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A Child Booster Seat Built Into Its Buttocks

On July 27th, the cross Canada journey of hitchBOT will begin in Nova Scotia and make its way to BC as part of an experiment that looks at the interaction between people and increasingly ubiquitous technology.
posted by gman on Jul 25, 2014 - 18 comments

Robot, Heal Thyself

A robot with a broken leg learns to walk again.
posted by tocts on Jul 23, 2014 - 16 comments

"JIBO can’t wait to meet you."

JIBO: The World's First Family Robot [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jul 16, 2014 - 81 comments

BAD ROBOT

Four animated gifs of robots behaving badly. (via kottke and many layers of reblogging)
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Jul 8, 2014 - 16 comments

Google Bot Selfies

The Camera In The Mirror (Via sweetkid)
posted by the young rope-rider on Jul 4, 2014 - 10 comments

The Adventures of Snowdenbot

Inside Edward Snowden’s Life as a Robot. "Since he first became a household name a year ago, Edward Snowden has been a modern Max Headroom, appearing only as a face on a screen broadcast from exile in Hong Kong or Russia. But in the age of the telepresence robot, being a face on a screen isn’t as restrictive as it used to be." Indeed: Snowdenbot performs tele-diagnosis and offers aid to reporter who had first epileptic seizure. [more inside]
posted by homunculus on Jun 13, 2014 - 20 comments

The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save 2

"Buy our car, but be aware that it might drive over a cliff rather than hit a car with two people." The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two?
posted by juv3nal on May 13, 2014 - 160 comments

Gofor: Drones on Demand

Gofor is a Drones-as-a-service concept. "Drones are summoned much like taxis in other popular service apps. Your desired task is either noted at the outset using presets, or customized using voice commands." [more inside]
posted by jjwiseman on Apr 10, 2014 - 32 comments

Gonna be confusing when they call the fifth film "Terminator THREE"

An actual robot is playing THREES live right now on the internet. It is probably better than you at THREES, but at least your arms are longer, so.
posted by cortex on Apr 4, 2014 - 51 comments

A basic pleasure model

Jordan Wolfson and Spectral Motion take us another step closer to the singularity with a vision of the exotic dancers of 20 minutes from now. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Mar 23, 2014 - 92 comments

Dirty, Dull and Dangerous

What Jobs Will The Robots Take? Eight Ways Robots Stole Our Jobs In 2013. Who is next?
Soldiers?
Rescue teams? Managers?
Astronauts? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 31, 2014 - 91 comments

Build Your Own Robot

At the age of 13, Sherwood "Woody" Fuehrer started building a pretzel-can bodied robot named Gismo out of spare parts. [more inside]
posted by ckape on Jan 18, 2014 - 12 comments

ROCKETTU-PUUUUNCH! KITTY GO!

Hello Kitty super robot! (And Kitty-chan is a Mazinger Z fan.)
posted by needled on Jan 18, 2014 - 8 comments

"Man vs. Woman"

"Man vs. Woman"... vs. Robot vs. Velociraptor (via The Dissolve)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Nov 26, 2013 - 9 comments

Economist warns of the coming robot apocalypse

The robots are here. George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen predicts that the trend towards automation will squeeze the middle class further still, and compares its effects on American politics to a too-overlooked 1955 short story by Isaac Asimov.
posted by Jacob Knitig on Nov 14, 2013 - 81 comments

"Welcome to the future."

Double is the ultimate tool for telecommuting. From anywhere in the world, you have a physical presence in the office and can speak to co-workers at anytime. Double is a remotely controlled, mobile teleconferencing system, enabling conversations to happen anywhere and anytime.
posted by andoatnp on Nov 8, 2013 - 72 comments

Prance-y Dance-y Fancy Death Machine

Boston Dynamics ( Previously, previously, previously) recently released video of its brand new 4-legged running robot - Introducing The WildCat
posted by The Whelk on Oct 6, 2013 - 43 comments

Lego robot that strips DRM off Kindle books

Peter Purgathofer, an associate professor at Vienna University of Technology, built a Lego Mindstorms robot that presses "next page" on his Kindle repeatedly while it faces his laptop's webcam. The cam snaps a picture of each screen and saves it to a folder that is automatically processed through an online optical character recognition program. The result is an automated means of redigitizing DRM-crippled ebooks in a clear digital format. It's clunky compared to simply removing the DRM using common software, but unlike those DRM-circumvention tools, this setup does not violate the law.
posted by SpacemanStix on Sep 8, 2013 - 50 comments

Deijī, deijī wa, okonau, watashi ni anata no kotae o ataeru

World's first talking robot sent into space Japan has launched the world's first talking robot into space to serve as companion to astronaut Kochi Wakata who will begin his mission in November. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Aug 3, 2013 - 23 comments

Right on schedule for development of the Terminator

Meet Atlas, a humanoid robot that can run, climb stairs, and walk through rubble. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jul 12, 2013 - 88 comments

I, robot driver.

