This 200-Year-Old Mechanical Caterpillar Does Everything But Turn Into a Butterfly

Robots are so commonplace now that we use them to entertain kids at amusement parks. But even though modern technology has given us artificial lifeforms that can walk, talk, and even fly, there's still something utterly fascinating about pre-electronic mechanical automatons like this Vers de Soie caterpillar dating… » 12/25/12 9:00pm 12/25/12 9:00pm

How Can This 1890 Automaton Produce Such Surprisingly Realistic Bird Songs?

It's hard to look back at 120 year old devices like this and think of them as technology. Where's the touchscreen, the OS, the battery? But this 19th century automaton that produces remarkably authentic bird songs would have been cutting-edge tech back then. And even now, it's still pretty damn impressive. » 12/07/12 8:29am 12/07/12 8:29am

Wall-E-Like Farming Robots Could Replace Undocumented Workers and Save the US Billions

Despite advancements in mechanization within US agriculture, some menial jobs are still best left to human workers. Problem is, federal crackdowns on undocumented laborers have decimated that workforce. The Harvester automaton could provide a cheap, readily available labor force without the threat of raids by the INS. » 11/14/11 6:40pm 11/14/11 6:40pm

Amazing Mechanical Elephant Is Not Afraid of USB Mice

Steampunk may be tired, but this mechanical elephant has left us speechless with its design and detail. It's just stunning, from tail to trunk. Built over the course of three and a half months by photographer/designer/cool-guy-at-large Andrew Chase, the 85-pound elephant automaton is made out of "transmission parts,… » 11/19/08 7:00pm 11/19/08 7:00pm

Type02: Secret Son of Darth Vader and C-3PO can Rip Your Head Off

This cross between Darth Vader and C-3PO is not really a robot like we told you before, but I bet it can still squash your head like a ripe melon with its air servos. The 220-pound, 6-feet-tall beast with 24 movable parts is really an automaton designed to mimic a protocol droid, which means that is remotely… » 5/24/07 8:36am 5/24/07 8:36am