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Robots Vulnerable to Hacking

Robots Vulnerable to Hacking

There is no reason why the robotics community cannot immediately use security solutions that have been developed for defense and telecom networks.

Shall We Blame the Robot?

Shall We Blame the Robot?

Many legal and robotics experts hold the view that robots lack free will and therefore cannot be held morally accountable for their actions. But University of Washington psychologists are finding that ordinary people don't have such a clear-cut view of...

Revolutionary Battery to Power Marine Robots

Revolutionary Battery to Power Marine Robots

A revolutionary battery that exploits the reaction between lithium metal and seawater could soon be powering everything from autonomous submarines to buoys and deep-water sensors.

Toward a World Wide Web for Robots

Toward a World Wide Web for Robots

As one of its first demonstrators, RoboEarth has shown that robots with different hardware can share maps. Another demonstrator allowed a complex service robot to download hardware-independent object models from the RoboEarth database and use them for perception and manipulation....

Top 10 Robotics Trends of 2011

The past 12 months have been outstanding for our industry, what with market researchers putting forth multibillion dollar forecasts for growth, large companies such as Toyota entering the market in a serious way, and the White House recognizing robotics as...

Personal Rapid Transit: Where the Robot Meets the Road

Personal Rapid Transit: Where the Robot Meets the Road

With most of the world’s major cities held hostage to gridlock and taxpayer reluctance to finance large infrastructure projects, PRT systems represent an extremely enticing alternative. These small autonomous vehicles, sometimes described as pods, are designed to ride on their...