Innovation and CES used to go hand in hand, but in recent years, most of the tech on display is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. Kudos to Hyundai and its CRADLE division for showing up at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show with a truly innovative and unusual concept that’s well outside of the boundaries of conventional thinking.
Harvard University researchers have been working on a miniature robot called the Harvard Ambulatory Microbot (HAMR) for a while now. The insect-inspired, waterproo microbot recently received an upgrade, and now it can swim and walk underwater – on land, too.
Great. Here’s another thing a robot can do something that I can’t – splits. Robotics engineers at Guangdong University of Technology’s School of Automation in China have developed a new robot that has jet-powered feet. This improves the bot’s balance, agility, and capabilities.
Sure, we can make a robot leg that moves like a human leg, but keeping an upright robot balanced while walking is still a challenge.
This TrotBot was created by Ben Vagle. It is an 8-legged robot built out of LEGO Mindstorms and despite its looks, it uses a walking mechanism inspired by the gait of a galloping horse.
You can see it in action in the videos below.
This is Cassie. Cassie is a bipedal robot that is only a robot arse and legs. Cassie is cool, but kind of creeps me out. I mean it’s basically robotic bum that will truck around on its own.
In this video, Cassie roams campus at Oregon State University looking for a hot blonde coed to steal a torso, arms, and head from.
Adam Savage is like a modern day Leonardo Da Vinci. I don’t think there’s anything he can’t do. This time, for the latest project in Tested’s One Day Builds series, he built a pedal-powered walking Strandbeest!
Obviously, the build was inspired by the walking machines of Dutch artist Theo Jansen, who gave Savage some advice about how to build one of his own.
Remember the DURUS robot I talked about last year? This humanoid ‘bot was able to walk for over two hours on a charge. Well its handlers at AMBER Lab have made its walking much more efficient with some new hardware, software, and fancy blue shoes.
The robot has nearly met its goal of being 20x more efficient at walking than other automatons of its kind.
Get ready for another milestone in robotics, meaning scientists have achieved yet another feat that will help robots hunt us down and dominate the planet. In this case, The Dynamic Systems Lab at the Italian Institute of Technology has created the HyQ2Max, a powerful robot that can lift itself up onto its four legs, even if it falls.
That means that it is good at getting up again after you knock it down, so that it can continue chasing you until you are dead.
I’m sure we all have these random childhood memories of events that happened that weren’t particularly important or scary, but we still remember them with incredible clarity decades later. One of those random memories for me was going over to my cousin’s house back in the early ’80s and finding out he had just got one of those massive AT-AT walker toys as a gift.
We played with that noisy and hard to move AT-AT for hours and I clearly recall us both talking about how awesome it would be to have one that really walked.
Izzy Swan knows the drill. He loves the drill. He must, because he likes to make machines that are driven by an ordinary battery-powered hand drill. He’s made a drill-powered table saw, a lawn mower, and a mini bike.
My Hector fears spawned by ’80s horror/sci-fi flicks aside, robots are really cool. DARPA really wants robots to come to the mainstream for all sorts of uses from carrying heavy gear for the military to saving people in environments too hazardous for humans to work in.
I think we all know who is responsible for ushering in the apocalypse. It’s those scientists at Carnegie Mellon’s Biorobotics Lab. Not content with snake-bots alone, they have now attached some modified snake-bots to a body to create a hexapod spider bot of doom.
This robot, developed at Professor George M. Whitesides’ lab at Harvard University has recently become untethered, so it is off the leash. This creepy crawler is super tough and can function in subzero temperatures, 40 km/h winds, puddles of up to 5 centimeters of water, and 3,000 Kelvin methane flames for up to 50 seconds.
Most castles, LEGO or otherwise, stay put. During a siege you can rain arrows and hot oil down on your enemy, shoot from catapults and use murder holes to get rid of the closest foot soldiers, but your castle can’t just walk away.