This Is the Perfect Reason To Spend Tens of Thousands of Dollars on a Robotic Dog

With a price tag of tens of thousands of dollars, Boston Dynamics’ Spot robodog was a tough sell when it officially went on sale last September. A real dog was much cheaper, and arguably more useful, but as an alternative to an electric car, presenter and all-around geek favourite Adam Savage might have found the perfect way to justify buying a robotic dog. Read More >>

Robot That Can Perform ‘Supermicrosurgery’ Passes First Test in Humans

A surgical robot capable of reconnecting vessels with diameters as tiny as 0.3 millimetres has been tested on human patients, and the results are promising. Read More >>

Scientists Turned a Normal Jellyfish Into a Speedy Cyborg Jellyfish

Jellyfish are the most efficient swimmers in the ocean, albeit fairly slow ones. Researchers at Stanford University made a jellyfish swim three times faster by sticking a motor to it, creating a biohybrid robot with the jellyfish as the “scaffold.” Read More >>

Vector, the Little Robot That Could(n’t Do Much) is Back From the Dead

Vector, a tiny desktop companion robot that was both surprisingly endearing and unsurprisingly useless, met its demise earlier this year when its creator, Anki, ran out of money and shut down. But despite the robot failing to justify its expensive price tag, it apparently has its fans, and Vector is being brought back from the dead. Read More >>

The Most Futuristic Developments We Can Expect in the Next 10 Years

With the decade winding down it’s time for us to set our sights on the next one. The 2020s promises to be anything but dull. From the automation revolution and increasingly dangerous AI to geohacking the planet and radical advances in biotechnology, here are the most futuristic developments to expect in the next 10 years. Read More >>

Sony’s AIBO Robo-Dog Could Be Trained to Operate Hitachi’s Smart Appliances for You

Most smart appliances can be remotely operated using an app, but for voice control, you usually need to add an intermediary like Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. Sony thinks Aibo could fill that role too, in the company’s latest attempt to convince consumers to spend $2,900 (£2,261) on its robotic dog. Read More >>

The Company Offering £100,000 for the Perfect Robot Face Should Choose Luigi

British engineering firm Geomiq is now accepting submissions from the public to be the literal face of a “state of the art humanoid” robot slated for production in exchange for £100,000, CNET reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

Sphero Launches Driveable RVR Robot That Raised Over $1M on Kickstarter

Sphero has launched another cool robot toy, and this time around, it's an all-terrain, ready-to-drive, fully programmable robot. Read More >>

Cool NASA Concept Envisions a Shapeshifting Robot to Explore Saturn’s Moon Titan

Why send one robot to explore a world when you can send a whole load all at once? Such is the thinking behind NASA’s highly conceptual Shapeshifter – a modular, morphing, self-assembling robot capable of deploying several smaller machines. Read More >>

Sphero Makes Its App-Enabled Balls Even More Fun With Mini Soccer

If you like robots and football the new Mini Soccer ball from Sphero will be right up your street. Read More >>

A Self-Solving Rubik’s Cube That Floats In the Air is Completely Hands-Off

You’d be forgiven for assuming that this video was the work of a talented animator, a visual effects artist, or an illusionist. But the only magic at play here is magnets and a magnificent execution of miniaturised robotics. This is a real Rubik’s Cube that can completely solve itself while floating in mid-air. Read More >>

MIT Researchers Designed this Robotic Worm to Burrow Into Human Brains

Robotics engineers at MIT have built a threadlike robot worm that can be magnetically steered to deftly navigate the extremely narrow and winding arterial pathways of the human brain. One day it could be used to quickly clear blockages and clots that contribute to strokes and aneurysms, while at the same time making the current state of robotic evolution even more unsettling. Read More >>

These Robotic Shorts Make Walking and Running Easier

Exosuits—wearable robotic technologies that enhance our physical abilities—are slowly but steadily leaving the world of comic books and becoming a practical reality. This week, scientists introduced an exosuit that seems to reach a new milestone, helping users both walk and run with less effort. Read More >>

A Sci-Fi Looking Robotic Neck Brace Lets ALS Patients Hold Their Heads High Again

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative condition that affects muscle strength and control, eventually leaving patients unable to even hold their own heads up. To improve their quality of life, researchers and engineers at Columbia University have created a robotic neck brace that serves as artificial neck muscles so patients can lift their heads and perform day to day activities we all take for granted. Read More >>

A Wearable Robotic Tail Turns Anyone Into a Furry With Improved Balance

There are lots of companies who make wearable tails for humans, but they’re usually for cosplay or other entertainment pursuits. Researchers at Keio University in Japan have created a wearable animated tail that promises to genuinely augment the wearer’s capabilities—not just appearance—by improving their balance and agility. Read More >>