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HAMR Jr. Is a Tiny Robot Insect Less Than an Inch Long

HAMR Jr. Is a Tiny Robot Insect Less Than an Inch Long
As the miniaturization of electronic and electromechanical components continues to improve, so does the ability for engineers to create tiny robots. I recently came across this miniature robot that’s roughly the width of a U.S. penny, but is capable of relatively complex movements. Researchers at Harvard’s John A.

UK “Cops” Use Dalek to Scare People into Isolating

UK “Cops” Use Dalek to Scare People into Isolating
When it comes to scary monsters from science fiction, Doctor Who’s Daleks rank high on the list. These soulless robotic aliens go around the universe, exterminating all those who stand in their way. So what better way to get people to stay inside of their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, then to bring a Dalek to their doorsteps? Somewhere in the UK, somebody programmed a Dalek to drive around a neighborhood and proclaim “ALL HUMANS MUST KEEP INDOORS.
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LEGO Mindstorms Egg Decorator: Leggbot

LEGO Mindstorms Egg Decorator: Leggbot
With Easter coming up, it’s almost egg decorating time! A few years back, LEGO builder Jason Allemann aka JK Brickworks made his own version of Evil Mad Scientist’ Eggbot using the parts that are in the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit 31313.

The Baby Yoda Animatronic Toy Is Adorable… and Ready for Pre-order

The Baby Yoda Animatronic Toy Is Adorable… and Ready for Pre-order
Since The Mandalorian was released close to Christmas last year, not many official toys of Baby Yoda (aka “The Child”) made it to market in time for the holidays. That’s all changing in 2020, and this might be the best one yet.

Sony KOOV Challenge Encourages Kids to Build Cool Robots

Sony KOOV Challenge Encourages Kids to Build Cool Robots
Do your kids love science, technology, engineering, or math? Sony’s KOOV system is a great tool for kids to learn about all of these disciplines, while having lots of fun doing it. These modular building kits encourage kids to experiment as they construct robots and other mechanical creations, and learn to program them.

This Suction Cup Robot Can Climb Just About Any Wall

This Suction Cup Robot Can Climb Just About Any Wall
When it comes to wall-climbing robots, most of them rely on vacuum suction to make their way up the side of a building. The trick there is that you need a very smooth surface, like glass or marble in order to get a good grip.

Toilet Paper Robot Can Always Spare a Square

Toilet Paper Robot Can Always Spare a Square
The Consumer Electronics Show is the place to go for the latest in televisions, computers, cameras, automotive technology, and all kinds of gadgets. Each year, the show also introduces us to its share of robots. Though the 2020 CES show brought along something a little different – robots that deliver toilet paper. These silly little robots were commissioned by toilet paper company Charmin, and are designed to bring you a fresh roll of TP when you’ve just run out.

Toyota Goes EPCOT with Its Own Prototype City of the Future

Toyota Goes EPCOT with Its Own Prototype City of the Future
Not too long ago, I visited with Toyota in Tokyo to learn about their plans to transform from an automotive company into a mobility company – concerning themselves with all of the different ways that people need to get around, and not just cars and trucks anymore.

This R/C Turkey Has Four-wheel Drive

This R/C Turkey Has Four-wheel Drive
It’s Thanksgiving day, and there’s no better way to celebrate the holiday than with some delicious, stuffed turkey. And while you might yours stuffed with cornbread and celery, I like mine stuffed with lithium-ion batteries, motors, and wires.

Toyota Field Support Robot to Fetch Objects at Tokyo Olympics

Toyota Field Support Robot to Fetch Objects at Tokyo Olympics
I’m here in Tokyo this week for the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and while here, I stopped by the new headquarters for the Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development (TRI-AD) to check out some of the technologies the company and their partners are working on.

The Beetl Robot Is Designed to Pick up Dog Poop

The Beetl Robot Is Designed to Pick up Dog Poop
While I prefer to walk my dogs, there have been times when the weather has been bad, or I’m just too tired at the end of the day, and they end up pooping in the yard.

This Drone Has Legs and Can Walk

This Drone Has Legs and Can Walk
I always thought the point of a drone was so it could fly around and do its work without having to touch the ground. But engineers from Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems & Technologies (CAST) have been working on an unusual drone which actually has legs. The LEONARDO (LEg ON Aerial Robotic DrOne) uses its upper body thrust to stand upright, while a pair of jointed limbs at its bottom help it to walk along flat surfaces. 

MegaBots 2-Story Mech Goes up for Sale on eBay

MegaBots 2-Story Mech Goes up for Sale on eBay
Do you have a neighbor who likes to steal the parking space in front of your house? Well, have I got the ultimate deterrent for you! All you need is a gigantic, car-crushing mech to stand guard on your front lawn, and they’re sure to stay away.

ANYmal Robot Has Both Legs and Wheels

ANYmal Robot Has Both Legs and Wheels
Robots usually have either legs or wheels to move them around. But this unusual robot has both. Its builders say the combination provides it with greater versatility than other quadruped robots, and from the looks of the video footage engineer Marko Bjelonic shared, I’d have to agree. PhD research Bjelonic and engineers from ETH Zurich and the CERBERUS team worked together to create ANYmal, an autonomous robot with four legs and motorized wheels at their tips.

Pechanga Casino Resort Bets on Security Robot

Pechanga Casino Resort Bets on Security Robot
Hitmakers headline the new concert stage every week at SoCal’s popular Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula wine country. But the five-star getaway’s real star is Buddy, the first autonomous security robot in the country to patrol a casino.

This 65-foot Robot Arm Weighs Practically Nothing

This 65-foot Robot Arm Weighs Practically Nothing
The robot arms you see in most factories have a limited reach and they weigh several tons. The Giacometti Arm, however, can reach much further and extend over 65-feet. This is likely the longest robot arm ever.
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