Xenobots: First living robots created from stem cells – CNN

A xenobot with large hind limbs and smaller forelimbs, layered with red heart muscle.

Scientists have created the world’s first living, self-healing robots using stem cells from frogs.

Source: Xenobots: First living robots created from stem cells – CNN

Nuro’s driverless delivery robots will start serving Walmart customers in Houston – The Verge

Nuro, the self-driving startup founded by two ex-Google engineers, is expanding its pilot robot delivery service in Houston, Texas, to include Walmart customers. The company has been making grocery deliveries in Houston with its fleet of autonomous Toyota Prius vehicles since March. Now the company plans to roll out its custom-built R2 prototype vehicle to help supplement its delivery duties.

Source: Nuro’s driverless delivery robots will start serving Walmart customers in Houston – The Verge

Robotic Hand Restores Wearer’s Sense of Touch | Smart News | Smithsonian

The prosthetic enabled a test subject to pick up an egg without cracking it, send a text message, peel a banana and hold his wife’s hand.

Source: Robotic Hand Restores Wearer’s Sense of Touch | Smart News | Smithsonian

Scientists Create Speech From Brain Signals – The New York Times

A prosthetic voice decodes what the brain intends to say and generates (mostly) understandable speech, no muscle movement needed.

Man using world’s first thought-controlled prosthetic

Two years after surviving a car crash but losing his arm, Junius Moore — the first recipient of DEKA Research and Development’s “LUKE Arm” — will be able to work in his restaurant and play with his 7-year-old son again.

Popcorn-Powered Robots? Get ‘Em While They’re Hot! | Smart News | Smithsonian

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In an attempt to harness the power of pop, researchers went against the grain to push the boundaries of this staple starch

Source: Popcorn-Powered Robots? Get ‘Em While They’re Hot! | Smart News | Smithsonian