08/12/2011, Have a little bit of spare time this coming weekend, and want to find something productive to do? Well, why not check out what Chris at PyroElectro has in store for you via his tutorial on building your own pair of animatronic eyes that are certain to enthrall whoever that lay their eyes on it when they step into your humble abode? One of the holy grails in animatronics is […]
08/12/2011, Technology is wonderful if it is applied in the correct manner, and here we are with rescue robots which are programmed to help evacuate people from a burning building. Granted, they are small and extremely mobile, that means it cannot carry those who have already fainted. Still, this robot can alert emergency personnel to injured or trapped people, according to US researchers who are knee deep in the project. Electrical […]
08/08/2011, Remember when we reported slightly more than a week ago that Mindscape decided to kill off the Nabaztag desktop accessory? Well, I would say that it was inevitable in some way or another – after all, how many people do you know actually purchased one of those? Well, glad to know that the spirit of Nabaztag lives on in the form of Karotz, where it has already appeared over at […]
08/05/2011, It seems as though the Kinect is not meant just for gaming purposes while making you sweat, as some of the smarter folks out there have managed to take the Kinect and “re-applied” it to other mechanical lifeforms – such as ZMP Inc. and their “RoboCar 1/10 Lite & Kinect”. This is basically a robot car that will sport the Kinect gesture controller.
08/04/2011, Robots tend to be controlled remotely, but how many of them will actually respond to your hand signals? This modified Qbo robot from TheCorpora has been tinkered with by the company’s researchers, perhaps they received inspiration from Star Wars and decided that hand signals are the perfect way to convey the feeling of controlling something via the Force. Well, this particular Qbo will use its stereoscopic cameras to interpret the […]
08/02/2011, We talked about the RIBA II healthcare robot which hails from Japan (seriously, most of the cool robots seem to come from the Land of the Rising Sun – after all, they’re the ones who delivered Transformers to use, no?), and here we have yet another model that intends to help out the paralyzed during their rehabilitation – with the Wrist Rehabilitation Robot. This particular robot was specially developed by […]
08/02/2011, We caught sight of the Festo SmartBird back in March this year, where said robot boasted of extremely realistic wing movements and flight motion, even going so far as to turn its head in order to steer. Well, Markus Fischer and his team at Festo demonstrated their seagull inspired SmartBird over at TEDGlobal 2011, letting the SmartBird flap its wings across the heads of audiences – minus the droppings, of […]
08/01/2011, You know how mad some players can get when it comes to Dance Dance Revolution, that they play a couple of games simultaneously by moving all over the sensor pads like magic? Well, robots can dance, too, but don’t expect them to do as well as a human, of course. A student at Purdue University whom you can check out in the video after the jump has come up with […]
07/29/2011, Do you love robots, especially in science fiction movies where they swarm all over the place like cockroaches, seemingly in an orderly form of anarchy. Well, it is more real than you imagine as you can see from the robot army above. Researchers over at the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab decided to put their programming genius to good use, utilizing tiny Khepera robots and a quadrotor.
07/25/2011, Played Trauma Center on the Nintendo DS before? That was one of the earliest hit titles on the portable game console which literally had my hands sweating as I had to “operate” on the patient with my stylus, and many a time my jittery hands failed me – good thing the game can save my progress, otherwise I would have put it up on eBay or craigslist a long time […]
07/25/2011, I remember coming across Wall-E in the cinema a few years ago, boy was that robot cute or what! This little critter with a pet cockroach for a friend certainly tugged at the heartstrings, especially when he fell head over wheels with Eve. DJ Sures was inspired by this little robot that could, making sure his plastic Wall-E toy was given a new lease of life by incorporating an EZ-B […]
07/22/2011, Remember War of the Worlds? Well, think a robotic version of the scenario, and you might have robotic tentacles snaking their way all over the place. It seems that such robo-octopus tentacles are now ready for action, thanks to scientists who are working hard to develop an actual robotic octopus. The model that has been designed is soft enough to wrap around an object, but it is also full well […]
07/21/2011, One great thing about robots is this – they never tire out, and are impervious to radioactivity – making it possible for them to work in hazardous environments for extended periods of time without experiencing fatigue. This tiny spherical robot that you see on the right will feature a built-in camera that allows it to check out what is going through the labyrinth of underground pipes of a nuclear reactor. […]
07/21/2011, The SQUSE robot hand has been around for quite some time already, dating all the way to 2009 – and in today’s fast paced world, that is quite a long time. Well, no idea on whether improvements have been incorporated into this year’s model, but recently, at IFPEX 2011, the SQUSE robot hand has made an appearance, too.