12/01/2009, Want to add some touch of tech and modernity on your dining table? How about getting a pair of these Salt and Pepper Bots to spice up your conversations while having a meal with family and friends? They can even add more fun to the ocassion as you can wind them up, letting them walk to the intended recipient instead of passing the ol’ saltshaker around. $33 will net you […]
11/30/2009, Forget about Michael Jackson popularizing and refining the robot dance – we’re talking about real robots dancing here at the Robo-one dance competition, where these bipedal mechanical wonders attempt to impress you with their slick moves, putting us humans to shame on the dance floor in the process. Don’t believe us? Check out this chick in a short skirt go.
11/30/2009, The Care-O-bot 3 was recently demonstrated as seen in the video above, where the robot is smart enough to take drink orders via its touchscreen display before shimmying over to the relevant table, using one of its arms and end effector to grasp a bottled beverage while carrying it ever so gently. Equipped with a flexible, bending body, the Care-O-bot 3 could be our future waiter – receiving tips in […]
11/30/2009, Who would’ve thought that a robot could end up being a samurai? That’s what happened to the Samurai of Kuroda robot, where you get a custom head and period clothing to give it a closer resemblance to the human original. Expect his dance performance which took a few months to program, to keep visitors to IREX 2009 entertained.
11/26/2009, The i-Fairy displayed at iRex 2009 is a robot that will certainly be welcomed by manga/anime fans around the world. Produced by Kokoru, the i-Fairy will be officially presented at CES 2010. While only the head was displayed at iRex, you can be sure that it’ll be an eye catcher, and even more so when the whole thing is completed.
11/25/2009, Students at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell have come up with a low cost robot arm that was specially designed to open doors. Dubbed DORA (Door Opening Robotic Arm), this robot arm works great with 14 different handles in 85% of tests that involve pushing the door and 65% in pulling tests. Guess the disabled would definitely find this to be a boon in the near future if it is […]
11/25/2009, The maker of the A-Pod hexapod robot must have been influenced by the presence of an ant, where it will comprise of a 2 DOF abdomen (tail), a 3 DOF head and large mandibles to boot. Half a dozen legs contain 3 DOF each, where it will also be accompanied by another 25 servos to make it move around in a rather creepy manner. Not too sure what practical use […]
11/25/2009, Playing ping pong requires lightning fast reflexes as well as fantastic hand-eye co-ordination, and not all robots have that. The TOPIO robot from Vietnam, however, could end up being a worthy opponent as it grips the paddle ala tennis, complete with a pair of cool looking shades as well as a rippling six pack.
11/25/2009, Want to freak your roommate out? Well, if he’s scared of bugs, do what Vadim Ryazanov did and build this DIY giant ladybird robot that will crawl around your fridge. It even has a cavity sensor and bumper switch so that it won’t stupidly crawl off the fridge door. It cost him $30 and less than 16 hours to build, which is certainly fair trade for the shock you’ll be […]
11/23/2009, Trust the savvy Japanese to make robots do everything; next we’ll have them making robots to make robots. But until they decide to make Terminators, it seems that we’ll have to make do with the Buckwheat Noodle Robot Sanuki Shokunin. The robot has been designed to crank out buckwheat noodles are the rate of 700 portions an hour, and of the quality that usually requires a precision knife and a […]
11/20/2009, Are you too busy to find a gym partner? Well, the folks over at the University of Southern California Center for Robotics and Embedded systems have pulled in the stats (and we’re fairly sure everybody is busy). The robot called Bandit is now offering Robotics and Embedded Systems exercise training. This certainly seems suitable in the gym, though you had to admit the fact that the it’s so huge would […]
11/19/2009, The Presenter Type 2 animatronic robot doesn’t go around as a regular robot, although it comes with movable arms that can wave around, while speaking its mind with LEDs that light up its face in a convincing manner. The Presenter Type 2 is meant to function as a form of animatronics in order to see action in promotions of items and products.
11/18/2009, IMTechnology’s Robot Cafe System offers a whole new brewing experience where you place your order via a small robot wearing a chef’s hat for added effect, and letting it deliver your cuppa to your table when done. This is one place where no singles would want to go since there are no cute waitresses to chat up, eh? On the bright side, there is no need to tip a robot […]
11/16/2009, Remember the Big Dog robot that moves in such a lifelike manner, it is almost uncanny and unnerving? The folks at Boston Dynamics have made improvements to it by weaponizing Big Dog, allowing future robots on the battlefield to fight our wars without running the risk of injuring or getting our soldiers killed since Big Dog can be controlled remotely from afar.