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Category: Robots

Robot Swans Measure Water Pollution: NUSwan

Robot Swans Measure Water Pollution: NUSwan
Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are testing robotic swans that can track water quality and upload collected data in real-time. The system is called NUSwan, a nod to the university but also short…
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Electric Knife Orchestra Plays “Stayin’ Alive”

Electric Knife Orchestra Plays “Stayin’ Alive”
I can’t help thinking that The Electric Knife Orchestra is the beginning of a robot that kills by chopping humans into pieces to a catchy soundtrack. Like, say, the Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive. Yeah, this is…
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Japan Responds to Robot Battle Challenge: It’s on!

Japan Responds to Robot Battle Challenge: It’s on!
A robot battle challenge was made last week by MegaBots, Inc. and now Suidobashi Heavy Industry in Japan has responded. It seems that the company likes the idea of pitting their giant robots against each other…
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U.S. Challenges Japan to a Mech Duel

U.S. Challenges Japan to a Mech Duel
There are several kinds of robots; those that are built scientific research, those that are built for factory tasks, rescue robots, and more. Some are built simply to fight other robots and then laugh at the…
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This Opera Stars a Robot

This Opera Stars a Robot
In one of the stranger turns in the world of opera, the Berlin Komische Oper and performance group Gob Squad added an unusual member to its performance troupe for a recent show. They brought in a…
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Deal: Cherokey 4WD Basic Arduino Robotics Kit

Deal: Cherokey 4WD Basic Arduino Robotics Kit
If you’ve been thinking about playing with robotics, then you’ll want to read on. The Cherokey 4WD is a mobile platform which works with an Arduino based microcontroller so you can build intelligent vehicles on wheels.…
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Sony Stopped Fixing Aibo Robotic Dogs: Time to Go to Sleep, Boy.

Sony Stopped Fixing Aibo Robotic Dogs: Time to Go to Sleep, Boy.
I’m not much of a pet person, and because of that it’s rather hard for me to understand how attached people get to pets to the point that they treat them like kids. So the idea…
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Durus Robot Walked 2h 35m on a Charge

Durus Robot Walked 2h 35m on a Charge
My Hector fears spawned by ’80s horror/sci-fi flicks aside, robots are really cool. DARPA really wants robots to come to the mainstream for all sorts of uses from carrying heavy gear for the military to saving…
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Robot Tries to Feed a Dog Pop-Tart, Does Not Go as Planned

Robot Tries to Feed a Dog Pop-Tart, Does Not Go as Planned
Watch as this presumably drunk $8,000 humanoid NAO robot tries to feed a dog a Pop-Tart. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned. The owner hands him the toaster pastry, and the robot is all impressed saying,…
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Official LEGO Wall-E Set is Better than Pizza Plants

Official LEGO Wall-E Set is Better than Pizza Plants
UK store Smyths Toys jumped the gun and posted a few shots of the official LEGO Wall-E set on its website. The set is based on the LEGO Ideas submission of Pixar animator Angus MacLane. LEGO…
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Drunk Guy Swats Drone out of the Sky

Drunk Guy Swats Drone out of the Sky
Check out this video of a drunk man swatting a $1,350 DJI Phantom 3 quadrocopter out of the sky, while breaking its 4K camera and three of its props. Drunk guys are crazy. They also hate…
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These Robotic Beds Carry You Everywhere

These Robotic Beds Carry You Everywhere
Life can be hectic and stressful. Some days you don’t want to get out of bed. If only we could stay in bed and still go everywhere we need to go. Well that dream has come…
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Watching Robots Falling Down Is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

Watching Robots Falling Down Is the Best Thing You’ll See Today
We have some very good reasons to fear our future robot overlords, but this video is proof that we still have plenty of time until we are all enslaved. IEEE Spectrum put together this video compilation…
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Robot Goes Fruit Ninja with a Katana Sword

Robot Goes Fruit Ninja with a Katana Sword
Late last year I talked a bit about a pair of robotic arms that had a sword fight. It was pretty awesome to see them battle it out to the with swords. This time out we…
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Costco’s Pizza Sauce Turntable Spins a Delicious Tune

Costco’s Pizza Sauce Turntable Spins a Delicious Tune
Check out these videos showing Costco’s pizza sauce machines in action. It’s mesmerizing stuff. Kinda hypnotic. My god, it makes me hungry. But it keeps missing that spot right in the center. I don’t know about…
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Life-Size R/C R2-D2 Mini Refrigerator: The Fridge Awakens

Life-Size R/C R2-D2 Mini Refrigerator: The Fridge Awakens
Haier’s Aqua brand recently unveiled the lazy person’s astromech. It’s a life-size and remote controlled R2-D2 that doubles as a refrigerator. In Soviet Star Wars, drinks come to you. The toy’s head also swivels and it…
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