Rather than build a robot from scratch, startup TovBot built the Shimi to leverage the brainpower of an Android device or iPhone 5. The one-foot robot can create custom playlists based on your habits, requests, even your mood. Unfortunately, the early version we saw could only rock out to Coldplay.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.