This Incredible Robotic Building Set Is Like Lego Come to Life

In today's toy-scape, robotic building sets have handily made the transition from fad to staple, and for good reason—they are awesome. But in a world where Lego Mindstorms reigns king, nothing has managed to combine function, universal appeal, and straight up fun quite like TinkerBots. This could be your kids'—and, for … » 4/10/14 7:00am 4/10/14 7:00am

Creepy Robot Looks Like Your Friends, Knows What You're Thinking

Humans are the worst—there's no denying it. But isolating yourself from the rest of humanity doesn't exactly come with the best track record either. Now, though, you can get the best of both worlds thanks to SociBot-Mini, a depth-sensing, mood-reading, friends'-identity-stealing disembodied robot torso. » 3/28/14 1:40pm 3/28/14 1:40pm

Fukushima Could Make Japan a Leader In Nuclear Cleanup Tech

The idea that a nuclear disaster could actually drive innovation is definitely a new way to look at Japan's ongoing Fukushima debacle. But a new report from the AP does just that, suggesting that the long-term cleanup effort that Japan now faces will make it a world leader in decommissioning nuclear plants. » 3/09/14 10:00am 3/09/14 10:00am

Wheelchair User Walks Again With a 3D Printed Exoskeleton

In 1992, Amanda Boxtel suffered a vicious skiing accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors said she would never walk again. This week, she proved them wrong, with the help of the world's first 3D printed exoskeleton that gives her the ability to climb out of her wheelchair and walk once again. » 2/22/14 5:00pm 2/22/14 5:00pm

Reimagining the Home Bar of the Future

I don't know about you, but my home bar is a mess. It's two shelves utterly stuffed with bottles any way they'll fit, with no rhyme or reason behind it. Rarely do I have any concept of how much I have left of what; I have to check every bottle and hope there's enough to scrape together a decent cocktail. In the future, … » 2/07/14 5:00pm 2/07/14 5:00pm

These Robotic Super Socks Will Aid Rehabilitation

Science fiction has given us a vision of the future where humans might one day enjoy super-strength and abilities while wearing a rigid robotic exoskeleton suit. But back here in reality, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a soft bio-robotic socks designed to assist those who have difficulty with… » 1/22/14 9:20am 1/22/14 9:20am

The U.S./Mexico Border Is Infested With Underground Machines

The very fact that underground robots being used to patrol the U.S./Mexico border—a program now moving into its second decade—can be greeted with what amounts to a disinterested shrug is a good indication of how sci-fi our everyday lives have gotten. There are underground robots patrolling the edge of the country. » 1/21/14 4:25pm 1/21/14 4:25pm

Google's Newly Acquired SCHAFT Robot Walks Away A Winner

The teams have broken down their robots and packed them up in crates and suitcases, loaded them into trucks and taken them on airplanes and gone home. Some will lick their wounds and rebuild to fight another day. The lucky ones will get a million dollars each from DARPA to continue developing their bots. » 12/22/13 12:20pm 12/22/13 12:20pm

Bot Cameras, Lidar Eyes, and the Driverless Racetrack of the Future

Gizmodo's coverage of the DARPA Robotics Challenge continues with day two at the Homestead Speedway south of Miami. The weekend has arrived and the crowds are here with their kids, cheering on the bots. » 12/21/13 4:01pm 12/21/13 4:01pm

On Site at the Machine Olympics of DARPA's Robotics Challenge

The DARPA Robotics Challenge, or DRC, kicked off today at the Homestead-Miami Speedway about 30 miles south of Miami. A total of sixteen teams from around the world are here to challenge each other today and tomorrow in timed trials, and to compete for funding from DARPA, the Pentagon's mad science arm. A seventeenth… » 12/20/13 2:37pm 12/20/13 2:37pm

Handicapping the 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge

Today kicks off the two-day mechanolympics of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials at Homestead Miami Speedway. With teams from around the world competing in eight tasks, only one will take home the purse. Just a few hours in—watch live here—it's still any robot's game. We've got your odds right here, so you can bet on… » 12/20/13 12:18pm 12/20/13 12:18pm

NASA's New Robot Looks Like Iron Man, May Save Your Life One Day

Let's be honest: Most robots look pretty dumb these days. Whether it's the little disk-shaped Roomba that cleans your floor or the jumble of rods and wires that builds your car, these machines seem—for lack of a better term—rudimentary. Not the Valkyrie. » 12/10/13 4:30pm 12/10/13 4:30pm

Andy Rubin Is Leading a Secret Google Project to Build Robots

Andy Rubin was the man behind Android, but he stepped aside earlier this year. At the time, people suggested he was planning to concentrate on his personal interests—and now an interview with the New York Times reveals that he's busy working on a secret Google project to create a new breed of robots. » 12/04/13 3:40am 12/04/13 3:40am

An Inside Look at Real-Life Robocops

When Robocop hits theaters next year, it's sure to inspire heaps of think-piece op-eds about the future of law enforcement and technology. But here's the thing: that future's already here. Police forces across the country are stocking up on robots, and they're not just using them to diffuse bombs. » 11/21/13 9:40am 11/21/13 9:40am

This Fleet-Footed New Robot Walks Exactly Like You Do

One of the biggest challenges that engineers have faced in their quest to build a humanoid robot is one of the simplest tasks for humans: walking. More specifically, they've had a hard time engineering a robot to take strides and roll each foot heel-to-toe, like we do. Until now, that is. » 10/24/13 11:20am 10/24/13 11:20am