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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.
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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.

Sony Aibo Robot Dog Review: K-9 Eat Your Heart Out

Sony Aibo Robot Dog Review: K-9 Eat Your Heart Out
The first time I came across the concept of a robot dog was Doctor Who’s pet dog K-9, and then Rags, the talking dog in Woody Allen’s Sleeper. While both of these science fiction dogs were charming in their own ways, they’ve got nothing on the latest version of Sony’s Aibo robot companion, a true wonder of 21st-century engineering. Sony first released an Aibo robot dog the way back in 1999, with new versions released every year until 2006.

Turn Your Instant Pot Cooker into R2-D2

Turn Your Instant Pot Cooker into R2-D2
Over the years, R2-D2 has proven to be a highly versatile and useful droid. He can hack security systems, relay holographic transmissions, electrocute enemies, extinguish fires, and even serve cocktails to guests on Jabba’s sand barge.

This Augmentation Give Humans a Robot Tail

This Augmentation Give Humans a Robot Tail
When it comes to augmenting the human body with technology, video games and science fiction movies have us dreaming of giant mech-like exosuits, arm-mounted missile launchers and flamethrowers, and superhuman vision and hearing. What we’ve got for now is a robotic tail. Developed by researchers at Japan’s Keio University, the Arque is a robotic appendage that gives its wearer a mechanical tail.

Ardu McDuino: Bagpipe Playing Robot

Ardu McDuino: Bagpipe Playing Robot
I’m always amazed when I see people playing bagpipes. That weird sack with pipes sticking out of it looks so complicated that I can’t believe anyone could master it. I’m just not musically gifted I guess.
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