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Category: Robots

Toshiba Smarbo Ready to Take on the Roomba

Toshiba Smarbo Ready to Take on the Roomba
The robot vacuum wars are now heating up, thanks to humans being too lazy to clean their own floors. And so Toshiba has announced the Smarbo robot vacuum. I hope it is better than it’s name.…
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Robot Worm Slithers Around Obstacles, Wants to Be Your Hero

Robot Worm Slithers Around Obstacles, Wants to Be Your Hero
Robot makers are always drawing from nature to create new and interesting robots that can handle earth’s environment. The latest comes from a University of Leeds researcher, who wants to build a better worm. One that…
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Jetty the Duct-cleaning Robot Cleans with Dry Ice

Jetty the Duct-cleaning Robot Cleans with Dry Ice
Criminals and special ops guys will now have something new to tangle with in ventilation ducts. Jetty, the duct-cleaning robot. And though this bot looks and acts harmless, it would be pretty scary running into it…
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Giant Gundam in Pieces, World Comes to an End

Giant Gundam in Pieces, World Comes to an End
Japan’s Giant Gundam sculpture was one of my favorite man-made since I started writing this here site. So when I stumbled onto these images and video footage of the recently-dismantled Gundam statue, I wept. Okay, so…
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Ice Cream Robot Made Sundaes in Japan (and I Missed Out!)

Ice Cream Robot Made Sundaes in Japan (and I Missed Out!)
I love my home country of the good old U.S. of A., but sometimes it seems as if Japan seems to get all the good stuff before we do. For instance, I can’t walk down the…
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Steampunk Robocop Sculpture: Your Move, Creep!

Steampunk Robocop Sculpture: Your Move, Creep!
Etsy sculptor Kreatworks is back with another monstrous metal artifact. This time, it looks like Robocop is ready to invade the Victorian era. The last time we mentioned his work, he had built a 1000-pound Jack…
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Gemini-Scout Robot: Miner 2049er

Gemini-Scout Robot: Miner 2049er
It’s one thing to have people and dogs helping out in search-and-rescue operations, but it’s really interesting when robots start doing even better than your two- or four-legged friends, thanks to some of their sensors and…
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Microsoft Shows Off Patty, the Surface Testing Robot

Microsoft Shows Off Patty, the Surface Testing Robot
I have long though that it would be awesome to have my own Microsoft Surface 2.0 table in my home. What I have never really thought about was how Microsoft tests the Surface 2.0 device to…
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Dr. R.e. Cycler Recycling Robot Crushes Cans, is Not a Real Dr.

Dr. R.e. Cycler Recycling Robot Crushes Cans, is Not a Real Dr.
Kids learn things quicker when they can see them visually. That’s probably true of most adults too. So if you want to teach kids about recycling, it makes sense that you would want to wow them…
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Disembodied Head Can Sing You a Lullaby or Two

Disembodied Head Can Sing You a Lullaby or Two
Don’t worry, it’s not the disembodied head of a real person, although it definitely looks like one. This humanoid head is smarter than it looks, because it can actually read simplified music scores before singing it…
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Flybox from Skybotix: A Hexacopter for Science

Flybox from Skybotix: A Hexacopter for Science
The aptly named Flybox [opens PDF] is just that, a thin flying box shaped six-blade helicopter. It comes from Skybotix, an offshoot of the Autonomous Systems Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.…
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Swarmanoid Bots Use Foot, Hand and Eye Coordination

Swarmanoid Bots Use Foot, Hand and Eye Coordination
By all means you’ll want to avoid the Swarmanoid. As the name implies this is a swarm of robotic components that work together like, well like a swarm of bees would.…
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will.i.am Wants Us to Build More Robots

will.i.am Wants Us to Build More Robots
Last night, ABC aired a new special called “i.am.FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll.” The show explored the 20th annual FIRST Robotics Championship, which is a competition for K-12 students, allowing them to show off their…
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BakeBot Makes a Giant Cookie from Scratch

BakeBot Makes a Giant Cookie from Scratch
Ready for the creepiest three minute cooking show ever? No, I’m not talking about Rachael Ray and Alton Brown getting freaky with cake mix and Jell-O. I’m talking about BakeBot. It’s Willow Garage’s PR2 robot in…
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Willow Garage PR2 SE Revealed: One-Armed Robot Costs $285K

Willow Garage PR2 SE Revealed: One-Armed Robot Costs $285K
We have seen the Willow Garage PR2 robot a few times now and each time the ‘bot is doing some pretty cool stuff. This is a  serious robot that is much more than some cool toy.…
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Army to Deploy Automated ATVs to Carry Packs and More in the Field

Army to Deploy Automated ATVs to Carry Packs and More in the Field
The closest I have ever come to being in the military would be playing high school football and having to endure the not at all fun two-times-a-day practice in the weeks leading up to the start…
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