Easy machines: friendly robots that provide a helping hand

With machine assistants in the ascendent, we take a look at the latest in human-robot collaboration and discover a drive to make our automatons as unthreatening as possible

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The eyes have it: how robot vision learnt from Walt Disney

When people struggle to relate to robots without a humanoid form, the answer is to use the great animator’s trick of sticking on a pair of googly eyes