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Tag: Robots

Autonomous Fruit-Picking Drones: Harvesting the Future

Autonomous Fruit-Picking Drones: Harvesting the Future
Developed by Tevel Aerobotics, the Flying Autonomous Robot harvester is a collection of tethered drones that can pick ripe fruit from trees. The robots can analyze a piece of fruit for color and ripeness before picking it with its suction arm, being able to identify fruit from leaves or other objects.

Creepy Tentacle Robot Can Carefully Grasp Fragile Objects

Creepy Tentacle Robot Can Carefully Grasp Fragile Objects
Because what good is a robotic gripper if it breaks everything it touches, researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a robotic gripper that can carefully grasp and pick up objects with its creepily long tentacles.

This Robotic Spider Lamp Is Ready to Weave Its Web of Light

This Robotic Spider Lamp Is Ready to Weave Its Web of Light
Presumably inspired by my nightmares, the Mecrob Spider Table Lamp is a metal robot spider that comes in kit form. The spider features an abdomen full of fairy lights and four spotlight-style eye lights for illuminating whatever mad scientist project you’re currently working on.

SNB2: Sticky Note Bot 2, A Modular Desktop Organization Robot

SNB2: Sticky Note Bot 2, A Modular Desktop Organization Robot
Designed and sold by 3D printing shop Thin-Air 3D, the Sticky Note Bot 2 (SNB2 for short) is a modular desktop organizer in the stylish form factor of a little robot. Now, if only it could do some of my actual work for me instead of just sitting there holding paper and pencils.

Robotic Dog Uses AI to Learn to Walk in Under 20 Minutes

Robotic Dog Uses AI to Learn to Walk in Under 20 Minutes
A group of researchers at the University of California Berkeley have trained a dog to walk on various terrain in under twenty minutes using machine learning. Using a ‘deep reinforcement’ form of artificial intelligence, the robot can quickly acclimate to traversing almost any ground cover it finds itself on.

3D Printing Factory Mass Producing Humanoid Robot Body Parts

3D Printing Factory Mass Producing Humanoid Robot Body Parts
Korean 3D printing company Glück produces the Sculpia printing platform. And in this video, it demonstrates the platform’s capabilities by creating an army of humanoid robot body parts. “Finally,” I imagine Skynet thinking to itself while making plans to mass produce a whole line of Terminators.

Robot Dog Equipped with Rocket Launcher: This Will End Badly

Robot Dog Equipped with Rocket Launcher: This Will End Badly
We’ve already seen a quadruped robotic dog equipped with a submachine gun, so obviously, it was the next logical step towards humanity’s demise to strap a rocket launcher to one. Spotted at a recent military convention, You can purchase a robotic dog like this for about $2,700, but the ninja costume and rocket launcher, you’ll have to find yourself.

Mad Scientists Use Wolf Spider Carcasses as Robotic Grippers

Mad Scientists Use Wolf Spider Carcasses as Robotic Grippers
A group of researchers at Texas’s Rice University have developed a method of turning wolf spider carcasses into robotic grippers, making the legs open and extend when a small amount of air is applied inside the carcass and close and grip when the air is drawn back out.

Submachine Gun Attached to AliExpress Robot Dog: The Robopacalypse Nears

Submachine Gun Attached to AliExpress Robot Dog: The Robopacalypse Nears
Because terrible ideas come in all shapes, sizes, and price points, someone bought a $3,000 robot dog (knocked-off of Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini) on AliExpress, then went and strapped a Russian PP-19 Vityaz submachine gun to the top of it.

Scientists Create Self-Healing Skin For Robots Using Human Cells

Scientists Create Self-Healing Skin For Robots Using Human Cells
Researchers at The University of Tokyo have covered a robotic finger with skin created from actual human skin cells. It’s also capable of repairing itself when a collagen sheet is applied. And repair itself, it’s going to need to because I’m taking that Terminator finger down!

Tiny Robotic Crab Is So Small It Can Stand on the Edge of a Penny

Tiny Robotic Crab Is So Small It Can Stand on the Edge of a Penny
Developed by researchers at Northwestern University, this tiny robotic crab is so small it can stand on the edge of a penny. Not the side of a penny, the EDGE. Now that’s small. So small there could be a whole army of them in your bed right now, and you wouldn’t even know it.

Tiny Drone Swarm Navigates Bamboo Forest Autonomously

Tiny Drone Swarm Navigates Bamboo Forest Autonomously
Because the robotic apocalypse can’t come soon enough for some people, researchers at China’s Zhejiang University have programmed a swarm of small drones to navigate autonomously to avoid obstacles. In this case, those obstacles are the entirety of a bamboo forest.

Toyota Patents Dog Walking Robot That Can Pick Up After Your Pet

Toyota Patents Dog Walking Robot That Can Pick Up After Your Pet
Because picking up poop is one of the least desirable aspects of dog walking, Toyota recently applied for patents related to a dog-walking robot that can even clean up after a dog takes care of its business.

Robotic Hands Taught to Delicately Peel Bananas

Robotic Hands Taught to Delicately Peel Bananas
What good is a robot servant if it can’t even peel your breakfast banana without smashing it to bits? With that in mind, researchers at the University of Tokyo’s ISI Laboratory have used AI to teach a pair of robotic hands how to delicately peel bananas.

A $310,000 Fully Autonomous Robotic Massage Machine

A $310,000 Fully Autonomous Robotic Massage Machine
Do you have a knot in your back? Do you trust a robot to massage it out without snapping your neck in the process? If you do, you’re in luck, thanks to Massage Robotics’ MR-01, a $310,000 fully autonomous massage robot with two 6-axis collaborative robotic arms that operate using cloud artificial intelligence.

These Bird-Like Robotic Legs Can Perch And Grasp Things With Its Feet

These Bird-Like Robotic Legs Can Perch And Grasp Things With Its Feet
Inspired by the legs and feet of a peregrine falcon, engineers at Stanford University’s Cutkosky Lab have developed a set of SNAG (“stereotyped nature-inspired aerial grasper”) robotic legs that can perch on different sized branches and grasp objects in a manner similar to the bird of prey.