UK Robotics

Can Robot Elephants Replace Circus Animals?

Douglas McPherson | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Tech
Douglas McPherson

In an increasingly sanitised and digitalised age, the interaction of trainer and animal in the sawdust circle provides something real and raw that no other form of entertainment can offer. Rather than demeaning animals, it impresses all ages with their skill and intelligence, and enhances our relationship with nature.

This Robot Will Apply Your Makeup For You

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Tech

Remember this? That, for real: University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria design students Maya Pindeus and Johanna Pichlbauer creat...

No One In Britain Trusts Our Future Robot Overlords

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Tech

The majority of people are unwilling to succumb to the inevitable domination of humanity by robots -- or, to put it another way, to consider using rob...

Japan's New Robot Polar Bear Is Adorable

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Tech

An alternately terrifying and adorable robotic bear has been launched in Japan as an aid to the elderly. ‘Robear’ developed by Riken Institute ...

This Robot Is An Incredible Violinist

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Tech

The list of tasks at which robots can match, or beat, humans has taken another step towards completion. The latest of these to fall comes via Seth Gol...

Why Does Everyone Keep Kicking This Robot Dog?

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech

The Google-owned, maybe-terrifying Boston Dynamics robotics lab has a new automaton it’s kicking around the office. Literally. ‘Spot’ is a...

Woman 'Eaten' By Robot

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Tech

An unfortunate woman in South Korea was left in ‘agony’ after being partially eaten by a robot vacuum cleaner. The Guardian reports that the wo...

You Can Control This Robot Over The Internet

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech

There are lots of cool ways to make furniture: you can burn it with a laser, or smash a box with a hammer until it’s comfortable. You could also get...

If The US Navy's Scary Firefighting Robot Went All 'Terminator' It Would Drown Us All

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Tech

A prototype robot that uses sensors to put out fires has been showcased by the US Navy's Office of Naval Research. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefig...

Incredible New Exoskeleton Helps Partially Paralysed Man To Walk

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Tech

A man unable to walk unaided since he was a child will become the first person in the UK to be fitted with a life-changing computer-controlled leg bra...

The Rise of the Robot

Emma Louise Thompson | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Tech
Emma Louise Thompson

Today, robots are being designed to work in close proximities with humans, fulfilling more important job roles in public places.

Robot Surgeons Are Not The Future, They Are Now The Present

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Tech

A surgical robot fitted with multiple arms has carried out its debut operation in England, in a technology breakthrough which will make new treatments...

Waiting for the Robots

Dr Richard Graham | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Richard Graham

Awareness should be a prelude not just to consideration, but engagement, and later at to thoughts of action. In that sense, technology should remain a tool with which we make not just our lives better but ourselves better.

This Robot Could Save Your Life One Day

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Tech

In the field of robotics - despite the best efforts of thousands of innovators - our imagination still outstrips reality. We want (or fear) walking an...

This Robot Traffic Warden Might Be A Touch Too Aggressive

Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Tech

Bristling with metal armour, huge yellow-black boots and piercing purple eyes, it stands in a classic pose of aggression and strength. It must weigh t...

Your Computer Knows You Better Than Your Mother

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Tech

A computer can be a better judge of character than an individual's parents or close friends, research has shown. All it needs is the right input da...

This Robot Will Serve You An Ice Cream

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Tech

America might have a robot capable of rolling around on the surface of Mars and looking for life. China has a robot that can serve you ice cream. ...

AI Research 'Must Avoid Apocalyptic Mistakes'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Tech

Dozens of scientists and innovators including Stephen Hawking and executives from Google, Amazon and Space X have made a pre-emptive call for artifici...

NASA's Next Mars Rover Might Have A Nissan Logo

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Tech

NASA is actually pretty good at building cars for use on other planets. Take the Opportunity rover currently trundling about on Mars: it was suppo...

This 'Robot Geisha' Is Horrifying In Person

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Tech

Toshiba have made a bid for the 'most horrifying new tech' award at this year's CES, by unveiling a robot geisha. The android - pitched as a way to...

Man Controls Robotic Arms Using Just His Mind

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Tech

Lee Baugh has become the first man to successfully control two robotic arms with just his mind. Baugh lost both his arms in an accident over 40 yea...

Self Driving Cars Are Basically Death Traps In The Rain

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Tech

The UK has announced its four test-beds for self-driving cars. But it might want to check the weather forecast. For if the results of a test of the...

Self-Driving Cars Will Be On UK Streets In 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Tech

Four cities in England have been announced as test sites for a new fleet of driverless cars. Milton Keynes, Coventry, Bristol and Greenwich will al...

The Robot Can Draw Better Than You Can

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Tech

The news that roughly a third of all jobs in Britain will be automated within 20 years had one sliver of positivity: creative jobs can't be automated....

Robots Could Take 'One In Three' British Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Tech

Robots and automated computers could replace one in three British jobs within 20 years, according to a major new study. The prospect of widespread ...