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Category: Robots

Tiny Drone Swarm Navigates Bamboo Forest Autonomously

Tiny Drone Swarm Navigates Bamboo Forest Autonomously
Because the robotic apocalypse can’t come soon enough for some people, researchers at China’s Zhejiang University have programmed a swarm of small drones to navigate autonomously to avoid obstacles. In this case, those obstacles are the entirety of a bamboo forest.

Toyota Patents Dog Walking Robot That Can Pick Up After Your Pet

Toyota Patents Dog Walking Robot That Can Pick Up After Your Pet
Because picking up poop is one of the least desirable aspects of dog walking, Toyota recently applied for patents related to a dog-walking robot that can even clean up after a dog takes care of its business.

Skeletonics Kinetic-Energy Exoskeleton: Humans In Disguise

Skeletonics Kinetic-Energy Exoskeleton: Humans In Disguise
Determined to win the costume contest at this year’s Halloween party? Look no further than the Skeletonics kinetic-energy powered exoskeleton – perfect for taking your Transformer costume to the next level. The next level being the 1st place pedestal at the costume contest, just so we’re clear.

Robotic Hands Taught to Delicately Peel Bananas

Robotic Hands Taught to Delicately Peel Bananas
What good is a robot servant if it can’t even peel your breakfast banana without smashing it to bits? With that in mind, researchers at the University of Tokyo’s ISI Laboratory have used AI to teach a pair of robotic hands how to delicately peel bananas.

A $310,000 Fully Autonomous Robotic Massage Machine

A $310,000 Fully Autonomous Robotic Massage Machine
Do you have a knot in your back? Do you trust a robot to massage it out without snapping your neck in the process? If you do, you’re in luck, thanks to Massage Robotics’ MR-01, a $310,000 fully autonomous massage robot with two 6-axis collaborative robotic arms that operate using cloud artificial intelligence.

LEGO Mega Factory Builds a Log Cabin Out of Cucumbers

LEGO Mega Factory Builds a Log Cabin Out of Cucumbers
Move over, gingerbread houses, because this LEGO Mega Factory built by YouTuber The Brick Wall is capable of constructing an entire log cabin out of cucumbers, which will henceforth be known as a cuke cabin. The massive LEGO factory took 83 days of planning and construction, and consists of 23,000+ pieces, 21 motors, and 7 controllers, and has a footprint of 64″x 44″ x 22″.

These Bird-Like Robotic Legs Can Perch And Grasp Things With Its Feet

These Bird-Like Robotic Legs Can Perch And Grasp Things With Its Feet
Inspired by the legs and feet of a peregrine falcon, engineers at Stanford University’s Cutkosky Lab have developed a set of SNAG (“stereotyped nature-inspired aerial grasper”) robotic legs that can perch on different sized branches and grasp objects in a manner similar to the bird of prey.

The Dronut X1: A Donut Inspired Drone

The Dronut X1: A Donut Inspired Drone
I was just thinking the other day somebody should combine a donut and a drone, and apparently Boston-based Cleo Robotics was already on the case, developing the $9,800 Dronut X1 – the world’s first bi-rotor ducted drone that can operate in much tighter spaces than traditional drones.

Are You Ready for a Robot Massage Therapist?

Are You Ready for a Robot Massage Therapist?
Back before COVID-19, I used to love going to the massage therapist to have the knots and kinks worked out of my perpetually stiff back. Now, the idea of being locked in a room with a virtual stranger putting their hands all over me is kind of worrisome.

LEGO Ideas Motorized Johnny 5 Is Alive!

LEGO Ideas Motorized Johnny 5 Is Alive!
Short Circuit is one of those classic movies that every self-respecting geek should see at some point in their lives. After all, the star of the show is Number 5, aka Johnny 5, a charming and inquisitive robot who craves input and understanding from the human world.

Gundam Narikiri RX-78 and Zaku Boxer Briefs and Socks: Roleplay You Say?

Gundam Narikiri RX-78 and Zaku Boxer Briefs and Socks: Roleplay You Say?
The never-ending post-apocalyptic nightmare has started to affect even the supply of gunpla. So what do you do if you can’t get your hands on a Gundam model? Be a Gundam model. Bandai Namco’s silly Narikiri (“roleplay”) line features boxer briefs and socks based on Amuro Ray’s RX-78 Gundam, Char’s MS-06S Zaku, and the mass production MS-06F Zaku from the first Mobile Suit Gundam show.

Soul of Animal GX Go Kitten Super Robot Action Figure: Sweded Voltron

Soul of Animal GX Go Kitten Super Robot Action Figure: Sweded Voltron
Taiwanese toy shop Bid Toys won toymaker of the year in my books with its Soul of Animal GX Go Kitten, a parody of the OG Voltron that replaces the Lion Force with cats and boxes.

Fools Paradise Lowfool Steel of League Figure: Mobile Scrum Gundam

Fools Paradise Lowfool Steel of League Figure: Mobile Scrum Gundam
Prolific designer toymaker Fools Paradise is releasing a beastly figure that sees a rugby player wearing parts of the RX-78-2 Gundam as protective gear. The figure is called Lowfool Steel of League Team 01-GD. Yep, the toymakers are saying it’s for a robot rugby league, despite the face mask.

Robotic Tractor Kills Weeds with Lasers

Robotic Tractor Kills Weeds with Lasers
Sure Old MacDonald had a farm, but did he have an Autonomous Weeder robot from Carbon Robotics? I think not. E-I-E-I-O indeed! The Autonomous Weeder, designed to kill weeds without harming the soil or water, scans the ground with its 12-camera array, identifies weeds via onboard AI, then kills them with high-powered carbon dioxide lasers.

Transformers x Quiccs Megatron Bust: Peace Through Graffiti

Transformers x Quiccs Megatron Bust: Peace Through Graffiti
Here’s a version of Megatron that Optimus Prime would allow to flourish. Hasbro and Mighty Jaxx’s latest team-up with toy designer Quiccs is a 9.5″ x 11″ x 7″ vinyl bust that sees the Decepticon leader brandishing two silver spray paint cans.

Star Wars Droid Restraining Bolt Magnets: Maybe This IS the Droid You’re Looking For

Star Wars Droid Restraining Bolt Magnets: Maybe This IS the Droid You’re Looking For
Because every possible piece of Star Wars merchandise that can exist does, Disney is selling droid restraining bolt magnets in the Galaxy’s Edge areas of its amusement parks. Thankfully for those of us without a Disney trip planned in the foreseeable future, they’re also available on Amazon (affiliate link).