These new robots from the Taiwan-based Aurora Group are set to invade China. Well, that’s not exactly what they’re doing there. They’ll be shown in Shanghai at the World Expo. Still, Shanghai is in China, so you never know what those ‘bots might be up to.
As we all know, it won’t be long before we have to bow down to our robot masters, until then, the Chinese have decided to use robots as nannies. The Family Nanny Robot will help you around the house, until it patches into Skynet and takes over your home!
One of the best things in Futurama is Bender. Sure, the professor is cool, but Bender just has that certain appeal, especially with his robotic drinking and smoking ways.
Metalworker Des Bromilow has now built a life-sized replica of Bender.
The Gundam Cafe opened in Akihabara today, and it looks sweet. The cafe’s interiors are sexy, there’s Gundam art everywhere, and there’s even Gundam bread. You can’t go wrong with Gundam bread.
Akihabara News checked out their new neighbors and took a ton of pics:
The Gundam Cafe is located at the “newly designed Akihabara area accessible from the JR Station at the Denkigai Exit and just below the Yamanote line,” so if you’re ever in the area be sure to drop by, because I would kill for a chance to be there.
One of the best things about robots is that they’re not alive, which means choosing between a robot and a human to perform a risky task is a no-brainer. If it gets wrecked, no one’s going to be in pain or grieve.
Since they don’t have feelings (yet), it’s an obvious use for robots to send them into the battlefield to disarm bombs and IEDs. However, this is the first time that I’ve seen a robot used to do something that could be equally as life-threatening: getting face-to-face with untamed wildlife.
The guys at Online Schools scoured the Internet to come up with a lengthy but entertaining infographic about robots. It contains a lot of quiz show-type trivia, like the fact that the earliest known robot was a steam powered one, invented in 400 BC, that most robots are cow milkers, or that people who own a Roomba often clean their floors before putting the little spoiled brat to work.
Only the Japanese would make robot clones of themselves. Check out this latest robot by Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University. Instead of cloning himself, which is what he did before, he decided to clone a woman.
This is something that I expected to maybe see in Japan, not Thailand. After a bit of investigation, it turns out that the robots don’t serve you sushi, but Shabu-Shabu (hotpot) and BBQ, which you cook at your table.
These unusual robots were featured on the oddly named Russian website Ribbon Comedy Eye Girls. For some reason, the title of the site makes me think of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Although these robots made from found objects don’t really function (other than maybe lighting up), they are intriguing.
Not to be confused with Guru Bhakti, the GuruBhakts are special robots designed to operate in a “follow-the-leader” mode. The ultimate plan for these ‘bots is to allow a remote driver to steer a single robot into a hazardous environment, and the other robots would follow in turn from that single set of actions.
It’s taken over half a year since you could find ’em, but these illuminated Lightsaber Bookends are available for pre-order again. You might have noticed – if you have keen eyes – that this lightsaber is none other than Darth Vader’s.
You’ve probably seen a few photos from this year’s Shanghai Expo floating around the Internets. It’s a really big event that’s going on right now in China. It looks like the expo is using the services of the Hai Bao robot to welcome visitors.
This new robot from Toshiba uses the basic balancing principles found in a Segway to keep its balance and to help around the house. It was unveiled last week in Tokyo.
Wheelie doesn’t have any arms, but it uses the inverse pendulum principle to balance itself.
You got to hand it to the Japanese, they’re always coming up with the wackiest concepts. In an era in which we are trying to make robots look more human or just make them more useful, there’s nothing like this tower-shaped robot to get to the heart of the matter.