What’s even more unnerving than an artificially intelligent Big Mouth Billy Bass telling you about the weather? That’s easy. It’s an artificially intelligent animatronic skull telling you about the weather through a set of clacking teeth. The roving eyeballs are the creepiest part.
The New York Toy Fair is a showcase for the latest and greatest playthings hitting store shelves in the coming year, but it’s also a good indicator of where the toy market is heading. In 2017, that’s directly to the inexpensive collectibles aisle.
Anki, the makers of Anki Drive, graduate from robotic cars to full-blown robot buddies with Cozmo. He might be tiny, but he’s hiding some powerful tech behind those baby blue box eyes of his.
Two robot fighting teams—MegaBots in the US and Suidobashi Heavy Industries in Japan—challenged each other to a duel once upon a time. Both accepted, but the actual showdown is yet to happen. This stress test conducted by the MegaBots team on their giant mech might give some answer about how it’ll fare if a clash goes…
Two Carnegie Mellon University students have programmed the ultimate killing machine. If you face off against their AI in Doom’s deathmatch, that is.
Simone Giertz, Queen of Stupid/Awesome Internet Robots, has an idea on how to make playing Pokémon Go a little easier. A custom helmet. And I like it.
Boston Dynamics, better known for the hulking robot brute known as ATLAS, has just revealed a considerably smaller creation that looks like a cross between a golden retriever and a baby giraffe. But forget about it just replacing your family pet: SpotMini looks like it can replace your housecleaner too.
Here it is. The soundtrack for the inevitable robot insurrection. You know, when they rise up and kill us all.
Players who try Automatron will be delighted to find the DLC’s has a staggering number of options for building robots. Naturally, people are taking advantage of this and recreating bots and characters that everybody knows and loves.
Here’s Codsworth, like you’ve never seen him before.
Boston Dynamics’ line of robotic dogs creep the hell out of me and other sensible humans on this doomed planet. But at least my gut call is partially justified by this probably world-first meeting of man’s best friend and man’s future downfall.
When the Zoomer interactive dog was first introduced a few years ago, Spin Master officially took up the robotic pet torch that was slowly burning out after Sony abandoned the Aibo. The Zoomer Dog was followed by the award-winning Zoomer Dino, but neither are as remarkably capable as the latest addition to the Zoomer…
Nowhere is safe from the unflinching skill and processing power of robots. Not even Puzzle & Dragons. Oh shit.
There is no better way to celebrate the passing of time than with a gratuitous display of synchronized dancing. Scratch that: Make the dancers robots and add in some drones, too. That should do it.
Sure, BattleBots was cool, but let’s not forget the real father of Robot TV deathmatches broadcast for our pleasure: the classic BBC series Robot Wars. Fans of violent robotic combat rejoice then, because the BBC are bringing back the series with more robots, and some mandatory science bits to distract you from the…
If you thought waking up on Christmas morning to above-average temperatures and no snow on the ground was scary, Boston Dynamics gives us a far more terrifying glimpse into a dystopian future where Santa’s reindeer have been replaced with (highly kickable) trotting robotic dogs.