We’ve watched many a nerd solve a Rubik’s Cube in like 4 seconds flat and we’ve also seen our share of robots that can solve it quickly as well. But until now, a Rubik’s Cube has never been able to solve itself.
Have you ever wondered how they keep things so clean on the Death Star? Well it turns out those little droids running around the floor of the place are little vacuum cleaners. At least that’s what I’ve been told.
Samsung has unveiled its Powerbot VR7000, a robotic vacuum that you can control with your Amazon Echo. In fact, Samsung says that all of its Wi-Fi-enabled Powerbot vacuums will work with Alexa. We don’t know exactly what you can command your bots to do, but I wouldn’t expect anything other than simple stop, go and get to work sort of commands.
This version is 28 percent slimmer than past models, so it should fit under your couch more easily.
Life can be hectic and stressful. Some days you don’t want to get out of bed. If only we could stay in bed and still go everywhere we need to go. Well that dream has come true thanks to artist Carsten Holler.
For his “Decision” exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London, he created this interactive work called Two Roaming Beds.
The Motrr Galileo is a nifty device for those who want to get more out of their smartphone’s camera. This compact gadget provides iPhone users with the ability to capture motion-control video effects, as well as other types of remote camera capabilities.
The Galileo is about the size of a thick hockey puck, but it’s actually quite powerful.
While this isn’t something new, since the British developed these types of tanks in WWII, the robotic Digger D-3 is a modern-day take on the mine-sweeping tank. The D-3 is remote-controlled and will crawl around a minefield digging up up landmines thanks to its flail hammers.
Balls are very near and dear to most men’s hearts. We use them for all sorts of fun and games. We try to take care of our varied balls and keep them from harm’s way. No one wants one of their balls to go flat for instance or explode due to mishandling.
Some German researchers over at DLR have come up with an advanced robotic arm that’s actually really sturdy. Initially, the arm might look fragile, but that isn’t the case. Take a look at the video, in which a researcher takes a baseball bat against the robotic space arm.
Hacks of the Microsoft Kinect are just flooding in now that the device is in the hands of geeks everywhere. I bet Microsoft never thought people would be using the Kinect for anything other than gaming as it was intended.
Vecna Robotics BEAR (Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot) was created to help with everything from search and rescue missions to hazmat handling. But despite it’s good intentions and unassuming looks in the photo below, this robot scares the crap out of me.
What gives me the creeps?
This nifty bit of robot footage comes to us from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).
Back at the end of 2005, the Institute developed two animatronic dinosaurs (one Tyrannosaurus Rex, one Parasaurolophus) that could actually balance and walk without any external stability systems.
Axion Racing’s robotic Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first computer-controlled vehicle to conquer the complexities of climbing to the 14,110 foot summit of Colorado’s Pikes Peak.
The tricked-out SUV climed to the top in just over 47 minutes, certainly not record time, but still quite impressive for a vehicle that has no driver.