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All they need to know is this is the coolest thing they'll see all year

This robot stingray is powered by genetically engineered rat heart cells. It has an elastomer body and a stiff gold skeleton. Rat heart cells are grown in a specific pattern on the underside, and are activated by pulses of light -- allowing the robot to be remote controlled as it navigates through a liquid with suspended nutrients that keep the cells alive. More details from Science. Even Popular Mechanics doesn't need to do much sensationalizing to this story.
posted by cubby on Jul 7, 2016 - 12 comments

"I want to build a robot that will make the streets of Paris happy"

Ten-year-old Eva writes a blog in French about things she does – such as triathlons – and learns – like the symbolism behind hopscotch (Le jeu de la marelle in French). She also writes about programming her fully open-source Thymio robot. She ran into some difficulty coding it, however, and with a usage goal in mind, she applied to the Paris Summer Innovation Fellowship, alongside urban designers, data scientists and hardware specialists. Her application was accepted. [more inside]
posted by fraula on Jun 29, 2016 - 16 comments

There's just so much it can't do

Needybot roams the corridors of Wieden+Kennedy, forever seeking help, forever getting stuck, forever searching for a friend.
posted by gottabefunky on Jun 27, 2016 - 50 comments

Check in with the velociraptor at the world’s first robot hotel

Japan has a national gift for holding in balance the stateliness of tradition and the marvel of novelty. So it ought to come as no surprise that on the western margin of the archipelago, on a serene bay in a remote area of the Nagasaki Prefecture, there is an enormous theme park dedicated to the splendors of imperial Holland. It follows with perfect logic that the historical theme park’s newest lodging place is the world’s first hotel staffed by robots.
posted by ellieBOA on May 13, 2016 - 12 comments

It's hard to imagine not making robots all the time...

Meaning of robots
posted by figurant on Apr 17, 2016 - 11 comments

I, Robot... Soccer

RoboCup is a robotics competition featuring autonomous humanoid soccer-playing robots. The action may be a bit clunky at times, but there are some surprising moments. The project's goal is ambitious and maybe a bit threatening for fleshy carbon-based soccer players:
By the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win a soccer game, complying with the official rules of FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup.
posted by deathpanels on Apr 8, 2016 - 8 comments

Man builds 'Scarlett Johansson' robot

Ricky Ma has built the girl of his dreams: Scarlett Johannson, using parts mostly created using a 3D printer, and as a result has landed right square in the middle of the uncanny valley.
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Apr 3, 2016 - 164 comments

Hey, sexy mama... Wanna kill all humans?

David Hanson and his lifelike robots (the pilfered Philip K. Dick head most famously) have been on the blue a number of times, but they have finally advanced to the point of wanting to destroy humanity. [video]
posted by 445supermag on Mar 20, 2016 - 17 comments

Pizza launching unit does not appear on the feature list

Autonomous vehicles have been extolled as the first step in a new driverless future, and now New Zealand and Domino's Pizza are experimenting with robotic, autonomous pizza delivery. Capable of carrying 10 pizzas and with a 20 mile km range, the Domino's Robotic Unit (DRU), described as "cheeky and endearing," was developed with technology from Marathon Robots, who also produce robotic live-fire targets. No word on whether a combination target-shooting/pizza-delivery unit will be forthcoming.
posted by Existential Dread on Mar 18, 2016 - 61 comments

Your plastic pal who's fun to be with?

Boston Dynamics presents the 'next generation' Atlas robot. (Previously)
posted by fings on Feb 23, 2016 - 109 comments

I'm assuming the red nose is going to be a laser.

Happy Holidays from Boston Dynamics (slyt)
posted by curious nu on Dec 23, 2015 - 38 comments

Into the uncanny valley: 80 robot faces ranked by creepiness

“Robots are transitioning from something that’s part of a technological environment to something that’s a feature of our social environment,” she says, “always teetering on this boundary of being really creepy and really likeable. That’s something we need to understand.
posted by cynical pinnacle on Dec 6, 2015 - 33 comments

Robots that are Shitty

Reddit has a section devoted to robots that are shitty. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Nov 22, 2015 - 30 comments

Heart Moving Phone

SHARP and Tomotaka Takahashi have announced a new phone, a cute robot that interacts with you. (via)
posted by rebent on Oct 10, 2015 - 40 comments

A drunk man's assault on a robot raises unusual legal issues

After a drunk man pummels a Pepper robot greeting customers at a store in Japan, robotics ethicists call for a new type of legal protection that would apply specifically to robots.
As more-advanced robots can already react to basic stimuli, navigate complex environments, and use specialized “intelligence” to accomplish narrowly defined tasks, they present themselves as far from human but also as something rather different from a toaster or basic tool. Weng calls for a set of laws to guide human interaction with robots as they become more common and more social. He argues that they are a “third existence,” after people and property, deserving of their own legal protections.
[more inside] posted by Existential Dread on Oct 8, 2015 - 91 comments

Mr. Oscilloscope Risin'

Break On Through by The Doors, played by vintage electronic equipment arranged by James Cochrane. Here's a version with vocals. [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Oct 7, 2015 - 17 comments

Bite my shiny metal ass

People of the United Kingdom! Will a robot take your job? (previously for data from the USA) [more inside]
posted by KirkpatrickMac on Sep 13, 2015 - 33 comments

tiny robot rides a bike

tiny robot rides a bike
posted by scalefree on Sep 3, 2015 - 11 comments

No disassemble!

