They're mobile, they're autonomous,
they're right outside your door. After years of hype and crushing failure,
robots are ready to start serving us in our homes. You can already buy one
to mow your lawn. Vacuuming and polishing are next.
[New Scientist February 10,
2001 - almost a decade ago]
Robots are everywhere. You can find them assisting doctors in the operating theatre, plugging oil leaks on the bottom
of the ocean, and playing
soccer at International competitions around the world.
Increasingly robots are being developed to interact with ordinary people in wider society not just scientists in
research labs or carefully contrained environments. As a result important questions about their design, capabilities
and legal status are being raised.
Robots are entering our homes, our workplaces and our dreams. Already robots can perceive things beyond human
capability, they can collaborate with each other in ways that are not possible for humans, e.g. they can share sensor
directly, imagine if I could see exactly what you see. The age of robots is upon us and about to unleashed a new wave
of disruptive innovation that will challenge society like never before.
World - Lots of
information on androids and specific android projects.
- Ars Robotica -
discussion forums, reviews, tutorials, lesson plans, and interviews with
robotics professionals. Topics include robotics, artificial intelligence
(AI), embedded control, sensors, and applied electronics.
- Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute Manipulation Lab - The goal of the Manipulation Lab
is autonomous robotic manipulation in the presence of uncertainty.
- Center for Robotics and
Manufacturing Systems, University of Kentucky - Contact information,
news and events for the department.
- Channel 4 -
Robots - The tie-in page to the Royal Institution Christmas lectures,
shown on Channel 4 in the UK. Includes a virtual robot constructor, where
you can design and test a robot visually.
- CompInfo -
Robotics - A huge directory of robotics sites.
- Delft Biped
Laboratory, Delft University of Technology - Research into bipedal
(two-legged), energy-efficient, walking robots.
- Dr. Ezio
Malis - Dr Malis is a Research Associate in Cambridge University
Engineering Department. He is in the SVR Group in the Information
Engineering Division working with Dr. Roberto Cipolla.
Tech MARS - The Georgia Tech branch of MARS involves multi-level
learning in hybrid deliberative/reactive mobile robot architectural
Handy Board - 6811-based microcontroller system that lets you build
mobile robots for educational, hobbyist, and industrial purposes. Used to
run robot design courses and competitions at the university and high
- The Honda
Humanoid Robot - Information about Honda's Humanoid Robot.
- How Stuff
Works - The Singing Fish - Photographed autopsy of the popular singing
fish novelty fad reveals its robotic-like subsystems with complete
- Miniature Robotic
Actors Exist - Robotic Actors built by Carl Pisaturo. Pictured and
- MIT Leg
Laboratory - Information on a series of legged robots, including
one-legged hoppers, bipedal runners, bipedal walkers, a quadruped, and two
- Mobile Robotics
Research - Mobile Robotics research at McGill University. Searchable
bibliography, project list and other resources.
- National Robotics Engineering
Consortium - NREC is Robotics Institute's commercial arm, partnering
primarily with US businesses to channel CMU and NASA technology and public
funding into mobile equipment, new systems and process automation
- The Official Stiquito Webpage -
This site contains information about the Stiquito Robot, including how it
works and where you can purchase Stiquito books, kits, and supplies.
- Personal Robotics -
Large Robot news site with a free newsletter, and links to articles on
many aspects of robotics.
- The primary Source for
the European Robotics Industry - This site has been designed as a
consultancy tool for the buyers and specifiers of robotics and automation
technologies within Europe.
- R/C Servo Motor Controllers /
Robot Projects - Positive Logic Engineering manufactures motion
controllers for R/C type servo motors. The ASC16 controls speed,
acceleration, and sychronising of 16 Axis simultaniously.
- RobotCafe.com - RobotCafe.com
is a unique portal that offers search results based on quality and
popularity. Find free tutorials, news, discussion forums, and an extensive
directory of links to robotics websites.
- The Robotics Institute - The
robotics research and graduate education program at Carnegie Mellon
- Robot Perception Research at
- Robots.net - A news and
discussion site for those interested in robots and robotics. Includes the
well-known Robot Competition FAQ and a variety of resource pages.
- SA Tool Electronics - Bosch
Industrial Automation - Specialises in industrial automation and
machine tools. Based in South Africa.
- Simpler Robotics - Information
and Parts for Robotics.
- Software to link a CAD/CAM system to a
robot - Software that links CAD/CAM systems to a robot. Supports
IGES, DXF, ISO & ASCII. Supports user-defined robots. For Windows
- Sparc-E and robotic
research at the University of South Alabama - The site is dedicated to
small autonomous mobile robotics research and robotics use in the
curriculum at the University of South Alabama
- Spectrum Robotic Systems
Limited - Manufacturer of automated cutting systems utilising laser,
waterjet, ultrasonic and knife cutting technology under computer control.
- 21st Century
Robotics - 21st Century Robotics features artificial intelligence at
its most sophisticated, including original articles on innovative
- StepperControl.Com - Offers
standard products and custom services for stepper motor and motion
- Tech Geek - News and reviews on
the latest robotics innovation, and projects to try.
- Technocopia - Your Guide to the
Technological Lifestyle - Articles on household automation, including
home theater, home networking, smart toys, pets, and communications.
- The Telegarden - A tele-robotic
installation allows users to view and interact with a remote garden filled
with living plants.
- Toy Robots
Initiative - The Toy Robot Initiative is a research project at
Carnegie Mellon University. It aims to commercialize robotics technologies
in education, toys and entertainment.
- University of Texas at
Austin Robotics Research Group - A research group focusing on the
development of intelligent, modular, and reconfigurable robotics and
- UP Mobile Robotics
Laboratory - The Mobile Robotics Laboratory of the University of the
Philippines Electronics and Electrical Engineering Department.
and Exotic Robots Forum - Online discussion forum for people
interested in developing legged robots. Requires free registration.
- Wisconsin Center for Space
Automation and Robotics - Where biotechnology, bioengineering and
microgravity will help us develop technologies that are out of this world.