ieee spectrum special report

    Our Remote Controlled Robotic Future



This special report explores the recent advances in robotic telepresence and their impact on society. Feature articles, blog posts, videos, and slideshows will appear throughout the year.

When My Avatar Went to Work

A robot surrogate took my place at the office. Here's why one may take yours, too
+Sidebar: This Is Your Brain on Robots
+Sidebar: Telepresence Robots Gallery
+Video: Testing My New Robot Body

Telepresence: A Manifesto

The legendary pioneer of artificial intelligence calls for a remote-controlled robot economy

The Man Who Made a Copy of Himself

Hiroshi Ishiguro is building androids to understand humans--starting with himself

How to Build Your Own Telepresence Robot
October 2010

Article: Electric-window motors, a tripod, and a netbook provide the makings of a robotic surrogate

Q&A: Ken Goldberg on Telerobots, Androids, and Heidegger
Fri, October 01, 2010

Blog Post: The UC Berkeley engineering professor discusses robots and Heidegger. Yes, Heidegger

NASA Ready to Send Humanoid Robot to Space
Fri, September 03, 2010

Blog Post: In one giant leap for robotkind, Robonaut will join the crew of the International Space Station

Telenoid R1: Hiroshi Ishiguro's Newest and Strangest Android
Sun, August 01, 2010

Blog Post: The Japanese roboticist has unveiled a new, and strange, telepresence robot called the Telenoid R1

How I Became a Texai Robot and Went Partying
Thu, May 27, 2010

Blog Post: I couldn't make it to Willow Garage's PR2 launch party last night, so I went as a robot


Will telepresence robots revolutionize work, manufacturing, healthcare, and other facets of modern life?

Check out below what people are saying about telepresence on Twitter. Then tell us what you think.


RELATED STORY: When My Avatar Went to Work
September 2010
An IEEE Spectrum editor becomes a robot for a week -- this is what happened


RELATED STORY: Female Android Geminoid F Unveiled
Tue, April 20, 2010
IEEE Spectrum obtained exclusive images and video of Hiroshi Ishiguro's new android


RELATED STORY: The Amazing Androids of Hiroshi Ishiguro
Tue, November 17, 2009
To understand how the human mind works, a Japanese researcher is building androids that look just like real people

The Reality of Robot Surrogates
September 2009

Article: How far are we from sending robots into the world in our stead?

Humanoid Mimics a Person's Movements in Real Time
Tue, April 27, 2010

Blog Post: An operator wearing a sensor suit can control this robot's arm and leg movements

Hackers Can Use Your Robot to Cause Harm
Sun, October 11, 2009

Blog Post: Study shows that some remote operated home robots can be hacked

The Gulf Spill's Lessons for Robotics
August 2010

Article: The BP accident shows that remote operated underwater robots need better automation

Cyborg Fly Teleoperates Mobile Robot 
Thu, August 26, 2010

Blog Post: Swiss researchers have made a fruit fly steer a mobile robot in the lab

LineScout Robot Inspects Power Lines
Fri, August 13, 2010

Blog Post: The robot has cameras, infrared imager, and arms that allow it to overcome obstacles on the line

Humanoid Robot Justin Learning To Fix Satellites
Thu, June 17, 2010

Blog Post: Justin is a dexterous humanoid that can make coffee. Now it's learning to fix satellites

Do Robots Really Take People's Jobs?
Tue, May 11, 2010

Blog Post: Some say technology takes jobs away; I say technology creates new opportunities and more jobs

iRobot Demonstrates New Weaponized Robot
Sun, May 30, 2010

Blog Post: Video shows iRobot Warrior robot deploying "anti-personnel obstacle breaching system"

Robosoft Unveils Kompai Robot To Assist Elderly, Disabled
Tue, March 09, 2010

Blog Post: French robotics company introduces robot designed to assist elderly and disabled

Proposing Ethical Guidelines for Robots
Wed, August 05, 2009

Blog Post: Scientists and analysts are contemplating how we can give robots a moral compass


RELATED STORY: Holographic Video Brings Star Wars-Style 3D Telepresence a Step Closer
Tue, May 18, 2010
Researchers demonstrate a holographic display that can show three-dimensional color images of a person in a remote location


RELATED STORY: The Anybots QB Robot
Wed, November 3, 2010
Anybots demonstrates how its QB telepresence robot works


RELATED STORY: Hologram Teleconferencing
Wed, December 3, 2008
IEEE Spectrum editor tests a Star Wars-style hologram communications system