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Tag: Robot

U.S. Navy Developing Fire Fighting Robot

U.S. Navy Developing Fire Fighting Robot
Fires on board vessels at sea are a pretty serious hazard. That’s why the U.S. Navy has been developing a firefighter for the fleet based on Virginia Tech’s CHARLI-L1 robot. The U.S. Naval Research Lab is in charge of the project and are working with the University of Penn as well.

Never Trust a Robot Barber

Never Trust a Robot Barber
There’s nothing quite like getting a haircut. First you have some mindless chit-chat with your barber, he snips away, you get a quick powder and your done. It feels good and you look good. It’s a pleasant experience.

Sphero Gets a Ride of Its Own

Sphero Gets a Ride of Its Own
Remember Sphero, the robotic ball of fun? Well, apparently he’s growing up really fast and has his license now, along with a new set of wheels. It was created with parts like a discarded toy car, trackball, an Arduino kit, and an H-Bridge.

Pygmy Robot Rings: The Hands Have Eyes

Pygmy Robot Rings: The Hands Have Eyes
Humans and robots have been interacting for ages now, so why are we not palling around with R2-D2 and C-3PO yet? Because we still have a long way to go before we can interact with them that well.

Robothespian Sings “Singing in the Rain”, Despite Never Having Been

Robothespian Sings “Singing in the Rain”, Despite Never Having Been
Robothespian must be a great actor. People seem to really respond to him. Plus he sings classics like “Singing in the Rain” despite the fact that he would start rusting immediately, in a very convincing manner.

Mech Warfare Launches Kickstarter Project to Build a New Robot Arena

Mech Warfare Launches Kickstarter Project to Build a New Robot Arena
One of my all-time favorite video games was MechWarrior. I played that game for hours on end and wished on more than one occasion I had a real robot with rail guns and missiles. That real mech hasn’t happened yet, but I bet a lot of us would like to build one of these awesome small scale Mech Warfare robots that actually have firing weapons integrated.

Robot Artist Draws Caricatures in Three Minutes

Robot Artist Draws Caricatures in Three Minutes
Not content to just take our medical and factory jobs, robots are now eying the art field, with an emphasis on creating caricatures. After robots one day hit the street and earn money by drawing people, caricature will become a lost art to humans.

Battle Robot Controlled in Real Time Via Motion Capture: Real Real Steel

Battle Robot Controlled in Real Time Via Motion Capture: Real Real Steel
The evidence that Japan is working on making giant robots real continues to pile up. Naoki Maru is known in Japan for his King Kizer series of robots, has developed a motion-controlled version that he calls Real King Kizer.

Blackberry PlayBook Drives R/C Robot Car

Blackberry PlayBook Drives R/C Robot Car
Some video footage has surfaced of a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet being used as a remote control for a robotic car – complete with some soothing soul music. We don’t know much about this project, but we do know that the PlayBook controls the car over the Wi-fi network provided by a BlackBerry Bold 9900 – and the app was written by a guy named Kamila Sternal.

3D Shape Creation System Could Lead to Transforming Buildings, Super Robots

3D Shape Creation System Could Lead to Transforming Buildings, Super Robots
Admit it Japan – you really are working on making giant mecha and super robots real. You started off with life-size robot statues. Now you’re working on scaffolding that can be programmed to change shapes and volume?

Robot Pole Dancers Shake Their Money Makers

Robot Pole Dancers Shake Their Money Makers
At this years CeBIT consumer electronics expo in Hannover, Germany, you’d expect there to be lots of cool innovations. A pair of pole-dancing robots was not what I was thinking, though. These are life-sized humanoids, with camera-shaped lights as heads that gyrate suggestively to music, which is played by a third DJ robot, who has a megaphone for a head.

Smart Fur Gives Robot Pets Realistic Sensations

Smart Fur Gives Robot Pets Realistic Sensations
We’ve all heard countless times how simply petting an animal can decrease stress and help improve a person’s state of mind. But what if you’re unable to take care of a real pet? There have been plenty of attempts to create robotic animals over the years, but none of them have really succeeded at providing the same feedback as a real animal.

Darpa Cheetah Robot Sets Speed Record, Time to Run, Time to Hide

Darpa Cheetah Robot Sets Speed Record, Time to Run, Time to Hide
Those mad scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) won’t be happy until we are all hunted down by their creations. Working towards this goal, some of their robot animals are getting way faster than you or I can run.

iRobot Lands $1.5 Million Order for 110 FirstLook Robots

iRobot Lands $1.5 Million Order for 110 FirstLook Robots
iRobot makes a bunch of different robots that are in use by the military and police to apprehend bad guys without getting humans killed. About this time last year, we mentioned the then new 110 FirstLook robot.

Robot Teaches Itself to Walk, Just Not Very Well

Robot Teaches Itself to Walk, Just Not Very Well
I recently showed you a video in which a Gundam mech taught itself to walk using some sort of “genetic algorithm”. Around the same time, it turns out engineers have been giving real robots the tools they need to walk on their own.

Quadrotors Play the James Bond Theme Song

Quadrotors Play the James Bond Theme Song
It seems that quadrocopters can do just about anything. Like the other robots, they are busy taking our jobs. In this case, they are getting ready to put conductors and orchestras out of business. They’ve hijacked the James Bond theme and have Moneypenny and Q tied up in the back!