Robots

The National Gallery Of Victoria Is Hosting A Masquerade Ball For Robots

Dr. Wade Marynowsky’s Nostalgia For Obsolete Futures is an interactive exhibition opening next month at the National Gallery of Victoria. Blending performance art, sound and video installations with robotics, the work includes four super-creepy programmed and Victorian-era-dressed robots that will roam the Gallery’s foyer.


Baseball Team Is So Bad It Had To Install Robots To Cheer Up Human Fans

The Hanwha Eagles — a South Korean baseball team famed for losing – now have robot fans to cheer them on. Absent supporters can use social media to deliver messages and show their faces on the robots’ LEDs. This has to be the saddest, most depressing thing I’ve ever seen in any sport.


Watch This Bot With A Broken Leg Learn To Walk Straight Again

Humans are highly adaptable creatures, and we’ll do anything we can to prevent an injury from completely immobilising us. So if robots are supposed to eventually take over all of our duties, they need to learn how to quickly bounce back from damage as well — which is what this research with walking robots is hoping to achieve.


The All-American Expo That Invaded Cold War Russia

Over the course of six weeks during the height of the Cold War, almost three million Soviets visited an exhibition that celebrated America. American kitchens, American art, American cars, and most especially American capitalism. The American National Exhibition in Moscow was a full-court press to convince the Soviet people of American superiority. It was supposed to be a showcase for how Americans of the 1950s were living and prospering. But like nearly everything American during this time, it was really about selling the future.


Monster Machines: Robots With Digital Eyes Could Pick Your Next Peck Of Peppers

The days of hand-picked fruits and vegetables — at least those picked by human hands — are quickly coming to a close as robotic farming technology continues its rapid advancement. A team of roboticists from the EU, for example, have just debuted an automated fruit and vegetable harvester that can spot ripe produce just by looking at it.


Bee-Inspired Bots Skitter And Swarm At NYC's Museum Of Mathematics

Dr. James McLurkin has a swarm of robots. Individually, they’re not that smart, but a crateful of them behaves in some very complex ways, like the bees that inspired them. Gizmodo got to see the wee machines in action, and while they’re adorable, they represent some serious future bot capabilities.


The Cute And Sometimes Creepy Creations Of The Willy Wonka Of Robots

Instead of killing kids during private tours of his fantastical factory, Alex Reben is a Willy Wonka-type character of a different sort. He builds robots for a living — seemingly just for fun — and while some of his creations are certainly distressing, they’re all fun to watch, interact with, or just ponder. The folks at Cool Hunting had the opportunity to check out Alex’s lab, and thankfully, they brought a camera.


This Robotic Camera Will Make You Feel Like Part Of A Ballet Performance

Watching ballet on TV doesn’t provide nearly as satisfying an experience as seeing it performed in person — at least using traditional filming techniques. Director Tarik Abdel-Gawad has taken a radical new approach to capturing footage of a ballet performance, using a motion-control camera on a robot arm that’s been choreographed as part of the routine.


MIT Wants To Give Our Hands Two Extra Robot Fingers

First it was an extra set of shoulder-mounted robot arms, but now MIT feels that humanity could also benefit from a couple of extra robotic fingers on each hand. Faye Wu and other researchers at the school have been developing SR — or supernumerary robotic — fingers that work alongside your existing digits to make countless tasks easier to handle.


The World's First Family Robot Could Be Like HAL In Your Home

Meet Jibo. On track to exist next year, Jibo is being marketed as “the world’s first family robot”. The bulbous little guy can read to kids in the living room, recite recipes in the kitchen, take photos in the yard, and perform a handful of other simple tasks. Jibo is also a little bit creepy.