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Florida Man Guns Down SWAT Team Robot With an AK-47 -- Naked

What's crazier than locking yourself in your house and threatening to kill anyone that crosses its threshold? Walking out of your house to shoot a robot with an AK-47. Naked. While being videotaped. A Florida man accomplished all of those feats, during a recent standoff with a camera-equipped SWAT team bot. The $65,000 robot bravely attempted to enter the man's house, where it was greeted with...

Geminoids Meet Their Meaty Doppelgangers

Which ones are the humans and which are the robots? We're not even sure the participants in this terrifying photo op know the answer to that question. Three nightmarish Geminoids were brought together with the flesh bags they were modeled after, presumably so the 'bots could learn a bit more about their human counterparts before murdering them and taking their place in life....

Pro Tip: Don't Sell Military Spy Drones on eBay

The Raven, a U.S.-built spy drone, is little more than a glorified model airplane with a camera. It has a range of just over six miles, has to be launched by hand (i.e., firing up the engine and throwing it into the air), and has no capacity to carry weapons of any kind. Still, it's military equipment, and thus subject to the Arms Export Control Act. A Philippine man named Henson Chua...

Flying Robots Juggle With Frightening Accuracy

Zurich-based roboticists have developed a type of flying robot that plays hacky sack with other robots demonstrates an unprecedented level of communication and control. The quadrocepters may not look like much (as a sawed-off badminton racket makes up its playing surface), but they do sport cutting-edge guts that allow them to sense and react to changes in their environments. In the above...

This Robotic Octopus Tentacle Will Haunt Your Dreams

Oh science, why are you going there? Haven't you seen the movies? Don't you know what your insatiable thirst for knowledge is bound to wreak? Hapless roboticists at Reading University are working on building a robot octopus that will move, react and grasp objects just like an actual octopus. Such a creature could be invaluable for performing underwater tasks -- such as maintaining watercraft...

Cornell Roboticists Print Tiny, Flapping Ornithopter

Rapid prototyping and 3-D printing continue to find new uses, the latest neat-o product being these tiny ornithopters (machines that fly by flapping wings). Cornell roboticists printed themselves a minuscule 3.89-gram ornithopter -- a creation that would normally take days to design and build, but took mere minutes with the 3-D printing equipment. Check out the video above of the...

'Blinky' Offers Glimpse of Future Robot 'Helpers'

If we had to guess how the robot revolution would begin, it would look something like this. 'Blinky™' is the work of Ruairi Robinson, an Academy Award-nominated short film director. His latest work stars Max Records (from 'Where the Wild Things Are'), alongside an adorable helper robot named Blinky, who turns out to be quite good at following directions. Just hit play now....

The Latest ISS Crew Member is a Humanoid Robot

Robonaut (or R2 for short) just made his grand debut on the International Space Station as the first humanoid 'bot to reach the void above. R2 was dropped off by the Space Shuttle Discovery on its last mission to the final frontier, and on Tuesday (a full two and half weeks after its arrival) crew aboard the ISS finally held an unveiling ceremony for its latest member. Astronauts Catherine...

Robots Now Really Good at Video Games, Humanity in Peril

The robots are already kicking our asses at just about everything, so seeing video games added to that list is not shocking. This 'bot from Adept Technology blazes through the iPhone game '1to50' in a record-setting 6.67 seconds (more than a second less than the fastest human). Check out the videos above and after the break. And keep your chin up -- the robots may be better gamers, but can...

Great, Now the Robots Know When We're Ignoring Them

If robots are going to play well with humans, they have to master even the subtlest of interactions. Georgia Tech roboticists (the same guys who gave us a robot that touches appropriately) have developed a robot that gauges its observers' attention level, and reacts to those around it. With a wave, the adorably humanoid Simon attempts to get the attention of a nearby researcher. Using...

We Welcome You, Robotic Pharmacist

I, for one, welcome our robot overlords -- especially when they're the ones dispensing meds. UCSF Medical Center's new robotic pharmacist is a massive drug-dispensing machine that removes the "human-error" variable from the sometimes-tedious task of measuring and packaging doses. According to UCSF, the robotic pharmacist hasn't messed up once in 350,000 dispensations. All hail the robots!...

Touched By a Robot, Not Exactly Thrilled

Artificial intelligence may have made leaps and bounds in recent years, but roboticists still have a long way to go in mapping and replicating the type of emotional intelligence that informs much of human interaction. It's no easy task. The trick is that even while scientists make progress on one front (take the emotionally mature Nexi), human interactions are so complex that even small issues...

Horrifyingly Realistic Humanoid 'Bot May One Day Enslave Us All

This is the latest iterationn of the Geminoid-F, a successor to the original Geminoid 'bot designed by Hiroshi Ishiguro of ATR, the man behind the Telenoid and Elfoid robotic nightmares. This model, however, was created outside of Japan, a first for the series. This Geminoid-F, which comes from Aalborg University in Denmark, is in some respects simpler than the original version -- but...

Humanoid Cell Phone Is Covered in Realistic 'Skin'

Remember the Telenoid, the creepy humanoid bot that transmitted both the voice and the head movements of its operator? Imagine having that nightmare-inducing creation in your pocket at all times. The Elfoid P1 is essentially that: a ghostly robot effigy, shrunk down to handheld proportions and made into a cell phone. The outer coating is specially designed to feel like human skin (eww!), and...

Japanese Robot Baby Helps Treat Depression in Seniors

A Japanese researcher has created a robot that is designed to treat depression in seniors with dementia. Masayoshi Kano's Babyloid, which was inspired by the looks of a baby beluga whale, measuers 17 inches long and weighs about five pounds. It can move its stubby arms, round head, thin mouth and beady eyes while making baby noises. The bot's faces features LEDs that help to mimic human...