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Tag: Humanoid

Plen2 Robot Has Open Source Software and 3D Printed Parts: Options Aplen2

Plen2 Robot Has Open Source Software and 3D Printed Parts: Options Aplen2
Japanese company Plen Project recently unveiled the next version of its Plen hobby robot. Plen2 is not only more affordable than its predecessor, it’s open source too. Plen Project will even release the 3D files for its parts, so you can print it in any color and even modify it if you want.

Pepper, The Creepy Emotion-Sensing Robot, Will Hit the Market Within 12 Months

Pepper, The Creepy Emotion-Sensing Robot, Will Hit the Market Within 12 Months
Technabob has written about Pepper before, and the words published were the mixture of disgust and fear that only the uncanny valley and faux-telepathic robots can inspire. The basic premise is that this eerie, white robot’s soulless and vacant black eyes are always studying you and reading for signs of weakness your emotions (for signs of weakness).

Here Come the Robot News Anchors: Tonight’s Top Story: Robopocalypse!

Here Come the Robot News Anchors: Tonight’s Top Story: Robopocalypse!
Some news anchors already look and act like robots, but that isn’t good enough for Japan. They want actual robots giving us the news. Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan just unveiled Kodomoroid and Otonaroid – two robots that look eerily human with super good anchor skills.

Intel Robot Kits Let You Roll Your Own Robotic Overlord

Intel Robot Kits Let You Roll Your Own Robotic Overlord
Robotics is a very interesting field, but buying a decent robot that is already built can be well out of reach for many folks. To address this, Intel and Trossen Robotics have announced that it will be putting open source robot kits on the market later this year that are reasonably affordable.

Japan’s SCHAFT Dominates DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials: Shut Yo’ Mouth!

Japan’s SCHAFT Dominates DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials: Shut Yo’ Mouth!
DARPA’s Robotic Challenge Trials wrapped up earlier today, and the robot that reigned supreme is SCHAFT. The squat 209 pound, 4.85 foot-tall robot smoked the competition, scoring 27 points, besting its next closest competitor by 35% in overall points.

NASA’s 6-foot-tall Valkyrie 1 Robot: Not Quite Human

NASA’s 6-foot-tall Valkyrie 1 Robot: Not Quite Human
The DARPA Robotics Challenge is all about encouraging the development of humanoid robots that can complete the same tasks we humans do, but in more dangerous conditions – a robot that can get the job done when we don’t want to.

Atlas Humanoid Robot Attempts to Walk on Rubble, Struggles

Atlas Humanoid Robot Attempts to Walk on Rubble, Struggles
Creating a humanoid robot that can walk over all kinds of junk, like a parent traversing a child’s LEGO explosion of a room, is no easy task. The idea is the same for both the parent and the robot.

AMBER 2 Robot Mimics Human Foot Movements

AMBER 2 Robot Mimics Human Foot Movements
We all know that humanoid robots roaming the streets aren’t that far away, but there are still plenty of kinks to be worked out of the designs. The AMBER 2 Robot does its best to emulate human foot movements, with the goal of making a machine that can walk on all sorts of terrain.

Samsung Roboray Robot Maps Its Own Environment and Walks Just Like a Human

Samsung Roboray Robot Maps Its Own Environment and Walks Just Like a Human
Roboray is the latest humanoid robot created by Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology. Using visual recognition software developed by a team University of Bristol, the ‘bot can now build real-time, 3D visual maps of its environment.

SCHAFT Humanoid Robot is a Bad Mother… Shut Your Mouth!

SCHAFT Humanoid Robot is a Bad Mother… Shut Your Mouth!
Humanoid robots can be pretty creepy, but most of them aren’t that strong. That’s because their electric motors they use are pretty limited due to size. However scientists are working on making humanoid robots more powerful.

Petman Robot Tries on Some Clothes

Petman Robot Tries on Some Clothes
If there’s one company that has the best chance of bringing the robopocalypse to reality, it has to be Boston Dynamics. Between BigDog, AlphaDog, Cheetah and Sand Flea, they’re building a veritable army of robo-animals on behalf of DARPA.

Famicom-Controlled Robot: Nintendo Needs to Make These, Now.

Famicom-Controlled Robot: Nintendo Needs to Make These, Now.
Back in the 1980s we had a little game system here in the States called the NES. In Japan, that system was called the Famicom. It looked mighty different, but played most of the same games.

CHIMP “Humanoid” Rescue Robot to Climb Ladders, Transform into a Tank

CHIMP “Humanoid” Rescue Robot to Climb Ladders, Transform into a Tank
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on a rescue robot that can take on both humanoid and tank forms like a Transformer. No word on whether it is a Decepticon or an Autobot. It’s called CHIMP (CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform) and it can work like a human (or monkey) when it needs to climb a ladder and such.

Kibo the Robot is Going to Space

Kibo the Robot is Going to Space
If science fiction films are to be believed, when an astronaut needs company in space, a robot can be a good companion. In keeping with that idea, Kibo the robot will soon join the crew of the International Space Station.

3D Print Your Own Android

3D Print Your Own Android
There are plenty of robots around, but if you could ever 3D-print your own robot at home, that would be taking it to another level. Most of today’s robots tend to look quite machine-like, but humanoid robots are the future.

Roboy Humanoid Robot Looks Like a Teen Terminator

Roboy Humanoid Robot Looks Like a Teen Terminator
A group of scientists and engineers from the University of Zürich’s Artificial Intelligence Lab has unveiled a robot called Roboy. While their intentions are good, this creepy-looking robot reminds me of an adolescent, hydrocephalic, Terminator sent back in time to destroy mankind.