In case you’re not aware, I take my beat as Jalopnik’s Fictitious Robot Chief Reporter very seriously, which is why I’ve been scrutinizing the recent Rogue One trailers so much. First, we’ve identified one known astromech droid, and now we’re introduced to a whole new class of droid. So let’s see what we can figure…
One extremely confident French researcher successfully programmed an industrial robot arm—the kind of things that usually put cars together—to give him a tattoo.
Just now, I saw a man almost die. He was holding a robotic oar down by his side while riding a skateboard. The oar, loaded with a motor and fitted with a wheel at the bottom, sent him launching towards the film crew and me at speeds usually reserved for small cars and scooters.
Man, I am just so tired of my furniture resting on something as predictable as the floor. Sick of conventional couches and daybeds on which to have boring naps. Good thing these mini robots weavers that can build gravity-defying structures exist.
Everyone is trying to make cars that can drive themselves, but Honda and Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank want to go a lot further: they want cute emotional robot cars that talk to you about your feelings. There’s no way that could go horribly wrong, am I right?
A 300-pound security robot at at the Stanford Shopping Center knocked down and ran over a 16-month-old boy. The parents of the injured boy are understandably pissed, claiming the autonomous machine is dangerous.
According to Dallas Police chief David Brown, after hours of negotiations failed with a cornered suspect at the El Centro College in Dallas, officers sent in a robot to detonate a bomb and kill the suspect.
Israeli defense tech outfit General Robotics has created a tactical combat robot named “Dogo” that basically looks like a rolling VCR, or something out of Star Wars. Just don’t let it catch you laughing; it’s packing heat.
With all of the options and features the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and other new models have, the robots on the production line just can’t handle making the cars alone. For that reason, the automaker will trade out some of the machines for good, old-fashioned human labor. Take a moment to appreciate that one.
“It is entirely possible that robots will become for today’s Toyota what the car industry was when Toyota made looms,” said Dr. Gill Pratt, the company’s Executive Technical Advisor and CEO of Toyota Research Institute, at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
Today, potholes are monitored and repaired slowly, by human eyes and hands. The Univerity of Leeds just won $6.5 million (£4.2m) to turn that work over to robots.
Maybe the whole “driverless vehicle” concept isn’t all bad. Perhaps there are some circumstances where they could potentially make our lives a bit easier.
The Association of The United States Army throws its big land warfare expo every year, and this one seems to have some interesting trends. Believe it or not, color tones are one of them, and it has a lot more to do with warfare settings changing than you might think.
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…
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.
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…
I think what's weird about this clip is that MIT's Cheetah robot slavishly follows its own programming even when it causes it to snap its own 3D-printed leg like a twig.
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…