robots

  • 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!

    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

  • Toyota robots-up with two new future rulers of the Earth

    Toyota robots-up with two new future rulers of the Earth

    In an effort to aid humanity in its rapid convergence with the Borg, Toyota today announced two new robots aimed at making life easier for people who need assistance with day to day life. The first robot is a mobility robot, or a new and awesome robot wheelchair. It’s autonomous in its movement; you don’t steer it, you tell it where to go, and it does. Think of it like… Read More

  • Miami to have police drones patrol its skies

    Miami to have police drones patrol its skies

    Sometimes, bordering on always, I wish I had a drone to do all my [dirty] work. Something to blog for me, read and analyze exit polls from post-Maasticht Eastern Europe, grind to level 70, etc. Now, police officers in Miami will have drones patrol the skies for them provided the FAA gives its blessing. The little robotic drones (see a patriotic video of them in action here) will fight bad guys… Read More

  • Yet another Japanese robot: This one has soft hands

    Yet another Japanese robot: This one has soft hands

    There has to be some sort of cultural differences here. In Japan, every week a new robot comes out that looks more like a person and behaves like a person and I couldn’t give a damn. I know I’ve made the point before, but I simply “don’t get” robots. And this one, for all its greatness, isn’t going to change that. Named Twendy-One, this robot has soft hands… Read More

  • Ladybug bots clean Japanese toilets, induce stage fright

    Ladybug bots clean Japanese toilets, induce stage fright

    That’s…um…adorable? You might see one of these the next time you’re at a Japanese highway rest stop. The Lady Bird "is equipped with water tanks, brushes and other tools needed for heavy-duty scrubbing. Obstacle detection sensors allow the robot to safely perform its duties without running into people." It’s also got a built-in microphone and speech… Read More

  • V-Bot transforming robot review

    V-Bot transforming robot review


    Give me your virgins! Back in the olden days, when toy engineers had little to work with, transforming robots were pretty stationary. You always wanted them to transform automatically. In fact, you even added your own sound effects. Now, however, you can have your own freaky transforming robot that actually transforms — and does the Hustle — by itself. Read More

  • Working Star Wars AT-ST replica walks, lights up

    This AT-ST hobbles around much like the ones in the movies thanks to some old computer parts and a NiCad battery. It is, unfortunately, not for sale and there are no plans yet to build tiny Ewoks with tiny logs that smash into either side of the AT-ST’s head. Functional Star Wars AT-ST Made from Old Computer Parts (with Video) [TechEBlog] Read More

  • Children learn to accept robot as friend, peer

    Children learn to accept robot as friend, peer

    Scientists have developed a robot friend for children that teaches them how to live and interact with other children. The robot, which is of course Japanese, is called QRIO, and was recently used in a study to see how children would react to it. At first, children approached the similar-sized robot like, WTF is this? Eventually, though, they became friends. The kids played with it, cried when… Read More

  • Saving gadgets from the garbage dump and creating art

    Saving gadgets from the garbage dump and creating art

    If it were up to me, I’d take all of my non-functioning gadgets, excluding my iMac, which I’m about to dump into Long Island Sound (Leopard eats it, I swear), and put them on a boat. Then I’d take this boat out into the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. Then I’d sink the boat halfway. Then I’d cover the water with oil and light it on fire. But not everyone wants to… Read More

  • Ro-BOTS! Battle Wheels Robot Warriors in action

    If you’re thinking about a fairly cool, fairly inexpensive gift for the holidays, take a look at Battle Wheels. These are wheeled robots that are supposed to beat the heck out of each other so their parts fall off, sort of like Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots only mobile. I played with the robots with Kasper and he enjoyed pulling the heads off of both Saturnus Guardian of the… Read More

  • Pleo in action

    Awwww! So cute! Too bad when it grows up it will chew off our faces. via RobotsRule Read More

  • Pleo as a lamb

    Pleo as a lamb

    Pleo is a little robotic dinosaur by UGOBE that responds to touch, light, and sound. Well, the folks at UGOBE decided to wrap it in fur and see if it still responded to stimuli. Apparently it did and now they have a weird furry dinosaur to play with. What won’t those kids think of! Interview with on the upcoming Pleo SDK [Robotsrule] Read More

  • PatrolBot brings you your beer, warns of intruders

    PatrolBot brings you your beer, warns of intruders

    Robots are completely useless you train them to do you bidding, making Mobile Robots’ PatrolBot entirely useful. There’s three models to choose from: Jeeves, a robotic butler (a robotic table top essentially); BrewskiBot, a refrigerator for cold beverages; and Agent 007, a toy-like intruder detection system. The PatrolBot has some impressive technology under the hood. You’re… Read More

  • George Lucas working on 'Star Wars' TV show

    George Lucas working on 'Star Wars' TV show

    It’s not quite what you think, though. Sorta, maybe. "The Skywalkers aren’t in it, and it’s about minor characters. It has nothing to do with Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader or any of those people. It’s completely different. But it’s a good idea, and it’s going to be a lot of fun to do," said Lucas. It’ll be more about robots. The development… Read More

  • Researcher says human-robot marriage will be acceptable one day

    Researcher says human-robot marriage will be acceptable one day

    Get ready for sweet man-on-robot love, folks. A Dutch university has awarded a British researcher a doctorate for his paper on the possibility of human-robot marriage. The researcher argued that, in time, with increasing robot sophistication and evolving attitudes toward marriage, we’ll one day live in a world where it’s perfectly acceptable to marry a robot. I have a few questions. Read More

  • Mr. Clock Radio: Why not wake up next to an absolute creep?

    Mr. Clock Radio: Why not wake up next to an absolute creep?

    Aside from looking creepy as all hell, this Mr. Clock Radio serves an important purpose: it’ll simultaneously wake you up and send you into cardiac arrest. It could be least friendly looking clock radio ever devised. Even though Clocky was a loud lumbering jerk, at least it didn’t look like the bad guy from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” OK, enough bashing—what… Read More

  • MuRata Boy!

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Sorry this video is a little long, but you get the drift. This little bastard can ride a rail all by himself and is designed to avoid cars and eventually marry your sister. Don’t ask me why, where, or how this came about, but it’s apparently a showcase for components maker MuRata. Read More

  • The Robots of Chiba

    The Robots of Chiba

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf One thing CEATEC has a surfeit of is robots. They come in all sizes, from a twee bike-riding robot whose visage I cannot now find in my photo library to a set of guard robots that won’t do much guarding when you kick them over before they can alert the authorities. Then there was yesterday’s Sony… Read More