the smallest unmanned vehicles in the world. There's the four-le...

The Robots Are Coming - UK Mission to the States Is a Go!

Huw Davies | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

Its 8am on a Friday morning and I'm sitting in a busy airport lounge waiting for my flight to San Diego. Why? Because this week is the kick off the week-long entrepreneur Mission to California for UK companies working in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) - and it's destined to be an inspiring one.

John Oliver 'Will Be Killed By Robots' Says Stephen Hawking

The Huffington Post UKr | Michael Rundle | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Tech

John Oliver's list of enemies keeps growing. Last week he risked the ire of global mega evil conglomerate and sporting federation FIFA. This week, it'...

AI and EG: Why You Shouldn't Believe the Reports on Eugene Goostman

Thom James | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Tech
Thom James

Most articles that have been written in the past few days have referred to Eugene Goostman as a "supercomputer", or a highly complex form of AI that we have never seen before. Something that will truly advance technology. Something that essentially, is smarter than a human being. They are wrong.

Phew: Scientists Say It Is Impossible To Build A Conscious Robot

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Tech

There is good news today in humanity's struggle to avoid a nightmarish robot dystopia. Scientists have determined that it is probably mathematicall...

Should Robot Cars Be Programmed To Kill You If It Will Save More Lives?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Tech

A curious thought experiment has made a lot of people nervous about the possibility of travelling in self-driving cars. More nervous than, you know, j...

This Robotic Arm Is Better At Catching Stuff Than You Are

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Tech

This rather funky looking mechanical arm is leading the way in the field of robotic catch. Developed by EPFL researchers, it is capable of tracking...

This Robot Runs At 20MPH

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Tech

A robot capable of running on its own at 20 miles-per-hour has hit Kickstarter. The 'OutRunner' is aiming to succeed where even Google's recent acq...

UN To Debate Killer Robots, Because That's A Thing Now

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Tech

The United Nations is to debate the legality, necessity and usefulness of killer robots. But the informal meeting will not culminate in binding pol...

Keeping Up With the Jetsons

Deborah Gale | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Tech
Deborah Gale

There are concerns: fears about inauthentic relationships, particularly with respect to end of life care. Our acceptance of introducing human-like but not actually human helpers might qualify as an infringement on personal dignity. So, the next step should be targeted attention on specialized 'bots that will be able to assist and care for older adults.

Would You Have Sex With A Robot... If It Stole Your Job?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Chris York | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Tech

A new poll has revealed a third of Britons fear the rise of robots. But others find them unusually sexy. One in six of those asked said they would ...