• Video: This Robot Is Walking On Its Own (Without Using Motors Or Electricity)

    Video: This Robot Is Walking On Its Own (Without Using Motors Or Electricity)

    And we’re one step closer to the Robocalypse: a research team at the Nagoya Institute of Technology has developed a passive robot that can walk on its own. All it needs to get moving is a gentle push – no motors, sensors or even electricity needed. Its legs and ankles are powered by potential energy only. The makers says the robot is made of aluminum and took 100,000 steps in a… Read More

  • Video: AlphaDog Is A Bigger, Faster, Quieter BigDog

    Video: AlphaDog Is A Bigger, Faster, Quieter BigDog

    I’m sure all of you remember BigDog, the utterly terrifying biomimetic robot platform that dances over rough terrain on weird legs and makes a sound like it’s full of angry bees. You didn’t think they were going to give up on it, did you? No, it’s been a rousing success apparently, so much so that they decided to build one that outdoes the original in every way. The… Read More

  • Video: Vortex-Powered Wall-Climbing Robot Parachutes To Safety

    Video: Vortex-Powered Wall-Climbing Robot Parachutes To Safety

    The huge variety of robots is a thing to marvel at. Just a few years ago, the best they could do was roll around or walk stiffly on poorly-hinged limbs. Now we have robots that gallop, slither, and fly like a bird. This mode of transportation is totally new to me, though. The Paraswift climbs up walls by generating a suction, then gets itself safely down by jumping off and deploying a… Read More

  • Handroid: Japanese Company Shows Advanced Robot Hand (Video)

    Handroid: Japanese Company Shows Advanced Robot Hand (Video)

    Japan-based tech startup ITK has brought us one step closer to the Robocalypse. Roboticists around the world are working on manufacturing “sensitive” hands for robots suitable for touching humans or handling breakable objects, a problem that’s notoriously difficult to solve. ITK is now throwing their hat into the ring with Handroid a new model that seems to be one of the… Read More

  • Kinect-Powered, Dueling “JediBot” Created By Stanford Robotics Students

    Kinect-Powered, Dueling “JediBot” Created By Stanford Robotics Students

    It’s been a while since we’ve posted any interesting Kinect hacks. They were coming fast and furious for a while, but this is the first I’ve seen in a while that really makes me happy. Robotics students at Stanford put this “JediBot” together from an articulating arm and a Kinect (and of course a little robotics know-how). The Kinect tracks the location of… Read More

  • DARPA Video Shows The Evolution Of The Hummingbot Nano UAV

    We’ve been following DARPA’s Nano UAV program since 2009, and it’s really remarkable how it’s gone from clumsy to cool to creepy in just a year and a half. DARPA thinks so too, so they put together a little video tribute to the thing. There isn’t much in the way of new footage in this, but it’s nice to have everything in one place. Read More

  • In The Future, The Robots Will Roll And Hover

    I’m not exactly enthused by the idea of these rolling/hovering hybrid robots crawling and zipping all over the earth. Sure, they could be useful in a military or rescue situation, able to conserve power by sitting comfortably on the ground but navigate freely in the air if necessary. But they could also be replicated at large by the machines when the Robocalypse comes, at which point… Read More

  • POLYRO: Meet The Humanoid That Costs Under $2,000 To Make

    The Robocalypse, it’s coming nearer and nearer. Case in point: POLYRO (short for “oPen sOurce friendLY RObot”), a mini humanoid that apparently costs less than $2,000 to produce, all parts included. Developed by American robot researcher Timothy Payne, the little guy is meant to be used to explore human-robot interaction and can be built following these instructions. Read More

  • Cool Video: Robot Teams Collaborating On Navigation And Targeting

    ABC Television in Australia has put together an excellent program, or I suppose I should say programme, on the MAGIC 2010 competition, which is put on by the Australian Defense Department. I mean, Defence. It’s an open challenge to put together a team of robots that must navigate and map a large course, target “enemies,” and generally function autonomously — and the… Read More

  • DARPA's Hummingbot UAV Now Looks Like A Hummingbird, Flies For 10 Minutes

    Okay, this is pretty amazing, but also pretty scary. The DARPA “Nano-UAV” project we’ve covered here before is entering the uncanny valley. The aim was to create a small, winged robot that could hover in one place, perhaps providing video or carrying some tiny payload. The previous versions were very robotic-looking and could barely stay in the air for more than a few… Read More

  • Video: Japanese Robot Learns To Clean A Whiteboard

    The Robocalypse is coming closer and closer: a team of researchers from the Italian Institute of Technology and Tokyo City University, led by Dr. Petar Kormushev, has “taught” Fujitsu HOAP-2, a mini humanoid, how to clean a whiteboard. In the amazing video embedded below, you can see a human showing the little guy what to do, followed by him replicating the actions. Read More

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