robots

  • This robot has a rat brain

    Scientists in the UK (well, Reading) have developed a robot that has an actual brain. Like, the brain is made out of rat neurons. So already this robot is smarter than Biggs. The scientists, from the University of Reading, put together the robot so they can better study “how memories are actually stored in a biological brain.” That it may help them study diseases like… Read More

  • Japan advances in the development of "perfect" humanoids

    Japan’s most prestigious educational institution, the University of Tokyo, and semiconductor company Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic), today unveiled an ultrasensitive sensor for robot use. The prototype was produced based on MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) nanotechnology and is as small as a bread crumb. It’s made of silicon and covered with elastic rubber. Read More

  • Deutsche robots protect Beijing Olympics

    Not Japanese but German robots have been leased by the Chinese government to uphold the law during the Beijing Olympics. Berlin-based Robowatch Technologies has sent a total of 16 security robots to China. Two years ago, they were successfully deployed in German stadiums during the soccer world cup. Read More

  • Caterpillar Robeast bristles its way down unpiggable pipes


    Bet you weren’t expecting that headline when you woke up this morning! Researchers in China has proposed and prototyped a robot that moves along the inside of pipes by its own power, cleaning as it goes. Currently the way major pipes are cleaned or cleared is through pigging, which is basically shooting a big scrubber down the pipe using pressure and catching it at the other end. Read More

  • Microbot sticks gently in your gut, snaps pictures


    A Nanorobotics professor at Carnegie Mellon has created a little pill-sized robot that he says can travel safely through the gut and snap good pictures along the way. The problem in the past has been that the adhesive required to stick a camera to an intestinal wall (or whatever) has been permanent. Meaning you’d have to rip out a piece if you wanted to remove the camera. So if you… Read More

  • Tiny dragonfly will deliver doses of fun, poison

    The DelFly Micro is an image sensing mini-dragonfly that weighs a mere 3 grams (0.000472419133 stone) . You can fly it manually or transmit video back to a PC which then moves the wee one through the air autonomously.

    This thing has become smaller and smaller over the years and now it’s a little bigger than a Euro coin. You sadly can’t buy this thing, but expect them to be in… Read More

  • The GigaPan robot takes great panoramas

    In addition to churning out iPhone haters, Carnegie Mellon University also produces some fine engineers. A group of researchers there has created GigaPan, a little robot thing that creates wonderful panoramas completely on its own with pretty much any standard digital camera. It first takes a number of little digital photos, then stitches them together like any other other desktop program would. Read More

  • DeepNote: Sucking all the fun out of Guitar Hero, one perfect note after another

    Oh, look at me! I’m DeepNote! I’m the best Guitar Hero player in the world! Jealous? I score perfectly in every game. Watch me beat Cult of Personality on expert mode! I kid, I kid. DeepNote is cool. It’s a robotic whatsit that uses diodes as eyeballs and can tell what color’s coming when in Guitar Hero. Watching this video just goes to show you how long it takes your… Read More

  • ReadyBot: R2D2 + Rosie from the Jetsons + Roomba

    I’m not quite ready for the responsibility of robot ownership, but for those of you that are ready, the aptly-named ReadyBot might be right up your alley. It’s only in the proof-of-concept stage right now, but according to the ReadyBot team, the robot “picks up toys, uses a special carpet rake tool to scrape up small items into plastic bins, moving sideways and diagonally… Read More

  • Bandai adds robotic crabs to its Hex Bug lineup

    Today Bandai announced they will start selling robotic crabs [JP] in Japan starting August 9. The so-called Hex Bug crabs will be available in red and blue (price: $25). Bandai wants to replicate the success of their robotic bugs [JP] and claims the crabs behave like real animals. Watch an impressive promo movie here. The robo crabs are even able to hide in dark areas, thanks to a built-in… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Dino Days: Hands on with Hasbro's Kota and Fisher Price's Ultra Dino

    These two beasts are for kids ages 3 and older. The Kota is obviously the bigger one – the kids can actually ride on him – and he’ll be available in September for more than your allowance ($300), so you can’t have one. The Fisher Price Dino ($140) is a little more action-packed, reminiscient of the Wowwee Roboraptor without the feasting on your guts part. Both of these… Read More

  • Yes, it’s a robotic business man crawling around

    “Crawling is the soldier’s motion in the battlefield. I would say this is the business soldier,” says performance artist Momoyo Torimitsu as she lets her robotic middle manager make everyone on a busy Australian street feel uncomfortable. “The battery-powered robot is supposed to symbolise the Asian economic crash and Japan’s rigid ‘salaryman’… Read More

  • iRobot lawnmower patent discovered

    Robot Stock News has discovered a patent by iRobot for a “Lawn Care Robot” similar to the company’s line of robotic vacuum cleaners. While robotic lawnmowers aren’t new, they’ve had a hell of a time replacing conventional lawnmowers. You know, the kind that actually cut your entire yard in a reasonable amount of time even though you have to do all that… Read More

  • Mr. Asahi reminds us we need a beer

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcftech%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F1049555%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Mr. Asahi hangs out in the Asahi Beer Brewery where he dispenses beer to the wonderment of all and sundry. Read More

  • Robots that learn

    The University of Massachusetts, Amherst is working on a robot that can learn to use unfamiliar objects. According to MIT’s Technology Review, UMass’s Robot, called the UMass Mobile Manipulator, or UMan, ‘sees’ an object with the help of a Web cam and then pushes it around to see how it moves, identifying and recording the objects’ parts and joints. Doctoral… Read More

  • DARPA throws $3.3m at biomimetic chembots


    You read that correctly. In yet another freaky-yet-awesome move by DARPA, a team at Tufts University has been awarded a $3.3 million contract to develop a breed of “chemical robots” based on the caterpillar form of Manduca sexta. With bodies made of bioengineered, environmentally-friendly polymers, they’d theoretically be able to fit through spaces as small as 1cm wide. Read More

  • Honda tests walking instead of driving


    Honda announced it will begin testing its experimental walking assistant device today. The car maker will test the device, which was created to support people with weakened leg muscles but who are still able to walk on their own, in a collaboration with Shinseikai Medical Group and Kasumigaseki-Minami. Most commonly the device will be tested on elderly patients as part of their rehab… Read More

  • Facial expression recognition for robotic teachers

    Jacob Whitehill of UC San Diego’s computer science Ph. D program has developed software that recognizes common facial expressions and then translates those expressions into commands that either speed up or slow down the playback of certain video lectures.  According to Science Daily, “The proof-of-concept demonstration is part of a larger project to use automated facial… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Scary-ass robotic Elvis for $59.99

    Remember this thing? It used to cost adoring Elvis fans upwards of $350! Now even fence-sitters and hangers-on can get the WowWee Alive Singing Elvis robot for $59.99 with free shipping. This shoulders-up Elvis robot features a few main dispositions: Alive (taking care of business) mode, where Elvis watches your every move and “makes the occasional famous Elvis remark,” Song… Read More

  • Transformers on Blu-ray will have lossless audio, BD Live content

    Due for release on September 2, Transformers on Blu-ray will no doubt entertain those of you who think giant robots fighting other just-as-big robots is “cool.” Paramount has said that the Blu-ray version will feature, in some capacity, BD Live content. Better still, this version will have Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sounds; the HD DVD version only had Dolby Digital Plus. And that’s the… Read More