The cute rolling ball droid in the new Star Wars is a real robot not CGI

Perhaps the best part about the new Star Wars trailer was seeing BB-8, the adorable rolling ball robot in the new Star Wars movie, bounce and roll itself across the screen. It looked so familiar and so cute and so perfect as the new movie's answer to R2-D2. And the best thing about it? BB-8 is a real robot and not CGI. » 12/15/14 8:22pm 12/15/14 8:22pm

You Can Already 3D Print Yourself a Copy of That Star Wars Ball Droid

If you've foolishly gotten yourself all excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens after just the teaser trailer (really? did no one else watch Lost?) you'll be ecstatic to hear that you can already 3D-print yourself a copy of that adorable rolling ball droid we barely got a glimpse of. » 12/01/14 2:20pm 12/01/14 2:20pm

Honda's Groin-Threatening Robo-Legs Demonstrated On Video

Why Honda took a few days to seed a video of their potentially emasculating robotic legs » 11/10/08 6:18am 11/10/08 6:18am is beyond me, but here it is: a faceless man running the "Walking Assist Device" through its strides (ha, ha). My fears of testicular danger are only partially mitigated, and the fact that the legs have a hilariously feminine…

Honda Robo-Legs Help Mobility at the Expense of Fertility

Honda's first foray » 11/07/08 7:11am 11/07/08 7:11am into robotizing old peoples' haunches looked pretty tame, but this new one, on which geriatrics are supposed to mount like some sort of meat trophy, feels like a glimpse into a horrible, dystopian future where up is down, right is wrong and grandmas and grandpas amble through Sears on mechanized…

DIY R2-D2 Is Even Better than the Real Thing

Chris James' R2-D2 won four Make Magazine editors' choice ribbons at Maker Faire and it's easy to see why: not only does it have every detail from the original—except having a little person inside—but this one is even more charming, capable of singing the Star Wars theme, and Indiana Jones sound bites. It only needs… » 5/07/08 9:20am 5/07/08 9:20am

R2-D2 Actor Kenny Baker Taken Ill, Giz Says Get Well Soon

Kenny Baker, the man behind everyone's favourite 'droid, is in a Manchester hospital after suffering a severe asthma attack. The 73-year-old actor was on a Manchester-bound plane returning from a sci-fi convention in the US when he was taken ill. A speedy recovery from everyone at Gizmodo, Kenny. [Telegraph] » 4/10/08 8:17am 4/10/08 8:17am

Life-Size Star Wars Droids Can Speak, Drain Wallets

Sideshow Collectibles stopped just short of encasing Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker in fiberglass when they created these life-size C-3PO and R2-D2 collectibles. Due out later this year, the authentic figures are powered by lowly AA batteries and have working lights. They also make sounds from the movies and utter… » 3/29/08 4:00pm 3/29/08 4:00pm

Robots Master Mid-Air Refueling on Their Way to World Domination

Droids just made their next step toward completely replacing human beings, beating out human pilots in air-to-air refueling. Last year's bot-pilots were a bit clumsy, fumbling their way through the delicate maneuver that requires a pilot to perform an operation air jockeys liken to "taking a running fuck at a rolling… » 8/15/07 9:45am 8/15/07 9:45am