This is Clearly the Best Phone Charger Ever

I’m really not sure how that headline can be argued. It’s a phone charger and a giant robot model! Actually, for those of you who aren’t genuine nerds, the robot is actually a Gundam – a mechanized character from a long-running Japanese toy line and anime series. Obviously, this phone charger is a Japanese-only type [...more]

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May 19 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss

Japanese Coop Making Humanoid Moon Robot

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A group of Japanese manufacturers are getting together to build a a bipedal, moon-faring robot. Now I’m not sure if the endeavor will produce a sassy Futurama-esque robot or a sad Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy version, but I’m really hoping of the former. I am sure, however, that the Japanese coop named Astro-Technology SOHLA [...more]

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Apr 29 2010
By Nick Upton

Coming Soon: Pink Floyd Swarming Robot Show

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MIT researchers are taking 3D video to the actual third dimension with their prototype system of flying swarms of robot displays. Yup, read that again — I’ll wait. I know!! What?! The video from MIT distills all the pertinent information, but doesn’t capture the scope that something like this could have. Hypothetically, the “Flyfire” technology [...more]

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Feb 26 2010
By Nick Upton

Yee Haw, It’s A Robot Roundup!

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There are so many robots out there that don’t get the recognition they really deserve (for better or worse). So I decided to find a few of the quirkier robots I’ve seen lately. So enjoy! Robot 1: Dancing Crochet Earth Find more videos like this on Fashioning Technology Finally, one of these! I’ve been looking [...more]

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Feb 04 2010
By Nick Upton

PETA Wants A Robot for Groundhog’s Day

The latest baffling idea from the well-meaning yet severely misguided People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization is that we should replace the famous weather-forecasting Punxsutawney Phil with a robot groundhog. [...more]

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Jan 30 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss

List Gives Peek At Future Technologies

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Popular Mechanics has a really great list of prototype technology that will be making headlines in the future. From the next step in robot design to nano thread for my super jeans of the future, the list has a lot of neat things that even tech nerds might have heard about. Anthropomimetic robots: European researchers [...more]

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Jan 27 2010
By Nick Upton

Israeli Roboticists Design Wall-Crawling Robots

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If the idea of metallic exoskeletons crushing human skulls under foot in the battle scarred wastes of post-apocalyptic Los Angeles no longer instills fear in your all-too-fleshy human bits, the roboticists at Israel’s Ben Gurion University would like to invite you to their new nightmare: Robots that climb walls. Now some of you may be [...more]

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Jan 23 2010
By Nex

Enjoy This Parade Of Terrible Robots!

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The aptly titled blog Fun Gags has collected an album of peoples terrible homemade robot costumes. Lord knows what dark inspiration set upon their editors, but bless their hearts – these photos are some of the best/worst things I’ve seen on the internet in a while. Check out my cardboard friend to the left, who [...more]

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Jan 21 2010
By Asterios Kokkinos

Robot Roundup: Japanese Grocerybots, Make-Your-Own Clonebots and Stolen Mexican Dinobots!

Headline: Japanese Robot Robs Japanese Lady! Nah, just kidding – this is Robovie-II, a robot that’s been deployed to an actual supermarket to help the elderly buy groceries. You email the store your shopping list before you arrive, and Robovie-II walks around with you, helping you complete the list and making adorable purchase suggestions, like [...more]

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Jan 05 2010
By Asterios Kokkinos