Israel deploys remote-controlled robotic guns in West BankNovember 16, 2022 GMT
AL-AROUB REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — In two volatile spots in the occupied West Bank, Israel has installed robotic weapons that can fire tear gas, stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets at Palestinian protesters.
Teens tackle 21st-century challenges at robotics contestOctober 16, 2022 GMT
GENEVA (AP) — For their first trip to a celebrated robotics contest for high school students from scores of countries, a team of Ukrainian teens had a problem.
With shipments of goods to Ukraine uncertain, and Ukrainian customs officers careful about incoming merchandise, the group only received a base kit of gadgetry on the day they were set to leave for the event in Geneva.
Robot issue delays fuel removal from Fukushima nuclear plantAugust 25, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant said Thursday it is further postponing the start of the removal of highly radioactive melted fuel from its damaged reactors because of delays in the development of a remote-controlled robotic arm.
Navy expedites waterborne drones to close gap with ChinaJuly 29, 2022 GMT
Facing a growing threat from China, the Navy envisions drone ships keeping an electronic eye on enemy forces across the vast Pacific Ocean, extending the reach of firepower, and keeping sailors out of harm's way.
Crewless robotic Mayflower ship reaches Plymouth RockJune 30, 2022 GMT
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A crewless robotic boat retracing the 1620 sea voyage of the Mayflower has landed near Plymouth Rock.
Autonomous Mayflower reaches American shores -- in CanadaJune 5, 2022 GMT
A crewless robotic boat that had tried to retrace the 1620 sea voyage of the Mayflower has finally reached the shores of North America — this time in Canada instead of the Massachusetts coast where its namesake landed more than 400 years ago.
California regulators approve state’s 1st robotic taxi fleetJune 3, 2022 GMT
California regulators on Thursday gave a robotic taxi service the green light to begin charging passengers for driverless rides in San Francisco, a first in a state where dozens of companies have been trying to train vehicles to steer themselves on increasingly congested roads.
Robotic buoys developed to keep Atlantic right whales safeMay 28, 2022 GMT
A Cape Cod science center and one of the world’s largest shipping businesses are collaborating on a project to use robotic buoys to protect a vanishing whale from lethal collisions with ships.
A lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution developed the technology, which uses buoys and underwater gliders to record whale sounds in near real time.
Toyota heading to moon with cruiser, robotic arms, dreamsJanuary 28, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is working with Japan's space agency on a vehicle to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040 and then go live on Mars, company officials said Friday.
Review: Tom Hanks, a robot and a dog in ‘Finch’November 3, 2021 GMT
Tom Hanks doesn’t need a human or even a sentient acting partner to make a film or a scene sing. Think Wilson the volleyball, Hooch and even that laptop from “You’ve Got Mail.” So it’s not at all surprising if he’s the first guy on the list for your post-apocalyptic film about a man, a robot and a dog.
Zebra Technologies Expands Fetch Robotics Portfolio with Solution to Optimize Fulfillment WorkflowsOctober 21, 2021 GMT
China says moon rocks offer new clues to volcanic activityOctober 19, 2021 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Moon rocks brought back to Earth by a Chinese robotic spacecraft last year have provided new insights into ancient lunar volcanic activity, a researcher said Tuesday.
Li Xianhua said an analysis of the samples revealed new information about the moon’s chemical composition and the way heat affected its development.
Autonomous robots prepped for cave search and rescue missionSeptember 18, 2021 GMT
PITTSBURGH (AP) — After practicing in a former limestone mine and an abandoned hospital outside of Pittsburgh, a fleet of robots from Carnegie Mellon University is headed to Kentucky for the final test of the ability to autonomously navigate an uncertain, underground course.
SpaceX launches ants, avocados, robot to space stationAugust 30, 2021 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX shipment of ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday.
The delivery — due to arrive Monday — is the company’s 23rd for NASA in just under a decade.
Business Highlights: Consumer spending, robotic police dogsJuly 30, 2021 GMT
US consumers boost spending 1% as inflation remains high
WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers increased their spending by 1% in June — a dose of energy for an economy that is quickly rebounding from the pandemic recession but is facing new risks led by the delta variant of the coronavirus.
