Latest Robotics News

Police video shows robber was really robot vacuum cleaner

Apr. 11, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have released police body camera video showing the moment when officers in Oregon realized a suspected robber holed up in a bathroom was really a robotic vacuum cleaner. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says deputies discovered the menacing appliance after entering...

Experiments with robot umps, longer mound distance delayed

Apr. 10, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Robot umpires will get some more warmup time. Major League Baseball and the Atlantic League said Wednesday the experiment with radar-tracking technology to call balls and strikes will not be used when the independent minor league starts play on April 25. Instead, the technology "will be...

Deputies respond to home invasion, find robot vacuum cleaner

Apr. 10, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Deputies in Portland, Oregon responded to a possible home invasion, but the intruder they found wasn't alive or a person. It was a robotic vacuum cleaner. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a house sitter in Cedar Hills called 911 Monday, saying someone was inside the bathroom. The...

Toyota robot can't slam dunk but shoots a mean 3-pointer

Apr. 1, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It can't dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota's basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a 3-pointer. The 207-centimeter (six-foot, 10-inch)-tall machine made five of eight 3-point shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual....

No AI in humor: R2-D2 walks into a bar, doesn't get the joke

Mar. 31, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A robot walks into a bar. It goes CLANG. Alexa and Siri can tell jokes mined from a humor database, but they don't get them. Linguists and computer scientists say this is something to consider on April Fools' Day: Humor is what makes humans special. When people try to teach machines...

Robot offers a deeper dive into Lake Erie research

Mar. 31, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — An underwater robot will be roaming Presque Isle Bay to collect water quality data beginning this spring. The robot doesn't look impressive. It looks like the plumbing under your sink. Built largely of PVC pipe, it cost less than $100 to make. But looks aren't everything. The robot...

Arizona campus sees fleet of food delivery robots

Mar. 30, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Dozens of cooler-like robots on wheels have begun rolling around Northern Arizona University's main campus in Flagstaff to deliver meals from Einstein Bros. Bagels, Cobrizo Mexican Grill and other retailers to hundreds of students a day. San Francisco Bay Area startup Starship...

Missouri S&T robots to play role in bridge upgrade effort

Mar. 17, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Fixing Missouri's deteriorating bridges is a high priority for Gov. Mike Parson, and the state is getting help from an unexpected source — robots. St. Louis Public Radio reports that the state is working with Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla to use robots to...

Robotic surgery now common at West Virginia hospital

Mar. 16, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — There's no substitute for a pair of steady hands honed with tens of thousands of hours in the operating room. But since the da Vinci surgical system was approved for use in 2000, hospitals around the world have found the skilled hands of their surgeons can now perform with more...

Tokyo's Olympics may become known as the 'Robot Games'

Mar. 15, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's Olympics may become known as the "Robot Games." Organizers on Friday showed off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using wheelchairs. Tokyo Olympic official Masaaki Komiya pointed out that Japan is known for its robot technology, and the...