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

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

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

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

Spin Master Gives Us a Sneak Peek Of Its Upcoming Interactive Yoda

The new Star Wars movie is still months and months away, and Disney did a fantastic job of keeping tie-in toys and other merchandise hidden away at Toy Fair this past weekend. There was the occasional glimpse of what will be hitting toy stores this fall, though, and Spin Master has just posted a short teaser showing… » 2/18/15 9:47am 2/18/15 9:47am

Robotic hand made of wires is flexible enough to rotate meditation balls

Baoding balls are two metal balls that are rotated over and over again in one hand for meditation, exercise or rehab purposes. A lot of dexterity and focus and strength is necessary to pull of the rotation. Not everyone can do it! This robotic arm controlled by wires can though. Look at those fake flexible fingers… » 2/17/15 1:06am 2/17/15 1:06am