10 Cool Sci-Fi Technologies Invading Our Reality

Cool technologies that were once reserved for science fiction are invading our reality at an accelerating pace. In some cases, our Earth-bound scientists have proven that seemingly impossible technologies can be developed, but they still have some obstacles to overcome first. In other cases, those technologies are… » 10/27/14 9:20am Monday 9:20am

ATLAS Is Getting Faster and Faster At Simple Human Tasks

Oh sure, we all pointed and laughed at ATLAS when it was first revealed, stumbling over simple obstacles. But it was because deep down we all knew that like our original iPods, it would quickly evolve into something far more capable. And here we are, just over a year later, and ATLAS is already tackling simple… » 10/24/14 1:30pm 10/24/14 1:30pm

Art Is Best Displayed In a Frame That Follows You Around

For artists who want to get their work known—and sold—a static frame hanging on the wall of a gallery just doesn't cut it anymore. Whey let a potential admirer—or customer—just walk by your work when there are now autonomous picture frames that can track and follow someone walking by, ensuring your work is always… » 10/20/14 1:26pm 10/20/14 1:26pm

This Robot Performs Less Intrusive Brain Surgery Through Your Cheek

The thought of a robot burrowing its way through your cheek to access your brain certainly sounds unsettling. But for conditions that require access to areas like the hippocampus located on the underside, it's actually far less invasive than cutting open the skull on top and having to drill through the entire brain to… » 10/17/14 8:22am 10/17/14 8:22am

This short film would be fun if it weren't so close to real life

The creators of this Shelved—director James Cunningham and eleven visual effects students at the Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand—say their short film a homage to movies like Clerks, Mallrats, Slacker, and Dazed and Confused. After watching these two robotic losers in action, I can see why. » 10/10/14 9:01pm 10/10/14 9:01pm

Questions for the 90s: Should Robots Pay Taxes? Can Africa Be Saved?

The March-April 1986 issue of The Futurist magazine looked at the far off, futuristic decade of the 1990s. In an article titled "Issues for the 1990s," Edith Weiner and Arnold Brown examined what they saw as the emerging concerns of the world. Well, the world as seen from 1980s America. » 10/10/14 4:53pm 10/10/14 4:53pm

The New Big Hero 6 Trailer Reveals Even More Ass-Kicking Animation

I could not be more excited for the first Disney-Marvel mashup Big Hero 6, coming to theaters this fall. In a new trailer released today at NYC's Comic-Con, we get to see more of the action, backdropped by epic San Fransokyo views and superhero suits that were inspired by visits to real-life robotics labs. » 10/09/14 3:56pm 10/09/14 3:56pm

Disney's Air-Powered Robots Will Make For a Lively Hall of Presidents

Decades ago Disney's audio-animatronic technology revolutionized the animated characters that helped bring the company's theme park rides to life. But just imagine how eerily lifelike those Caribbean pirates or US presidents will be when the company's latest breakthrough—motor-less, servo-less, but remarkably… » 10/09/14 12:57pm 10/09/14 12:57pm

Toshiba's Eerie Sign Language Robot Will Silently Stare Into Your Soul

Proving its engineers are just as capable as anyone at developing a creepy human-like robot that embraces the Uncanny Valley, Toshiba has developed an android that specializes in sign language thanks to a pair of highly articulated hands. One day the company hopes it could serve as an artificial receptionist, but it's… » 10/07/14 9:13am 10/07/14 9:13am

This Robotic Barnacle Scans Ships' Hulls Looking for Contraband

Big ports have always struggled to keep an eye on every single ship that passes through their waters—especially the part of the boat that's underwater. Now, there's a new sort of robotic barnacle that can stealthily slide along the hulls of incoming ships and scan for hidden compartments where smugglers hide their… » 9/26/14 3:45pm 9/26/14 3:45pm

Ball-Balancing Robot Cheerleaders Make For One Heart-Warming Tech Demo

If you're an electronics company that builds cutting-edge sensors the average consumer never actually sees in a device, how do you go about promoting your work? Japan's Murata does so by building adorable little robots capable of impressive stunts—like riding unicycles or performing cheerleader routines while… » 9/25/14 10:22am 9/25/14 10:22am

Smushing Three Robots Together Could Save Your Life

It would appear that we've finally reached the phase of UAV development where researchers get tired of coming up with new ideas and say, "You know what? Lets just smash a few of the ones we've already got together and see what happens." The result is, well, this ungainly mechanization but it's one that could save your… » 9/23/14 6:02pm 9/23/14 6:02pm