Hey, squishy human, ready to be imprisoned and forced to buff robot parts to a high shine by hand until your body and soul are destroyed? I bet you are! Today in TIDWRTWHUFOO we present the robot that will build the prison and the robot that will play you to your death.
First there’s a machine that does Countour Crafting and can 3D print a house in 20 hours. The system, built by USC Prof Behrokh Khoshnevis and his team, extrudes concrete in clever shapes which then harden to form an impregnable shell of sadness and woe. Remember: the robots won’t 3D-print doors!
Next we have the iRobot 110 FirstLook, a throwable scout robot used by armies to search rooms for danger. The robot has been given a set of arms it can use to defuse bombs… or lay bombs. The Throwbot can drop from a 16-foot roof and keep running and it includes a manipulator arm and new sensors to help in bomb detection… or bomb making.
Finally, this is cute little Bo from i-Play is playing Beethoven’s 9th using a cute little hammer and xylophone. Imagine this robot just a little bit bigger and a little bit meaner and replace the hammer with a bigger hammer and the xylophone with your family and you get an idea of where these robots are headed. I, for one, welcome our robotic musician overlords.