robots

  • 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

  • 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

    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

    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

    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