A spiky spherical robot that will roll, tumble, and bounce its away…

A team of researchers from Stanford University, along with scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have proposed a new class of robots that could someday roll and hop across the surface of the Martian moon, Phobos. Called 'hedgehogs,' they would be launched from… » 1/14/13 12:30pm 1/14/13 12:30pm

An aquatic robot that devours plastic junk in the ocean

Autonomous drones typically get a bad rap, but a new design by Elie Ahovi actually looks like it could be genuinely helpful. Concerned about rising levels of plastic waste in the oceans, Ahovi put together a design for an underwater drone that can search for and gobble-up ocean garbage. It's hoped that this device,… » 7/17/12 11:40am 7/17/12 11:40am

What Happens When Wars Are Fought By Robots?

Journalist Peter Singer has a new book out called Wired for War, about all the scifi-influenced tech being deployed on battlefields right now, including autonomous robots. He explains the folly of robot war. » 1/30/09 2:44pm 1/30/09 2:44pm