All Tech Considered

All Tech ConsideredAll Tech Considered

Tech, Culture and Connection

Shoppers view and take photographs of humanoid robot "Chihira" at the information reception desk of Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo. Chris McGrath/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Chris McGrath/Getty Images

DAR-1 is one of the many social robots with facial recognition abilities on display for the robot petting zoo at the South by Southwest interactive festival. Jack Plunkett/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Jack Plunkett/AP

Kiva robots maneuver around one of Amazon's newest distribution centers on Sunday in Tracy, Calif. Brandon Bailey/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Brandon Bailey/AP

Support NPR

Support NPR

NPR Shop

Support The Programs You Love


The TALON MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System) can be transformed from a weaponized robot to one with an arm and gripper by changing out its modules. PRNewsFoto/Foster-Miller Inc. hide caption

itoggle caption PRNewsFoto/Foster-Miller Inc.

A BigDog robot at Boston Dynamics in 2010. The BigDog is being developed to help soldiers carry heavy equipment in the field. It can follow a human being, walking across wet/sandy/rocky terrain, just like a dog would. Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe via Getty Images

Expect Labs' MindMeld app uses predictive computing to push information to us, instead of us having to ask. Courtesy of Expect Labs hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy of Expect Labs

The RoboRoach device allows users to influence the movements of cockroaches with a smartphone. Backyard Brains hide caption

itoggle caption Backyard Brains

Baxter is billed by its makers as a "collaborative manufacturing robot." It can work alongside humans to do simple, repetitive tasks. © Stephen F. Bevacqua/Courtesy of Rethink Robotics hide caption

itoggle caption © Stephen F. Bevacqua/Courtesy of Rethink Robotics

Joe Kummer, president of Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y., is rooting for having a drone test site in upstate New York. He says it could save him trips to the West Coast to try out new drone prototypes. Ryan Delaney/WRVO hide caption

itoggle caption Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Car companies are picking up automobile concepts such as this Lexus SL 600 Integrated Safety driverless research vehicle, shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January in Las Vegas. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Julie Jacobson/AP

The "RoboSimian" from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has the advantage of being able to grasp things with all four limbs, like a chimp. It will compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

itoggle caption NASA/JPL-Caltech