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Category: Robots

Sony KOOV Robotics Kit Review: Hands on with the Robots

Sony KOOV Robotics Kit Review: Hands on with the Robots
Every generation’s kids seem to know much more about technology than the prior generation. I grew up as part of the first wave of kids to use desktop computers, and now the little ones are using smartphones and tablets like they were born with them as appendages.

Electric Self Driving Potato: Volkswagen SpudBug

Electric Self Driving Potato: Volkswagen SpudBug
When he’s not creating awesome video games like Superhot, developer Marek Baczynski is giving vegetables the ability to roam the land. Marek recently gave a potato the freedom to travel on its own. The self-driving potato, named Pontus, runs entirely on its own electricity too.
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Sumo Robots, FIGHT!

Sumo Robots, FIGHT!
While we await our own downfall in the inevitable robopocalypse, at least we can pit robots against each other and make them fight. More wine! If you like to watch robot battles, YouTuber Robert McGregor put together a great compilation video of Japanese sumo robot fights.

This Robot Plays the Marimba Way Better Than You Can

This Robot Plays the Marimba Way Better Than You Can
A while back engineers at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology built a robot that can play music. Mason Bretan’s robot goes by the name Shimon, and is a four-armed, marimba-playing robot with some serious smarts.

Johnny 5 LEGO Ideas Kit Needs Your Input

Johnny 5 LEGO Ideas Kit Needs Your Input
One of my all-time favorite movies from when I was a kid was Short Circuit. For you Millennials who weren’t even around in 1986, Short Circuit is a movie about a laser wielding military robot that gets struck by lightning and becomes a cute sentient robot that I’m pretty sure Wall-E was based on.

Watch a Giant Knife Stab an Old Toyota

Watch a Giant Knife Stab an Old Toyota
Like Crocodile Dundee once said, “That’s not a knife. This is a knife.” When they’re not building giant fighting robots, the guys behind Megabots like to smash and slice stuff with giant knives. They decided to use a 500-pound knife they custom built to stab a scrapyard Toyota.

Autonomous Robot Picks up and Stacks Rocks

Autonomous Robot Picks up and Stacks Rocks
A team of researchers at ETH Zurich have created another cool autonomous robot. Big surprise there, right? These eggheads are going to kill us all. Well, this robot is capable of picking up odd shaped rocks and stacking them on top of each other.

Giant Rick and Morty Butter Passing Robot Gets a Flamethrower: You Melt Butter

Giant Rick and Morty Butter Passing Robot Gets a Flamethrower: You Melt Butter
When you discover that your sole purpose in life is to pass butter, chances are you are going to be depressed, then angry. You may even pick up a flamethrower and wage all out war on your creator.

German Church Creates Robot Priest: The Humans Are Saved!

German Church Creates Robot Priest: The Humans Are Saved!
As part of a celebration to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a church in Germany has created a robot priest. Why not? Robots are going to kill us all dead one day, they might as well save our souls beforehand.

Old Spice S.Q.U.I.D.: 8 Guys, 1 Cephalopod

Old Spice S.Q.U.I.D.: 8 Guys, 1 Cephalopod
If you’ve ever played the video game Octodad, you know how difficult it can be to perform tasks using tentacles. Sure, a real octopus can open a jar with its spindly legs, but you’re not a real octopus.

Planar Elliptical Runner Robot Can Run Faster Than You Can

Planar Elliptical Runner Robot Can Run Faster Than You Can
As humans are getting fatter and lazier in general, robots are learning to run faster and faster. Does this concern anyone else? No? Just me? Stay in shape if you want to outrun the robots of the future, people.

Drunk Guy Tackles Robot, Robot Calls for Help

Drunk Guy Tackles Robot, Robot Calls for Help
Apparently, a drunk guy got into a scuffle with a Knightscope K5 security robot, and by scuffle I mean he knocked the 330-pound robot over. Maybe in an effort see if Weebles really do wobble, but don’t fall down, since the thing does look like a giant Weeble.

Guy Plays Five Finger Fillet with a Knife-Wielding Robot

Guy Plays Five Finger Fillet with a Knife-Wielding Robot
Nope. Just nope. You won’t catch me playing the dangerous game of five finger fillet with a robot. I won’t even let a robot hold a knife around me. Are you crazy? Well, this guy must be.

LEGO Mindstorms TrotBot Walks Like an 8-Legged Horse

LEGO Mindstorms TrotBot Walks Like an 8-Legged Horse
This TrotBot was created by Ben Vagle. It is an 8-legged robot built out of LEGO Mindstorms and despite its looks, it uses a walking mechanism inspired by the gait of a galloping horse. You can see it in action in the videos below.

Check out These Remote-Controlled Star Wars Mouse Droids

Check out These Remote-Controlled Star Wars Mouse Droids
While attending WonderCon 2017 in Anaheim, Norman Chan of Tested talked with Mike Senna and Michael McMaster about their custom built Mouse Droids. In case you don’t remember, Mouse Droids are known for roaming the halls of the Death Star and other Imperial buildings, and are pretty adorable as far as speedy little droids go.

Robots Help Japan’s Volleyball Team Test Their Spikes

Robots Help Japan’s Volleyball Team Test Their Spikes
Japan is doing what Japan does best to give its national volleyball team an edge: using robots. They are using some high-tech training robots to help out. These bizarre-looking ‘bots mimic the opposing team’s defense and are each made up of a pairs of hands and arms attached to a mobile torso.
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