This Week, China Introduced Us to Robots Who Come From the Future

When it comes to futuristic androids, Asia’s got the scene on lockdown, especially China, Japan, and Korea. Right now, the World Robot Exhibition in Beijing is being held from November 23 to 25. Here are some scenes from the show, as well as what our electronic, bipedal friends will look like in the near future. »Thursday 11:45am11/26/15 11:45am

How a Radical 1960s Architect Inspired NASA's Next Great Space Robot 

NASA’s bizarre Super Ball Bot is unlike any robot ever built–it uses a net of wires and rods to move, and could someday explore harsh exoplanets. It also has an unlikely heritage: It was inspired by the ideas of a visionary from the 1960s building floating cities based on the same concept. »11/19/15 1:30pm11/19/15 1:30pm

Hasbro Now Has a Toy Line For Seniors Starting With a Lifelike Robotic Cat

After already conquering demographics including kids, teenagers, and those technically considred adults, Hasbro is reaching out to that last frontier of consumers: seniors, with a new toy line featuring lifelike robotic companion pets that only need affection, not feeding or bathroom breaks. »11/18/15 8:31am11/18/15 8:31am

How Can Robots Be Better Learners? Program Them to Think Like Human Toddlers

The biggest challenge with robots is enabling them to do many different things in many different situations, instead of just sitting on an assembly line screwing on bottle caps. In fact, programming them to learn like human babies might be the best way to make our robotic friends much more capable. »11/12/15 2:00pm11/12/15 2:00pm

Robots Could Be Better Than Drones for Deliveries—If They Don't Get Beaten Up, That Is

Remember what happened to hitchBOT this summer? You know, the hitchhiking humanoid that was ripped limb from limb two weeks into its solo journey? Because two of the original founders of Skype want to make robots that’ll similarly traverse streets, in order to ship goods to your house. It could be a great alternative… »11/02/15 12:45pm11/02/15 12:45pm

Toyota's Cupholder Robot Could Keep You Safe on the Road

How can we make smart robots as popular and widely used as smartphones? Ploppin’ ‘em in your pocket is a good place to start—or your cupholder, in this case. At the Tokyo Motor Show this week, a miniature version of the first talking robot in space was revealed. It can hitch a ride in your car with you, keeping you… »10/29/15 6:40pm10/29/15 6:40pm

Use VR to Possess This Teddy Bear's Body for Long Distance Communication

From FaceTime to Skype to WhatsApp, there’s no shortage of ways to chat with people on the other side of the globe. But screw Jetsons-style video chatting: Make way for this Ted-like robotic bear that mimics your gestures and projects your voice from far away, even letting you “see” through its own eyes. It’s like if… »10/26/15 6:45pm10/26/15 6:45pm