Latest Robotics News

Robot system puts long-distance students inside classrooms

Jun. 15, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A southeast Nebraska community college is using robots to put long-distance students inside the classrooms. Four of the machines are based at the Lincoln campus of Southeast Community College, and one is available at the college district's Beatrice and Milford locations. The college...

West Virginia University wins NASA robotics contest

Jun. 7, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University robotics team has won a NASA competition for the second time in three years. The college on Friday announced the team's win in NASA's Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge. WVU's Mountaineer Ice Driller Automated System III beat out other machines...

Robot baristas are latest front in S. Korea automation push

Jun. 6, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Are robot baristas the future of South Korea's vibrant coffee culture? Dal.komm Coffee thinks so. The company now has 45 robot-equipped outlets in shopping malls, company cafeterias, schools and an airport. Coffee is just one of many industries that could be transformed by...

Gannon engineering students build snow-removal robot

May. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — This is a senior project that everyone in Erie can appreciate. In a region that gets about 10 feet of snow a year, imagine never having to shovel it again. Five engineering students at Gannon University have built a snow-removal robot that does the job. They say it has 16 miles of battery...

High-tech sex toy for women wins back a rescinded award

May. 9, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A trade group has reinstated an award to the makers of a robotic sex toy for women that it had taken away four months ago for not keeping with its image. The Consumer Technology Association on Wednesday restored the Consumer Electronics Show's 2019 Innovation Award in the robotics and...

CES organizers apologize, returns award to women's startup

May. 8, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The group that organizes the annual CES gadget show has reinstated a prestigious award and apologized to makers of a robotic "personal massager" for women. An independent panel of judges had selected Lora DiCarlo's Ose vibrator last fall for a CES 2019 Innovation Honoree Award in the...

Robotics challenge sparks students' passion for STEM careers

May. 5, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — More than 15,000 students from about 40 countries brought robots they've spent months building and fine-tuning to Louisville recently for a world championship designed to spark their interest in pursuing careers in fields such as engineering and technology. These students, who span...

Dreams of ubiquitous social robots still aren't coming true

Apr. 30, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

Hopes that the tech industry was on the cusp of rolling personal robots into homes are dimming now that several once-promising consumer robotics companies have shut down. The latest casualty was San Francisco startup Anki, maker of the playful toy robot Cozmo, which upon its release in 2016 seemed like the start...

Robotics startup that made cute toy Cozmo shuts down

Apr. 29, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A startup that tried to advance the dream of intelligent robots in the home with its toy robot Cozmo is shutting down. San Francisco-based Anki says it's laying off its employees on Wednesday after failing to raise enough money to keep the business going. The company said last year...

Correction: Youth Robotics story

Apr. 27, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — In a story April 26 about the FIRST Championship robotics competition, The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of the FIRST president. His name is Don Bossi, not Dan. A corrected version of the story is below: Youth robotics global championship returns to Detroit Thousands...