Escaping from Children’s Abuse of Social Robots. "the robot is programmed to run away from people who are below a certain height"
posted by bitmage on Aug 29, 2015 - 78 comments

You can believe me because I never lie, and I'm always right.

My name is Wyatt Scott and I'm running for parliament as an independent candidate for Mission Matsqui Fraser Canyon. We all know politics are corrupt so lets do something about it. Put an independent in the house.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Aug 12, 2015 - 13 comments

Camel Racing with a Robot Jockey

"Good," Mohammed said softly to his friend. "The robot is working."
posted by appleses on Jul 31, 2015 - 8 comments

The Inanimate and the Animate are not separated in this world

The family dog is going to die. From 1999 through 2006 Sony produced Aibo, a robotic dog which while not a true artificial intelligence was artfully crafted to inspire feelings of love and affection in its human owners. Sony stopped producing Aibo in 2006 (previously) but kept up a repair service until last year. Now that parts are getting scarce and Sony isn't fixing them any more, Aibo owners are dealing with new feelings for their robotic pals -- grief and loss.
posted by Bringer Tom on Jun 20, 2015 - 93 comments

YASKAWA BUSHIDO PROJECT

industrial robot vs sword master (SLYT)
posted by OverlappingElvis on Jun 5, 2015 - 48 comments

The art of motion control

Marbles, magnets, and sand - the hypnotic art of Bruce Shapiro [via]
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jun 3, 2015 - 7 comments

Robot Cheetah Clears Its Latest Development Hurdle: Jumping Hurdles

This Terrifying Robot Cheetah Can Now Jump Over Things The jump is accomplished by using a three-part algorithm, which interprets data from the robot's onboard LIDAR system. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on May 30, 2015 - 102 comments

Miniature Origami Robot Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades

Origami Robot Folds Itself Up, Does Cool Stuff, Dissolves Into Nothing [yt] - "At ICRA 2015 in Seattle yesterday, researchers from MIT demonstrated [yt] an untethered miniature origami robot that self-folds, walks, swims, and degrades. That's the title of their paper [pdf], in fact, and they delivered on all of those promises: from a flat sheet with a magnet on it, their robot folds itself up in just a few seconds, is immediately ready to zip around on land or water driven by magnetic fields, and then when you've run out of things to do with it, drive it into a tank of acetone and it'll dissolve. This is the first time that a robot has been able to demonstrate a complete life cycle like this, and eventually, it'll be doing it inside your body." (via; previously)
posted by kliuless on May 29, 2015 - 38 comments

Our Robotic Future

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, sponsor of self-driving car competitions (one of the winning teams now works on Google's self driving car project) is now sponsoring robotics competitions.

Here are this year's contestants. [more inside]
posted by eye of newt on May 15, 2015 - 22 comments

Cue Charlie Chaplin and Lucille Ball...

Two Ultra Fast Robots Pick & Place Batteries to Form Group Patterns.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 12, 2015 - 29 comments

Good evening, how may we help you?

When the robotic revolution begins, it will be lead by those that look like young Asian women who use to check you into your room.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 9, 2015 - 42 comments

what is a 'robot,' anyway?

The Random Darknet Shopper is an art piece by !MEDIENGRUPPE BITNIK for the exhibtion From Memes to Onionland. So the bot bought 10 pills of Ecstasy (among other things in the name of art and got 'arrested' by the Swiss police. So what happens when a bot gets 'arrested?' It seems robots are starting to break the law and nobody knows what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 23, 2015 - 29 comments

Useless Toilet Paper Machine

"But you can't use toilet paper if it's still attached, so I made this cutting blade here, which I securely attached..." (SLYT)
posted by rebent on Dec 4, 2014 - 47 comments

Stranded in Space

Time Trap: a short comedy about time travel.
posted by frimble on Dec 2, 2014 - 9 comments

The Worm in the Machine

A Worm's Mind In A Lego Body: Timothy Bubisce of the OpenWorm project (previously) has uploaded a neural mapping, or connectome, of the C. elegans worm as software into a Lego robot. The result? It kinda sorta behaves like a worm would. So, not quite the Kurzweillian dream of uploading one's consciousness into a machine, but still fascinating.
posted by Cash4Lead on Nov 17, 2014 - 23 comments

R.U.R.

