These Polar Bears Are Really Bad At Macking On Each Other

There are two things I dig about this video. The first is that cool-ass disguised robot camera that could have been an imperial drone on Hoth. The second is how bad these polar bears are at flirting. » 6/13/14 3:24pm 6/13/14 3:24pm

Paraplegic In Robotic Exoskeleton Performs World Cup First Kick

OK, so after all the hype about the mind-controlled exoskeleton performing the first kick in the World Cup, it turned out to be kind of disappointing. (The opening ceremony broadcast only showed a few seconds of it, seen above.) But still, a paralyzed man controlling a robot suit with his mind kicked a soccer ball,… » 6/12/14 3:19pm 6/12/14 3:19pm

Barack Obama, Human President, Plays Robot Soccer

The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, earlier today engaged in a brief session of athletic play-activity with an ASIMO robot unit. Although the president's preferred athletic play-activity is the American sport of basketball, he adjusted his expectations to meet the ASIMO's current… » 4/24/14 4:25pm 4/24/14 4:25pm

Scientists just created some of the most powerful muscles in existence

In a surprising breakthrough for the world of materials science, researchers have created some of the most powerful artificial muscles we've ever seen. And they did it with simple fishing line. These freakishly strong and cheap muscles could revolutionize robotics, and perhaps one day our own bodies. » 2/20/14 6:00pm 2/20/14 6:00pm

A Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton Will Kick Off the 2014 World Cup

It won't be a superstar football player who takes the first kick of 2014's Football World Cup in Brazil. Nope, instead, it will be a teenager, paralysed from the waist down, who will use the world's most advanced mind-controlled exoskeleton to get things underway. » 1/02/14 3:08pm 1/02/14 3:08pm

This Robot Wins At Rock-Paper-Scissors Every Single Time

In the coming robot war, the only advantage we humans will have against the machines is our irrationality. They won't expect us to smuggle the nuke into their underground server farm at the cost of our own lives. They won't expect us to throw paper again after throwing it three times in a row. That advantage has… » 11/04/13 5:22pm 11/04/13 5:22pm

Gymnastics Robot Is Here To Ruin Your Shit

Our day in the sun is over, humanity. Someone in Japan—not even a group of mad scientists, but literally one Japanese man with a basement and time on his hands after being laid off—has taught his robot to perform on the horizontal bar. » 10/22/13 2:17pm 10/22/13 2:17pm

Here Is The Robot That Will One Day Hunt Us Down Like We Are Vermin

Meet WildCat, the latest robotic creation from the species-betrayers at Boston Dynamics. WildCat can run 16 mph on flat surfaces, and although it hasn't yet acquired a taste for human blood, that will surely change in the near future. » 10/04/13 10:28am 10/04/13 10:28am

Tiny Robot Does Quadruple Backflip, Sticks The Landing

The robot army gets yet another foot soldier for its inevitable war against the humans. This little guy is the world's preeminent mechanical gymnast, and can execute a perfect quadruple backflip off the horizontal bar. » 7/16/13 2:15pm 7/16/13 2:15pm

This Air Hockey-Playing Robot Is Here To Ruin Your Shit

Japan—of course it's Japan, home of the Messi-stopping goalkeeper robot—has found a way to win all the Dave & Buster's tickets. » 6/14/13 2:07pm 6/14/13 2:07pm

Messi Vs. A Robot Goalkeeper: Who Ya Got?

When the Robot War comes, there's a very good chance it will go to penalties. In that case, we will call on humanity's greatest goalscorer. But the machines have picked their champion: RoboKeeper. All hail RoboKeeper. » 4/08/13 3:19pm 4/08/13 3:19pm

An Inside Look At The Impending Flying Robot Apocalypse (And How To Put…

The Consumer Electronics Show, held in Vegas every year during the second-ish week in January, is an odd duck. Everyone is desperate to talk to you and show you things and shake your hand and trample you on the show floor and so forth. But (and this is my third time being here) there's often little that truly grabs… » 1/08/13 9:00pm 1/08/13 9:00pm

Among About A Billion Candidates, Cleatus, The Dancing Animatronic NFL…

When the mascots of corporations send out painfully canned condolences—our thoughts and prayers, seriously, from this ridiculously stupid dancing robot—people always say, "Oh man, I pity the poor intern that had to write that B.S." I've got news for you: It probably wasn't an intern. It was probably a well-compensated… » 12/15/12 11:55am 12/15/12 11:55am

The U.S. Military Has Built A Robot That Runs Faster Than Usain Bolt

Fifty years from now, let's not pretend we didn't see the warning signs. They were there the whole time. Hell, this post is a warning sign. DARPA, the wing of the Department of Defense that makes all the coolest shit everyday people don't usually get to see, has released this video of Cheetah, a four-legged,… » 9/05/12 9:05pm 9/05/12 9:05pm

Machines Don't Fall Down Dead: How Rock'em Sock'em Robots Came To Be

Before Mortal Kombat arrived to satisfy my prepubescent need for button mashing, there was Rock'em Sock'em Robots, the first game I ever played where the objective was decapitation. Here's how it worked: You controlled one of two punching plastic androids—the Red Rocker or the Blue Bomber—by pushing down on two levers… » 12/20/11 3:15pm 12/20/11 3:15pm

Tom Brady Is No Novak Djokovic

We're doing a season-long NFL roundtable with our friends at Slate. Check back here each week as a rotating cast of football watchers discusses the weekend's key plays, coaching decisions, and traumatic brain injuries. » 9/13/11 2:15pm 9/13/11 2:15pm

Basketball Training Of The Future Is Terrifying And Nauseating

Our French tipster Antoine sent this in with the subject line "ro basketball team training with robots," perhaps because he's aware of our constant fear of the Robot Uprising. But the Futuroscope that helped Poitiers Basket 86 develop their spatial recognition or some such nonsense doesn't inspire the same kind of… » 5/12/11 11:05am 5/12/11 11:05am