Robots

Monster Machines: This Robotic Bridge Inspector Was Originally A Disney Camera-Bot

De-icing slippery winter roads is a vital public safety measures in cold-weather climates. However, the annual cycle of salting streets only to have the mineral seep into the blacktop and rot it from the inside wreaks havoc on transportation infrastructure throughout the U.S. and around the world. This little bot helps fix that.


Toshiba's New Robovac Uses Three Times The Sensors For Less Collisions

With countless new models released every year, the robovac arms race seems happy to ignore features like battery life, storage capacity, and even price. What’s most important these days is how intelligently an autonomous vacuum can navigate its surroundings, so Toshiba’s crammed some 27 sensors into its new Torneo Robo, so it always knows what needs cleaning and what obstacles to avoid.


Xerox's Robot Printer Brings Your Documents Right To You

The one advantage to the paperless office being nowhere in sight is that every time you print something you get to leave your desk and waste time while wandering over to the copy room. At least until Fuji Xerox’s robot printer concept that delivers printed documents right to your desk becomes commonplace.


Robo Brain Is Google For Robots

Until now, scientists have been teaching robots, at least the kind that are meant to help you around the house, one thing at a time: how to find your keys, pour a drink, put away dishes. But what’s a robot to do when it doesn’t know something? Go on the internet, of course!


MIT Scientists Say Humans Would Rather Take Orders From Robots

Welp. This is how it all begins. Bow on bended knee before your robot overlords. New research from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) shows (with science!) that when working in groups of three — two humans, one robot — us lowly bags of flesh and blood would rather the robot just take over.


The Futuristic Jets, Humans And Star Wars Designs Of Stephen Chang

Stephen Chang tells me he loves to think about how the future will weave technology into humans. He has done a lot of cool art so far and I’m sure he’ll get far. If he doesn’t, that’s fine: He got his design for the Rogue Shadow ship — from the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed — turned into an official Lego set.


The First Automata Trailer Is Finally Out, And It Looks Spectacular

If Blade Runner and I, Robot gave birth to a new movie starring a bald Antonio Banderas, it would look just like Automata, the latest vision of our inevitably dystopian future. That future — or at least the way director Gabe Ibáñez has imagined it — also looks pretty dang awesome. Well, spectacular is probably a better word.


It's Impossible Not To Crave Cake After Watching These Videos

Video: If robots ever destroy humanity, I hope I get killed by one of these cake decorator bots. I’ve been trapped in a recursive cake video dimension for the last 30 minutes and now I just want to lay down under one of them and have it decorate me myself. Everywhere. While I stuff my face with cake. Enjoy!


A Thousand Tiny Robots Swarming Into Shapes Like Intelligent Insects

Since the first crude automatons running on clockwork mechanisms, mankind has been working to build the perfect artificial copy of ourselves for centuries. But what’s a more accurate recreation of a human? A robot made of various components and wires all cobbled together? Or one made of billions of tiny robots all working together like the atoms that make up everything around us?


Use A Remote Control Robot To Roam A Closed Museum

Remember way back in February when we reported that you’d be able to remotely control robots to explore the Tate Britain After Dark Well, now’s your chance! You can check out the live footage of four bots gone wild — and sign up to make them move from the comfort of your laptop.


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