robots

  • 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

  • Tokyo Toy Show coverage, part 2: Watch A.M.P., E.M.A. and other robots in action

    In this year’s Tokyo Toy Show, robots of all kinds and sizes were abundant, the majority of which I found to be very creepy. Especially Sega’s gigantic Golden Retriever is a genuinely scary “animal”. Below are some videos I shot of Sega robots during the show. Sega-Hasbro’s A.M.P music robot Sega’s kissing robot E.M.A. (it really can kiss people and… Read More

  • Robotic arm hustles air hockey players everywhere

    If you walk into a bar and see this robotic arm situated at one end of an air hockey table drinking a Miller High Life with a cigarette hanging from its lip yelling “Who’s got next?!", don’t, under any circumstances, play against it for money. It’ll beat you pretty badly. Politely offer to play a gentleman’s game and if the arm refuses, just walk away. Read More

  • Video: All-robot band and their catchy tune

    http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1819976&fullscreen=1 Sure, it’s not the first all-home-made-robots rock band ever, but this one’s a little more sophisticated than most, and it has a robotic singer. Nice touch. What I’d like to know is this: How come there’s no video of robots playing Rock Band as a rock band yet? We’ve seen bits… Read More

  • You're kidding me, right? A new Robocop movie!

    The Moving Picture Thanks for the tip, Joe G. Read More

  • First batch of MAARS war robots shipped

    Okay you guys. If you see one of these MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System) robots heading your way, do not try to pet it. The machine gun mounted squarely to the robot’s frame might look cute, but those bullets sting. The first batch of MAARS robots have been shipped out from British company Qinetiq to the US military recently and should see some action over in Iraq. The… Read More

  • WowWee Wrex the Dog

    I think something inside me died. If you think this is clever, however, feel free to read the full review over at robotsrule.com. Now I have to go change my shirt. Read More

  • Useful: Missile throwing robot

    If you’re the tinkering type, then you might want to check out this little slice of heaven. It’s a missile launching robot, I think, that doesn’t tame the savageness of man, but rather entertains you for all of two minutes. The fun, I’d expect, is in making it; the necessary parts are all there for your enjoyment. As I’ve said before, my knowledge of hacking… Read More

  • The final robot frontier: New robots to patrol Antarctica (in search of sunrise)

    Little snowmobile-like robots will soon be patrolling the Antarctic surface, collecting all sorts of data in the pursuit of something called science. The robots, called SnoMote by their Georgia Tech creators, distinguish themselves from previous cold weather robots in how they navigate the icy surface. Rather than depend upon landmarks like rocks or mountains, which are hard to discern in… Read More

  • World's smallest humanoid robot available at Hammacher Schlemmer for $200

    Looking for a friend this summer but can’t stand the thought of direct sunlight and/or human interaction? Then try the i-SOBOT. It’s a six-and-a-half inch robot that comes pre-programmed with almost 200 individual movements and can be programmed to perform up to 240 additional movements, should you get bored of the stock motions. Best of all, it’s small enough that it… Read More

  • A peacetime UAV application: investigating hurricanes


    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are in use all over the world for many things, but most famously for their role in warfare. Fantasy abounds and people picture UAVs or “drones” sweeping Iraq in formation, eradicating enemies with the “Terminator” theme in the background. Well, the drones are working to fight that image. NOAA is working on deploying some drones from Barbados… Read More

  • Video: Jumping locust robot

    Remember this little guy? Read More

  • Researchers study locusts to make jumping robots

    If you are wondering why there has been a lot of robot news lately, that’s because the International Conference on Robotics and Automation is happening this week. In my last post you probably remember me talking about killer attack droids, this time I will talk about jumping search and rescue droids. Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) designed a… Read More

  • Wall-climbing attack droids on their way

    The non-profit group SRI International is designing a wall-climbing robot to be unveil it at the International Conference of Robotics and Automation. Popular Mechanics has a video of it climbing on a lot of common building materials. The robot uses electro-adhesion to stick to the wall — is the same technology robots are already using to pick up silicon wafers on assembly lines. If… Read More

  • Robot overlords taking to classical music

    In the graphic novella Robota by Orson Scott Card and Doug Chiang, the robots are invented by man, then take over science, and, when they develop a love of art, decide to end humanity, Skynet style. Fortunately, our creations have yet to have anything to do with art, meaning for the time being we’re safe. Wait, I just got a link here that Asimo, Honda’s prototype bi-pedal future… Read More

  • Humans:1, Machines:0 in Korean robo-soldier tests


    Chalk one up for humanity. Although IPv6 (AKA Skynet) is just around the corner, we have yet to accomplish the other technological advancements that will pave the way for the inevitable robotic apocalypse. We may have autonomous navigation, bee-powered nightmare dogbots, and Aliens-esque exoskeletons, it seems that we can’t create a decent murder machine. I guess it’s time to… Read More

  • Dances with Childrens: the RC-R2D2 story

    How cute is that? Tread-based robots are limited to very few moves on the dance floor (for instance, they can’t do their namesake), but that doesn’t stop this remote-controlled R2 unit from cutting a rug with these young ladies at Maker Faire. Looks like a lot of fun. You can find out more about the project at Artoo-Detoo.net. Read More

  • Interview with the creator of an R2D2 impostor


    Don’t let the glossy outer shell and blue markings fool you — this is not the droid you’re looking for. In fact, it is a meticulously designed copy of R2D2 created by Chris James and is radio controlled and can play back R2D2 sound bites and hum the Star Wars theme. It cannot, however, save you in the event of a rebel attack. Sadly, this model is remote controlled and… Read More

  • OH NOES! RoboCup not in China this year!


    RoboCup lovers better get on the phone with China Air because they canceled the RoboCup in July of this year and will be possibly changing the venue, although nothing is definite. They cited “Olympics related issues,” which I suspect is code for “chance of robocup participants waving flags saying ‘Free Tibet.'” Dear all, Due to the Olympic related issues, the… Read More

  • Autonomous killer robots to patrol Israel

    Is it possible to write a full post on deadly military robots without making a snarky joke about SkyNet? Nope. The foot soldiers in the future super-computer overlord’s army aren’t the Terminator series robots, but mechanized drones, like the Israeli killer robot its army has just developed, called the Guardium. This isn’t just a remote controlled killbot, though; the Guardium… Read More