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

July 30th, 2012

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 …

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

July 6th, 2012

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, …

Throwback Thursday: Alphie

April 21st, 2011

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 …

Sony Xperia Play commercial gets outed, makes no sense [video]

February 3rd, 2011

Leave it up to Sony’s Playstation ads to really make you scratch your head, right? The first commercial for the new Xperia Play has surfaced — by way of DroidNYTT — and well, it involves some dark, shady, back-alley surgery on an Android robot… with a human hand. We’re not really going to describe it …

Google launches Android into orbit

December 23rd, 2010

While the mobile OS race heats up down here on Earth, Google has taken its attack on the smartphone space to the final frontier — literally. In what can only be described as a stellar publicity stunt, Google launched seven Nexus S smartphones into near space. The devices were fixed to weather balloons and sent …

MIT unveils autonomous, oil-skimming robots

August 27th, 2010

Yesterday, MIT showcased an oil-skimming, autonomous robot dubbed the Seaswarm. As the devices site explains, “Seaswarm uses a photovoltaic powered conveyor belt made of a thin nanowire mesh to propel itself and collect oil.” The robot, which is meant to hunt oil in packs (hence Seaswarm), costs around $20,000 and is powered by solar cells on the …