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

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

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

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