This Week, China Introduced Us to Robots Who Come From the Future

When it comes to futuristic androids, Asia’s got the scene on lockdown, especially China, Japan, and Korea. Right now, the World Robot Exhibition in Beijing is being held from November 23 to 25. Here are some scenes from the show, as well as what our electronic, bipedal friends will look like in the near future. »Thursday 12:19pm11/26/15 12:19pm

Prepare To Have Your Mind Blown By Some Absolutely Incredible Mecha Concept Art!

There have been a LOT of collections of robot, mech and cyborg concept art lately—but the Nuthin’ But Mech blog, and the books it’s spawned, are some of the best. The third Nuthin’ But Mech book is out, and we’ve got a huge, eye-popping gallery of concept art, exclusively at io9! »11/12/15 7:00pm11/12/15 7:00pm

This Spherical Robot Can Unfurl Its Four Legs After Being Tossed

Researchers in Japan have developed a remarkable new robot that bears a startling resemblance to the Droideka of Star Wars. Called QRoSS, this throwable, sphere-shaped robot can move around either by rolling or walking on all fours. Mercifully, it’s not capable of firing lasers or engaging force least not… »10/16/15 12:45pm10/16/15 12:45pm

Sharp Is Going to Sell This Little Robot as a Smartphone

Earlier this year, we reported on Tomotaka Takahashi, the famous engineer who sent the first talking robot into space, and his plans to make robots as popular a consumer electronic as smartphones. He’d been teasing a humanoid phone to debut this year, and here it is: a cutesy, talking, limbed phone that hitches rides… »10/06/15 4:15pm10/06/15 4:15pm

8 Reasons Why the Tokyo Olympics Will Be the Most Futuristic We've Ever Seen

In 1964, the last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics, the nation revealed one of the biggest mic drops in transportation history: the debut of the shinkansen, the world-famous bullet train that became a Japanese icon. The first high-speed train in the world, it spurred similar technology to spread to Europe and… »9/24/15 2:57pm9/24/15 2:57pm

Cower In Fear Before the Experimental, Self-Driving "Hedgehog Rover" NASA Wants to Send to an Asteroid

This is the hedgehog rover. It operates just as well upside-down as right-side up, is outfitted with spinning spikes on all sides, and can free itself from traps by using a “tornado spin”. There’s only one way to stop it: For the love of God, send it out to an asteroid quickly, NASA! »9/14/15 4:05pm9/14/15 4:05pm

This Man Is About to Put a Robot in Your Pocket

What will it take for robots to become as common in our homes and daily lives as smartphones, TVs, and computers? Ask roboticist Tomotaka Takahashi. The famous Tokyo professor aims to be “the Steve Jobs of robotics,” by moving away from technical specs and emphasizing design, as well as pure bot charisma. »8/27/15 4:32pm8/27/15 4:32pm