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Category: Robots

Rise V3 Pole Climbing Robot Scales Vertical Surfaces With Tiny, Sharp Claws – Just Like My Cat Climbs My Leg

Rise V3 Pole Climbing Robot Scales Vertical Surfaces With Tiny, Sharp Claws – Just Like My Cat Climbs My Leg
This amazing bit of mechanical technology not only can run on the ground, it can ascend difficult to scale surfaces like trees and telephone poles. Designed by Boston Dynamics, working with researchers from The University of…
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Panasonic Fukitorimushi: the Roomba’S Strange New Robot Floor Cleaner Rival

Panasonic Fukitorimushi: the Roomba’S Strange New Robot Floor Cleaner Rival
Panasonic demoed their own robot floor cleaner at the Tokyo Fiber Senseware exhibition in Milan. It’s called the “fukitorimushi” (wipe-up bug), although if you ask me “Creepy Pillow” would be a better name for it. The…
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La Machine Street Theater’S Giant Robot Spiders: Japan Approves of These ‘Bots

La Machine Street Theater’S Giant Robot Spiders: Japan Approves of These ‘Bots
The Port of Yokohama in Japan is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and what better way to celebrate the opening of a port than with a couple of giant robot spiders from France? The theater…
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Night Watch Concept: Killer Mosquito Robot or Mosquito Killing-Robot?

Night Watch Concept: Killer Mosquito Robot or Mosquito Killing-Robot?
Russian graphic designer iunewind cooked up this cool concept for a robot. Modeled after a mosquito, iunewind calls it Night Watch. His work is so detailed, I can almost believe that it’s a shot of an…
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Srv-1 Blackfin Wi-Fi Camera Robot Lets You Spy From Afar

Srv-1 Blackfin Wi-Fi Camera Robot Lets You Spy From Afar
This palm-sized robot can wind its way between the cubicles at your office, snapping digital video of unsuspecting parties with a built in wireless video camera. The Surveyor SRV-1 Mobile Robot cruises around on smooth and…
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Resistance is Futile: Radio-Controlled Cyborg Beetles

Resistance is Futile: Radio-Controlled Cyborg Beetles
Oh crap. I knew it. Those stupid robots at SparkFun’s race were publicized to lull us all into a false sense of security: “Wow it just went for a dive at the lake HAHA st00pid botz.”…
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A Devastating Story: Industrial Robot Nearly Kills Swedish Factory Worker

A Devastating Story: Industrial Robot Nearly Kills Swedish Factory Worker
More pants-wetting robo-news here at technabob: A defective robot “generally used to lift heavy rocks” attacked and nearly killed a Swedish factory worker that was actually trying to repair the machine. According to The Local, the…
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Farmerbot Turns Gardening Into Gaming

Farmerbot Turns Gardening Into Gaming
Gardening can be lots of fun, but it’s not always really easy. It can be, though, if you’re a robotics expert able to put together your very own robot gardener, who can do all the grunt…
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Sparkfun’S Autonomous Vehicle Race: Autobots,Rollout! No, Not There! Get Back Here!

Sparkfun’S Autonomous Vehicle Race: Autobots,Rollout! No, Not There! Get Back Here!
Modder-friendly electronics company SparkFun Electronics recently held what they hope will be an annual event called the Autonomous Vehicle Competition, which is basically a race of proto-Autobots around one of SparkFun’s buildings. The contest was initially…
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Only in Japan: Giant Robot Rhinoceros Beetle

Only in Japan: Giant Robot Rhinoceros Beetle
The classic anime series Patlabor was set in the late 90’s/ early 2000’s. In it, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police use giant humanoid robots to fight crime. While they’re not quite there yet,there is absolutely no doubt…
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Eyeborg: Canadian Filmmaker Installs a Red LED Into His Prosthetic Eye

Eyeborg: Canadian Filmmaker Installs a Red LED Into His Prosthetic Eye
Filmmaker Rob Spence lost his eye when he was 11 years old. He was playing with a shotgun back in his grandfather’s farm in Ireland when it backfired. Now he and his partners in the Eyeborg…
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USB Robot Flash Drives Lose Their Heads

USB Robot Flash Drives Lose Their Heads
What better way to store your important files than inside the body a tiny little robot? These USB flash drives sort of remind me of Futurama’s Bender Bending Rodriguez, what with their bendy metallic arms. But…
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Fishbot: Like a Fish but More Robotic

Fishbot: Like a Fish but More Robotic
Robots can be really neat, or useful, or even both. And then sometimes, robots can be fish. Whether that’s neat or useful depends mostly on how you feel about fish. Or about robots that look like…
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Gakken Kagaku No Tamago Sound Activated Ufo Robots Dance to the Beat of a Different Drummer

Gakken Kagaku No Tamago Sound Activated Ufo Robots Dance to the Beat of a Different Drummer
These little UFO-shaped robot dudes respond to the sound dance around your place, guided by the sounds they hear. The Gakken Kagaku No Tamago UFO Robot (say that 10 times fast) comes in easy-to-assemble kit form,…
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Advertise With This Gorilla Robot

Advertise With This Gorilla Robot
When I first heard there was a business called Gorilla Robot Factory, I assumed they’d be some sort of hipster design company, a recording studio, or maybe some Web 3.0 startup. I never figured that they’d…
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Mesicopters: Tiny Flying Robots to Take Over the World (Someday)

Mesicopters: Tiny Flying Robots to Take Over the World (Someday)
Stanford researchers have designed these incredible little robots are about the size of a quarter for use in atmospheric research on Earth (and one day) on Mars. I just want them for conducting research in my…
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