Your brain no longer knows the difference between emoticons and emotion

Does anyone know the emoticon for a vague sense of discomfort, caused by staring-down a dark and technologically alienating future? » 2/13/14 7:15am 2/13/14 7:15am

More than 700 pieces of gingerbread transformed into Optimus Prime

This edible Optimus Prime is made of 700-800 individual pieces of gingerbread. And it doesn't just look impressive—it also won its maker, artist Caroline Eriksson, a huge cash prize. » 12/21/13 10:30am 12/21/13 10:30am

Tin robots can't stop buying smartphones in this satirical short film

Big Lazy Robot, the VFX house behind the beautiful short K3loid, is back with a somewhat sillier piece of animation, poking fun at the cycle of smartphone consumerism. » 11/23/13 1:00pm 11/23/13 1:00pm

NASA's Humanoid Robot to Receive Legs

NASA's Robonaut 2, which is currently stationed aboard the International Space Station, could be outfitted with a pair of legs as early as the start of next year. The anatomical upgrade will raise the spacefaring robot's height to an imposing 8-feet, and increase its potential for mobility considerably. Let's just… » 11/12/13 6:40am 11/12/13 6:40am

Scientists explore the ocean floor with half-crab-half-car behemoth

Do not judge the Crabster by its lame name, which sounds more like the nickname of a frat guy from a terrible '80s movie than it does a badass ocean-roving robot. A portmanteau of "crab" and "lobster," two creatures after which it is modeled, the Crabster was designed by researchers in South Korea to help them do… » 8/02/13 9:28am 8/02/13 9:28am

Watch this robot perform a perfect quadruple backflip

Youtuber hinamitetu has engineered a squadron of robot gymnasts capable of executing flips, handsprings, and high-bar acrobatics. Bots capable of entry into other artistic events are sure to follow. In this, his latest video, one of hinamitetu's creations performs a flawless quadruple backflip and sticks the landing… » 7/16/13 9:20am 7/16/13 9:20am

Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Robot Barista

This coffee jockey finds herself far from Starbucks, astride an espresso machine that doubles as transportation. What stories happen in the course of her day? » 6/08/13 12:00pm 6/08/13 12:00pm

Bask in the infectious joy of San Francisco's Dance Party Robot

If you're in San Francisco today, you might want to boogie on down to Dolores Park at 3pm for the Dance Party Robot's Robot Dance Party. If you're not in the area, you can still enjoy this video of the Dance Party Robot encouraging others to swing their hips like no robot's watching. » 6/23/12 1:30pm 6/23/12 1:30pm

NASA's humanoid wakes up in space, starts Tweeting

It's about time. After months of being boxed up in a crate, and five more months of sitting around after an awesome unboxing, NASA's Robonaut 2 helper droid has finally been powered up. » 8/22/11 4:42pm 8/22/11 4:42pm

What if the Creature from the Black Lagoon used PostSecret?

There's far more to monsters than kidnapping women and getting revenge on their creators. In the painting series "Tiny Confessions," these creatures lay their souls bare and confess the pain they don't want you to see behind their anger. » 7/16/11 12:00pm 7/16/11 12:00pm

First Teaser Trailer for the Bollywood Version of Iron Man

Remember the crazy robot centipede from Enthiran, the Indian movie that mashed up Transformers and Terminator? Here's the Bollywood film that everyone's saying is going to top that. Ra.One, starring Shah Rukh Khan, is coming this fall. » 3/25/11 12:12pm 3/25/11 12:12pm

Ra.One — the most insane Indian science fiction movie of all time?

Ever since the robot epic Enthiran became one of India's most successful movies ever, the stakes have been rising for Ra.One (Random Access One), the rival science fiction movie from Shah Rukh Khan. Here's our first look. » 1/03/11 12:53pm 1/03/11 12:53pm

Watch a robot finish a Rubik's Cube in 15 seconds

Rubik's Cubes can be absolutely infuriating. If you've ever been bedeviled by one of these variegated frustration boxes, you'll get a kick out of this Rubik's-solving robot mercilessly destroying the puzzle in a scant 15 seconds. » 12/25/10 9:00am 12/25/10 9:00am

India's Terminator/Spider-Man/Matrix/Avatar mash-up isn't afraid to get…

For many of us, one of the year's most anticipated science fiction films is Endhiran/Robot, the Indian movie about a scientist (Rajnikanth) who creates a robot, which becomes a little too human. The first reviews are in. Spoilers ahead. » 10/01/10 7:30am 10/01/10 7:30am

Robot Opera Is Less Madame Butterfly, More "Oops I Dropped a Butterfly…

Don't be alarmed by the fact we're writing about opera on Gizmodo. We're not secretly donning velvet smoking jackets and pearls (except for Kyle). Death and the Powers features nine life-sized robots—or, "OperaBots,"...plus the odd human. » 9/13/10 4:39pm 9/13/10 4:39pm

A leering wooden griffin is on the prowl in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Griffin is a recycled monster perched near the corner of Meserole and Waterbury Streets in Brooklyn, NY. The British design collective Giant Robots built the beast last month, but not before getting arrested in the name of art. » 9/06/10 10:29am 9/06/10 10:29am

Tiny robot could reveal the Great Pyramid's most hidden secrets

The Great Pyramid of Giza has been extensively studied (and looted) since its construction 4,500 years ago. But some tunnels are too small or too fragile for human archaeologists to explore - that's when they send in the robots. » 8/15/10 10:00am 8/15/10 10:00am

Tons of dancing robots in the trailer for India's Terminator

We've been excited for Endhiran, aka Robot, for years now, and India's big-budget robot adventure is finally coming out in about a month. This new trailer features dancing robots, Terminator shout-outs, and crazy action set pieces. » 8/04/10 9:30am 8/04/10 9:30am

Sweet old lady robot head infuriates the New York Times

This is Bina48, a robot head with thousands of thoughts and emotions from a real human woman, who she's even modeled to look like. Sadly, Bina48 gets her wires crossed — pissing off the NYT for wasting their time. » 7/12/10 12:24pm 7/12/10 12:24pm

Welcome to Xanadu, the (foam) house of the future

Throughout the 1980s, tourists flocked to the Xanadu House, a futuristic home in Kissimmee, Florida. This domestic pleasure dome was made of polyurethane and filled with "friendly computer servants." » 5/24/10 1:55pm 5/24/10 1:55pm