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America's Giant Robot Is Raising Money To Beat Japan's Giant Robot

Not long ago, there was only one massive, human-controlled robotic Mecha suit in the world. It was in Japan. Life was tedious. Then, an American company, MegaBots, built one of their own, and challenged the Japanese robot, Kuratas, to a duel. They accepted, and life is much less tedious. Now the Americans need to get… » 8/19/15 9:41am 8/19/15 9:41am

Hitchhiking Robot Lasts Just Two Weeks in US Because Humans Are Terrible

When hitchBOT the hitchhiking robot started his journey in Boston two weeks ago he wanted to see the entire country. Unfortunately, he never made it out of the Northeast. The researchers who built hitchBOT announced today that they need to stop the experiment because hitchBOT was vandalized in Philadelphia. » 8/02/15 9:41am 8/02/15 9:41am

This Transforming Lego Optimus Prime Must Be Bending the Laws of Physics

Half of me wants to believe that this amazing Lego version of Optimus Prime (the Michael Bay movie version) that can actually transform into a robot is legit. But the other half of me is having a hard time believing that Ralph Savelsberg didn’t just hire Industrial Light & Magic to help fake these photos with CG. » 7/19/15 12:58pm 7/19/15 12:58pm

IT'S ON: Japan Accepts US Giant Robot Fight Challenge

Last week, we reported about how MegaBots, the American giant-piloted-robot-concern, finished their brute of a mech, the MegaBot Mark II, and immediately challenged the one other existing giant fighting robot, Japan’s Kuratas, to a duel. Well, peoples of earth, get excited, because the Japanese accepted. It’s on. » 7/06/15 7:45pm 7/06/15 7:45pm

The Way We're Reacting To The VW Worker Killed By A Robot Is Wrong

On Monday, there was a sad incident at a VW plant in Germany where an industrial robot that was being set up picked up a man and crushed him against a metal plate, killing him. This is essentially like any industrial accident — tragic, of course, but these factory deaths do occasionally happen. So why are there so… » 7/02/15 3:30pm 7/02/15 3:30pm

This Humanoid Robot That Transforms Into a Car Is Actually Being Built

Roboticists have started work on a Transformer-style humanoid robot that morphs into a car that can drive nearly 40 mph. Not a toy—a human-sized transforming machine. Kinda pie-in-the-sky idea, but a Japanese company is throwing a heap of money into building this thing. » 6/15/15 4:17pm 6/15/15 4:17pm

How far are we from Terminator's killing robots? DARPA has the answer

Movies like the Terminator series have convinced us that robots are eventually going to kill us all. That’s still eventually going to happen but we’ve got a long way to go before we build a T-1000 or even an Arnold version, because as DARPA’s 2015 Robotics Challenge shows, even the best and smartest robots right now… » 6/08/15 6:45pm 6/08/15 6:45pm

Self-Driving Cars Are Already Getting Into Accidents [Updated]

Update 06/21: Google has emphasized that none of the accidents its cars were involved with were the fault of its self-driving vehicles, and has updated its recorded miles to nearly a million. With that information, the accident rate for self-driving cars looks less unsettling and a lot more reassuring. » 5/11/15 10:23am 5/11/15 10:23am

This Gang of Flat Robots Can Autonomously Steal (Or Park) Your Car

Ever since cars first hit the road drivers have been terrible at parking, so it makes sense that we’re finally leveraging all the advancements we’ve made in robotics to do that for us. But instead of an automaton hopping into the driver’s seat, these flat but strong robots are able to lift a vehicle by its wheels and… » 4/28/15 12:26pm 4/28/15 12:26pm

The Navy's Future War Plan Includes Swarms Of Heavily Armed Sea Robots

There are three things that an aircraft carrier fears. One of them is a massive swarm of tiny boats, each of them carrying outsized armaments. Sure you might get one, five, even ten of them. But you can't stop 200. So to get in on the game, the US Navy's building a swarm of their own. But the Navy's has a computerized… » 10/06/14 6:14pm 10/06/14 6:14pm

Any Car Could Be Autonomous With A Robot Chauffeur

During my recent trans-continental drive, after about hour 300 of slogging across America's infinitely-wide state, Oklahoma, I found myself daydreaming about the possible benefits of an autonomous car. But I wanted to keep this archaic old RV, so I thought what about an autonomous driver-bot? This should be a thing,… » 8/22/14 12:20pm 8/22/14 12:20pm