The First Automata Trailer Is Finally Out and It Looks Spectacular

If Blade Runner and I, Robot gave birth to a new movie starring a bald Antonio Banderas, it would look just like Automata, the latest vision of our inevitably dystopian future. That future—or at least the way director Gabe Ibáñez has imagined it—also looks pretty dang awesome. Well, spectacular is probably a better… » 8/20/14 5:56pm 8/20/14 5:56pm

Tour the Wondrous, Hand-Cranked World of a Modern-Day da Vinci

This gorgeous experimental film by director Joey Bania explores the unique and dazzlingly creative world of Blair Somerville, resident inventor, tinkerer, and self-described "organic mechanic" of Popotowai, New Zealand. The film, which mixes elements of documentary film making with time-lapse motifs and stop-motion… » 9/17/13 5:40pm 9/17/13 5:40pm

Wooden Automata iPhone Dock Cranks From Vertical to Horizontal

This Automata iPhone Dock by Murtaza Lakdawala is clever and useful, a combination rarely found in DIY projects. All you have to do is crank and the dock turns from vertical to horizontal. » 10/02/09 5:00pm 10/02/09 5:00pm

'Don't Tase Me Bro' Automata Lets You Relive the Fun Over and Over Again

We all love the video of Andrew Meyer getting tased and yelling "Don't Tase Me, Bro!" but what if you aren't near a computer? Now you can relive the magic offline. » 5/05/09 11:00am 5/05/09 11:00am

Jaquet Droz Time-Writing Machine: Elegant in Still Life, Clumsy on Video

Gaze upon Machine à Ecrire le Temps—so elegant, you say it in French—created by watchmaker Jaquet Droz as an homage to its robot-building 18th-century Swiss founder. Live, though, the $342,000 line-drawer ain't so smooth. » 4/22/09 8:30pm 4/22/09 8:30pm

Japanese Vintage Sake-Serving Robot

If you've got 1,050,000 Yen ($8,722) to spare, how about a handmade sake serving robot from Japan? Made out of cherrywood and porcelain, these things are handmade and crafted over 40 tireless days and 40 sleepless nights. » 1/17/07 4:00pm 1/17/07 4:00pm

Strange Automata Gallery (Robots)

We love weird robots as much as anyone else, but if we had to look at this gallery of strange automatons for more than a few minutes, we wouldn't be able to achieve an erection again ever. » 5/22/06 5:27pm 5/22/06 5:27pm