• 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

  • Scientist warns: we must establish a Robot Code

    It’s true, of course, and not just from a Sci-Fi point of view. With robots doing everything from vacuuming our floors to storing our data to performing surgery, there is a growing need for an international body to establish standards. If, as British robotics professor Noel Sharkey says, “decisions about [robots’] application will be left to the military, industry and… Read More

  • Robot Overlord Field Guide: The Bumblebee

    As we all know, when the End Times come we’re going to want to know what will come to kill us. Introducing the Missile Defence Multiple Kill Vehicle, which looks and acts kind of like those bumblebee fireworks you used to shoot of on July 4 which ( the former American Independence Day and now known as COMMANDSTATUSREPORT DAY). While this is an early prototype, rest assured that this… Read More

  • Burn-E, like Wall-E but not

    As John would say, “cute.” Read More

  • Video: When do robots cross the ‘realistic or creepy’ line?

    Oh, robots. I think people liked you more when you looked like Rosie than your current “human-light” appearances. Take this one, named Jules by scientists at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK. It’s supposedly the first “humanoid” robot that “can mimic the facial expressions and lip movements of a human being.” It has its own software that lets… Read More

  • GlowBots: Robots that learn what you like

    Another video from Stockholm University’s Mobile Life Centre in Kista, Sweden. Here we see a family of GlowBots, tiny round robots that run around and connect with each other. When you “select” one robot with a pattern you like by shaking it, the robot goes on to infect other robots with the general pattern, mutating it as the pattern enters the environment. These little guys… Read More

  • This robot face is not creepy at all. Not even a little bit Did anyone else get a little scared when it did its mad face? This little robot is, I imagine, designed to be one of those greeter robots that tells you “welcome” and can respond when you ask it where the elevators are. Unfortunately, I think anyone that sees it will have dreams of the Robocalypse for weeks after. This is how it starts, people. Read More

  • MechWarrior Junior

    Just one more little last-minute costume idea. Happy Halloween, Crunchers!
    Update: ah, here’s that source I was looking for. Read More

  • Navy designing UAV-borne drug-sniffer bots

    Do they have so many boats to inspect that they can’t just hover over them to detect the good stuff? I guess so, because the Navy is spending a mint to create a “sensitive miniaturized sniffer” that can be placed on board (or stowed away in, or fired onto) suspicious vessels. After only six seconds, it’ll relay its findings back to the mothership or whatever… Read More

  • Biomimetic jumpbot powered by buzzer motor

    I love this thing! And not just because I get to use the biomimetic tag. These French (?) researchers have created two different biomimetic robots: this jumping one and a phototaxic glider. Whose side will they be working for in the imminent Robocalypse? Maybe they’re looking for some hot government research contract action? The jumpbot is really extremely small, and it uses the same… Read More

  • Robo Japan 2008! I really wish I was there

    Akihabara News has some great coverage of the Robo Japan show starting today in the land of the rising sun. How I should like to be among the robots as they dance jerkily and malfunction on stage! My voice would be hoarse from telling the presenters to “make them fight!” and my cheeks would be stained with tears of shame from when I got juked by an Asimo.
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  • Video: Kota the triceratops robot now available

    The Kota missed its September launch, but the 3-foot tall Triceratops is finally here! Back in July we first saw the 37-pound robotic dino and John came away impressed, I think. The tiny giant beast isn’t the most agile dinosaur robot out there, but your kids can sit on it while he/she/it wags its tail, moves its head and chomps down on fake foliage. Buy one now for $300 form Sears… Read More

  • Scary looking, sure, but this robot girl will help people

    While this little robot girl looks quite creepy—quite creepy—she actual has a noble purpose. She’s the handiwork of a group of Japanese engineers, and the big “wow” factor here is that the skin is made from flexible silicon. Combine that with her more than 50 motors and sensors and you have one reasonably realistic looking robot. Now, as to why I called it… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: The two coolest robots of the show besides Little Seiko (2 videos)

    Murata’s Little Seiko was not only the coolest robot of this year’s CEATEC (that ended Saturday) but one of the biggest fan favorites overall. But as the CEATEC is a Japanese exhibition, there was a number of other companies that showcased robots. The video above shows Fujitsu’s Enon robot in action. Enon is a service robot that serves… Read More