We’ve all seen the grade school science experiment where sticking a couple of electrodes into a potato produces enough current to power a small light bulb. But engineer Marek Baczynski took that experiment several steps further, building what could be the world’s first autonomous potato—and the ultimate housepet.
I know as much about Sumo wrestling as you do- two large men in small loincloths slowly try to push each other out of a circle. I would have expected the same looming, deliberate pace from Robot Sumo. But no, these mean little things are terrifreakingfingly fast.
A robot will tell an entire field of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers what to do on Sunday, and those drivers will willingly comply. This really is the beginning of the end.
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Personally, a pizza delivery robot sounds like a wonderful idea. I love the thought of little bots cruising past me on the sidewalk, giving off a faint smell of a fresh pizza pie. This dream world is coming to life, thanks to Domino’s. On Wednesday, the pizza chain announced it has inked a partnership with Starship…
What would you do if you were a billionaire? Elon Musk is trying to get to Mars. Peter Thiel wants to live forever. And Jeff Bezos, well, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos apparently wants to rule the world in a gigantic robot. At least that’s the impression you might get from the photos and video taken yesterday.
We got our first glimpse of Boston Dynamics’ newest robot about a month ago after footage leaked from a presentation given by Marc Raibert, the company’s founder. But today we finally have the first official reveal of Handle, and the new video will make you wish you also had wheels instead of feet.
Ah, what a pleasant scene: It’s a sunny day—maybe 65, 70 degrees out—and you’re getting luxuriously chauffeured about town in your fancy robot car. All the sudden, a band of armed hooligans surrounds you! Oh no, the car doesn’t know what to do—it doesn’t want to hit the people in front of it—so it just sits there,…
In partnering with technology company Nvidia—the company that taught a car how to drive from scratch—Mercedes-Benz announced at the Consumer Electronics Show on Friday that artificial intelligence will be the future of its vehicles. Mercedes also said it will have AI technology on the market in a year.
Bullies giving you a hard time at school? Not anymore.
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the upcoming duel between the giant fighting robots being built by the MegaBots team in the US and Suidobashi Heavy Industries in Japan. But even if it never goes down, at least we’re getting a bunch of awesome videos of giant robots smashing things up out of it.
Spacentrepreneur Elon Musk thinks we’ll eventually need a basic universal income because of “automation.”
So, what’s it gonna be? Are we going to get a future of robots that bring us beer, or a future of robots killing us Terminator-style? Or... possibly... death by beer? Never mind. Ignore me.
Two robot fighting teams—MegaBots in the US and Suidobashi Heavy Industries in Japan—challenged each other to a duel once upon a time. Both accepted, but the actual showdown is yet to happen. This stress test conducted by the MegaBots team on their giant mech might give some answer about how it’ll fare if a clash goes…
Last week, Brock Ray Bunge ran into a field in suburban Los Angeles with a shotgun. He was being pursued by the LA Sheriff’s Department for allegedly attempting to kill one person and robbing two others. You might expect a story like this to end in a nasty shoot-out. But instead, you can chalk up another first for a…
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.