Robotics

Tiny Linking Robots Share a Central Hive Mind With Each Other

It's increasingly looking like the future of robotics is going to be modular. Specialized robots are useful for many tasks, but for a...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 7:27PM

Check Out the Real-Life Mech Designed by the Artist From 'Terminator' and 'Robocop'

Oscar Wilde once said that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” but even he couldn’t have predicted just how far...

Andrew LaSane
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 11:11AM

Security Expert Warns that Sex Robots Can Be Hacked and Turned Violent

If Westworld has taught us anything, it's that you can't program a robot to feel human emotions and then attempt to have your way...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 11 September 2017 - 7:55PM

Robot Champions Are Using Italy as a Training Ground for Nuclear Disaster Aid

If you have ever watched Battlebots, then you know the raw mechanical power and excitement of pitting two robots against each other in...

Chelsea Gohd
Monday, 11 September 2017 - 11:23AM

The Future of AI: From Quantum Computing to the Internet of Things

One of the most well-attended and energetic panels at Escape Velocity this year was "Artificial Intelligence: How Close Are We...And...

Chris Mahon
Sunday, 03 September 2017 - 7:15PM

Squishy, Modular 'Soft Robots' are Gross But Impressively Flexible

When we think of robots, we all tend to imagine to ourselves hulking, impersonal, cold steel monstrosities with gears and levers and...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 - 8:52PM

Domino's and Ford Are Testing Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Cars

It's a sad day for teenage pizza delivery guys everywhere, but great news for those who hate waiting for pizza: Ford has teamed up...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 - 10:38AM

Meet Temi, the Tablet-Faced Robot Assistant Built for Video-Chats

The biggest problem with Skyping from your phone or tablet is that you constantly have to hold the device in order to make the best...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 28 August 2017 - 10:01AM

Pepper the Robot is Programmed to Perform Buddhist Funeral Rites

Last fall, it was exciting to watch Softbank's Pepper robot learn how to play with a ball-and-cup toy. And, well, Pepper's come quite...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 27 August 2017 - 1:40PM

Japan's New "Weird Hotel" Is Staffed by Polite Robot Dinosaurs (and More)

The Henn na Hotel (or "Weird Hotel" in English) is one of Japan's newest attractions, having just thrown open its doors today for all...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 25 August 2017 - 10:26AM

The Greatest Threat to Self-Driving Cars Will Be Hackers

Autonomous vehicles have been a staple of sci-fi for a while, but they're quickly becoming a promising, potentially life-saving...

Chelsea Gohd
Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 1:21PM

A Team of Hackers Shows How Frighteningly Easy It Is To Hack Home Robots

Cyber attacks are one of the great threats of our generation. Anyone who's seen Mr. Robot knows that all it takes is one solid hack...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 - 10:29AM

Elon Musk and Other Tech Experts Urge the UN To Ban 'Killer Robots'

The problem with Terminator 2's opening scene is that it makes robot murderbots look incredibly cool. If given the chance, what...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 21 August 2017 - 7:14PM

This Stealth Warship Runs On Linux and Doesn't Need Humans to Defend Itself

In the ongoing fight between Macs and PCs, it's hard to deny that Linux has the biggest actual firepower. Case in point: the USS...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 18 August 2017 - 10:07AM

Check Out the New Combat Drone That Can Fire a Sniper Rifle All By Itself

We all laughed when people started duct-taping knives to Roombas, but the laughter has long since stopped: we're at the point now...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 10:15AM

New Scientific Study Claims Robots Are More Likable When They Make Mistakes

These days, there seems to be a robot suited for just about every task. From writing songs to creating artwork, working as lawyers,...

Chelsea Gohd
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 - 7:23PM

Exclusive: New Photos of the Chainsaw-Equipped Mech That's Challenging Japan to a Giant Robot Fight

This isn't a movie. This isn't a joke. MegaBots, an American company, challenged the Japanese company Suidobashi to a giant robot...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 03 August 2017 - 2:20PM

This Incredibly Precise Robot Arm Can Pick Up (Almost) Anything

There are few jobs more obscure than that of a picker--though 'snake milker' and 'iceberg tower' certainly might hold the title....

Chris Mahon
Friday, 28 July 2017 - 3:37PM

Watch This Inflatable 'Soft Robot' Grow Like a Vine and Move Like a Snake

There are a lot of people out there trying to make robots more human-like, but one group of researchers has created a robot that...

Chelsea Gohd
Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 12:56PM

Watch Salto, the Most Agile Jumping Robot Ever Created

SALTO, which stands for saltatorial locomotion on terrain obstacles, is a tiny little robot with jumping capabilities that would make...

Chelsea Gohd
Friday, 07 July 2017 - 2:07PM