Tiny Magnetic Robots Might One Day Work On Equally Tiny Assembly Lines

We've successfully engineered giant robot arms for building cars on an assembly line. But smaller mass-produced items—like electronics—still mostly rely on the nimble hands and fingers of a human. Building and controlling robots on a very small scale is still very difficult, but a company called SRI International may… » 4/16/14 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

Self-Stacking Building Blocks Are Nothing Short of Magic

Deciding that the lowly building block was due for an upgrade, researchers at MIT have created something amazing. The simple-looking M-Blocks are made from an aluminum frame filled with electronics, an electric motor that can spin up to 20,000 rpm, and a flywheel. And they can perform some amazing feats without any… » 4/16/14 1:20pm Yesterday 1:20pm

Anybody With a Printer Can Make These Origami-Inspired Robots

We were promised robots. The future, science fiction told us, would be a world swarming with automatons that did all the jobs we didn't want. But you know what? Robots are really expensive and hard to build. Two MIT scientists want to change all that with inkjet printers and techniques borrowed from origami. » 4/11/14 4:20pm Friday 4:20pm

Pocket-Sized Wonder-Printer Would Work Its Own Way Across a Page

With what has to be one of the most ambitious Kickstarter projects to come along in a while, the folks behind this Mini Mobile Robotic Printer want to revolutionize the mobile office. Because of instead of carrying a page-wide device that has to pull paper through it, this little marvel will instead print directly on a … » 4/10/14 9:27am 4/10/14 9:27am

The ATLAS Robot Will Soon Be Walking Without a Tether

As impressive as Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot ATLAS moves, it's still not completely free to explore wherever it wants. Thick trunk lines keep it tethered to machinery and pumps that provide power, hyrdraulic fluids, and of course communications and data. But researchers at MIT are now working to free ATLAS of its… » 4/08/14 11:20am 4/08/14 11:20am

Meet Porton Man, the $2 Million Robot Soldier Guinea Pig

Looks like Boston Dynamics' super creepy hazmat robot, Petman, just got a new best friend. Say hello to Porton Man, the Ministry of Defense's brand new $2 million, animatronic robot pet. » 4/07/14 12:40pm 4/07/14 12:40pm

Oh Great, Surgeons Want To Shove These Robot Snakes Down Our Throats

In addition to completely freaking us out, it turns out that the robotic snakes being developed at universities like Carnegie Mellonsome serve some practical purposes as well. A company called Medrobotics Corporation will soon begin marketing robot snake-assisted surgical device designed to crawl down a patient's… » 4/04/14 6:00pm 4/04/14 6:00pm

This Bionic Kangaroo Is Perfect For an Australia-Themed Amusement Park

Yesterday, Festo unveiled a bird-inspired wind turbine, but today, the company has unveiled a new robotic creation that's a little more recognizable. The world may not have a huge need for a bionic kangaroo—outside of Australian-themed amusement parks—but emulating the marsupial could result in robots with remarkably… » 4/02/14 4:00pm 4/02/14 4:00pm

Computers Are Now Able to Teach Each Other Pac-Man, The End is Near

Until now, humans have had one significant advantage over computers and robots: We meatbags were the only ones who could teach them how to function. Now, researchers at Washington State University have created computers that can teach other computers. And they're using Pac-Man to do it. Is nothing sacred? » 4/01/14 6:27pm 4/01/14 6:27pm

Inflatable Huggable Robots Could Replace Complex Mechanical Automatons

All of those images of a dystopian future where mankind is enslaved by giant robots don't seem so terrifying if these inflatable air-powered alternatives are realized. Not only do they seem downright adorable and huggable, they're also incredibly easy to make once a mould has been 3D printed. » 3/25/14 9:20am 3/25/14 9:20am

This Woodworking Robot Used To Build Cars and Trucks

The auto industry in the US hit a few speed bumps over the past few years, and while many factories have closed, it's good to see that some workers, like this industrial robot arm, have managed to find work elsewhere. Instead of building sedans, this arm now lathes solid blocks of maple into lovely wooden stools. » 3/19/14 9:20am 3/19/14 9:20am

Those Mesmerizing Robot Arms Are Back and Playing With Trains Now

It seems the best way to impress someone on the market for a set of industrial robotic arms is to demo them playing with kid's toys. First DENSO Robotics did it with slot cars, and now ABB gets in on the action with this mesmerizing model train demo. » 3/17/14 6:30pm 3/17/14 6:30pm