12 connected devices and robotics which are set to change our lives

  The authors of Beyond Genuine Stupidity and The Future Reinvented explore how we can harness the potential of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and a growing range of other increasingly powerful technologies in the service of humanity  What are the most useful, or useless, future products you can imagine? What new or innovative qualities will be in…

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…

Yangyang fembot unveiled at Beijing conference – looks a bit like Sarah Palin!

A creepy new female robot called Yangyang has been unveiled in Beijing at the Global Mobile Internet conference - a conference aimed at getting younger people into robotics. A joint project between Japanese robot guru Hiroshi Ishiguro and Shanghai robotics professor Song Yang, the young robot can shake your hand and accept a hug. Dressed in…

Foxconn replacing workers with robots

Key Apple electronics manufacturer Foxconn are said to be replacing parts of their workforce with robots. The Taiwanese plant will be putting robots onto the assembly line to automate the manufacture of gadgets such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod,…

F1 team help teenager achieve his bionic arm dream

The Formula One Mercedes GP Petronas team have helped a British teenager improve his quality of life by helping him grab an expensive bionic arm from Touch Bionics. 14-year-old Matthew James was born without a left hand, and had been…

Japanese couple married by i-Fairy robot priest

It was an i-fairytale day, like something out of an electric dream for Tokyo couple Tomohiro Shibata and Satoko Inoue, as they became the world's first couple to take their marriage vows in front of a robot priest. "Pastor" i-Fairy…

Diego-San: The world's most frightening robot child?

I've become accustomed over the years to pictures of menacing looking robots hitting my inbox. I brace myself, hit the link, and more often than not end up laughing at their hideous Elephant Man-like proportions. But not with Diego-San. He's…