Robots

Samsung's Robo Vac Chases Lasers Like A Cat To Clean Any Spots It Missed

The Roomba paved — or cleaned — the way for a long list of robot vacuum copycats to hit the market, but very few offer a compelling reason to not just buy the original autonomous floor cleaner. However, what Samsung’s new VR9000H robo vac lacks in eye-catching product naming, it makes up for with a neat feature that lets you manually steer the vacuum around your floor using an included laser pointing remote. It’s like having a cat that gets rid of hairballs instead of creating them.


The World's First Family Robot Just Got A Little Bit Easier To Buy

Good news, robot lovers! It just got a little bit easier to buy Jibo, the HAL-like family robot developed by an MIT professor. The cute (but slightly uncanny) little character is now one of the most successful IndieGoGo campaigns ever — it’s in the top eight — having raised nearly $US1.5 million in less than three weeks. So the company’s offering a new deal.


Super-Strength Robot Suits Are Now Being Used In Real Life

This man can pick up a 32kg lump of metal like it’s bag of groceries. But it’s not because he’s Iron Man — he just happens to be wearing a robotic suit that grants him immense strength.


Your Chance To Help Make A 21m Car-Juggling Robot A Reality Is Here

If you watched charming 1999 animated movie The Iron Giant and thought “Man, I wish that robot was real, and also could juggle Volkswagen Bugs”, then do I have the Kickstarter campaign for you.


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.