Here's That Poster Of R2 Droids In Racing Livery You Probably Wanted

Recently, my 3 year-old son Otto has been really, really into R2 droids. This, of course, is totally fine by me, as I loved them as a kid as well, and frankly still do. So an excuse to buy a bunch of toy droids is always welcome. That's probably why I decided to see how they'd look in racing liveries, and made this… » 4/18/14 6:30pm Friday 6:30pm

These Autonomous Patrol Cars Keep Watch Over Our Nuclear Stockpiles

Monitoring America's nuclear stockpiles is vital but mind-numbingly dull work. So rather than rely on easily distracted human guards, the storage facilities at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) are now being watched by the unblinking eyes of a mobile robotic patrol fleet. » 3/16/14 1:30pm 3/16/14 1:30pm

This Toy Building Kit Lets You Make Tiny Driving Robots

This is the work of Modular Robotic's MOSS Robotic Building Toy. It's a series of little building blocks that, when assembled, function as little robots. They can drive, they can react, they can be built any way you like. Above is a cool hands-on video from Engadget and below is Gizmodo's in-depth explanation on how… » 2/26/14 4:26pm 2/26/14 4:26pm

Woman Solves Traffic Problems In The Congo With A Giant Robot

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, isn't a great destination for orderly-traffic fetishists. Generally, it's chaos. But, if you happen to be a much more exciting giant robot fetishist, it's a great place, all thanks to inventor Isaie Therese and her 8-foot tall traffic control robots. » 2/06/14 5:20pm 2/06/14 5:20pm

Badass Tunnel Bots And The Border Patrol Agents Who Love Them

In the last fourteen years, the US Border Patrol has found more than 170 tunnels they believe are used for smuggling contraband between Mexico and the States. Since American law enforcers don't want to enter the tunnels themselves, they're sending in cute little robots to do their dirty work. » 1/15/14 3:52pm 1/15/14 3:52pm

Bot Cameras, Lidar Eyes, and the Driverless Racetrack of the Future


Gizmodo's coverage of the DARPA Robotics Challenge continues with day two at the Homestead Speedway south of Miami. The weekend has arrived and the crowds are here with their kids, cheering on the bots. » 12/21/13 4:53pm 12/21/13 4:53pm

A Closer Look at Google's New Robot Army

We learned Saturday that Google has purchased Boston Dynamics, the lab of mad scientists behind some of the most awesomely scary robots ever seen. What exactly did Google get out of the deal? An army of jaw-droppingly capable robots that can walk, run, and climb through seemingly any terrain. Let's meet the team. » 12/14/13 1:18pm 12/14/13 1:18pm

Amazon's Dream Of Flying Robots Delivering Crap Needs 5 Things To Work

Yesterday we got a little glimpse in to the sort of things that make Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' pants tighten, and it's all flying robots dropping boxes. Bezos' drone-delivery system, called Amazon PrimeAir, was introduced with a little video showing how he imagines the service to work. I'm here to tell how it could really » 12/03/13 3:10pm 12/03/13 3:10pm

Failed Carbon Motors Founder Is Back With Robot Security Guard Concept

You may remember William Santana Li from such failed startup ventures as Carbon Motors, which sought to make a purpose-built police cruiser but instead went bankrupt and left Indiana taxpayers and investors millions of dollars in the hole. Now he's back with another law enforcement tool: a robot security guard. » 12/02/13 3:00pm 12/02/13 3:00pm

Google's Cars Now Drive Better Than You Do

Though there may be plenty of hurdles when it comes to getting self-driving cars on the road in large numbers, Google has gotten one step closer to its goal of replacing every human on Earth with machines (I think that's what "Don't Be Evil" meant). Through an analysis of reams of data, they've proven that their… » 10/26/13 11:15am 10/26/13 11:15am

Cute Robot Sent To Keep Astronauts Company Makes First Speech In Space

This humanoid communication robot, equipped with Toyota's voice-recognition software, said "On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all." It was the first robot voice ever heard in space, and boy was it cute. » 9/05/13 8:21am 9/05/13 8:21am

Skunk Works Is Building a Drone That Carries Cars Instead of Cameras

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works' Transformer TX started out as yet another design for the oft-predicted but never delivered flying car. But it's since turned into an entirely different type of flying machine: an autonomous way for the military to airlift vehicles and cargo to dangerous areas. » 8/19/13 3:30pm 8/19/13 3:30pm