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Tag: Robots

A Robotic Trombone Machine: For the Marching Band of the Future

A Robotic Trombone Machine: For the Marching Band of the Future
Since “just because you can” is as good a reason as any to do something these days, the engineers at iSax Laboratories took it upon themselves to try building a MIDI-controlled robotic trombone. The result? Well, the result is what you’ll hear below, which is by no means the best trombone playing I’ve ever heard.

Guy’s Creepy Facial Recognition Robot with Furby ‘Brain’

Guy’s Creepy Facial Recognition Robot with Furby ‘Brain’
Seen here looking like a typical nuclear family of the future, this is YouTuber LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER showing off a facial recognition robot (the one on the right). It appears to be powered by a Furby inside the clear plastic computer case, which is modeled after a classic Apple Macintosh.

This Suction Cup Robot Can Climb Just About Any Wall

This Suction Cup Robot Can Climb Just About Any Wall
When it comes to wall-climbing robots, most of them rely on vacuum suction to make their way up the side of a building. The trick there is that you need a very smooth surface, like glass or marble in order to get a good grip.

Water Bottle Flipping Robots Are a Thing Now

Water Bottle Flipping Robots Are a Thing Now
Me in 1988: By 2019 we are going to have flying cars. It’s gonna be so cool! Me in 2019: Looks at water bottle flipping robots in disgust. This is where we put our engineering energy?

MIND KIT Is a Highly Modular Robotics Building Platform

MIND KIT Is a Highly Modular Robotics Building Platform
A new modular robotics kit was recently launched via Kickstarter and it is called the MIND KIT. It’s an easy-to-use development kit for robotics. The modular robot is designed as an easy click-together system, so you can get down to programming quickly.

Battle Your Friends with Liphier Cavalry Robots

Battle Your Friends with Liphier Cavalry Robots
Liphier Cavalry Robots are robotic toys which are designed for battle. The little robots can be controlled via the accompanying mobile app to defend or attack head-on. These interactive robots are described as self-balancing, but they look like they just spin around on wheels.

Robotic Comedy Duo Use AI to Perform Their Routine

Robotic Comedy Duo Use AI to Perform Their Routine
AIchan and GONta are the world’s latest comedy duo. These two funny robots were created by a lab at Japan’s Konan University and use an AI program to respond to one another and tell jokes. They do Japanese stand-up comedy routines, which usually involves a “straight man” and a “funny man” who trade jokes back and forth based on misunderstandings, puns, gags, and wordplay.

Google Gives SCHAFT Robotics Unit the Shaft

Google Gives SCHAFT Robotics Unit the Shaft
Bad news for some folks in the robotics business, but great news for mankind. Google is shutting down its SCHAFT robotics unit. This means that humans just got a longer lifespan. The apocalypse may not be canceled, but it is certainly delayed for now.

Disney Working on Robot Stunt Doubles

Disney Working on Robot Stunt Doubles
Remember a month ago when Disney’s Stickman was the best robotic stuntman technology they had? Good times. Things are about to get way more human and way more creepy. Now the company is working on a series of truly acrobatic, humanoid stunt robots with their Stuntronics project.

The Fader Stealth Is a Lightweight, Stealthy, and Inexpensive Mini Drone

The Fader Stealth Is a Lightweight, Stealthy, and Inexpensive Mini Drone
Drone flying has become the new kite flying, and people of all ages are starting to pick up the hobby. If you’re still new to the game, pick up TRNDLabs’ Fader Stealth Drone, a compact, easy to fly, and bargain-priced drone.

Robot Vacuum Cleaner Scares a Few Lives out of a Bunch of Cats

Robot Vacuum Cleaner Scares a Few Lives out of a Bunch of Cats
I reviewed a few robot vacuums way back in the day, and they always seemed to get to work in the middle of the night shortly after I forgot they were in the house. These autonomous cleaners can be scary when they kick on and you aren’t expecting it.

Robots Go Skiing, Fall on Their Shiny Metal Asses

Robots Go Skiing, Fall on Their Shiny Metal Asses
Many of us are on the lookout for the impending robot uprising, but once you see this video of skiing robots falling on their butts, you may not be so worried. The footage comes from the Ski Robot Challenge in South Korea outside of PyeongChang.

Sony KOOV Robotics Kit Review: Hands on with the Robots

Sony KOOV Robotics Kit Review: Hands on with the Robots
Every generation’s kids seem to know much more about technology than the prior generation. I grew up as part of the first wave of kids to use desktop computers, and now the little ones are using smartphones and tablets like they were born with them as appendages.

Sumo Robots, FIGHT!

Sumo Robots, FIGHT!
While we await our own downfall in the inevitable robopocalypse, at least we can pit robots against each other and make them fight. More wine! If you like to watch robot battles, YouTuber Robert McGregor put together a great compilation video of Japanese sumo robot fights.

Robots Help Japan’s Volleyball Team Test Their Spikes

Robots Help Japan’s Volleyball Team Test Their Spikes
Japan is doing what Japan does best to give its national volleyball team an edge: using robots. They are using some high-tech training robots to help out. These bizarre-looking ‘bots mimic the opposing team’s defense and are each made up of a pairs of hands and arms attached to a mobile torso.

Autonomous Snowplow Robots Compete for Snow-clearing Supremacy

Autonomous Snowplow Robots Compete for Snow-clearing Supremacy
I’ve been through enough harsh winters to know that a snowplowing robot is a great idea. An even better idea is an autonomous snowplowing robot competition to see which bot can clear the most snow. My only question is where can I get one for my driveway?

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