greginnj writes: "The New York Times reports that neuroscientists have created a connection between a live monkey's brain and a walking robot that allowed the monkey to control the steps of the robot as it walked on a treadmill. The monkey was in North Carolina; the robot was walking in Japan. At first the monkey walked in sync with the robot (which it could see on a large screen). Then, when the monkey's treadmill stopped, it continued to make the robot walk. Cue the whatcouldpossiblygowrong tags now!"
greginnj writes: "David Hanson is a robotics engineer in Texas who has built a prototype robot baby modeled after his own young son Zeno. He currently builds and sells customizable robotic heads; according to TFA, consumer versions of baby Zeno should be available in the next three years for less than $300."