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Category: Robots

Robots Controlled by Gestures

Robots Controlled by Gestures
Most robots are controlled using a joystick or other traditional input device, but this new system allows operators to issue commands to robots using simple hand and body gestures. Developed by engineer Tsuyoshi Horo at Tokyo University, the system uses a circular array of cameras to detect human movements in…

R2-D2 Cake Makes You Wonder What Droids Taste Like

R2-D2 Cake Makes You Wonder What Droids Taste Like
Star Wars fans looking for something tasty to serve at their next soiree should look no further than this awesomely great R2-D2 cake. Created by master pastry chef Mark Randazzo of Brooklyn’s Mark Joseph Cakes, this edible Artoo came complete with a domed lid and plenty of delicious blue and…
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Robot Dog is Surprisingly Not Too Creepy

Robot Dog is Surprisingly Not Too Creepy
Having seen my share of weird Japanese robotic animals, I was actually pretty impressed by the fact that this one doesn’t look like it’s going to attempt to murder you in your sleep. SEGATOY’s new robotic dog is a heck of a lot less creepy than their hollow-stared robot cats,…

Ping Pong Printer Produces Perfect Projectiles

Ping Pong Printer Produces Perfect Projectiles
Why print on boring old paper, when you can get your message across on some nice bouncy ping pong balls? The appropriately named PingPongPrinter can print dot-matrix messages directly onto the spherical surface of ping pong balls. Builders Vern Graner and Rick Abbott of The Robot Group used a Parallax…

Automated Voice Response System Gets an Attitude

Automated Voice Response System Gets an Attitude
Ever feel like telling one of those stupid voice-recognition phone systems exactly where it can stick option number 2? Carnegie Mellon alumnus, humorist and robotics author Daniel H. Wilson stars in this humorous video clip of what happened when he got a little too snarky with Diane, the voice behind…

Robothespian Masters the Classics

Robothespian Masters the Classics
Back in the day, I did my stint designing lighting and sets for community theater companies, so I’ve seen more than my share of wooden acting. But this is the first time I’ve ever seen metal acting. The RoboThespian is a life-sized robotic puppet, designed with one mission in mind…

Rfl Robot: Programmable Football ‘Bot on a Budget

Rfl Robot: Programmable Football ‘Bot on a Budget
If you’re gonna have a robot, why not have one that can play sports? This low-cost robot is designed specifically for playing robotic football tournaments. The RFL (Robotic Football League) Robot was created for playing football in tournaments with other robot enhusiasts. These robots feature a set of four independent…

Robots Do the Limbo and Dance the Hula

Robots Do the Limbo and Dance the Hula
What happens when a couple of robots have one to many Mai Tais? They do the Limbo and Hula, of course. Designed and choreographed by custom robot builder Sumy Family, the bots were clad in grass skirts and native garb, and programmed to do some traditional Hawaiian dance as part…

A Fire Breathing, Car Killing Robot of Your Very Own

A Fire Breathing, Car Killing Robot of Your Very Own
Remember the Robosaurus? Let me refresh your memory. The gigantic robotic dinosaur looks like a metal, fire-breathing Tyrannosaurus Rex, and might be just about as fierce. Capable of picking up cars, then crushing them with its razor-sharp jaws, I certainly wouldn’t want to run into one in a back alley.…

Tomy I-Sobot Shoots an Arrow Straight Through My Heart

Tomy I-Sobot Shoots an Arrow Straight Through My Heart
Tomy’s i-SOBOT mini robot has been receiving raves for it’s cool moves and programmability. This recent clip from Robots Dreams shows off the talented little robot doing his best bow and arrow work. While I wouldn’t necessarily let the pint-sized robot shoot an apple off of my head, I’m still…

Robot Artist Draws Portraits

Robot Artist Draws Portraits
This humanoid robot holds a pen in its hand and can draw an image of any person who stands in front of it. Created by robotic researcher Sylvain Calinon, the robot recognizes when there’s a face in its field of view, then snaps a digital photo and extracts the major…

Robot Sommelier Makes the Guinness Book

Robot Sommelier Makes the Guinness Book
Remember the wine-tasting robot that mistook people for bacon? Well I guess they’ve worked out some of the kinks, since the pint-sized automaton with a taste for the finer things is back — this time in the Guinness World Records. NEC’s Tasting Robot has achieved the unique distinction of the…

Wii Box Robot on the Attack

Wii Box Robot on the Attack
Thanks to a little hard work and creativity, a Japanese toy Otaku has put together this awesome little Wii box robot. By combining Amazon Japan’s shipping box robot toy, some custom-printed box labels and a few mini Wii keychain accessories, they completed the look for the pint-sized bot. Be sure…

Robophilo: Humanoid Robot for Under $500

Robophilo: Humanoid Robot for Under $500
RoboPhilo is a compact personal robot that offers a level of sophistication you usually don’t find in robots for under $1000, let alone in one that costs less than 500 clams.   The humanoid ‘bot comes “ready to walk,” which means you won’t have to spend hours putting together the…

Lets Talk About Chicks, Man.

Lets Talk About Chicks, Man.
If cute is your thing, you’re in luck. These baby robot chickens from Japan are so sugary sweet, you might go into a diabetic coma. SegaToys’ Dream Chicks are lifelike baby birds that respond to real world stimuli. Petting and interacting with the tiny chick makes the diminutive avian chirp…

Homebrew Star Wars at-St Learns to Walk

Homebrew Star Wars at-St Learns to Walk
Check out this awesome homemade Star Wars AT-ST walker, built from a mish-mash of electronic parts, brass tubing and custom cut circuit boards. The bipedal MiniMechadon walker is fully functional, and can hobble around just like the ones in the motion pictures. While it’s not quite as polished as the…
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