We've written about the PhantomX by Trossen Robotics in a previous gift guide, and now the 'bot is back and ready to strut its stuff.
Brain surgery continues to make great strides in terms of safety and efficacy, but the delicacy involved requires a skill and precision that makes the practice a risky procedure. In the hopes of reducing some of that risk, a research group has developed a brain surgery robot.
Anyone with a green thumb will tell you that plants need both water and light to grow, but finding a nice sunny spot in most homes can be tricky. Belgian sculptor Stephen Verstraete has come up with the perfect solution, by putting his houseplants on robotic carts that automatically seek out the sun as it moves around the house.
Up until now the most important test for robot sentience has been the Turing Test. But now a roboticist at Yale hopes change the metric for robot consciousness by introducing a testing tool normally used on animals: a mirror.
Everybody's favorite autonomous Roomba slave cleaning robot vacuum just got updated with a new "Wireless Command Center" remote. With it, you can now guide the new Roomba 790 over to any patch of crumbs, dirt or dust and start cleaning ASAP.
Ah, the sights and smells of spring: new life blooming, baby animals being born (at least according to Animal Planet), the beginning of baseball — if it weren't for all that frustrating egg-dying we have to do, it's be just lovely. Well, Egg-Bot's here to save the day! This little robot will dye and decorate all your Easter and holiday eggs for you.
Most homes have warm areas and places where it always seems to be cold, so the Hagent heat cube aims to even things out by soaking up heat where it's hot, and then releasing the stored heat in the cold parts of your house.
Parents are going love this "Origami" baby stroller made by 4moms. It opens and closes with a single button. Plus it has an LCD that outputs remaining battery life readings and a built-in pedometer. Never have I been so excited over a stroller.
DARPA seems to be developing a whole menagerie of robots these days. Hot on the heels of their four-legged Cheetah robot, comes news of this ostrich robot called FastRunner that will be able to outpace the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt.
Honda's backpack-wearing Asimo robot is lovable and smart (except for when it falls down a flight of stairs). And with smarter sensors, it's now more human-like than ever!