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Secret of brain control: Practice makes perfect

It turns out we learn to move a robotic arm or computer cursor with the same neurons we use to learn to ride a bicycle or catch a ball. On a neurobiological level, that deceptively simple truth could have profound effect on how future devices could help those who have suffered a stroke or paralysis.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:07am

Robots to drones, Australia eyes high-tech farm help to grow food

Moving carefully along a row of apple trees, two of Australia’s newest agricultural workers check if the fruit is ripe or the soil needs water or fertiliser.

27 May 2013 - 1:56pm

Implant may allow patients to control artificial limbs with their thoughts

A brain implant that allows the animals to "feel" the presence of invisible infrared light could one day be used to provide paralysed people with feedback as they move artificial limbs with their thoughts, or it could even extend a person's normal range of senses.

19 Feb 2013 - 4:01am

Robot cars 'on road to future' in China

Professor Wang Meiling's team came sixth in an annual robotic-car race held on a 16-kilometre country road in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, last month.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

China to become world's largest robotics consumer by 2014

Demand for industrial robots is predicted to hit 32,000 units by 2014 making China the world's largest robotics consumer.

According to the International Federation of Robotics, the sector's technology and production have gained momentum amid higher labour costs and China's efforts to restructure its economic growth pattern and improve energy efficiency.

12 Nov 2012 - 10:58am

Digital lifestyle: robots taking our jobs

Most of us have had our job titles changed, been made redundant, or perhaps even fired. But imagine being replaced by a robot.

24 Aug 2012 - 12:21pm

Robotopia calling

For many years there was a convention in Hollywood that every film villain was either a European with a thick accent or a robot. Alas, these days it's all sexy vampires fighting sexy werewolves and unsexy zombies. Our declining fear of robots, androids and cyborgs - or our increasing acceptance of such machines - could be occurring just as the field of robotics comes of age.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Ushering in the age of the robot

Last month, Foxconn, the world's largest electronics manufacturer, began building the future at a Taiwan factory: 300,000 robots.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Turning mechanics into high culture

Engineering is a bit of a passion in the Lam family. Josh Lam Hiu-man, 27, is the youngest of three brothers who have all found inspiration in the subject.

'When we were young, we all liked playing with toy cars, like most children,' Lam says. 'But then we would do some modifications, take them apart, rebuild them.'

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A place where great robots came alive

Last Saturday, several junior reporters spent the day at the Hong Kong Science Park making friends with robots. Here are their accounts.

Ken Cheung

At a booth set up by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, we found the amazing Treebot.

The robot is capable of climbing trees and moving from branch to branch.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am