robots

  • This Augmented-Reality Robot Is The Closest Thing You Can Get To A Real-Life Hologram

    This Augmented-Reality Robot Is The Closest Thing You Can Get To A Real-Life Hologram

    Ready to have your brain blasted to bits? U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi is a “virtual assistant” that is actually a green-clad humanoid robot. Users look at her using virtual reality goggles and instead of seeing a mildly creepy, ninja-like blog they see an actual face and body. You can reach out, touch the body, and even shake hands with your robotic pal. Read More

  • This Open-Source, Robotic Tentacle Will Haunt Your Dreams

    This Open-Source, Robotic Tentacle Will Haunt Your Dreams

    In the underground world of robotic tentacle makers, there are two rules: 1) don’t talk about underground tentacle-making and 2) don’t talk about underground tentacle-making. Both of those rules have been shattered by Matthew Borgatti, a robotics designer who has created a life-like, 3D-printed tentacle that flails around quite disturbingly using Arduino boards and a set of mini… Read More

  • America Has Hit “Peak Jobs”

    America Has Hit “Peak Jobs”

    “The middle class is being hollowed out,” says James Altucher. “Economists are shifting their attention toward a [...] crisis in the United States: the significant increase in income inequality,” reports the New York Times. Think all those job losses over the last five years were just caused by the recession? No: “Most of the jobs will never return, and millions… Read More

  • A French Artist Is Posting DIY Robot Parts So We Can Print Our Own Androids

    A French Artist Is Posting DIY Robot Parts So We Can Print Our Own Androids

    Gael Langevin wants to give you a robot. The French artist is posting 3D printer files for a humanoid robot he’s building as he completes the various parts, allowing us all to create our very own plastic helper/lover with some ABS plastic, a few Arduino boards, and some motors. Read More

  • Hey! Your Hexapod Is In My Hexcopter!

    When we look back on the events that led up to the rise of our Robotic Overlords, I think this will be a day that will live in infamy. Some foolish mortals at Mad Lab Industries have, for their own twisted reasons, connected a Phantom AX Hexapod robot to a six-rotor helicopter kit, thereby creating a flying/crawling insect hybrid that can walk through tight spaces and then take off. Read More

  • RobotAppStore Raises $250K From Grishin Robotics To Take The App Distribution Model To The World Of Robots

    RobotAppStore Raises $250K From Grishin Robotics To Take The App Distribution Model To The World Of Robots

    The smartphone market, some argue, really took off after Apple introduced the first app store to make its iPhones more useful. Now a new startup hopes that the same might be the case for the fledgling world of robots: RobotAppStore, an online marketplace for apps for robots, has raised $250,000 from Grishin Robotics, the Robot-focused investment vehicle of Mail.ru CEO Dmitry Grishin, which… Read More

  • Dear Santa: Please Buy Me This $26,000 Transforming Robot

    Dear Santa: Please Buy Me This $26,000 Transforming Robot

    I’ve seen a few transforming robots in my day but few are as fluid and fast as this odd creation from Brave Robotics, a Toyko-based company that is selling its creation for a mere 1.98 million Yen. The little robot starts out as a car and then quickly transforms into a standing humanoid complete with FREAKING ARM MISSILES. Sadly, that many Yen translates to about $26,000, which could… Read More

  • Diet Robot, Autom, Now Available On Indiegogo, Will Ship In Six Months

    Diet Robot, Autom, Now Available On Indiegogo, Will Ship In Six Months

    Just in time for post-holiday guilt comes Autom, the diet robot that reminds you to eat healthy, asks you how much you exercised per day, and generally sits there being judgmental as you stuff your face with pecan pie. The robot, originally announced in 2007, is coming to life thanks to an Indiegogo campaign and the help of gadget masters PCH International, a manufacturer in Shenzhen, China. Read More

  • This Robotic Dragonfly Will Soon Flit Into Your Nightmares For $99

    This Robotic Dragonfly Will Soon Flit Into Your Nightmares For $99

    Researchers at Georgia Tech have created a robotic dragonfly that can hover, dive, and climb like a real insect. With the help of a $1,000,000 grant from the Air Force, the team has built multiple prototypes of the consumer device and is now working on an Indiegogo project to sell the basic dragonfly for $99 and an upgraded version for $179. The ultimate version will cost $399 although they… Read More

  • I, For One, Welcome Our Salad-Making Robot Overlords

    I, For One, Welcome Our Salad-Making Robot Overlords

    Researchers from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology’s Center for Intelligent Robotics (CIR) have been working on a robot named CIROS to help around the house. Earlier versions were fairly life-like but this third-generation model, able to cut cucumbers and pour salad dressing, is positively Julia-Child-like. Read More