Robots

This Watercolour Bot Will Make A Painter Out Of Anyone 

Not all of us are, alas, artistically inclined. Luckily, we now have robots to help. WaterColorBot 2.0 connects right with your computer, turning images on the screen into a bot-painted watercolour on paper.


Could Terminator Actually Happen?

Robots are smart and getting smarter. But will they ever actually manage to become sentient and go all Terminator on us? This video investigates that question.


Gizmodo Visits NASA: Taking Virtual Reality To A Whole New Level

We’ve seen how NASA recreates the vacuum of space right here on Earth, but what about the gravity of space? What about the forces of inertia? When large objects move and behave so differently, how to you train for a mission so you know what to expect when you get there? Like this.


Robots Pretending To Be Humans Lived In These Houses For Six Years

The inhabitants of three houses on a street in Knoxville, Tennessee, would have seemed perfectly average from the outside. Every morning, the showers came on. Every night, the lights and the TV. But there were never any humans living here — only robots pretending to act them.


Watch Two Robots Arms Sword Fighting Using Katanas

Video: Despite it being a bit too slow, this fight between two katana-wielding robotic arms is a great example of how precise their movement can be. I just wish they were not only arms, but humanoid robots fighting — giant humanoid robots.


If You Can Doodle, You Can Program The Tiny Ozobot

Science fiction has promised us robots smart enough to walk, talk, and even occasionally save the day. But in reality dabbling in robotics still requires a great deal of engineering and programming know-how. That’s not the case with the Ozobot though. It can’t fetch your groceries, but programming where it roams and how it behaves is as easy as doodling using coloured markers.


This Company Is Making Robot Security Guards That Look Like Daleks

If you’re sitting down at the drawing board to design a robotic security guard, and you don’t want people to run the other way screaming “Oh hell no!” at first sight, here’s a little tip: don’t make it look like the evil killer robot from a science fiction show.


The Incredible Robots That Scan And Sort Your Recycling

If your city has a recycling program, you probably do as good a job as you can to make sure that your papers, plastics and general waste are all properly sorted. But at the recycling plant it’s absolutely crucial that everything is thoroughly separated, and even an assembly line full of hawk-eyed workers can’t compare to the speed and accuracy of the Next Generation ZenRobotics Recycler.


We're Definitely Going To Regret Training ATLAS Like The Karate Kid

We can’t help but be both utterly impressed and extremely worried about the progress of humanoid robots like ATLAS. For some reason the folks at IHMC Robotics decided to start teaching ATLAS how to balance on one foot and do the Karate Kid’s famous crane kick. If that move brought down the best fighter that the Cobra Kai Dojo had to offer, what chance does the rest of humanity stand?


Seeing Machines Build Cars Always Makes Me Think We're In The Future

Video: I forget how cool the technology around us is sometimes. And then I get reminded when I see these giant machine robot arms make a car. It reminds of those futuristic scenes of sci-fi movies that make me wonder how come we’re not advancing fast enough. Truth is, we really are. Here’s footage of a VW Golf being made by TestDriven.


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