Google Surgery Robot

The first Google robot worth truly getting excited for

By on March 27, 2015 at 6:20 PM.

The first Google robot worth truly getting excited for

It’s not a secret that Google is interested in robotics and that’s developing its own robots with technology purchased from no less than eight robotics companies. Various video clips have already shown the advancements made by the company but the search giant has an even more interesting robot in the works that could be a literal life saver. More →

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Blizzard Snow-Shoveling Robots

You’ll want one of these toys for your next terrifying blizzard experience

By on January 26, 2015 at 11:50 AM.

You’ll want one of these toys for your next terrifying blizzard experience

The Northeast is preparing to be hit by what may become one of the worst blizzards in the history of the region, with warnings already issued for New England, New York and New Jersey. Heavy snow is expected and dealing with all that snow may become a daunting task in the following days. However, instead of shoveling snow some people are actually thinking of a better way of clearing driveways that involves robots. More →

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MIT Robot Cheetah Running

Video: Watch this incredible robotic cheetah run around untethered

By on September 16, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Video: Watch this incredible robotic cheetah run around untethered

Remember Boston Dynamics’ robot cheetah that can run at speeds topping 28 mph on a treadmill indoors, and which now belongs to Google? Well, that’s not the only robot cheetah in town, as MIT also has developed a similar robot, MIT News reports. And as seen in an awesome new video, this crazy robotic cheetah can now run around outside without being tethered. More →

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World's Coolest Robots Folding

These amazing self-folding robots are the closest thing to Transformers we’ve ever seen

By on August 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

These amazing self-folding robots are the closest thing to Transformers we’ve ever seen

Who says Transformers will never be real? Researchers from Harvard and MIT have developed some incredible robots that are capable of folding themselves up until they’re nearly flat and then unfolding themselves into their full three-dimensional forms. More →

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South Korean Baseball Robot Fans

Korea’s worst baseball team builds robot fans to cheer demoralized players

By on July 31, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

Korea’s worst baseball team builds robot fans to cheer demoralized players

When a baseball team hits a slump, it can feel insurmountable at times. It doesn’t help when the fan base isn’t there to support the team either, which was the case for the Hanwha Eagles, a South Korean team which has lost more than 400 times in the last five season, consistently coming in last in their league, reports ABC News. Now that the fans have all but given up on their hometown Eagles, the team is making it easier than ever to show support without actually having to sit through another tragic loss with an ingenious solution: robot fans. More →

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SoftBank Pepper robot

The affordable robot assistant of the future is already here

By on June 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM.

The affordable robot assistant of the future is already here

SoftBank CEO and Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has become something of a maverick. He said he bought Sprint because “I am a man, and every man wants to be number one, not number two or number three.” He also convinced Steve Jobs to give him exclusivity for the iPhone in Japan before Apple had even announced the device, and before Son had bought the mobile carrier SoftBank.

Now, he wants to sell you a $2,000 robot. More →

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Toyota Car Factory Robots

Here’s one place where humans are coming to steal robots’ jobs

By on May 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Here’s one place where humans are coming to steal robots’ jobs

Man bites dog, human steals robot’s job? That’s sort of the story in Japan, where SingularityHub reports that Toyota is temporarily replacing robots with human workers so they can figure out what the robots can do better and thus build more efficient robots. Essentially, Toyota has found that you can’t rely entirely on robots to do all the work for you if you hope to keep boosting their productivity — rather, you need humans who have knowledge of the production process teach them better ways to build cars. More →

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Will Robots Steal Our Jobs

Here’s how likely you are to lose your job to a robot

By on May 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM.

Here’s how likely you are to lose your job to a robot

While increased automation will make our economy much more productive, it will also put a lot of people out of work. With this in mind, Quartz has taken data from a recent study conducted by the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University and has made it into a handy chart that will show you exactly how likely you are to lose your job to a robot in the coming years. More →

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Coolest Robots Ever SAFFiR

Meet the robot that might someday replace your entire fire department

By on March 31, 2014 at 11:45 PM.

Meet the robot that might someday replace your entire fire department

Firefighters are our heroes… until we figure out how to replace them with robots, at least. Discovery News points us to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s newest robot robot called SAFFiR (short for “Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot”) that can walk right into deadly fires that are two intense for human firefighters to handle. More →

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Japanese engineers hasten humanity’s extinction, unveil fully-armed four-ton robot [video]

By on July 30, 2012 at 11:00 PM.

Japanese engineers hasten humanity’s extinction, unveil fully-armed four-ton robot [video]

Kuratas Japanese Robot

Sometimes it feels as though scientists and engineers have never watched the Terminator or Matrix movies at all. The Guardian reports that Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry is showing off a new robot called “Kuratas” that weighs four tons, stands at 13 feet tall and comes armed with a gun capable of firing “6,000 ball-bearing pellets a minute.” The robot, unveiled this week at the Wonder festival in Tokyo, may sound scary but Suidobashi insists it “makes your dream of becoming a robot pilot comes [sic] true.” More →

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New android does dangerous, daunting dirty work in labs [video]

By on July 6, 2012 at 4:05 PM.

New android does dangerous, daunting dirty work in labs [video]

Lab Android Robot

Ever wonder why robots always rebel against their human masters in every sci-fi movie in the history of the universe? It’s likely because we humans thought it would be cool to force them to handle highly dangerous radioactive materials and expect them not to notice that their joints are melting off. Per Innovation News Daily, scientists in Japan have designed a robot that is made specifically to “to run infection tests with dangerous influenza strains or work with radioactive lab materials” and thus minimize the risks to human researchers.  More →

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Throwback Thursday: Alphie

By on April 21, 2011 at 5:40 PM.

Throwback Thursday: Alphie

If your personal brand was incorporated in the 1980’s, there is a high likelihood you’ve had an encounter or two with Alphie. Made by Playskool, the white plastic robot was designed to teach children ages three and up arithmetic, spelling, and a host of other valuable skills. Place a “Learning Card” on Alphie’s mid-section, tell him what it is, and listen to the white robot’s dulcet computerize tones. Don’t mourn Alphie and your childhood just yet, the little guy is still alive in well in a much more immersive form, and has even gone mobile — making his way on to Apple’s iOS. Hit the jump to see a few videos that may help jog your memory. And as always… batteries not included. More →

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