Let's start with the obvious: this thing is adorable. Less obvious: this thing is powerfully smart. Not only can it learn from you, but it's cloud-connected, meaning it can learn from other DragonBots. I don't covet many toys. But I'd fight you for this one.
It's just a few blasters short of battling Jedis, but if you've ever chased a runaway ball down the street you'll appreciate Kåre Halvorsen's MorpHex sphere, which can transform into a six-legged crab and simply walk back to you.
What's six meters tall, composed of 1,500 individual bricks and assembled with nary a human hand? This new art installation in Orléans, France—it's the handiwork of an industrious swarm of airborne robots.
As a culture, we've been slow to allow robots into our home. But it could be that we've just been waiting for the perfect robo-pal. Like, say, the Onion's TYSO, which stands guard during your most personal moments. NSFW reenactments ahead!
Its creators claim that Simroid, a next-generation dental patient simulator, has been developed to provide more emotional feedback to dentists in training. But I see the truth here; it's just another way robots are preparing us for their eventual takeover.
Boffins from the Asian Forum for Corrections have partnered with South Korea's Ministry of Knowledge Economy and Justice Ministry to put robots on patrol. The 1.5-metre tall robots will take the night shift keeping prisoners in-check.
You'd think that a robot arm made from air bags would sacrifice strength for being lightweight, but while Otherlabs' prototype weighs in at just two pounds, it's still strong enough to lift a human being.
As NASA prepares to launch the Curiosity rover to explore Mars at the end of the month, a small fleet of Wave Gliders, autonomous sea-faring vehicles, have set sail on an equally audacious journey—swimming unassisted across of the Pacific Ocean.
It's not the first robot kit to harness the processing power and capabilities of your smartphone, but Romotive's Romo is as easy to assemble as plugging in your headphones, which also makes it compatible with almost any device.
While it may look like a mechanised version of the worms from Tremors, this animatronic sculpture from South Korean artist U-Ram Choe is quite harmless and actually shaped after a seal. And everybody loves seals, right?
So much for getting a good night's sleep tonight. Researchers at the Tokyo Metropolitan University have created this disturbing robot cat mask that's able to mimic the movements of the wearer's eyes and mouth using a non-contact interface to measure the movements of the muscles in their face.
Not merely satisfied with having the the top research labs develop robotic dogs and cheetahs and humans, DARPA's latest endeavor will see the military agency team up with MIT to develop FastRunner, a robotic ostrich capable of outrunning us all.
A pillow to the face is a good way to silence the snorer you sleep with. Unless you're the snorer. In that case you'd probably prefer to share a bed with Jukusui-kun, a robot polar bear that doubles as an intelligent pillow, gently waking you by tickling your face so you'll roll onto your side.
Finding yet another more useful application for the Segway's balancing technology, the iFling robot is able to pick up ping pong balls and fling them at targets, all while effortlessly balancing on two wheels.