Look, I'm all for robots getting jobs. I've still got that old-timey futurist bug in me that hopes perfecting autonomy will deliver the human race unto an age of infinite leisure. Did we have to give up gazing at clouds so early, though? What I'm saying is this: I'm pretty dang jealous of this robot.
Creating beautiful Japanese calligraphy is an art that requires years of practice to master, but what if a robot could mimic the exact hand movements of the artist, churning out masterpieces like a photocopy machine? That's the idea behind the Motion Copy System, developed by researchers at Keio University in Tokyo.
The cleverly named Thermite is a small firefighting robot that does jobs humans can't, or at least probably shouldn't do. While there can be no doubt that Thermite is cute for a robot, we have yet to learn if it will also displace firefighters from their traditional role on office calendars.
Truly affordable personal humanoid robots are probably at least another decade or two away, but in the meantime there are a few options for those of us on a budget looking for our robotic fix. The latest starter robot is actually a transforming speaker that can dance better than most humans.
Depending on your love of robots (and we just love them here at DVICE) you could either be totally intrigued with the idea of a robot that paints a "picture" of your physical sleep patterns, or frankly you'll be massively creeped out.
We've already grown accustomed to robot drones in the skies, and thanks to Google we're seeing the rise of self-driving cars on the road, so it's only natural that someone moves this dynamic to the seas. To that end, a group of inventors created the Robotboat Mark VI.
In general, the cost of owning an industrial robot has dropped in recent years, but for smaller companies the notion of using an in-house robot is still an expensive and complicated affair. The affordable and easily programmable new Baxter robot wants to change all that.
Sorry, but this Lettuce Bot is not going to help you with your yard. It's a prototype robot designed to recognize and kill weeds in giant commercial farms, where weeding by hand isn't an efficient option and damaging pesticides are an imperfect solution.
Robot drones and remote vehicles are changing the way wars are fought. One 'bot that could help soldiers stuck in tomorrow's trenches is the AlphaDog by Boston Dynamics, which aims to "combine the capabilities of a pack mule with the intelligence of a trained animal," a DARPA manager said in a release.
Not too long ago, the interwebs were in a tizzy about Russian media mogul Dmitry Itskov's bold Russia 2045 project, which promised the human race immortality (through robot bodies) by the year 2045. Along with that proclamation came a dramatic video and a zealous timeline of events leading up to the human race's eventual death-proofing. Sometime between 2015 and 2020, the goal is the "birth of the avatar," a leap forward in robot/human interaction. Checking our calendars, 2015 isn't that far off for that magnitude of a change in the human experience, even for a project looking to bring about the birth of the "neo-human." So how close are we really to achieving it? Here are 10 robots, constructed and ready to transform society's skin.