robots

  • Creepy killer robot children on the loose

    CB2, Child-robot with Biomimetic Body, is slowly learning how to recognize facial expressions. He’s already taught himself how to walk by observing humans do it. Hopefully no one’s using a machete around this thing, else we’re all in really big trouble. Read More

  • Robot helps Japanese avoid pollen

    Weather News, a Japanese weather company, has created 500 spherical robots that sense pollen content in the air and report back to the mother pollen ship with potential allergen levels in different spots around the world. The robot then transmits data to mobile phones and online apps, ensuring that the sararimen won’t sneeze into their fifteenth beer before stumbling home to a… Read More

  • Mecha-fish to populate the ocean, nibble at silicon reefs

    Don’t you people see what’s happening? They’re taking over! First our pets, then our fashion models (expensive pets essentially), and now… our fish? Well, if you’re planning on replacing the world’s natural organisms with your own silicon creations (as the machines certainly are), then it makes sense to start small. Self-replicating micromachines… Read More

  • Video: The wild longhorn BigDog

    With this latest advance in biomimetic weaponry, BigDog will truly be striking fear into the hearts of America’s enemies. When they see his burnished horns bobbing at them out of a background of terror and carnage, they’ll drop their weapons and cower. I think they’ve got a little to work on with the speed of the charge, but that’s just a technical quibble. Read More

  • Robot warfare has arrived, whether you're ready or not

    Although you and I don’t enjoy the benefits of pleasure droids and personal guard robots at this time, that doesn’t mean they aren’t deploying them in backwater armed conflicts to test their viability. The robot wars are bearing down upon us like a murderous cybernetic freight train, and we’d do best to acknowledge it and prepare for the consequences. Or at least so… Read More

  • Old Glory Insurance offers robot attack coverage

    Anyone catch the Saturday Night Live “Commercials Only” special on Sunday night? Some of them were hit or miss, but the commercial for Old Glory Robot Attack Insurance featuring Sam Waterston was pretty funny. It aired during the 1995 season of SNL but is still relevant today. Read More

  • Japanese Lovebot traps intern in order to "hug her repeatedly"

    Get ready for a lot more stories like this, kids. Man, only in Japan would they build a robot designed to love. The experiment gone wrong took place in Kyoto, at a Toshiba robotic research facility. Why Toshiba is experimenting with hugbots is beyond me, but that’s not the issue here (never thought I’d say that). After the robot (Kenji) became very friendly indeed with a doll… Read More

  • Video: More BigDog

    Remember BigDog? And its diminutive friend, LittleDog? Here’s a little more footage and testimony from the soldiers at Fort Benning in Alabama. There’s not a lot of new info but it’s nice to see it’s actually in real trials and not sitting in a lab somewhere. I think they’re going to need to do something about that buzzing noise, though. Read More

  • Ponginator robot shoots ping pong balls at 170MPH, designed to ‘evoke dialogue’

    Vernon Graner of the Austin Robot Group has built a three-story-tall robot in the hopes of “evoking dialogue” and “finding ways to get people excited about technology again.” Mission accomplished, sir. Your gigantic robot is truly a wonder to behold. Read More

  • Honda's 360-degree look at ASIMO

    Honda’s ASIMO has conducted an orchestra and even served cocktails. Now Honda has added a 360° look at the technology in ASIMO that lets him do all of that. You can see it here. Read More

  • Robotic stepping stones, so you never have to touch the pavement again, m'lord

    What do you get the man who has everything? How about his own private sidewalk? No better way to avoid the gum and dog doo — plus, the robot pavement is scary enough that people will move out of your way, kneel, and say: “Stranger — though you are nothing like mortal men in shape or stature, but are as the deathless gods — hail and all happiness to you, and may the… Read More

  • Proof: Apple staffed with the robots of Wall-E

    I was looking at this image of Jony Ive in the Apple R&D lab from the upcoming film about tech design, Objectified, and I spied something odd. Back in the corner there was some sort of weird device and, now, after doing a little digging, it seems that Apple is far more advanced than we originally assumed. Read More

  • Expensive Knock-off Robowatch! Transform!

    Takara Tony has relreleased one of the defining gadgets of my childhood, albeit in a considerably less cool form. The Chrono Label comes in Destron and Autoceptor styles and has a front display that can display full letters and numbers. Why? I don’t know. Read More

  • Paro, the robotic seal for the elderly, is shipping in April

    Remember that crazy robotic seal for the elderly? The one with the hole in its snout for “charging?” Well, you can now buy one for $6,000 and it will be available in limited quantities in April, 2009. Read More

  • The world's first and only fully robotic gamelan

    Bet you weren’t expecting a video of a robotic gamelan when you woke up this morning! In case you don’t know, a gamelan is a sort of musical setup in Indonesia that is essentially a bunch of tonal percussive instruments. It’s very interesting-sounding, but this entirely robotic one (direct .MOV link) is even more so because it’s… robotic. Unlike Captured By Robots… Read More

  • More support robots headed for the military

    I like the idea of combat robots — not necessarily hunter-killer type robo-soldiers, but more along the lines of support bots like BigDog and these new developments from MIT. The idea, of course, is to reduce not just the number of humans at risk on the field, but to automate dangerous tasks like delivering supplies under fire; after all, the supply line is a weak spot in any army and… Read More

  • ED-E robot for edumacation

    This 17 servo robot is specially designed to teach kids about robotics and programming. To make ED-E move you select a few motions on a computer and upload the file to the toy. He then acts out the actions you see on screen. Read More

  • Video: Evolution of technology ends with Cherry 2000-like fembot. Huh?

    This strange video comes from Berlin’s ad agency Scholz & Friends. I always wondered what those Saturn stores were. Has anyone seen Cherry 2000 recently? Read More

  • Wowwee's CES offerings are very interesting

    From the makers of those superfluous robotic toys comes a handful of useful and rather interesting offerings for this year’s CES. A DLP pico projector that bends 90-degrees? Hell yes. That’s the Cinemin Swivel. The Cinemin Stick is a little smaller and takes SD cards, but doesn’t bend over backward. There’s also an iPod dock dubbed the Cinemin Station. Did I mention… Read More

  • Transforming killer robot flashlight

    I never thought I’d say this, but please witness one of the most intimidating flashlights in recent memory. The $20 Interchangeable Transformative Robot LED Torch/Nightlight goes from killer robot to killer scorpion robot to killer robot crab to standard-looking flashlight in a few quick hand swoops. Read More