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Tag: Insect

Mobee Robot Bees to Patrol the Skies of Our Nightmares

Mobee Robot Bees to Patrol the Skies of Our Nightmares
Robot bees are the real threat to humanity because they could potentially sting you dead and just fly off to find their next victim. If that happens you can thank the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) for their creation, the Mobee.

Six Legged Insect Robot Picks Up Prey in Its Jaws of Death

Six Legged Insect Robot Picks Up Prey in Its Jaws of Death
It’s a good week for hexapod robots around here. First, we had the awesome Morphex transforming robot, and now we have this guy. It’s a six-legged robot that is dextrous enough to use two of its legs to pick up prey.

Doctor Who Bump-N-Go Cybermat Toy Literally Shows No Teeth

Doctor Who Bump-N-Go Cybermat Toy Literally Shows No Teeth
The following post is from Technabob guest writer Jack Kieffer of Cool Gizmo Toys, a site that loves geeky products as well as Pandas. The site isn’t about Pandas, but those are pretty awesome anyway. Diehard Doctor Who fans would recognize the Cybermat immediately, and would be super excited to hear that the Bump-N-Go Cybermat is available this Christmas season!

Ant-Roach Inflatable Robot is Bizarre, Could Be Your Post-Apocalyptic Transport

Ant-Roach Inflatable Robot is Bizarre, Could Be Your Post-Apocalyptic Transport
It looks like a giant kids toy, but this 15-foot beast is actually an inflatable pneumatic robot. In the future, humans will ride these beasts across the wastelands of the apocalypse and wage wars with one another on their backs.

HexBug Larva Robots Ready to Squirm into Your Life

HexBug Larva Robots Ready to Squirm into Your Life
You may or may not know this about me, but I really dislike bugs. Not dragonflies or ladybugs, mind you, just the really creepy crawly type. And while it’s usually the ones with thousands of legs that really freak me out, larvae are about the next worst thing.

This Insect Spies All: Miniature Surveillance Drones

This Insect Spies All: Miniature Surveillance Drones
Ah, insect drones. They’ve been used so much in movies and televisions shows that it was bound to become a reality someday. I remember this particular scene in that old Richie Rich movie (the one where Macaulay Culkin played Richie), when Professor Kean Bean was showing off his latest invention to Richie: a gold flying bug that was equipped with a camera.

Robot Venus Fly Trap Eats Bugs, Can’t Digest Them

Robot Venus Fly Trap Eats Bugs, Can’t Digest Them
Hey, bugs. I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that two prototype Venus Fly Trap robots have been designed with the ability to capture and eat real bugs and use them for energy.

Insect-Powered Smartphones (and a Praying Mantis on a Unicycle)

Insect-Powered Smartphones (and a Praying Mantis on a Unicycle)
You know what I love about the whole viral video advertising trend? At least it makes advertisers and agencies look outside of the traditional blah 30- and 60- second ad spots that treat consumers like idiots, and instead to do something entertaining and attention-grabbing.

CLASH Cloth-Climbing Robot Cockroach: Headed to a Couch Near You

CLASH Cloth-Climbing Robot Cockroach: Headed to a Couch Near You
UC Berkeley has a history of creating insect-inspired robots for future humans to swat and kill and run from in horror. The latest is CLASH, a robot designed to speedily climb up vertical or near-vertical cloth surfaces.

Giant Circuit Board Dragonfly: Be Glad This Thing Doesn’t Fly

Giant Circuit Board Dragonfly: Be Glad This Thing Doesn’t Fly
I think I’ve mentioned this before – I’m not really crazy about insects. But for some reason, dragonflies have never really bothered me. They’re big, buzzy and clumsy, but they can’t do any harm, so maybe that’s why I don’t mind them.

Fly Goodbye Bug Gun Sucks Bugs Alive

Fly Goodbye Bug Gun Sucks Bugs Alive
Despite the fact that little boys are supposed to love playing with bugs, I’ve always disliked insects – especially anything ending in “pede.” I think all those legs just creeped me out.

See-Through Ants Come in Custom Colors

See-Through Ants Come in Custom Colors
Did you know that certain ants out there have translucent abdomens? We must have missed that day in entomology class. Not only are there see-through ants, but they can be filled with colorful liquid to make them any color you want!

Spiderbot Hector Robot Ready to Take on Spider-Man

Spiderbot Hector Robot Ready to Take on Spider-Man
Making humanoid robots might seem cool, but it’s ultimately problematic between the balancing issues and the potential for replacing us humans. So it’s always interesting to see some non-humanoid robot concepts. Hector (which stands for HExapod Cognitive auTonmously Operating Robot) is about 3.3 feet long and looks like a robot from the future, but it’s currently under construction in Germany.

Thinkgeek Electronic Butterfly in a Jar is Weird

Thinkgeek Electronic Butterfly in a Jar is Weird
ThinkGeek has some really cool and really strange products. One of the stranger products that I have seen in the catalog of offerings is this new Electronic Butterfly in a Jar. It’s just what it sounds like.

Skitterbot R/C Bug Robots Are Very Cool and Very Fast

Skitterbot R/C Bug Robots Are Very Cool and Very Fast
I’m a sucker for remote control toys and robots. My office desk and the toy room upstairs are littered with the remnants of all manner of R/C toys from cars to robots and flying whatnots. A cool new R/C bug robot has been announced called Skitterbot.

Virtual Insects Crawl on Real Hands

Virtual Insects Crawl on Real Hands
Spotted at SIGGRAPH 2010, this interactive art display might just look like a pile of sand, but stick your hands in it, and a variety of creepy crawly insects come to life. Thankfully, these nasty many-legged creatures aren’t real.