A Robovac That Watches the Ceiling To Keep Track of Where It's Cleaned

In the robot world, vacuums don't rank very high on the intelligence scale. They're usually programmed to aimlessly wander around and clean until they run out of power, and hopefully by that point they've randomly hit every inch of your floors. With the Scout RX1, Miele takes a better approach by using a camera… » 7/29/14 1:17pm Tuesday 1:17pm

The All-American Expo That Invaded Cold War Russia

Over the course of six weeks during the height of the Cold War, almost three million Soviets visited an exhibition that celebrated America. American kitchens, American art, American cars, and most especially American capitalism. The American National Exhibition in Moscow was a full-court press to convince the Soviet… » 7/27/14 6:22pm Sunday 6:22pm

Baseball team is so bad it had to install robots to cheer up human fans

The Hanwha Eagles—a South Korean baseball team famed for losing—now have robot fans to cheer them on. Absent supporters can use social media to deliver messages and show their faces on the robots' LEDs. This has to be the saddest, most depressing thing I've ever seen in any sport. » 7/25/14 10:17am Friday 10:17am

Watch This Bot With a Broken Leg Learn To Walk Straight Again

Humans are highly adaptable creatures, and we'll do anything we can to prevent an injury from completely immobilizing us. So if robots are supposed to eventually take over all of our duties, they need to learn how to quickly bounce back from damage as well—which is what this research with walking robots is hoping to… » 7/24/14 12:28pm 7/24/14 12:28pm

Robots with Digital Eyes Could Pick Your Next Peck of Peppers

The days of hand-picked fruits and vegetables—at least those picked by human hands—are quickly coming to a close as robotic farming technology continues its rapid advancement. A team of roboticists from the EU, for example, have just debuted an automated fruit and vegetable harvester that can spot ripe produce just by… » 7/21/14 12:08pm 7/21/14 12:08pm

Bee-Inspired Bots Skitter and Swarm at NYC's Museum of Mathematics

Dr. James McLurkin has a swarm of robots. Individually, they're not that smart, but a crateful of them behaves in some very complex ways, like the bees that inspired them. Gizmodo got to see the wee machines in action, and while they're adorable, they represent some serious future bot capabilities. » 7/19/14 11:00am 7/19/14 11:00am

The Cute and Sometimes Creepy Creations of the Willy Wonka of Robots

Instead of killing kids during private tours of his fantastical factory, Alex Reben is a Willy Wonka-type character of a different sort. He builds robots for a living—seemingly just for fun—and while some of his creations are certainly distressing, they're all fun to watch, interact with, or just ponder. The folks at … » 7/18/14 4:51pm 7/18/14 4:51pm

This Robotic Camera Will Make You Feel Like Part of a Ballet Performance

Watching ballet on TV doesn't provide nearly as satisfying an experience as seeing it performed in person—at least using traditional filming techniques. Director Tarik Abdel-Gawad has taken a radical new approach to capturing footage of a ballet performance, using a motion-control camera on a robot arm that's been… » 7/18/14 4:09pm 7/18/14 4:09pm

MIT Wants To Give Our Hands Two Extra Robot Fingers

First it was an extra set of shoulder-mounted robot arms, but now MIT feels that humanity could also benefit from a couple of extra robotic fingers on each hand. Faye Wu and other researchers at the school have been developing SR—or supernumerary robotic—fingers that work alongside your existing digits to make… » 7/17/14 1:57pm 7/17/14 1:57pm

Honda's Asimo Robot Gets a Little Bit Better, a Whole Lot Creepier

It's been almost 15 years since Honda first introduced Asimo, the company's attempt to create a humanoid robot that can walk and perform other human-like tasks. But Asimo's most recent upgrade introduces something unsettling: a pair of dead black eyes and a permanent smirk that leaves the bot looking more like an… » 7/16/14 9:02am 7/16/14 9:02am

The World's First Family Robot Could Be Like HAL in Your Home

Meet Jibo. On track to exist next year, Jibo is being marketed as "the world's first family robot." The bulbous little guy can read to kids in the living room, recite recipes in the kitchen, take photos in the yard, and perform a handful of other simple tasks. Jibo is also a little bit creepy. » 7/16/14 9:00am 7/16/14 9:00am

The Next Record-Breaking Lego Tower Could Be Built By a Lego Machine

To claim the Guinness World Record for the world's tallest Lego tower now requires the use of cranes and other machinery to stack over half a million bricks to a height of well over 100 feet. It's a daunting challenge that might have just gotten a whole lot easier through the use of—you guessed it—Lego. » 7/14/14 11:59am 7/14/14 11:59am

New Old Spice Mandroid Ads Hilariously Embrace the Uncanny Valley

More often than not, man's attempts to clone itself through robotics has lead to the creation of unsettling, and downright creepy, automatons. So kudos to the folks at Old Spice, or at least its ad agency, for finding a way to hilariously embrace the Uncanny Valley through a series of commercials starring its newest… » 7/14/14 10:05am 7/14/14 10:05am

A Solar-Powered Ladybug That Might Just Save Global Agriculture

It's getting increasingly difficult to feed humanity's seven billion-plus mouths, especially as climate change begins to wreak havoc on the world's staple crop supplies. While efforts are being made to find hardier alternatives, a research team from the University of Sydney has developed a tool to better manage the… » 7/11/14 11:40am 7/11/14 11:40am

Here's every Transformers robot fight scene in one video

Instead of making the Marky Mark Transformers sequel, Michael Bay should have just sent in this sick, non-stop supercut of every single robot fight scene from the Transformers trilogy to theaters. Yep. This video is an orgy of explosive metal on metal battle scenes without any of the pesky humans screwing it up. I… » 7/11/14 1:11am 7/11/14 1:11am

MOSS Robotics Toy Review: The Easiest Way To Build Your First Robot

When reviewing a building toy it's impossible not to make comparisons with Lego. Not only are its bricks able to build everything from dinosaurs to X-wings, Lego also offers robotics sets that have been used to make some truly impressive autonomous creations. And in that latter category, it finally has some… » 7/09/14 9:00am 7/09/14 9:00am

How many gigabytes does it take to make a human?

How much information is stored inside a human? Not as much as you think. All you need is a mere 1.5 gigabytes to fit your entire genetic code. Veritasium did the math in his latest brain tapping video and cooked up that number using bits to understand the molecules that make up a person's genetic code. » 7/03/14 11:05pm 7/03/14 11:05pm