Latest Robotics News

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High-tech sex toy for women wins back a rescinded award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

Be wary of robot emotions; 'simulated love is never love'

Apr. 26, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a robot "dies," does it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer is "yes" — and that tells us something important, and potentially worrisome, about our emotional responses to the social machines that are starting to move into our lives. For Christal White, a 42-year-old...

Robotic device winds its own way through beating pig heart

Apr. 24, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing from the way cockroaches skitter along walls, scientists have created a robotic device that safely guides itself through the delicate chambers of a pig's heart as it's beating. It is one of the first times researchers have shown that a truly autonomous surgical robot can...

Rapid City robotics team to compete in world tournament

Apr. 23, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Six students from a Rapid City high school are heading to Kentucky to compete in an international robotics tournament. The Rapid City Stevens High School students are among robotics teams from more than 40 countries who will attend the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville...