robots

  • MechWarrior Junior

    Just one more little last-minute costume idea. Happy Halloween, Crunchers!
    Update: ah, here’s that source I was looking for. Read More

  • Navy designing UAV-borne drug-sniffer bots


    Do they have so many boats to inspect that they can’t just hover over them to detect the good stuff? I guess so, because the Navy is spending a mint to create a “sensitive miniaturized sniffer” that can be placed on board (or stowed away in, or fired onto) suspicious vessels. After only six seconds, it’ll relay its findings back to the mothership or whatever… Read More

  • Biomimetic jumpbot powered by buzzer motor


    I love this thing! And not just because I get to use the biomimetic tag. These French (?) researchers have created two different biomimetic robots: this jumping one and a phototaxic glider. Whose side will they be working for in the imminent Robocalypse? Maybe they’re looking for some hot government research contract action? The jumpbot is really extremely small, and it uses the same… Read More

  • Robo Japan 2008! I really wish I was there

    Akihabara News has some great coverage of the Robo Japan show starting today in the land of the rising sun. How I should like to be among the robots as they dance jerkily and malfunction on stage! My voice would be hoarse from telling the presenters to “make them fight!” and my cheeks would be stained with tears of shame from when I got juked by an Asimo.
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  • Video: Kota the triceratops robot now available

    The Kota missed its September launch, but the 3-foot tall Triceratops is finally here! Back in July we first saw the 37-pound robotic dino and John came away impressed, I think. The tiny giant beast isn’t the most agile dinosaur robot out there, but your kids can sit on it while he/she/it wags its tail, moves its head and chomps down on fake foliage. Buy one now for $300 form Sears… Read More

  • Scary looking, sure, but this robot girl will help people

    While this little robot girl looks quite creepy—quite creepy—she actual has a noble purpose. She’s the handiwork of a group of Japanese engineers, and the big “wow” factor here is that the skin is made from flexible silicon. Combine that with her more than 50 motors and sensors and you have one reasonably realistic looking robot. Now, as to why I called it… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: The two coolest robots of the show besides Little Seiko (2 videos)

    Murata’s Little Seiko was not only the coolest robot of this year’s CEATEC (that ended Saturday) but one of the biggest fan favorites overall. But as the CEATEC is a Japanese exhibition, there was a number of other companies that showcased robots.
    http://blip.tv/play/ih_RsyuJ5FQ The video above shows Fujitsu’s Enon robot in action. Enon is a service robot that serves… Read More

  • TiLR: for all your robotic telepresence needs

    Teleconferencing can be an impersonal affair — all your subordinates just staring at a laptop screen, and on the screen is a window, and in the window is a smaller screen, and in that smaller screen is your face. So lifelike! You could also do the evil overlord thing where you’re projected all big on the wall (asking for one million dollars). But the approach RoboDynamics wants… Read More

  • Robot Apocalypse Day continues: Army orders $60m worth of robots

    What is it about today? First hunter-killers, then Terminator spare parts, and now the machines are infiltrating our armed forces. Actually, it’s not such a big deal; the United States Army is simply continuing to take advantage of its contract with iRobot, which provides the Army with hundreds of Packbots, small robots suited for dirty or dangerous jobs. They’re pumping out about… Read More