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

It's Ok To Be a Crazy Cat Person When All Your Felines Are Robots

Most people look down on what's become known as 'crazy cat people' but it has less to do with the state of their mental health, and more about the impossible task of keeping a house full of felines clean. But what if those cats didn't need a litter box, never destroyed the furniture, and were immune to hair balls?… » 2/16/15 6:57pm 2/16/15 6:57pm

Caring For a Pet Jellyfish Is a Lot Easier When It's a Robot

If you have trouble keeping a goldfish alive in a simple bowl, the odds of you successfully maintaining a jellyfish are slim to none. But why go to the trouble of setting up a saltwater tank, acclimatizing your new pets, and feeding them planktonic eggs when Hexbug now has a perfectly believable robotic jellyfish » 2/13/15 11:42am 2/13/15 11:42am

Tons of People Can't Tweet Because Twitter Thinks We're All Robots…

Something at Twitter has gone horribly, hilariously wrong: The social media site has unceremoniously declared us all to be robots. Well, maybe not all of us, but more than a few folks on Gizmodo staff as well as dozens of users across the web. Affected users trying to Tweet from Twitter's web client are being told… » 2/10/15 7:24pm 2/10/15 7:24pm

Despite the Movie, This Mech From The Matrix Revolutions Is Marvelous

It's pretty clear those Wachowskis didn't have much of a storyline gameplan for Neo and company after the first Matrix film, but one good thing to come from those two forgettable sequels is threezero's wonderfully-detailed miniature version of the Armored Personnel Units—or APU for short—from The Matrix Revolutions. » 2/09/15 4:31pm 2/09/15 4:31pm

"Spot" Is a Smaller (More Kickable) Version of Boston Dynamic's Big Dog

We haven't seen much of Boston Dynamic's four-legged self-balancing Big Dog robot since it was last spotted hurling cinder blocks in a lab. And that's maybe because the company's robotic geniuses have been hard at work building a smaller more agile version called Spot that weighs just 160 pounds so it can safely… » 2/09/15 3:30pm 2/09/15 3:30pm

The AI Revolution: How Far Away Are Our Robot Overlords?

Imagine taking a time machine back to 1750—a time when the world was in a permanent power outage, long-distance communication meant either yelling loudly or firing a cannon in the air, and all transportation ran on hay. When you get there, you retrieve a dude, bring him to 2015, and then walk him around and watch… » 2/09/15 2:00pm 2/09/15 2:00pm

BattleBots Is Back After Ten Years, And It's Bound To Be Incredible

Oh hell yes: BattleBots is coming back to TV. This summer, homemade robots will battle to the death on television, just as Asimov intended. They'll be faster and stronger than ever before. Which makes sense, because the last time BattleBots was on television was over a decade ago. Imagine what they could do now. » 2/06/15 7:31pm 2/06/15 7:31pm

Even Our Balloon Animals Will Soon Be Made By Robots

DARPA's ATLAS is an impressive feat of robotics engineering, but despite representing the bleeding edge of automatons, it's slow and clumsy when it comes to doing anything on its own. A better way to make a robot as skilled as a human is to simply put a human in complete control of it, manipulating it remotely like a… » 2/06/15 6:15pm 2/06/15 6:15pm

MIT's Well On Its Way To Perfecting Auto-Zipping Zippers

Sneaker freaks have their fingers crossed that Nike will be able to deliver power laces in time for when Back to the Future II predicted we'd all be wearing them. But what about the rest of our clothing? Who wants to be bothered zipping up a jacket when your shoes automatically lace themselves? So Adam Whiton and… » 2/06/15 4:21pm 2/06/15 4:21pm