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ANYmal Robot Has Both Legs and Wheels

ANYmal Robot Has Both Legs and Wheels
Robots usually have either legs or wheels to move them around. But this unusual robot has both. Its builders say the combination provides it with greater versatility than other quadruped robots, and from the looks of the video footage engineer Marko Bjelonic shared, I’d have to agree.

These Wheels Shapeshift for Different Terrain

These Wheels Shapeshift for Different Terrain
Who says wheels need to just be round? These unusual Reconfigurable-Wheel Track (RWT) wheels were developed by CMU National Robotics Engineering Center for DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program. We can expect to see these on the war machines of the future and they may be the next step toward real-life Transformers like Optimus Prime.
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Video Surfaces of Boston Dynamics’ Handle 2-Wheeled Robot

Video Surfaces of Boston Dynamics’ Handle 2-Wheeled Robot
By now we are all familiar with Boston Dynamics’ menagerie of impressive, yet frightening robots. From self-balancing, self-correcting robot “dogs” that are walking nightmares, to weird looking humanoids. Now meet Handle, another creepy robot. This one runs around on two legs and two wheels.

Make Way For Velopresso, the Coffee Shop on Wheels

Make Way For Velopresso, the Coffee Shop on Wheels
Coffee shops make it easier to grab some of your favorite brew on the go by setting up drive-thru windows. But why should you go there to get your coffee, when you can make the coffee (sort of) come to you ?

Robotic Wheelchair Can Use Its Wheels as Legs: Clearly an Autobot

Robotic Wheelchair Can Use Its Wheels as Legs: Clearly an Autobot
A group of researchers at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan have figured out how to make an off-road wheelchair. They created a robotic wheelchair that can use its wheels as legs, thanks to its four-wheel drive and its two axles.

Suitcase That Automatically Follows Owner: Loyal Luggage

Suitcase That Automatically Follows Owner: Loyal Luggage
Whether you’re a frequent flier, an avid outdoorsman or a kid who was a prime target for bullies back in grade school, when you were so thin you might as well have been two-dimensional, your packed lunch a bait for your physically endowed peers – wait where was I?

Double Telepresence Robot Debuts on the Cheap

Double Telepresence Robot Debuts on the Cheap
Telepresence robots let you remotely interact with others and their environments using a robotic avatar. Sadly, for most geeks telepresence robots are typically far from cheap. A company called Double Robotics has unveiled a new telepresence robot that is relatively inexpensive for the market, even if it still costs nearly $2000.

Stair Rover Skateboard Ready to Conquer Flights of Stairs

Stair Rover Skateboard Ready to Conquer Flights of Stairs
Grinding down flights of stairs isn’t always easy when you are on a skateboard, so Po-Chih Lai decided that skateboards could be improved so that they would have no problem going down steps.

Omni-Crawler: Has the Wheel Finally Been Reinvented?

Omni-Crawler: Has the Wheel Finally Been Reinvented?
At the recently concluded Innovation Japan 2011, a group of researchers from the robot–obsessed, ever–innovative Osaka University in Japan presented the Omni-Ball, a ball-shaped wheel that can move in all directions.  They then used the Omni-Ball to create the Omni-Crawler, a small vehicle that – yep, you catch on quick – easily move in all directions.

Chariot Skates: One More Way to Get a Sports-Related Injury

Chariot Skates: One More Way to Get a Sports-Related Injury
This unusual looking contrivance most definitely isn’t your everyday roller skate. Chariot Skates combine the mobility of rollerblades with movements that are reminiscent of skiing. To ride in a pair of Chariot Skates, you place your foot in the stirrup and then strap your leg into the top half.

World’S Wackiest Racers: the Fastest Furniture Movers I Know

World’S Wackiest Racers: the Fastest Furniture Movers I Know
Looking for a zippy way to get around town? Sure, you could buy a car, or a bike, or maybe even a Segway, right? Well what about a bed on wheels? At least that way you could take a nap if you get stuck in traffic, right?

Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk: One Classy Office on Wheels

Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk: One Classy Office on Wheels
Does your work require you to relocate frequently? Do you consider yourself a person with sophisticated tastes, and do you have enough money to throw on your desires? Are you a member of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?

Runaway R/C Ramen Noodle Cart: Why? Why Not?

Runaway R/C Ramen Noodle Cart: Why? Why Not?
The latest in a long line of strange and wonderful gadgets from Japan, this remote-controlled vehicle is modeled after one of those Ramen noodle carts you might see on the streets of Yokohama (mama). The tiny noodle cart runs on 4 AA batteries, and can cruise along at up to 5 kilometers per hour.

LEGO Skateboard for Some Bricktacular Shredding

LEGO Skateboard for Some Bricktacular Shredding
LEGO artist extraordinaire Nathan Sawaya’s recent project is this super sweet LEGO skateboard. It’s actual size, and based on the close-up picture of the wheels I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s not actually ride-able.

Ampbot: Like a Robot on a Segway With a Boom Box

Ampbot: Like a Robot on a Segway With a Boom Box
Hot off the presses is the A.M.P.Bot, a unique roller-bot that moves around using a gyroscopic balancing system that works much like the Segway Personal Transporter. A.M.P. stands for “Automated Musical Personality”. That’s because the wheeled robot can follow you around and play your tunes wherever you go.

Pimp My Segway

Pimp My Segway
Got an old Segway scooter lying around? Why not give it a makeover and get rid of that drab grey exterior? California’s Segway Junkyard takes the personal transportation devices and gives them new life with custom paint, metal trim and shiny chrome wheels.
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