For Sale on eBay: Military Vehicle To Start Your Robot Army

Ever had a burning desire to start your own robot army? Well, now might be your chance, provided you have $55,000 to spare. Someone is selling an experimental unmanned military vehicle on eBay. (Death ray not included.) » 3/31/15 1:40pm Yesterday 1:40pm

It's Almost Impossible To Tell This Butterfly Is Actually a Robot

The butterfly is one of nature's most graceful creations, but with upgrades from Festo, this robotic doppleganger is better equipped to navigate large spaces. It might flap and flutter like the real thing, but this butterfly is 100 percent artificial—although the branding on the wings probably gave that away. » 3/27/15 4:10pm Friday 4:10pm

A.I. Pilots Are Not The Solution To Preventing Airline Disasters

We're still trying to understand the horrific Germanwings tragedy. But already, some people are suggesting it could have been prevented if a computer had been flying the plane. But that's not the solution. We spoke to an expert about why an A.I. pilot would open up an entirely new set of risks and complications. » 3/27/15 3:00pm Friday 3:00pm

This Robot Arm's Water Balloon Gripper Is Inspired By a Gecko's Tongue

Five fingers at the end of an arm has turned out to be a fantastic tool for humans, but coordinating so many digits is a lot to ask of a robot. So inspired by the stretchy tongue on a gecko, engineers at Festo have come with a bulbous-looking water-filled gripper that's just as adept at picking things up as the human… » 3/27/15 2:15pm Friday 2:15pm

These 3D-Printed Ants Could Be the Factory Workers of the Future

These 3D-printed ants scuttle around much like the real thing. But loaded with sensors and wireless communication systems, they're an experiment in collaborative robots—the kind of co-working that could fuel the factories of the future. » 3/27/15 5:20am Friday 5:20am

Head to the Robogames Next Weekend to Greet Your New Overlords

Do you like to watch expertly designed robots smash and grind each other to bits? What about watching them compete to solve mazes, or win a game of soccer? If you're a normal person and said yes to all these questions, then you need to be at Robogames — and it's coming up next weekend. » 3/25/15 9:46am 3/25/15 9:46am

Top 10 Greatest Giant Robots Of All Time

Ah, Giant Robots. Who doesn't love giant mechanical creations stomping around and kicking butt? Over the years there have been many badass robots and mechs that have wormed their way into our hearts, but some are just especially great. So here are our picks for the 10 greatest giant robots, ranked. » 3/20/15 1:27pm 3/20/15 1:27pm

Why Is Angela Merkel Always Palling Around With Robots?

Last week we looked at the odd 21st century phenomenon of politicians shaking hands with robots as if they were human. We learned a lot about the potential robot uprising, but we also discovered that one politician in particular always seems to be hanging out with robots: German Chancellor Angela Merkel. » 3/16/15 2:01pm 3/16/15 2:01pm

A Boston Dynamics Robot Montage Set to Scarface's Push It To The Limit

Boston Dynamic's robots increasingly resemble something from a Hollywood movie. So this montage of the automatons in action, set to the iconic piece of 80s movie soundtracking that is Scarface (Push it to the Limit), is so very right. And so very wonderful, too. » 3/16/15 6:15am 3/16/15 6:15am

You can remotely control this huge robot arm to sculpt a cube

Designers Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar have reprogramed this robotic arm so anyone can control it online. They claim the robot will cut a cube in the shape you desire. If you want to try it just go to robochop.com. You can make furniture, create abstract forms, or forget about all that and enjoy this cool video. » 3/13/15 2:40am 3/13/15 2:40am

Big Hero 6 Baymax Lamp Illuminates With Light, Not Medical Advice

Despite being completely vulnerable to attacks from safety pins, the Baymax robot from last year's Big Hero 6 was just about the best sidekick a kid could have—mostly because it was skilled at treating skinned knees and other injuries. This LED lamp version of Baymax isn't quite as talented, but it can ensure a kid… » 3/11/15 1:47pm 3/11/15 1:47pm

This Liquid Metal Motor Moves Under Its Own Power


In Terminator 2, T-1000 was that science fiction dream-come-nightmare: a shape-shifting robot made from liquid metal. Now, scientists have actually developed a self-powered liquid metal motor. » 3/11/15 4:00am 3/11/15 4:00am

Politicians Shaking Hands With Robots, Ranked

Politicians love to shake hands with their constituents. It's basically half their job. But over the past two decades we've seen the rise of a surprising new constituency that they need to engage with a firm handshake: Robots. » 3/10/15 5:38pm 3/10/15 5:38pm

This Cartoon Perfectly Sums Up the Optimism of 1950s Futurism

The December 28, 1959 issue of Life magazine featured this illustration of life in 1975. It's over the top and cartoonish, of course, but it perfectly sums up all of the techno-optimism that was so prevalent in the late 1950s — the Golden Age of Futurism. » 3/09/15 4:46pm 3/09/15 4:46pm

G.I. Joe Finally Meets Transformers With This Cobra Rattler Decepticon

Despite severe differences in scale, G.I. Joe and the Transformers have been fighting side-by-side in kids' bedrooms for decades now. They've even crossed paths in a handful of comic book series, but for the first time we've got our first official G.I. Joe-branded Transformers toy from Hasbro. » 3/06/15 3:46pm 3/06/15 3:46pm

This Cyborg Cockroach's Nervous System Is Hardwired for Remote Control

Cockroaches have often been selected for remote control cyborg treatment, but they're typically given instructions by electrically stimulating their antennae. This little, critter, though has the electrics on his back hardwired into his nervous system, allowing for human remote control of his motor functions. » 3/05/15 4:30am 3/05/15 4:30am

This Skeleton Robot Walks and Swims Exactly Like a Salamander

Pleurobot looks like a salamander skeleton come to life and that's no coincidence. The robot was engineered to slink around exactly like a salamander. And we mean exactly. » 3/03/15 6:15pm 3/03/15 6:15pm

An Oculus Rift-Controlled Robot Is Awesome (and Also Adorable)

Even before the Oculus Rift has made it into the homes of eager early adopters, there have already been super great, and yes, super creepy, applications dreamed up by developers. This is definitely one of the super great ones. » 3/01/15 6:10pm 3/01/15 6:10pm

Japan Is Holding Actual Funerals For Sony's Robotic AIBO Dogs

When a decades old toy breaks down and stops working with no hope of repair, you usually just toss it or find some way to recycle the parts. But what if you're as attached to that toy as you were a pet? In Japan, people are giving Sony's robot AIBO dog actual funerals to say goodbye to their faithful, electronic… » 2/26/15 11:11am 2/26/15 11:11am

Tiny Robot Grippers Dissolve Away in Your Body Once Their Job Is Done

As robots get small enough to easily swim around inside the human body, they'll soon be used to perform medical procedures all from within a patient. And researchers at Johns Hopkins University are making such an idea even more plausible with the development of tiny robotic grippers that will actually dissolve away… » 2/24/15 11:35am 2/24/15 11:35am