Will Killer Robots Destroy Humanity? What The Future Of Robots Reveals About The Human Condition. Peter Thiel says 'Robots Are Our Saviours, Not the Enemy,' via. Brad DeLong reponds with The Rise of the Robots. Don't forget your 'Terrifying Robot Update,' especially when robots grow our food. Or maybe we'll get the Robots of Resistance, with human values.
New World Order: Labor, Capital, and Ideas in the Power Law Economy. AI, Robotics and the Future of Jobs. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 26, 2014 - 28 comments

Accidental robot impacts: elaborations on the first law of robotics

Though we're not (yet) to the point of actually implementing any strict laws of robotics, the limits for how much workplace robots can accidentally harm their human co-workers are now being discussed by standards-setting agencies. It's easy enough to say robots and humans cannot work in the same space, but once robots start collaborating with people (aka: COBOTS), large companies look to standards for safety measures and risk assessment. That's where the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (German: Institut für Arbeitsschutz der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung, IFA) come in, with BG/BGIA risk assessment recommendations according to machinery directive (36 page PDF), based on real-world tests with robots on human subjects.
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 7, 2014 - 14 comments

Sparked

Sparked is a short film by Cirque Du Soleil about a solitary inventor. And his lampshades.
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 comments

Next: Lasersabers

Remember the floating training remote in Star Wars? Some people have done DIY versions of the remote that can levitate on your desktop. However, leave it to NASA to create the real thing and call it SPHERES: Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites: robotic bowling balls (OK, 18-sided polyhedron satellites) with autonomous propulsion, power, avionics, software, communications, and metrology subsystems, that fly freely in the ISS. First tested in 2006, they have been upgraded with Android smartphones, which makes them (for now) the less terrifying item in Google's growing robotic arsenal.
posted by elgilito on Aug 3, 2014 - 3 comments

A Child Booster Seat Built Into Its Buttocks

On July 27th, the cross Canada journey of hitchBOT will begin in Nova Scotia and make its way to BC as part of an experiment that looks at the interaction between people and increasingly ubiquitous technology.
posted by gman on Jul 25, 2014 - 18 comments

Robot, Heal Thyself

A robot with a broken leg learns to walk again.
posted by tocts on Jul 23, 2014 - 16 comments

"JIBO can’t wait to meet you."

JIBO: The World's First Family Robot [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jul 16, 2014 - 82 comments

BAD ROBOT

Four animated gifs of robots behaving badly. (via kottke and many layers of reblogging)
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Jul 8, 2014 - 16 comments

Google Bot Selfies

The Camera In The Mirror (Via sweetkid)
posted by the young rope-rider on Jul 4, 2014 - 10 comments

The Adventures of Snowdenbot

Inside Edward Snowden’s Life as a Robot. "Since he first became a household name a year ago, Edward Snowden has been a modern Max Headroom, appearing only as a face on a screen broadcast from exile in Hong Kong or Russia. But in the age of the telepresence robot, being a face on a screen isn’t as restrictive as it used to be." Indeed: Snowdenbot performs tele-diagnosis and offers aid to reporter who had first epileptic seizure. [more inside]
posted by homunculus on Jun 13, 2014 - 20 comments

The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save 2

"Buy our car, but be aware that it might drive over a cliff rather than hit a car with two people." The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two?
posted by juv3nal on May 13, 2014 - 160 comments

Gofor: Drones on Demand

Gofor is a Drones-as-a-service concept. "Drones are summoned much like taxis in other popular service apps. Your desired task is either noted at the outset using presets, or customized using voice commands." [more inside]
posted by jjwiseman on Apr 10, 2014 - 32 comments

Gonna be confusing when they call the fifth film "Terminator THREE"

An actual robot is playing THREES live right now on the internet. It is probably better than you at THREES, but at least your arms are longer, so.
posted by cortex on Apr 4, 2014 - 51 comments

A basic pleasure model

Jordan Wolfson and Spectral Motion take us another step closer to the singularity with a vision of the exotic dancers of 20 minutes from now. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Mar 23, 2014 - 92 comments

Dirty, Dull and Dangerous

What Jobs Will The Robots Take? Eight Ways Robots Stole Our Jobs In 2013. Who is next?
Soldiers?
Rescue teams? Managers?
Astronauts? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 31, 2014 - 91 comments

Build Your Own Robot

At the age of 13, Sherwood "Woody" Fuehrer started building a pretzel-can bodied robot named Gismo out of spare parts. [more inside]
posted by ckape on Jan 18, 2014 - 12 comments

ROCKETTU-PUUUUNCH! KITTY GO!

Hello Kitty super robot! (And Kitty-chan is a Mazinger Z fan.)
posted by needled on Jan 18, 2014 - 8 comments

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