Hoping to introduce some capabilities of professional labs into at-home bio and chemistry experiments, researchers at Stanford built automated pipetting systems out of the popular LEGO Mindstorms do-it-yourself robotic sets and a few plastic syringes.Read more
There was no shortage of gadgets at CES, and there will be no shortage at Toy Fair next month, of robots and gadgets promising artificial intelligence — and generally falling short. But a more modest approach from an actual AI researcher has produced a clever and accessible way to create lifelike behavior through a simple and elegant modification of a popular existing robot.Read more
THE BEAUTY OF Lego has always been its simplicity. The iconic bricks don’t talk, flash or move—except in your imagination. Until now. Lego just unveiled Boost, a clever kit that introduces programming and a touch of tech.Read more
The rise in drone deployment increased exponentially in the last decade as a result of the introduction of multi-copters.Commercial uses include surveillance of national parks to ward off poachers and gather information on wildlife ecology as well as the delivery of urgent parcels.Read more
Welcome to our second annual Robot Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve rounded up 11 robots that will be great gifts for the neat freaks, wannabe coders, toy lovers, and drone fanatics on your holiday shopping list.
Most of the robots on the list were introduced in 2016, but there’s a couple old favorites that we just had to include. What robots are on your wishlist?Read more
In examining the history of famous robots, you’d be forgiven for overlooking a 1950s children’s toy named Robert.
Robert the Robot, who was a product of the once-mighty Ideal Toy Company, didn’t do much, at least compared to the standards set by science fiction at the time. Unlike the helpful humanoids of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot, Robert was just a 14-inch-tall hunk of plastic that could utter a few phrases, wheel around with a tethered remote control, and grip objects in his mechanical arms.Read more