Remember Chef Cui? Of course you do! Last we heard of Cui Runquan's noodle-shaving robot, it was an army of one. Runquan's made good on his promise to mass produce Chef Cui and, from the looks of it, the robot makes noodles as good or better than a human.
What if instead of waiting ten years for a telepresence device so weird it'll scare your pet to death, you could simply mix an iPad with a Segway and start traveling virtually right now? Stop wondering, because that's exactly what a robot called Double promises.
Up until now we've had no problem with scientists working to give us robots that can swim, run, jump and even scale walls. But when robots that can camouflage themselves to disappear into the scenery start popping up, it may be time to get a little nervous.
Science is hard at work developing ever more freaky robots to take over the world. To that end, DARPA, in partnership with private-public-hybrid Sandia National Laboratories, has developed a "cost-effective" modular robot hand that is scarily close to mimicking a human hand's movements.
In a small way, the Roomba represents the dream of putting a robot in every home. Now if it cooked, did your laundry and brought you a beer, it'd be perfect. iRobot's brand new 600 series doesn't do any of that (yet), but the lovable little vac-bot is getting a grip of upgrades without all the added cost.
According to some scientists, the robotic and A.I.-driven apocalypse known as the Singularity will not be humanity's undoing. But such prognostications won't stop the researchers at Disney Research from trying hasten its arrival via more realistic robot faces.
Remember the chase scene in Evil Dead 2, where the titular dead hunted Bruce Campbell all through the inside of the cabin? Well MIT's Robust Robotics Lab has successfully reenacted that scene using a camera mounted on a small robotic plane that is able to autonomously fly indoors and maneuver around obstacles.
Current programmable robots are either prohibitively expensive or require a high level of technical expertise. But what if you could take your iPhone, download an app, and instantly have a rudimentary robot? Well that day has arrived.
We're not saying we want the chiseled bodies of human lifeguards to disappear from beaches, but if Japan's Swumanoid swimming robot keeps making breakthroughs, their days are numbered.
At last, you can now fulfill your Gundam fantasies, sorta. Suidobashi Heavy Industries is selling a real build-to-order Kuratas mech suit, but only if you hand them $1.4 million and promise to only use it to fight alien scum.