Sphero announces £149 BOLT – an app-enabled robotic ball

Connected Play company Sphero has announced the launch of its latest app-enabled robotic ball, Sphero BOLT.  In addition to the robot itself, Sphero BOLT is accompanied by the Sphero Edu app. The app provides educators, parents, and kids alike with an ecosystem to share curriculum, projects, and learnings with ease, furthering Sphero’s mission to educate consumers through…

Nissan unveils pitch drawing robot at Champions League Final

Are the days of the park keeper drawing wobbly white lines to mark out the local pitches after having a few too many the night before finally over?  At the UEFA Champion’s League Final in Kiev at the weekend, Nissan unveiled an intelligent autonomous robot which can draw football pitches wherever it finds space. Named…

Robots to overtake human population by 2050, seven in 10 fear rise of AI

A leading expert has predicted there will be more robots than humans on the planet by 2048. Dr Ian Pearson’s research for Westworld reveals that even a modest growth of 20% per year will see humanoids outnumber humans before 2050. However, this could be sooner in the event of rapid market uptake in technology, which would…

Robot jockey announced ahead of this week’s Cheltenham Festival

 Photo credit: David Parry/PA Wire Jockeys like Frankie Dettori and AP McCoy might not be quaking in their riding boots just yet. But bookmaker BetBright has unveiled the World’s first Robot Jockey ahead of this week’s Cheltenham Festival which it claims is capable of riding a horse and jumping fences. Made…

Will we really see robot referees and robot jockeys by 2030?

While we're starting to see the introduction of some technology in football in the form of VAR (video assistant referees), a new report goes much further predicting the possibility of robot referees and linesman, cybernetic clothing and vision enhancement by 2030. Who knows, we may even see robot players some day soon-ish - at least their…

Samsung launches Star Wars branded robotic vacuum cleaner

Samsung Electronics has introduced a new Star Wars limited edition of the widely acclaimed POWERbot robot vacuum cleaner, the VR7000. The result of a collaboration between Samsung and Star Wars fans, the vacuum comes with Darth Vader and Stormtrooper designs (see above) and is intended to captivate fans in anticipation of the December release of…

Sphero launches mini robotic ball

This looks fun - a tiny app-driven robotic ball from Sphero which is about the size of a ping pong ball. What's clever about it is that it features Sphero's FaceDrive technology so you can use facial expressions, such as smiles, frowns, winks, and head tilts to control it. Derived from the company's £120 robotic sphere, Sphero 2.0, which…

CES2017: Ubtech introduces Alexa-powered Lynx robot

Above: Ubtech Robotics offers a range of fun robots, including a new model powered by Amazon's virtual assistant Is the age of the personalised robot edging closer? Certainly it would seem that way judging by the all the the robotics companies exhibiting at CES in Las Vegas this year. Chinese company…