This Laundry Bot Will Only Eradicate Stains, Not Humans

Willow Garage's PR2 robot is designed to work in factories performing repetitive tasks, but unlike other manufacturing bots it's not purpose built for a single job. Instead, it can be easily taught to perform almost any task—and that now includes almost handling every step required to do a load of laundry. Rosie from … » 12/02/14 12:00pm 12/02/14 12:00pm

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

If You Can Doodle, You Can Program the Tiny Ozobot

Science fiction has promised us robots smart enough to walk, talk, and even occasionally save the day. But in reality, dabbling in robotics still requires a great deal of engineering and programming know-how. That's not the case with the Ozobot, though. It can't fetch your groceries, but programming where it roams and… » 11/17/14 12:04pm 11/17/14 12:04pm

The Incredible Robots That Scan and Sort Your Recycling

If your city has a recycling program, you probably do as good a job as you can to make sure that your papers, plastics, and metals are all properly sorted. But at the recycling plant it's absolutely crucial that everything is thoroughly separated, and even an assembly line full of hawk-eyed workers can't compare to… » 11/14/14 12:43pm 11/14/14 12:43pm

We're Definitely Going to Regret Training ATLAS Like the Karate Kid

We can't help but be both utterly impressed and extremely worried about the progress of humanoid robots like ATLAS. For some reason the folks at IHMC Robotics decided to start teaching ATLAS how to balance on one foot and do the Karate Kid's famous crane kick. If that move brought down the best fighter that the Cobra… » 11/10/14 12:22pm 11/10/14 12:22pm

This Free Throw-Making Robot Could Probably Crack the 76ers Roster

What's the best way to promote the accuracy, adaptability, and reliability of your robotic arm to potential clients? Even if it's only ever destined to work on a factory floor, showing how it can wipe the floor with professional basketball players when it comes to nailing free throws is a pretty effective PR stunt. » 11/07/14 2:00pm 11/07/14 2:00pm

8 Real-Life Robots That Inspired Big Hero 6

The star of the new Disney-Marvel movie Big Hero 6 is a poofy robot named Baymax who can assess your health with a laser-enabled two-second full-body scan. He also might soon be a reality. Baymax and other robots in the film were inspired by eight actual robots, some of which were designed and built in labs at MIT, … » 11/06/14 9:20am 11/06/14 9:20am

(Adorable Baby Robot Penguin) Big Brother Is Watching

Thankfully for what will one day be the most horrifying Hitchcock remake ever, robot birds are nothing new. But now, in order to monitor the effects of climate change, scientists have figured out how to trick real, live penguins into accepting the robotic imposters. And all they had to do was make the fuzziest, most… » 11/04/14 1:39pm 11/04/14 1:39pm

Call Center Worker Suspended for Answering Calls With Robot Voice

Working at a call center sucks. Like, it universally sucks, and everybody knows it. That's what makes the story of the loyal New York City employee who was just suspended for 20 days for allegedly answering incoming calls with a robot voice so frustrating. C'mon guys, let the bored employees have a little bit of fun. » 10/31/14 10:57am 10/31/14 10:57am