When Michael Gore stands, it’s a triumph of science and engineering. Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair and walks across the room with help from a lightweight wearable robot.
SINGAPORE—Finding it hard to keep up the passion in a long-distance relationship? Help might be on the way. A robotics professor in Singapore has invented a gadget equipped with motion-sensitive electronic “lips” that allow amorous but absent couples to exchange long-distance smooches via the Internet. Shaped like a small head with oversize silicone lips, the [...]
Look, no hands. Scooting about in a unicycle is no sweat with Honda’s new robotics technology.
An “anti-botcha” robot invented by a team of Bulacan high school students got the nod of international judges and won a prize at the recently concluded For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League (FLL) World Festival in Missouri.
LE MONT-SAINT-MICHEL – A robotic outfit that bestows superhuman strength allowed a paralysed Japanese man to tour the steep lanes of France’s Mont-Saint-Michel landmark Tuesday — on a friend’s back. Seiji Uchida, 49, said he had dreamed of visiting the medieval site, a warren of steep steps on a sea-lapped mound off north-western France, but [...]
NEW YORK — Forget the bellhop. Meet the luggage robot. It’s the first of several high-tech, sleek amenities guests encounter at the Yotel, a new hotel that aims to provide a trendy stay at an affordable price. Purple lighting, throbbing music in the elevators and futon-like sofas that transform to lie-flat beds at the touch [...]
LOS ANGELES — NASA’s next-generation rover to the surface of Mars, which is already over budget and behind schedule, faces significant hurdles as it races to the launch pad for a November lift-off, said an internal audit released on Thursday. The space agency insisted the remaining work to be done will not result in yet [...]
SAN FRANCISCO—Google wants Android to move into people’s homes with the open-source software powering everything from smart light bulbs to sound systems. More than 5,000 software savants at Google’s annual developers conference in San Francisco on Tuesday were shown an “Android@Home” software platform for making dumb devices smart and robots manageable. Among the innovations on [...]