ABB TO ACQUIRE ASTI MOBILE ROBOTICS GROUP TO DRIVE NEXT GENERATION OF FLEXIBLE AUTOMATIONJuly 20, 2021 GMT
ABB TO ACQUIRE ASTI MOBILE ROBOTICS GROUP TO DRIVE NEXT GENERATION OF FLEXIBLE AUTOMATIONJuly 20, 2021 GMT
Dutch queen and robot open 3D-printed bridge in AmsterdamJuly 15, 2021 GMT
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch Queen Maxima teamed up with a small robot Thursday to unveil a steel 3D-printed pedestrian bridge over a canal in the heart of Amsterdam's red light district.
Maxima pushed a green button that set the robot's arm in motion to cut a ribbon across the bridge with a pair of scissors.
Japan’s SoftBank says Pepper robot remains ‘alive’ and wellJune 30, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese technology company SoftBank denies it’s pulling the plug on its friendly, talking, bubble-headed Pepper robot.
“There is absolutely no change to our Pepper business,” SoftBank Robotics Corp.
Robotic ship sets off to retrace the Mayflower’s journeyJune 15, 2021 GMT
SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Four centuries and one year after the Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England, on a historic sea journey to America, another trailblazing vessel with the same name has set off to retrace the voyage.
Venus hotter than ever: 3rd new robotic explorer on horizonJune 10, 2021 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Venus is hotter than ever, with a third new robotic explorer on the horizon.
A week after NASA announced two new missions to our closest neighbor, the European Space Agency said Thursday it will launch a Venus-orbiting spacecraft in the early 2030s.
Robot artist sells art for $688,888, now eyeing music careerApril 3, 2021 GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Sophia is a robot of many talents — she speaks, jokes, sings and even makes art. In March, she caused a stir in the art world when a digital work she created as part of a collaboration was sold at an auction for $688,888 in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT)...
Teen gets robotic arm four years after being shot in UtahMarch 16, 2021 GMT
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Four years after two classmates shot her in the head and left her for dead in a canal in Utah, Deserae Turner received a robotic arm to help in her recovery, the family said...
Ford partners with U-M on robotics research, new buildingMarch 16, 2021 GMT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Digit marches on two legs across the floor of the University of Michigan’s Ford Motor Co...
State officials use robotic deer to combat illegal huntingDecember 24, 2020 GMT
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky wildlife officials are using robotic deer to catch illegal hunters...
GM’s Cruise to deploy fully driverless cars in San FranciscoDecember 9, 2020 GMT
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — General Motors' self-driving car company is sending vehicles without anybody behind the wheel in San Francisco as it navigates its way toward launching a robotic taxi service that would compete against Uber and Lyft in the hometown of the leading ride-hailing services...
Company pleads guilty to charge related to worker deathNovember 9, 2020 GMT
LAFAYETTE, Ala. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered an auto parts manufacturer to pay $1.5 million after admitting violating federal safety standards before a worker was crushed to death by a robotic machine...
Walmart abandons shelf-scanning robots, lets humans do workNovember 2, 2020 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is laying off the robots it had deployed in about 500 stores to keep tabs on what’s on and not on the shelves...
Caterpillar, School of Mines partner on mining technologyOctober 29, 2020 GMT
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Caterpillar says it is partnering with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to build the next generation of mining and construction technology...
Daimler Trucks tests self-driving vehicles in US SouthwestSeptember 4, 2020 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Daimler Trucks and allied vehicle software company Torc Robotics announced Thursday the expansion of testing for self-driving trucks to public roads in New Mexico along major long-haul freight routes...
Robot helping to sanitize Albuquerque International SunportJune 22, 2020 GMT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest airport has enlisted a robot to help with cleaning in the age of coronavirus...
Personal mobility machine needs no help at Tokyo airportJune 8, 2020 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — An autonomous mobility system that works like a wheelchair without anyone pushing it is scuttling around a Tokyo airport to help with social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic...
Ventilator from old car parts? Afghan girls pursue prototypeApril 19, 2020 GMT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — On most mornings, Somaya Farooqi and four other teen-age girls pile into her dad’s car and head to a mechanic’s workshop...
