Tasked with finding a planet capable of sustaining life, a pair of robots ramble around unexplored terrain, conducting experiments. All is routine on their latest sojourn in Planet Unknown ... until their environment takes an unexpected turn. Good thing they’ve got each other to see the mission through.
Last week, Brock Ray Bunge ran into a field in suburban Los Angeles with a shotgun. He was being pursued by the LA Sheriff’s Department for allegedly attempting to kill one person and robbing two others. You might expect a story like this to end in a nasty shoot-out. But instead, you can chalk up another first for a…
Quadrotors need outside help to navigate and perform their remarkable stunts, whether it be a human behind the controls or an array of complex sensors placed around a room. But not this one. Developed by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, this drone is practically autonomous—which means it’s an actual…
Watching ATLAS evolve and master new skills is as fascinating as watching a child develop. Except the humanoid robot, seen here in the lab at Florida’s Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, is gaining new capabilities faster than any human should be comfortable with.
Most drones aren’t particularly scary. Aside from maybe gashing you open if they crash into you, there’s not much harm they can do. Until you add a pair of articulated arms with claws on the end, which turns drones into some kind of giant cyborg eagle ready to snatch babies and the elderly right off their feet.
The robotic versions of competitive sports are usually disappointing at best—but not when it comes to Sumo Wrestling. The human titans who try to slowly push each other out of a circular ring are actually far less exciting than these tiny zippy robots whose matches are usually over almost as quickly as they begin.
Agricultural equipment manufacturer Case IH, a unit of CNH Industrial, just unveiled a seriously intimidating-looking tractor at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. Called the Autonomous Concept Vehicle, the robotic tractor can be programmed using a tablet computer.
One might think that caring for a robot baby—one that cries and sleeps like a regular human baby—might discourage teenage girls from getting pregnant. According to new research, however, the robo-babies actually appear to have the opposite effect.
The roboticist behind the creepy snake robot is back with another snake robot. Only this time it’s a robot that you’re supposed to willingly let slither into your mouth. (For health reasons.)
Here’s an excellent re-imagination of two of the most famous depictions of artificial intelligence in film, HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Samantha from Her. Tillmann Ohm stitched together the actual dialogue from the films to construct a new conversation between the two. It flows rather well.
Why would they give it lips??
If you missed Todd Rohal’s M.O.P.Z. when it aired on Adult Swim, here it is for your brain-exploding pleasure. Put very simply, it’s about a lovelorn school janitor who (tries to) invent a robot helper—and it would be weird enough even without being shown entirely in fast-forward, “because we know you’re busy.”
As Alfred pointed out in The Dark Knight, some men just like to watch the world burn. To them, a day at the beach spent lounging in the sun isn’t particularly enjoyable. But a day at the beach spent terrorizing swimmers with this amazing animatronic shark suit? Now that’s an afternoon well spent.
Simone Giertz, Queen of Stupid/Awesome Internet Robots, has an idea on how to make playing Pokémon Go a little easier. A custom helmet. And I like it.
If you haven’t seen the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi yet, it’s a fascinating look at the man behind the best sushi restaurant in the world, Jiro Ono, and his obsessive drive to continue to improve his craft, and stay one step ahead of the machines that might one day steal his job. Although he probably doesn’t know…
Here’s a remote-controlled robot skull with a bunch of spooky legs.
Just now, I saw a man almost die. He was holding a robotic oar down by his side while riding a skateboard. The oar, loaded with a motor and fitted with a wheel at the bottom, sent him launching towards the film crew and me at speeds usually reserved for small cars and scooters.