Feb 162015
NASA's Valkyrie Humanoid Busting Fresh Moves Courtesy of IHMC (VIDEO)

Next to Team SCHAFT’s new Google overlords withdrawing them from further competition, the poor showing of NASA’s Valkyrie robot might have seemed the DRC Trials’s biggest disappointment, but it’s nowhere near that simple: NASA JSC and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) are keeping the flame alive, and by flame we’re talking like…nuclear blow-torch.

Jan 192014
What to Expect from Robotics in 2014: Google, Japan, and Much More (VIDEOS)

In addition to the most visible and flashy robotics projects, there is a burgeoning world of robotics development out there set to spark the imaginations of another generation of nerd and engineering culture and beyond. This year, we will see some truly amazing things – things the media have barely touched on, and not all of it revolves around Google.

Dec 172013
Retiring USS Enterprise and the X-47B Shall Never Find Romance [FLASHBACK]

The U.S. Navy has retired the world’s first nuclear-power aircraft carrier after 51 years, and the first unmanned carrier-launched military drone is getting ready to enlist. Awesome technologies – glad we can do that. Sooo… where’s my goddamn spaceship?

Jul 142013
NEW VIDEO: DARPA Robotics Challenge, Track A - Meet the Big 6 for December

These six teams, unique in that they’ve developed their own machines and software, will be competing with the 7 winners from the Virtual Robotics Challenge (who’ll get an ATLAS robot), and a yet to be determined number from Track D.

Apr 212013
Sony Was Awesome at Robots; Not So Much With Reality

In 2006, to refocus and save cash, Sony canceled two of the most advanced robotics projects in history. Then we got 46 new VAIO models and an updated PSP that 4 people bought and they lost billions anyway. BRING BACK QRIO & AIBO!

Mar 302013
BREAKING NEWS: Anthrobotic.com Releases Technosnark Virus into Mainstream Media

The technology dork in charge at Anthrobotic.com has infected yet another online news source: Japan Today’s beautifully made INSIGHT MAGAZINE. If you’ve got an iPad, subscribe! If you don’t have an iPad, get an iPad – then subscribe!

Mar 152013
An Upside to Fukushima: Japan’s Robot Renaissance

This piece is not a memorial, but hopefully a brief insight into how a terrible natural disaster has invigorated Japan’s robotics industry and brought to light a problem affecting all industrialized societies.