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

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

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