robots

  • Open source robots in homes by, like, next week

    Willow Garage makes “open source” robots and is hoping their work, in conjunction with some Cali universities, will soon appear in homes around the world. Their robots, called the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Robot Project (STAIR), have a standard operating system and all of the mechanics and software is open source, meaning you can modify your STAIR robot as you see fit. Now… Read More

  • I for one welcome our laser-guided, Mac Mini-powered robot masters

    [photopress:7579_large_mechrobot.jpg,full,center] Right now, plugged into my Mac I have an iPod Touch, an SD card reader, and a currently charging Palm Centro. Did you know that you can also control a laser-guided robot with your Mac? It’s true! Scienticians from Georgia Tech and Emory University have developed just such a robot, called the EL-E, which is capable of tracking objects… Read More

  • robuCAB: People-movers à la française


    French company Robosoft has created an interesting infrastructure-less solution to transit in the city. The robuCAB is a little electric four-seater that uses a pair of cameras to monitor the area in front of it and the curb, which it follows very very carefully. DARPA this isn’t. Of course, if they take the same amount of care with their guidance software as they do with their… Read More

  • Robot soldiers pose threat to human life

    [photopress:killerrobots.jpg,full,center] An artificial life expert warned today that robotic soldiers (like the one pictured here) pose a threat to human life, and not just the bad guys’ lives. The robots, said the dude from the University of Sheffield, are currently safer in that they need a human being to give the final go-ahead to open fire. As the technology improves, however, this… Read More

  • Google Lunar X Prize: Send your shoeboxes to the mooooooon


    Google is sponsoring a $20 million prize to the first group that can drop a robotic spacecraft on the moon. Once its there it has to send video and data back to Earth and move 1500 feet. They expect the contest to end in 2012, just in time for a lame-duck President Obama to send out the first wave of attack ships against in the invading Zixron forces. Team Italia’s solution, shown… Read More

  • Hawks are stupid, think WowWee FlyTech Dragonfly is real

    So, out on Long Island some kid’s FlyTech Dragonfly was snatched out of the air by a hawk that mistook it for actual prey. Either the hawk is really stupid and/or blind or WowWee’s flying robot is the technological marvel they claim it to be. I’ve seen it in action multiple times and for anything to fly that isn’t meant to fly, it’s pretty impresive. After… Read More

  • New lovey-dovey Pleo download for Valentine's Day

    Oh Pleo, you’re the best almost-real dinosaur friend a guy and/or gal could ever have. Just in time for St. Valentine’s Day comes a new behavior download for your Pleo pet. He coos, he flirts, he slices and dices! From the PleoWorld.com website, Has Pleo been bitten by the love bug? He sulks when left alone, but pet him … he wiggles, coos, and sighs happily. Cuddle Pleo and… Read More

  • Ocean glider powers itself with water's heat, maps the boring parts of the Caribbean


    This little robot has been cruising the Caribbean for two months now, mapping out currents, temperatures, and other subaquatic trivia. It’s at least partially powered by ocean temperature gradients — the details are at the bottom of the article, I don’t entirely understand it but it sounds cool. It’s doing a boring but essential job and I think they should put a bunch… Read More

  • Video: Engineering students control robot with Nintendo DS

    Some French students have figured out a way to use the Nintendo DS to control a small robot. The above video shows someone controlling the robot by using the touchscreen, by tilting the DS and by using Pictochat. Longtime readers will know that I think robots, in all their forms, are silly, but this I like. Today these kids are screwing around with robots and handheld video game systems… Read More

  • Keepon the dancing robot and Diane the dirty call management system

    My alma mater, CMU, released a bunch of videos featuring wee little Keepon, a dancing robot that could potentially sequester himself into your colon and reproduce, but let’s not think about that now. Let’s think about how cute he is. More Keepon after the jump… Read More

  • Pleo and kids


    Yeah, I know it’s an annoying GIF, right? I never got into the whole Aibo/Pleo/Robosapien thing but TC headquarters just sent me a Pleo to talk about for the Crunchies and I turned it on for my 2-year-old son. He was immediately entranced. To my jaded eyes, Pleo looks like another attempt at creating a “life form” that can convince you to love it and care for it. Furby was… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #288

    I started Brief 288 talking about Rovio, a home exploration and telepresence robot, but the photo we showed, we think is called “Mr. Personality.” Samsung had a couple cool announcements. The HT-X715 5.1 home theater-in-a-box includes Bluetooth for streaming audio from a phone or other Bluetooth audio source. The SyncMaster 2263DX is the perfect monitor for Adobe users. Oh Gizmo… Read More

  • Like being at a very, very tiny concert

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Follow me here. These little plastic figurines are hooked up to an AV player that plays specially-encoded discs. Whatever the real-life human musicians do on the screen gets replicated by the little plastic dudes. It’s like being at Chuck E. Cheese all over again except that the animatronic musicians… Read More

  • Wowwee: Really freaking cool this year

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    Tribot love Chunk! Wowwee’s new robots — the Roomba-like Rovio and the Robio-Sapien-like Tribot — are built on the same 3-wheel model. The Rovio has built-in GPS and webcam while the Tribot runs around looking cute. The Tribot is $99.99 — amazingly cheap for such impressive tech — and the Rovio is unannounced. Presumably it… Read More

  • Artificial intelligence expert claims sex with robots a real possibility

    Sex with robots?! One day, maybe in a dreary Los Angeles, that could actually be a possibility. David Levy, noted chess player and artificial intelligence expert, says in his book “Love and Sex with Robots” that people will one day create robots that look and act close enough to humans that you’ll have no qualms sleeping with them. And of course, Levy expects the Japanese… Read More

  • CG Greats: The things we couldn't live without last year


    I’m hung over and I’m really sleepy, so I’ll keep this short. 2007 was a fairly dead year for gadgets. The real 8 million pound gorilla this year was the iPhone, and that’s why it leads the pack this year as our top ten gadgets of 2007. Feel free to add your own picks in the comments but let’s get started, shall we. I’ll try drink some Gatorade and… Read More

  • Robot portrait artist to replace the French entirely


    Roboteer Sylvain Calinon, who dabbles in human-robot interaction, has created a robot specially designed to put an entire class of Frenchman out of business. He’s Swiss, so that makes some sense, but all national rivalries aside he’s made a pretty cool little bot. This thing has facial recognition built in, and snaps a picture when you sit down in front of it. It then draws you… Read More

  • Robots for the railways

    Now that Russia is officially part of the Technocracy, their robot rulers are taking over more and more of the everyday maintenance. Apparently the Russian rail system (Motto: “If it worked in the 1950s, it will still work today.”) has hired robots to do most of the track maintenance and give presentations about the Great Bear’s delightfully archaic railways. Best of all… Read More

  • Make your own Vibrobot

    It’s winter. Days are shorter, your mind is wandering, and you need a little robot made out of a toothbrush head and a pager motor. Put down the booze, get a hacksaw, and start building something. The rest of the condo board with thank you now that you’re not yelling at your neighbors through the grating in your attic. HOW TO – Make a Bristlebot a tiny directional vibrobot… Read More

  • Sony Aibo lives!

    It looks like Sony’s misunderstood and short lived pooch is making a return. According to Stuff, the new Aibo PS will be linking directly with your PSP and PS3 over Wi-Fi. You can also control the Aibo over the Web and watch streaming video and get e-mail alerts when you’re away thanks to facial recognition and motion sensors. Sony, for your sake I hope this one catches on and I… Read More