RoboPony: Chinese robot maker sees demand surge amid virusMarch 20, 2020 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — While other industries struggle, Liu Zhiyong says China’s virus outbreak is boosting demand for his knee-high, bright yellow robots to deliver groceries and patrol malls looking for shoppers who fail to wear masks...
St. Paul high school robotics team recovers stolen trailerFebruary 16, 2020 GMT
ST.. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A trailer that contained equipment for a Twin Cities high school robotics team has been recovered after it was stolen early Sunday...
Kitchens get smarter at CES tech show, not yet in many homesJanuary 8, 2020 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tell your refrigerator about your dietary preferences and it’ll concoct a recipe plan for the coming week, sending a shopping list to your smartphone when it notices you’ve run out of the right ingredients...
Over $500K in robotics grants going to 101 schoolsDecember 10, 2019 GMT
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Grants from a robotics education fund have been awarded to 101 New Hampshire schools so far up from 57 last year, the state Department of Education said Tuesday...
Amazon to open new robotics hub outside Boston in 2021November 6, 2019 GMT
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Amazon says it plans to open a $40 million robotics innovation hub west of Boston...
Israeli robotics delegation to Dubai marks warming Gulf tiesNovember 6, 2019 GMT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted the country's triumphant teen delegation to the unofficial "Robotics Olympics" on Wednesday after its groundbreaking visit to Dubai, giving public expression to the growing, and increasingly open, relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates...
Dubai displays tech reputation with global robotics contestNovember 1, 2019 GMT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Seeking to bolster its image as a forward-looking metropolis, Dubai hosted the largest-ever international robotics contest this week, challenging young people from 190 countries to find solutions to global ocean pollution...
Robots made famous on YouTube could be headed to circusSeptember 26, 2019 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — Animal-like robots that started out as a military-funded research project might be shipped off to the circus instead of the battlefield...
Ex-Google engineer charged in Uber self-driving theft caseAugust 27, 2019 GMT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A former Google engineer was charged Tuesday with stealing self-driving car technology from the company shortly before he joined Uber's efforts to catch up in the high-stakes race to build robotic vehicles...
The Latest: $2M bond for engineer in self-driving theft caseAugust 27, 2019 GMT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on self-driving theft case (all times local):
Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski has been released on a $2 million bond after being charged with stealing self-driving car technology from Google before joining Uber's effort to build a fleet of robotic vehicles...
Olympic robots offer ‘virtual’ attendance, help out on fieldJuly 22, 2019 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — A cart-like robot scuttles across the field to bring back javelins and discuses. A towering screen-on-wheels is designed for "virtual" attendance...
University of Nebraska team creates cornfield robot systemJuly 13, 2019 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Plant science students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are still taught to phenotype by hand, wading into muddy fields to record the differences in physical characteristics between varying corn hybrids with a small set of tools and a pen and notebook...
West Virginia University wins NASA robotics contestJune 7, 2019 GMT
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University robotics team has won a NASA competition for the second time in three years...
High-tech sex toy for women wins back a rescinded awardMay 9, 2019 GMT
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...
CES organizers apologize, returns award to women’s startupMay 8, 2019 GMT
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...
Robotics challenge sparks students’ passion for STEM careersMay 5, 2019 GMT
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...
Dreams of ubiquitous social robots still aren’t coming trueApril 30, 2019 GMT
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...
Robotics startup that made cute toy Cozmo shuts downApril 29, 2019 GMT
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...
Correction: Youth Robotics storyApril 27, 2019 GMT
DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of students from dozens of countries are in Detroit this week competing in the biggest youth robotics event in the world...
Robotic device winds its own way through beating pig heartApril 24, 2019 GMT
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...
Rapid City robotics team to compete in world tournamentApril 23, 2019 GMT
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Six students from a Rapid City high school are heading to Kentucky to compete in an international robotics tournament...
Hawaii school robotics team wins rookie award at Texas eventApril 23, 2019 GMT
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii high school has been recognized with an award in its first appearance at an international robotics competition...
BOSTON & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 12, 2019-- 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...
Police video shows robber was really robot vacuum cleanerApril 11, 2019 GMT
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...