Grocery shopping is a necessity, but not particularly fun – especially when you discover that a store hasn’t stocked what you want to buy. This robot will help keep store shelves stocked to make your shopping experience a better one.
Robots are really cool, but before they can start selling robots that will clean our houses and tend to our kids, they have to perfect them and make them safe and robust. Part of keeping an expensive robot safe is teaching it how to fall without cracking its shiny metal butt open.
Last month we featured the Dobot, a precise robotic arm that can plot, laser engrave and pick and place objects. But if you’re looking for something even more versatile, the Makerarm might be for you. It can also draw, use a laser head and assemble objects, but you can also use it as a 3D printer, a PCB fabricator, a soldering station and even a screwdriver.
This may just be the coolest video you see all day. It also may be a glimpse into our robotic future, in which lizards ride and control robots, killing everything in sight. It is as cute as it is terrifying.
Do you think R2-D2 gets mad that everyone writes him off as a little guy and makes him stay behind? Sure he saves the day a lot, but I bet he would rather be in the thick of it fighting with his friends.
I’ve seen some strange gadgets out of Japan over the years, and the latest oddity is the Sharp RoBoHoN. It’s a robot that has a phone built in. It has the ability to make calls and check email over a LTE/3G connection.
Well this is terrifying. Every time I think that the mad scientists have given up and gone home I find another monstrosity that they have unleashed upon the world. In this case we have a robot dog who is packing a surprise – drone that it launches from it’s back.
Last year we featured the uArm, a desktop robot arm inspired by ABB industrial robots. It’s affordable and responsive, but it’s mostly a pick and place robot. The Dobot on the other hand appears to be precise enough for a variety of tasks.
Today when we build satellites, construction has to be done on Earth, the satellite is placed in a rocket, shot into orbit, and then goes through automated deployment all while we hope things work just fine.
Attention 3D modelers! The 3D marketplace Pinshape and 3D design resource center Mold3D have launched a robot design contest. Create one or more 3D printable parts for their MakerTron robot and you could win a 3D printer and more.
In the DARPA Robotics Challenge, the idea is to create a robot that can navigate an obstacle course, using skills that could help save humans in an emergency. On the flip side, we may also be creating robot overlords that will one day decide to rule us meat sacks.
Check out Tesla’s prototype for an articulating metal snake that can charge a car. Basically it slowly bends down, finds the port and stabs into it as it injecting the car with alien parasites and venom, like an alien snake bite.
A few years ago we checked out a motion-controlled robot. LEGO designer Daniele Benedettelli also came up with a motion control setup for his Cyclops robot, but instead of using a motion sensor he made a exoskeleton made of LEGO that tracks his movement and relays it to the robot.
This is what I’m talking about. Robots who cook for humans, not robots who cook humans. Check out this video of a Yaskawa Motoman SDA10 Dual Arm Robot with Robotiq Universal Grippers as it gathers all the necessary ingredients and cooks an egg sandwich for a hungry human.
We’ve seen how you can make a robot replica and a 3D printed figure of Star Wars‘ new droid BB-8. Here’s Caleb Kraft’s low budget version: a BB-8 hand puppet.
Caleb made the puppet using a 12″ globe, a 6″ styrofoam sphere, four neodymium magnets and some spray paint.
A robot battle challenge was made last week by MegaBots, Inc. and now Suidobashi Heavy Industry in Japan has responded. It seems that the company likes the idea of pitting their giant robots against each other in a duel.