Terrifying Wildcat military robot can hunt down any human in 9 seconds

Watch this video. In a few years—when humans are being hunted down in some war by completely autonomous quadruped robotic beasts that can run faster than the fastest human on Earth—you will remember the day when you watched the video. The day it all started. » 10/04/13 10:37am 10/04/13 10:37am

Japan Sends Jive-Talking Toyota Robot To Space Station

Okay, I added in the "jive" part. Because that's really all anyone wants out of a talking space robot, right? The robot, Kirobo, actually speaks Japanese, and was developed by Toyota as part of their research into human-machine interactions. Oh, and because it's Japanese, the robot is adorable. » 8/05/13 2:28pm 8/05/13 2:28pm

Kia's Super Bowl Ad Imagines A World With Robotic Booth Professionals

The life of a booth professional is not always glamorous. They have to deal with pervy weirdos taking photos of them before smudging up the windshields with their awful breath as they spread as much of themselves on whatever car they can find. And that's just when the journalists are there. » 2/01/13 3:40pm 2/01/13 3:40pm

The Army Had Their Own AT-AT Years Before George Lucas Invented His

Years before Lucasfilm created the AT-AT and Boston Dynamic's Big Dog terrified the world, the US Army was working with General Electric on the "Walking Truck" project, basically a large walker which was controlled by a lever-pushing operator. » 5/27/11 12:30pm 5/27/11 12:30pm

The $1,000 Mecha Walker Halloween Costume That'd Kick Robocop's Ass

Oh, so you tore off the cardboard flaps from a carton of beer and spent 59 cents on some glitter, did you? I hope you're red-faced after hearing this Halloweener spent over $1,000 and 250 hours on his costume. » 11/03/10 10:45am 11/03/10 10:45am

Bollywood's Robot Is Transformers, Matrix, And Blade Runner... Combined

Robot, or Enthiran, is the most expensive Bollywood science fiction film ever created. It manages to combine features of the Matrix, Transformers, I, Robot and basically every other robot film you've ever seen into an explosive orgy of androids. » 10/08/10 11:00am 10/08/10 11:00am

These aren't the jobs these droids were looking for

Computer-controlled, multi-axis assembly robots are the Carpocalypse's forgotten unemployed. Once, they built our cars; now, they sit dormant. What else are they good for? Here are ten jobs that might be a good fit. » 4/30/10 12:02pm 4/30/10 12:02pm

NASA to replace astronauts with GM-built humanoid robots

Astronauts, America's beloved cowboys, are pissed about the Obama Administration killing manned spaceflight programs. Sounds like the right time for GM to brag about its astronaut-replacing R2 space robot NASA's sending into space this year. Launching tone-deaf PR in five... » 4/14/10 9:40am 4/14/10 9:40am

Wert Interviews Kia's Creepy Human-Powered Robot

The third of Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" states a robot must protect itself as long as such protection does not involve harming a human or disobeying orders. Therefore, the disturbing man-bot can't kill Wert for taunting him. » 1/11/10 4:45pm 1/11/10 4:45pm

Secret Service, Robots In Standoff With VW

A traffic stop led to a car chase and now a police standoff between the Secret Service, LAPD, a laser-shooting robot and the President-threatening passengers of this red VW Beetle. The health care debate has officially gone wacky. [FoxNews] » 8/13/09 4:00pm 8/13/09 4:00pm

Honda Walking Assist: A Cybernetic Walk In Times Square

The Honda Walking Assist Devices attempt to augment human mobility with robotic power. Earlier today I took the futuristic prototypes for an exclusive "first outdoors spin" in Times Square. » 4/15/09 3:00pm 4/15/09 3:00pm

Honda To Attack Rose Bowl Parade With 49-Foot-Tall ASIMO Robot

Honda plans to take over the world, starting with the Rose Bowl parade. Their tool of destruction? A five story tall ASIMO robot. We for one, welcome our new robotic vanilla overlords. » 12/23/08 9:30am 12/23/08 9:30am

Leaked Transformers Corvette Centennial Concept Toy Possibly Reveals…

Leaked photos of a clay mold for a cheap Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen » 9/09/08 10:40am 9/09/08 10:40am toy of the may be showing us the robot mode for a character we're told will be called either "Hot Rod" or "Stinger." So cheap in fact, it doesn’t actually transform, instead relying on a carved depiction on the underside to please the…

Tracked Robot Chases Man, Aggressive Sentience Imminent

We keep telling you the robot wars are going to happen any day now, and you just don't listen. While this is more like some version of a robot dog nipping at your heels, we still don't know what the mechanical marvel is going to do with that ball when he catches his prey. Okay, we kid, we're pretty sure this is… » 4/15/08 4:20pm 4/15/08 4:20pm

Crusher UGV Eats Cars, Needs No Driver

DARPA and Carnegie Mellon have been dumping money in the Crusher UGV and rightly so. This beast of a machine is fully autonomous, meaning it needs no driver. It will navigate between two GPS waypoints and uses advanced sensors to detect the best route to get there. The video suggests that the sensors are also capable… » 2/26/08 1:45pm 2/26/08 1:45pm

Robot Can't Bail: Asimo Doesn't Fall Down, Does a Little Dance, Makes a…

Our techtastic siblings over at Gizmodo posted this video of the new, improved and non-faceplanting version of Honda's Asimo robot trying out for a spot on the LA Galaxy squad, auditioning for an O-Town backup-dancer position and proving that he really can climb stairs. No word on whether jogging helps him keep his… » 1/12/07 8:30pm 1/12/07 8:30pm

Arachnophilia Sweeps Hippie Love-In!

Okay, so it's not really a car per se, but neither was the Concept 2096, and that didn't even have a drivetrain. Semantics aside, how could you go wrong with an open top, hydro-mechanically driven, eight-legged roadster? Sure, the performance may not be quite as tight as a car's, but let's see an Accord climb up… » 12/20/06 2:30pm 12/20/06 2:30pm

Oy, Robot: Asimo Down! Asimo Down!

After a mishap during a product demonstration in Japan, Honda reps spring into action, shielding their fallen robot comrade from view as they assess his injuries. Just prior, as Asimo hit the floor, smashing his space-helmet faceplate, he (he?) says something that sounds like "sleeping" and "accident." We distinctly… » 12/12/06 8:36am 12/12/06 8:36am

Robot, Let My Car Go! New Jersey Garage Holds Vehicles Hostage

Number-one among Isaac Asimov's Laws of Robotics is "first do no harm." Or is that the doctors' oath? (shut up, Google). Nonetheless, the robots at one automated parking lot in Hoboken, New Jersey went all kerfluffle last week, trapping hundreds of cars inside the facility. Apparently it was the matter of a… » 8/08/06 2:30pm 8/08/06 2:30pm