Robots

This Free Throw-Making Robot Could Probably Crack A Pro Roster

Video: What’s the best way to promote the accuracy, adaptability, and reliability of your robotic arm to potential clients? Even if it’s only ever destined to work on a factory floor, showing how it can wipe the floor with professional basketball players when it comes to nailing free throws is a pretty effective PR stunt.


8 Real Robots That Inspired Big Hero 6

The star of the new Disney-Marvel movie Big Hero 6 is a poofy robot named Baymax who can assess your health with a laser-enabled two-second full-body scan. He also might soon be a reality. Baymax and other robots in the film were inspired by eight actual robots, some of which were designed and built in labs at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and DARPA.


Your 80s Robot Butler Dreams Just Came True

Remember the robot servant that Rocky gifted Paulie in 1985′s Rocky IV? Every kid who saw that movie desperately wanted one of those robots for themselves, and now that those kids are all grown up, they can finally buy that very same robot — or at least one of its direct descendants.


What Gender Is Your Robot?

Before long we’ll have personal robots available to help with tasks, safety, companionship, and more. To that I say Hell yeah! I can’t wait to outsource all the boring parts of my life to androids. But here’s the question: Will those droids be created male, female, or something less gender-stereotyped?


(Adorable Baby Robot Penguin) Big Brother Is Watching

Thankfully for what will one day be the most horrifying Hitchcock remake ever, robot birds are nothing new. But now, in order to monitor the effects of climate change, scientists have figured out how to trick real, live penguins into accepting the robotic imposters. And all they had to do was make the fuzziest, most adorable Big Brother you ever did say.


11 Of The Best Sci-Fi Robots Ever

The thing that makes art great — whether film, books, or TV shows — is that it aims to teach us about ourselves and the human condition. But sometimes in order to do that, you need a teacher who is completely inhuman. That’s where robots come in.


US Call Centre Worker Suspended For Answering With Robot Voice

Working at a call centre sucks. Like, it universally sucks and everybody knows it. That’s what makes the story of the loyal New York City employee who was just suspended for 20 days for allegedly answering incoming calls with a robot voice so frustrating. C’mon guys, let the bored employees have a little bit of fun.


Andy Rubin Has Left Google To Launch A Startup Incubator

The Wall Street Journal is r eporting that Android cofounder Andy Rubin is leaving Google to launch a hardware startup incubator. Rubin had recently been tapped to head up a top-secret robotics division at Google.


10 Cool Sci-Fi Technologies Invading Our Reality

Cool technologies that were once reserved for science fiction are invading our reality at an accelerating pace. In some cases, our Earth-bound scientists have proven that seemingly impossible technologies can be developed, but they still have some obstacles to overcome first. In other cases, those technologies are already here.


ATLAS Is Getting Faster And Faster At Simple Human Tasks

Oh, sure, we all pointed and laughed at ATLAS when it was first revealed, stumbling over simple obstacles. But it was because deep down we all knew that, like our original iPods, it would quickly evolve into something far more capable. And, here we are, just over a year later, and ATLAS is already tackling simple obstacles with ease.


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