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Tag: Robots

Nao Robots Can Now Charge in Their Nest, Take Imaginary Dumps

Nao Robots Can Now Charge in Their Nest, Take Imaginary Dumps
Nao, that lovable robot that has entertained us by dancing and doing all kinds of other awesome tricks, now has another capability. Aldebaran Robotics has created, the makers of Nao, have created a sort of home base for the robot, where it can chill, charge up or just relax after a long day of entertaining humans.

South Korean Quadruped Robot Dog Goes for a Walk

South Korean Quadruped Robot Dog Goes for a Walk
We’ve seen plenty of footage of BigDog and AlphaDog, but there’s a new robot dog in town, this time coming from South Korea’s SimLab. What’s interesting and at the same time creepy about this one, is that it walks around pretty quietly and seems to move swiftly and with more confidence.

Robots Playing Ping-Pong: The Future’s So Bright…

Robots Playing Ping-Pong: The Future’s So Bright…
Playing table tennis is not something that should be easy for robots to do, so I was actually surprised that these ping-pong playing bots were unveiled in China. These smart ‘bots will play till 21, and hopefully, at least for now, won’t beat any human players.

CLASH Cloth-Climbing Robot Cockroach: Headed to a Couch Near You

CLASH Cloth-Climbing Robot Cockroach: Headed to a Couch Near You
UC Berkeley has a history of creating insect-inspired robots for future humans to swat and kill and run from in horror. The latest is CLASH, a robot designed to speedily climb up vertical or near-vertical cloth surfaces.

Panasonic Shampoo Robot is Like a Car Wash for Your Head

Panasonic Shampoo Robot is Like a Car Wash for Your Head
Panasonic’s new Shampoo robot, recently shown off at CEATEC 2011, has hairdressing salons scared. Okay, not really. They don’t have anything to fear from this thing just yet. Although it looks like it might feel like a good massage (until it peels your scalp clean off when it becomes self-aware), it is as slow as Jessica Simpson in a physics class.

Boston Dynamics BigDog Robot: Will it Eat PIGORASS for Lunch?

Boston Dynamics BigDog Robot: Will it Eat PIGORASS for Lunch?
A reader pointed out that the PIGORASS four-legged robot I mentioned yesterday was somewhat flimsy (I don’t agree) compared to this more sturdy offering from Boston Dynamics. They call it the BigDog and it will most probably eat your real dog for lunch (it can be weaponized).

PIGORASS 4-Legged Robot Jumps and Gallops on Its Own

PIGORASS 4-Legged Robot Jumps and Gallops on Its Own
Walking is hard enough for robots, but check out this ‘bot that can do so on four legs. He might become your future dog, if all goes according to plan for its Japanese inventors.

will.i.am Wants Us to Build More Robots

will.i.am Wants Us to Build More Robots
Last night, ABC aired a new special called “i.am.FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll.” The show explored the 20th annual FIRST Robotics Championship, which is a competition for K-12 students, allowing them to show off their skills.

Turtle Shell Robot Races Bring Mario Kart One Step Closer to Reality

Turtle Shell Robot Races Bring Mario Kart One Step Closer to Reality
When driving down the road, you never stop to think that a Koopa shell could slam into you and knock you off course, but it might be time to start worrying about this possibility. Why? Because Turtle Shell robots are now having real life races.

SEED Concept: Your Personal Automonous Floating Camera Drone

SEED Concept: Your Personal Automonous Floating Camera Drone
The SEED is an autonomous, mobile camera balloon created to take photos and video of you while you’re on vacation, but I honestly see a lot of Big Brother implications. It also reminds me of the Kinos in Stargate Universe.

The AutoWed: Get Married in an Instant

The AutoWed: Get Married in an Instant
If going to Vegas to get hitched isn’t quick enough for you, check out what the AutoWed can do for you. It’s an automatic wedding machine. While I don’t think that it is recognized in all U.S.

The Periodic Table of Robots: 2 Haro + 1 Big O Mechs Water

The Periodic Table of Robots: 2 Haro + 1 Big O Mechs Water
We’ve featured a couple of geeky takes on the periodic table of elements, and I’m sure there are more lurking around on the Internet. But this version is a bit more special than the other ones I’ve seen, and not just because it features my favorite Sci-Fi staple – robots!

x-Ar Exoskeleton Arm Gives Arms Super Strength

x-Ar Exoskeleton Arm Gives Arms Super Strength
Ever since I saw an exoskeleton in Aliens, I wondered why there weren’t any real ones around. Over the last decade, actual working exoskeletons have started to appear, albeit in a smaller fashion. This one is only for your arm to help you lift very heavy things.

Geminoid-DK: Robot in Disguise

Geminoid-DK: Robot in Disguise
We already featured one of Hiroshi Ishiguro’s Geminoid-F androids a while back. You’ll see how the people working on the robot are getting closer and closer to making something that’s indistinguishable from a real human.

Totally Unscientific Test Determines Fastest Toy Robot in the UK

Totally Unscientific Test Determines Fastest Toy Robot in the UK
British gadget show “The Gadget Show” – see how sensible and proper they are – wanted to find out which toy robot is the fastest among the ones available in the United Kingdom. Common sense dictates that a race would be a good way to get their answer.

RURO: The Cutest Robot You’ve Ever Seen!

RURO: The Cutest Robot You’ve Ever Seen!
This robot is probably too cute to be used as an effective security ‘bot, but it does have some interesting features for an educational robot. RURO the robot was designed to teach kids about recycling.