A Robotic 3D Printer Could Print Anything, Anywhere It Wants

3D printers are far from a perfect technology at this point, but one of their most glaring issues is that their printing capacity is limited to the size of the machines. The print head on a 3D printer can only travel so far, which is why moving it onto a wheeled platform that's completely mobile is a brilliant idea,… » 9/17/14 11:53am Wednesday 11:53am

Watch and Squirm As This Robot Tentacle Snakes Through a Fake Pipe

It must be 'let's creep out the populace's month over at MIT because in addition to revealing the school's untethered robot cheetah today, there's another video showing the latest progress on its development of a highly articulated robot snake. Which is cool, because everyone loves snakes, right? Especially when… » 9/15/14 1:28pm Monday 1:28pm

MIT's Robot Cheetah Now Runs Free Without Cables Or a Leash

A lot of robots in development are able to perform amazing feats in a laboratory setting when they've got plenty of tethers and cables keeping them perpetually powered and safe. The real test of their capabilities is when they're forced to explore and interact in a real-world environment, like the robot cheetah that… » 9/15/14 10:04am Monday 10:04am

The ATLAS Humanoid Robot Has Advanced To the Level Of a Lazy Teenager

The first videos we saw of DARPA's advanced ATLAS robot it was just an infant, learning to walk and balance on its own. During the DARPA Robotics Challenge the humanoid robot handled itself like a capable child. And now almost a year later the folks at MIT are happy to announce that ATLAS has finally reached the level… » 9/05/14 11:55am 9/05/14 11:55am

Dyson's First Robo-Vac Has Tank-Treads and a 360-Degree Camera

There have been all kinds of gimmicks to help your robot vacuum clean every inch of your home without requiring you to steer it around. But Dyson, while late to the robo-vac party, might have unsurprisingly come up with the best one yet. Its Eye 360 includes an all-seeing 360 degree camera that knows where it's been… » 9/04/14 6:00am 9/04/14 6:00am

A Robotic Dolly Means You'll Never Carry Anything Up Stairs Again

Tackling a long flight of stairs is grueling enough when you're empty-handed, but having to climb step after step while carrying something heavy? Mankind wasn't designed to endure such torture, so thankfully we've invented something so we don't have to. The folks at Akihabara News in Tokyo spotted this robotic… » 9/02/14 10:19am 9/02/14 10:19am

This Robotic Bridge Inspector Was Originally a Disney Camera-Bot

De-icing slippery winter roads is a vital public safety measures in cold-weather climates. However, the annual cycle of salting streets only to have the mineral seep into the blacktop and rot it from the inside wreaks havoc on transportation infrastructure throughout the U.S. and around the world. This little bot… » 8/29/14 11:40am 8/29/14 11:40am

Toshiba's New Robovac Uses Three Times the Sensors for Less Collisions

With countless new models released every year, the robovac arms race seems happy to ignore features like battery life, storage capacity, and even price. What's most important these days is how intelligently an autonomous vacuum can navigate its surroundings, so Toshiba's crammed some 27 sensors into its new Torneo… » 8/27/14 10:09am 8/27/14 10:09am

Xerox's Robot Printer Brings Your Documents Right To You

The one advantage to the paperless office being nowhere in sight is that every time you print something you get to leave your desk and waste time while wandering over to the copy room. At least until Fuji Xerox's robot printer concept that delivers printed documents right to your desk becomes commonplace. » 8/26/14 8:45am 8/26/14 8:45am

MIT Scientists Say Humans Would Rather Take Orders From Robots

Welp. This is how it all begins. Bow on bended knee before your robot overlords. New research from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) shows (with science!) that when working in groups of three—two humans, one robot—us lowly bags of flesh and blood would rather the robot just take over. » 8/24/14 5:00pm 8/24/14 5:00pm

The futuristic jets, humans, and Star Wars designs of Stephen Chang

Stephen Chang tells me he loves to think about how the future will weave technology into humans. He has done a lot of cool art so far and I'm sure he'll get far. If he doesn't, that's fine: He got his design for the Rogue Shadow ship—from the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed—turned into an official Lego set. » 8/21/14 7:26am 8/21/14 7:26am

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

A Thousand Tiny Robots Swarming Into Shapes Like Intelligent Insects

Since the first crude automatons running on clockwork mechanisms, mankind has been working to build the perfect artificial copy of ourselves for centuries. But what's a more accurate recreation of a human? A robot made of various components and wires all cobbled together? Or one made of billions of tiny robots all… » 8/14/14 4:17pm 8/14/14 4:17pm