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John Krasinski Is a Killer Robot In Netflix's New Animated Film, Next Gen John Krasinski Is a Killer Robot In Netflix's New Animated Film, Next Gen

In Next Gen, a young girl befriends a hyper-intelligent killer robot voiced by John Krasinski, and the pair team up to save the world from a madman.

This $600 Shoelace-Tying Robot Was Built on a Shoestring Budget

With a budget of just $600—a mere pittance compared to what robots like ATLAS cost to develop—students from the University of California’s Davis’ College of Engineering created a machine that’s capable of tying a shoe all by itself.

A Where's Waldo-Finding Robot Is Here to Steal Your Toddler's Only Job

Tired of that smug look of satisfaction on your kid’s face when they’re able to find Waldo on a page faster than you can? A creative agency called redpepper built a robot that levels the Where’s Waldo playing field using a camera and machine learning AI to spot the striped traveler in as little as four-and-a-half…

I Kind of Want This Tiny Robot to Control My Home

Anki doesn’t think it’s cracked the code and developed the perfect robot to work at the center of your smart home, but with Vector it feels it’s created a robot adorable enough, and smart enough, to tide you over until the future finally catches up with our desire.

You Can Build This Creepy, Crawly Robotic Centipede Yourself—and Then Stomp It Back to Hell

Designing robots that emulate how creatures move and walk helps us not only understand the world around us, but also improve how automatons of the future will get around. But on the other hand, that same research has given birth to this creepy centipede robot toy that squirms around on 18 flailing legs like a tiny…

Boston Dynamics Says It Can Build 1,000 Robot Dogs a Year By Mid-2019 Boston Dynamics Says It Can Build 1,000 Robot Dogs a Year By Mid-2019

Boston Dynamics is preparing to build its terrifying army of robot dogs, according to a Saturday report in Inverse that the company has set a target date of July 2019 as the time it will be ready to manufacture 1,000 of its compact SpotMini models annually.

This Folding Robotic Device Captures Delicate Sea Creatures Without Crushing Them

Our oceans are home to a diverse array of aquatic organisms, a surprising number of which have yet to be discovered. To help in the search for these fascinating creatures, researchers have developed a robotic device capable of capturing even the most delicate deep-sea animals, which it does with a foldable, 12-sided…

How Many Robots Can You Spot in This Awesome Poster? How Many Robots Can You Spot in This Awesome Poster?

Remember that episode of Futurama, “Crimes of the Hot,” where all the robots in New New York are sent to an island to party until they die? That’s basically this poster, except these robots will never die. At least not in our hearts.

A Live-Action Mobile Suit Gundam Movie Is Really Happening A Live-Action Mobile Suit Gundam Movie Is Really Happening

Mobile Suit Gundam, one of the most influential giant robot sagas of all time, is heading to the big screen.

My 15 Favorite Science and Tech Books for Smart Beach Reading My 15 Favorite Science and Tech Books for Smart Beach Reading

Summer is finally upon us, which means it’s time to put together a reading list, whether it’s for the beach, your cottage, or the hammock in your backyard. Here are 15 science and technology books that will keep your nerdy brains engaged and titillated.

Insectoid Microbot Leverages Small-Scale Physics to Swim and Walk Underwater Insectoid Microbot Leverages Small-Scale Physics to Swim and Walk Underwater

Inspired by bugs, Harvard’s Ambulatory Microrobot, or HAMR, can run, climb, make sharp turns, and carry small payloads. In the latest upgrade to the system, HAMR has been endowed with the ability to swim, dive down from the surface, and walk underwater—no small task for an object as light as a paperclip.

The International Space Station’s New AI-Powered Bot Is Actually Pretty Cool The International Space Station’s New AI-Powered Bot Is Actually Pretty Cool

Introducing CIMON, a floating, basketball-sized robot that will serve as a companion and assistant to crew members aboard the International Space Station. Infused with artificial intelligence, the floating bot is reminiscent of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, but far less evil. We hope.

Disney Has Built Impressive Robot Stunt Doubles That Mean No One Any Harm Disney Has Built Impressive Robot Stunt Doubles That Mean No One Any Harm

Following the debut of the Donald Trump robot that perfectly captured the soul of its namesake, many people are wondering what Disney’s Imagineers will do next. The answer turns out to be autonomous stunt double bots that bring us one giant leap closer to IRL Westworld.

RIP Asimo, You Useless Robotic Honda Ad RIP Asimo, You Useless Robotic Honda Ad

Honda just announced that it will cease development of Asimo, the super cute humanoid that tours the world in the name of stunt marketing. Asimo was 18 years old. Asimo, once heralded as the future of robotics, was not even old enough to buy a beer. But it was always happy to help sell you a Honda automobile.

Survey: Most Americans Remain Unwilling to Let a Robot Into Their Home Yet Survey: Most Americans Remain Unwilling to Let a Robot Into Their Home Yet

For decades, humans have dreamed of wasting away in their own decadence while armies of robots do everything for them. Yet it turns out that now idle daydreaming is slowly giving way to reality, people are a bit uncomfortable.

Age of Ultron Almost Had an Infinitely Cooler Final Battle  Age of Ultron Almost Had an Infinitely Cooler Final Battle 

One of the most disappointing things about Avengers: Age of Ultron was how frankly... dumb the titular villain’s plan to destroy the Earth was. As it turns out, though, Marvel initially considered giving him a much more epic weapon to take on the Avengers.

This Light-Up HAL 9000 USB Flash Drive Can't Sing, But Probably Won't Kill You Either This Light-Up HAL 9000 USB Flash Drive Can't Sing, But Probably Won't Kill You Either

Master Replicas, makers of some of the finest lightsaber replicas in any galaxy, sadly closed its doors back in 2008. Last year, however, part of its original team opened Master Replicas Group, a new company that’s relaunching with a series of 2001: A Space Odyssey collectibles to start, including a flash drive based…

The PS4 Spider-Man Heads to Your Toy Shelf, and More of the Most Spectacular Toys of the Week The PS4 Spider-Man Heads to Your Toy Shelf, and More of the Most Spectacular Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round-up of all the shiny things we’ve wanted to spend our savings on recently. This week, we’ve got some very cool Voltron, Star Wars, and Batman Beyond toys heading to San Diego Comic-Con, a lovely little Pokémon pal, and a most impressive Sith Lord. Check it out!

The Hypnotic Wavy Fins on This Swimming Alien-Like Robot Make It Agile as Hell

Replicating the complicated muscle structure that allows fish to wiggle their bodies and dart through the water is no easy feat. But not every underwater creature moves that way. Cuttlefish instead use long fins that undulate in waves to propel themselves, which is an approach that robotics maker Festo found…

In an Exclusive Clip From AMC's Humans, the Synth Family Experiences Growing Pains In an Exclusive Clip From AMC's Humans, the Synth Family Experiences Growing Pains

AMC and Channel 4's Humans returned for season 3 last week and dramatically shook the status quo of the universe. Take a look at a tense synth family reunion in this exclusive clip from tonight’s episode.

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