Video: Need to run downstairs to fetch the laundry? Or maybe there's a phone call you just have to take? Life with a baby can make even the smallest chores feel like a herculean task if you don't have a nanny. But it turns out, if you keep your floors clean using a robot, maybe you do have a nanny and just didn't realise it.
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Sony recently announced that its robotic dog Aibo is back from the dead and will hit Japan early next year. But even a ¥198,000 ($2287) robot toy can't compare to the amazingly fluid motions of Boston Dynamics' new and improved SpotMini, which looks like a genuine (yet still pretty frightening) replacement for your loyal golden retriever.
Admit it, you've wondered what it's like to create your own robot. Now's your chance to find out with the Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle. Delivering training with the world's top robotics platform, this trio of courses will walk you through creating your own robotic projects, and it's on sale for 90 percent off the normal price.
First released back in 1999, Sony's robotic dog Aibo was so lifelike and animated that devoted owners are still doing everything they can to keep their ageing pets alive after Sony discontinued repair service on earlier models. But 18 years later, it might finally be time for them to say goodbye now that Sony has announced a new and improved version of the robo-pup.
In the latest example of "Philip K Dick-inspired nightmare becomes real life", Saudi Arabia just became the first nation to grant citizenship to a robot. The robot's name is Sophia. It is artificially intelligent, friends with CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin and arguably, a glimpse into the dark future that will kill us all.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our weekly round up of all the fabulous new toys just waiting to drain our wallets of their precious monetary fluids. This week, Hot Toys tackles The Last Jedi's most important characters, plus a patriotically posable Captain America, and even stranger Stranger Things board games.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our regular weekly roundup of all the toys you'll want to blow your paycheck on, instead of buying groceries, paying rent, or other more responsible purchases. This week we've got an Imperial entry in Sphero's line of interactive droids, a cartoon version of Boba Fett, and a bunch of New York Comic Con exclusives. Check it out!
As robots and AI start to play an increasing role in our lives, the question of how we want them to behave gets more pressing with each passing breakthrough. In the new book, Robot Ethics 2.0: From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence, robo-ethicists Will Bridewell and Alistair M. C. Isaac present a surprising argument in which they make the case for deceptive robots. We asked the authors why we'd ever want to do such a crazy thing.
When you've got enough money to build a moon-sized, planet-destroying space station, you can clone an army of millions of soldiers using the loose change you find in a sofa. For those of us who aren't quite as well funded, UBTECH Robotics has thrown some Stormtrooper armour on one of its 16-inch tall humanoid robots so you can build a slightly more affordable army.
Scifi comedy short Brian and Charles unfolds on an isolated farm in England, where a desperately lonely man builds a robot companion for himself -- and soon finds that his new relationship, even though it's with an artificial human who looks like elderly men but acts like a child, is nothing but work.
In the classic 1966 American science fiction film Fantastic Voyage, a submarine crew was miniaturised and injected into a body to fix a blood clot in the brain. That obviously isn't how future medical science is going to work, but the notion of creating microscopic machines to perform complex tasks is certainly on point. A recent advance, in which robots made from DNA were programmed to sort and deliver molecules to a specified location, now represents an important step in this futuristic direction.
There's nothing unique about loving Lego. Millions of people wax nostalgic when they see those colourful bricks. Millions more never stopped building. I've always been a bit in between. I like zoning out by putting stuff together so, every couple of years, I'll buy a Lego set and build it. But then what? Put it on my shelf? Thanks to the new Lego Boost Creative Toolbox, there's another possibility. Turning Lego creations into programmable robots makes them fun (and functional) in an amazing new way.
Like millions of other kids around the world, after seeing the original trilogy, R2-D2 instantly became my favourite Star Wars character. He seemed like the perfect sidekick, but the real Artoo was from a galaxy far, far away from mine, and the toy versions of the little droid were always lifeless clones of the character I adored. Thirty years later there's still part of me that wants an R2-D2 to call my own, and I think I've finally found him.
Long gone are the days when robot vacuums would simply bump their way around your home while they randomly cleaned. But even with upgraded smarts and better sensors, modern robovacs can still wander into places you don't want them, so Neato is introducing a potentially brilliant new feature letting you limit the travels of its newest robovac by drawing virtual boundary lines in an app.
By today's standards the original Teddy Ruxpin, essentially a stuffed toy bear wrapped around a cassette player, borders on archaic, but in 1985 few toys incorporated any kind of technology, and the bear felt as futuristic to a seven-year-old version of me as the original iPhone did a decade ago. It was one of the first toys that helped spark my lifelong obsession with gadgets, which is why I'm disappointed that the new Teddy Ruxpin, which mostly just mirrors the original's capabilities, doesn't feel revolutionary in any way.