robot

  • Robotic cockfighting at the Robo-One Championships

    http://www.reuters.com/resources/flash/includevideo.swf?edition=US&videoId=78870 Here’s something everyone can enjoy; intricate robot fighters bobbing, weaving, and punching. It’s the twice-yearly Robo-One Championships in Tokyo. The most recent tournament played host to 112 robots ranging from your standard karate-bot to the more interesting chicken robot named… Read More

  • "LittleDog," the pint-sized alternative to the BigDog

    BigDog, the unbelievably creepy/impressive mule-bot from Boston Dynamics, made a bit of a splash earlier this week. But people seem to have forgotten its modest younger brother, the LittleDog. Unlike its sibling, this one has an identifiable head and tail, and doesn’t move in a way that will haunt your dreams for years. Kind of cute, actually. Imagine hundreds of these things bringing… Read More

  • Houdini was the first to do what?

    Growing up I used to watch all the magic specials on CBS (I think) that seemed to run so rampant and I desperately wanted to become a world famous magician as well. So doing some fact checking and what not at the library revealed Harry Houdini as the original master and I think I did a report on him at one point. His death is still a mystery and there’s a newly minted book that I need… Read More

  • Hi-tech planes used to combat unlawful whaling

    [photopress:whalingrobot.jpg,full,center] What is it with Japan and whaling? There’s been plenty of international consternation over the country’s continued whaling policies but Japan, from what I’ve read, hasn’t been particularly cooperative. That’s where the tech comes in. Australia has deployed an AirBus A319 that’s loaded with specialized imaging and… Read More

  • Roomba's misshapen cousin shows its face

    Roomba's misshapen cousin shows its face


    Somebody call the lawyers — I think they might have messed up on the patent application. Either that or they weren’t the only ones who thought up an AI-navigating, robotic vacuum that moves in expanding spirals. You can tell from the prognathic aspect and heavy epicanthic folds that this little robot is from an earlier, more brutal era. Read More

  • DIY: Robot takes 360 degree photos

    DIY: Robot takes 360 degree photos

    I’m not much of a DIYer, but sometimes things come up that just make me want to break out the toolbox and start doing some damage. This is such a time, folks. I’m obsessed with photography lately, so this would be a fun project for me. At least, I think it would be. Who doesn’t want to take 360-degree shots? You can totally make the other photogs look like amateurs when you… Read More

  • Sony Working On New AIBO Possibly

    Sony Working On New AIBO Possibly

    Yes! I used to have an older Sony AIBO and although many would claim it was a waste of $800, I thought it was the coolest thing since Led Zeppelin. It could do a bunch of nutty stuff that was extremely enjoyable while intoxicated (it did headstands for crying out loud). Now word is that Sony is working on a new version of the previously cancelled robodog. Says Sony’s Masaya… Read More

  • Spykee Spy Robot – The Best Peeping Tom Ever

    Spykee Spy Robot – The Best Peeping Tom Ever

    That robot in Rocky IV sucks. You know the one I’m talking about. It just cracked crappy jokes and brought people beer – kind of like Peter. Now that it’s 2007, the Spykee Spy Robot is the new hotshot robot in town. This bad boy comes with tank treads, WiFi, a camera, and microphone so you can conduct your own Barbara Walters interviews without risk of botox juice squirting… Read More

  • Pleo Now Available For US Pre-order

    Pleo Now Available For US Pre-order

    Everyone’s favorite animatronic dinosaur is now one step closer to invading our shores. Pleo’s manufacturer UGOBE is taking pre-orders for the dinosaur and the price isn’t cheap. After earlier reports that Pleo would cost somewhere between $250 and $300, UGOBE has pulled a Nintendo and decided to charge $350 for the lil’ guy. Talk about highway robbery. Don’t get… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Self-Defense Edition

    Daily Crunch: Self-Defense Edition

    CrunchArcade: Get a Lifeā€¦ Online
    Hot Fuzz: The Sleep Squad Alarm Clock
    Wall-Climbing Robot Is Speedy
    Tampon Taser
    Flat Panel Frame, Debatable Elegance for those with Cash to Burn Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Bike Race Edition

    Daily Crunch: Bike Race Edition

    Indoor Fitness: Making the Most of the Great Indoors
    Pedal Power: Cycle Fitness Products
    Domo Robot Has Human-Like Eyes That Can Sorta See
    Create Beautiful 3D Landscapes With Your Pirated Downloads Read More

  • Pop Goes the Soda Bot

    Pop Goes the Soda Bot

    This conversion toy kit allows you to turn your pop can into some sort of motorized robot bug that vibrates, slides and buzzes (that’s right, I’m from the Midwest. It’s called “pop”). Although the UK company that sells it, Great Gizmos, has yet to put a price or release date, I can imagine it being extremely popular with beer-drinking frat boys and activist recyclers. Read More

  • Plen: The Bluetooth-Enabled, Rollerskating Robot

    Plen: The Bluetooth-Enabled, Rollerskating Robot

    One of the coolest looking robots out there, Plen is a small, humanoid robot that can rollerskate around on a hard surface. A surefire hit at school or the office, this little guy costs a whopping $2000 and comes equipped with Bluetooth so you can control him wirelessly. There’s little detail as to whether or not you could use a Bluetooth-enabled cellphone to control the little guy… Read More

  • Indianapolis Colts Release Laser-Rocket Armed Robot

    Looks like the Indianapolis Colts are breaking into the robotics industry. Last night, the team debuted its Peyton Manning humanoid robot. Standing 6’5″ and equipped with a laser-rocket arm, this machine designed to play football is able to make insane comebacks in the 2nd half of AFC championship games and flip Tom Brady the bird. No price or release date has been set, but… Read More

  • Morgui Wants To Kill Sarah Conner

    Morgui Wants To Kill Sarah Conner

    Check it. That white-skulled, scary as shit robot you see? His name is Morgui. Morgui is the product of the UK’s University of Reading. He’s used to test out different inputs in robotics and looks straight out of The Terminator. But as you may know, Terminator and crew aren’t for kids and neither is Morgui according to officials. With its realistic movements, incredibly… Read More

  • Baseball-hitting Robot Hits Baseballs And More

    Baseball-hitting Robot Hits Baseballs And More

    Most of us have been to a batting cage before. Hit a few balls around, etc. Usually a robot is doing the pitching to us. Now the tables have turned. This robot, dubbed “The Headless Batsman,” can hit balls all over the place and is perfect for practicing your pitching and out-fielding. The best part is, when your wife kid acts up at practice, you can grab the little bugger and… Read More