Robots

These 3D-Printed Ants Could Be The Factory Workers Of The Future

These 3D-printed ants scuttle around much like the real thing. But loaded with sensors and wireless communication systems, they’re an experiment in collaborative robots — the kind of co-working that could fuel the factories of the future.


The Coolest Robotic Platforms At GTC 2015

The GPU Technology Conference isn’t just about graphics cards — it’s also where Nvidia and its partners demonstrate new and disruptive technologies that have the potential to change how humans live. This year, a big part of this centered around robotics, with scores of fully autonomous gizmos pottering about the showroom floor. Here are our favourite robo-innovations — from navigational 3D mapping platforms that help robots see to mechanized office assistants that want to steal our jobs.


Why Is Angela Merkel Always Palling Around With Robots?

Last week we looked at the odd 21st century phenomenon of politicians shaking hands with robots as if they were human. We learnt a lot about the potential robot uprising, but we also discovered that one politician in particular always seems to be hanging out with robots: German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


You Can Remotely Control This Huge Robot Arm To Sculpt A Cube

Designers Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar have reprogrammed this robotic arm so anyone can control it online. They claim the robot will cut a cube in the shape you desire. If you want to try it just go to robochop.com. You can make furniture, create abstract forms, or forget about all that and enjoy this cool video.


This Liquid Metal Motor Moves Under Its Own Power

In Terminator 2, T-1000 was that science fiction dream-come-nightmare: a shape-shifting robot made from liquid metal. Now, scientists have actually developed a self-powered liquid metal motor.


Big Hero 6 Baymax Lamp Illuminates With Light, Not Medical Advice

Despite being completely vulnerable to attacks from safety pins, the Baymax robot from last year’s Big Hero 6 was just about the best sidekick a kid could have — mostly because it was skilled at treating skinned knees and other injuries. This LED lamp version of Baymax isn’t quite as talented, but it can ensure a kid who’s afraid of the dark will sleep through the night.


This Cartoon Perfectly Sums Up The Optimism Of 1950s Futurism

The December 28, 1959 issue of Life magazine featured this illustration of life in 1975. It’s over the top and cartoonish, of course, but it perfectly sums up all of the techno-optimism that was so prevalent in the late 1950s — the Golden Age of Futurism.


Politicians Shaking Hands With Robots, Ranked

Politicians love to shake hands with their constituents. It’s basically half their job. But over the past two decades we’ve seen the rise of a surprising new constituency that they need to engage with a firm handshake: Robots.


Ford Australia Sponsors Robotics Competition For Young People

Ford is spending a bunch of cash to inspire the next generation of robotics engineers that just might make its cars even safer one day. Called the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Competition (FRC), the program aims to ignite passion for technology in participants aged from 14-18.


GI Joe Finally Meets Transformers With This Cobra Rattler Decepticon

Despite severe differences in scale, GI Joe and the Transformers have been fighting side-by-side in kids’ bedrooms for decades now. They have even crossed paths in a handful of comic book series, but for the first time we’ve got our first official GI Joe-branded Transformers toy from Hasbro.