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Robots

Battlebots Minotaur vs Blacksmith Highlights

This Battlebots match is 3 minutes of pure robot carnage

July 11th, 2016

Battlebots is very transparently all about watching lovingly-built machines getting smashed to pieces. There’s no X Factor-style character development, no American Ninja Warrior sob stories. It’s two metal robots fighting to death in a cage, and it doesn’t get better than this match between Minotaur and Blacksmith. The series only recently returned to our screens after a multi-year …

Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robot

Boston Dynamics’ tiny new robot sneaks through your house like a ninja

June 23rd, 2016

Boston Dynamics, the robotics company that will someday be responsible for the end of humanity, just unveiled its latest creation. It’s called SpotMini, and it’s a four-legged robot the size of a big dog, but with a long, giraffe-like claw for picking up items and squeezing puny human heads into submission. Oh, and it can …

Robot Run: Fake Promobot Escape

That runaway Russian robot was probably a PR stunt

June 17th, 2016

Yesterday, the internet went slightly crazy for the story of Promobot, a Russian-made “runaway robot” that escaped its handlers and caused a traffic jam on a suburban Russian street. It’s a story perfectly set up for viral success: out-of-control machinery, Russian dashcam footage, and a cute little robot is a YouTube traffic-maker from the heavens. The …

ASUS New Zenbo Robot

This is the droid your household has been looking for

May 31st, 2016

For as much as people talk about (and rightfully get excited about) smartphone advancements, we don’t often hear about technological strides in the field of robotics. Truth be told, this has always struck me as odd given that many robots today possess capabilities that have seemingly been lifted from science fiction novels. Boston Dynamics, of course, …

Cool robot hand learns as it goes

May 10th, 2016

It’s a device that brings to mind the bodyless hand, Thing, from The Addams Family: a human-like robotic hand, engineered by scientists at the University of Washington, that can learn on its own as it handles a specific task. The hand has five fingers, tendons, joints, over a hundred sensors, and is capable of moving …

This humanoid robot diver is a submersible avatar

April 29th, 2016

A professor at Stanford University has designed a robotic humanoid diver with articulated hands that is designed to be an underwater avatar, exploring the way a human would— while its driver remains safely up at the surface. The robot, which measures about five feet long, uses artificial intelligence and also a haptic feedback system to …

China Tycoon Robotic Maids Shopping Trip

Watch China’s Donald Trump show off his robotic maids

April 20th, 2016

If there’s one thing we know about Donald Trump, it’s that he likes showing off and talking about how rich he is, often in the most tasteless ways imaginable. A tycoon in China has apparently picked up some pointers from Trump on how to flaunt his wealth in truly obnoxious ways by going shopping with the …

Robotic Swimming Snake Video

These creepy aquatic robot snakes are straight out of ‘The Matrix’

April 19th, 2016

If you thought the Google-owned Boston Dynamics made the world’s most frightening robots, think again. Via Gizmodo, a new collaboration between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Kongsberg Maritime, and Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has produced a robotic aquatic snake that really does look like something out of The Matrix. Called the Eelume, the …

Robot Jia Jia

Is this the future? Chinese researchers unveil human-like ‘robot goddess’

April 18th, 2016

The state of robotics is seemingly moving at warp speed these days. Not only do we have Google’s Boston Dynamics division churning out increasingly adept, capable and nimble robots, we’re also seeing a discernible improvement in the likeness robots bear to humans. The most recent example of this comes to us via China where university researchers recently …