Ford has replaced its human test drivers with robots.
posted by storybored on Jun 18, 2013 - 14 comments

See you tomorrow, robot

Lexie Kinder is a nine year old South Carolinian who used to be homeschooled, due to heart and immune system problems. But this spring, her family began experimenting with an alternative — a camera-and-Internet-enabled robot called VGo that swivels around the classroom and streams two-way video between her school and house. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 7, 2013 - 9 comments

Return Of The Nazi Weather Robot

What won the war? The weather helped. For while the Allies had access to all the Atlantic meteorology, the Axis couldn't easily predict what systems were rolling in from the West - and with the Battle of the Atlantic the one thing that Churchill said kept him awake at night, knowing which way the wind blew certainly needed a weatherman. Or Britain would never be starved into submission. The Weather War was complex and engaging, [more inside]
posted by Devonian on May 17, 2013 - 16 comments

On the slippery slope to Mecha-Mothra

Turns out moths are pretty good at operating small robotic vehicles.
posted by prize bull octorok on May 9, 2013 - 17 comments

Robot sold separately

Robots can now assemble IKEA furniture better than you can.
posted by twoleftfeet on Apr 29, 2013 - 45 comments

Stop the killer robots before it's too late!

Nobel laureate's campaign calls for pre-emptive ban on autonomous weapons. As our technology advances, it becomes more and more feasible to give more and more autonomy to our drones. A new campaign led by 1997 Nobel laureate Jody Williams calls for an international ban on the design of autonomous weaponized drones. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Apr 27, 2013 - 123 comments

Military test(e)s

Jalopnik gathers ten videos of shock, awe and oopsie [more inside]
posted by maggieb on Mar 28, 2013 - 34 comments

Beware of Dog.

Remember BigDog, the robot 'mule' that Boston Dynamic is developing? Well, now it throws cinderblocks. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Mar 1, 2013 - 119 comments

Robohub: Throwing and Catching an Inverted Pendulum with Quadrocopters

Throwing and Catching an Inverted Pendulum with Quadrocopters. From Robohub, a website about all things robotic.
posted by milquetoast on Feb 21, 2013 - 40 comments

"The project began with a mechanical hand"

Robohand: How cheap 3D printers built a replacement hand for a five-year old boy [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 3, 2013 - 19 comments

Tokenism

The Monopoly game has used the same 8 "base tokens" (car, thimble, boot, scotty dog, battleship, top hat, iron, wheelbarrow) since the 1950s (with a few extras added to "Deluxe Editions"), and since it's been 15 minutes since Parker Brothers' last promotion, they're doing internet voting at their Facebook page to "SAVE YOUR TOKEN". In "American Idol" style, the one with the fewest votes will be replaced by the top-vote-getter among 5 "New Tokens" (robot with mustache, big-ass diamond ring, cat, helicopter, awkwardly-balanced guitar). So far, Scottie Dog has a third of the votes (take THAT, cat people), while Whellbarrow and Absurdly-Oldfashioned-Iron are bringing up the rear. VOTE DAILY to support your favorite "chocking hazard for under 3 yrs. old"
posted by oneswellfoop on Jan 10, 2013 - 179 comments

That saw from the side might be.

AskMeFi is (or rather, might be) accused. Metatalk is a beautiful sword (+4 attack). Mefi music is energetic. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Jan 7, 2013 - 66 comments

One Giant Bite

Today I am sharing a video of a woman with quadriplegia who has trained her brain to use a robotic arm to feed herself chocolate. Merry Christmas!
posted by jason's_planet on Dec 23, 2012 - 18 comments

More Machine Now Than Bird

120 years ago, in Paris, Blaise Bontems made a mechanism for reproducing birdsong. More recently, Michael Start restored it to working condition and recorded a video. [more inside]
posted by gilrain on Dec 6, 2012 - 8 comments

Aaa! Aww! Aaa! Aww! Aaa! Aww!

A video of cute and terrifying things. (Which is which is left as an exercise for the viewer.)
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 18, 2012 - 40 comments

WILD MASS GUESSING

The Futurist Magazine along with The World Future Society predicts the future with a list of the top trends and forecasts for 2013 and beyond.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 9, 2012 - 53 comments

Knife-Wielding Robot Slices Cucumber

Korean robot prepares salad... very slowly. It also is (apparently) capable of loading a dishwasher, although there's no video of that.
posted by wanderingmind on Nov 7, 2012 - 24 comments

Electrique Baroque

A harpsichord automaton. Malcolm Messiter: "After hours of struggling with a soldering iron, suddenly it all became worth it when the system just worked flawlessly. The sheer joy and satisfaction of seeing and hearing it work for the first time was extraordinary. It played Soler’s Fandango, Brandenburg 5, the Goldberg Variations, and even the Flight of the Bumble Bee, late into that first night!" [Project direct link (PDF, from p.27)].
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Oct 20, 2012 - 11 comments

Photographs of Robots

Robots at Work and Play (a photo gallery from the Atlantic).
posted by tykky on Oct 18, 2012 - 7 comments

Whooooaaaaaaaaaaaa....

LS3 - Legged Squat Support System can carry 400lbs over 20 miles without refueling. And is the stuff of nightmares.
posted by blue_beetle on Sep 11, 2012 - 112 comments

A Lot of Work Goes into Your Stompy-Stomp

Even if you don't have a fondness for building-sized, stomping war machines, you might find this detailed interview and pictorial about the process of designing, from concept to texturing, a mech interesting.
posted by gilrain on Aug 23, 2012 - 12 comments

I'm thinking we might need a new law of robotics.

The EOL Robot band (previously), consisting chiefly of repurposed obsolete computer equipment, has learned some new songs. Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger". The House of the Rising Sun. Little Drummer Boy.
posted by unSane on Aug 21, 2012 - 5 comments

Stand by Your Mann

Aimee Mann's [previously, previously] highly anticipated eighth studio album CHARMERS is due out in September, and the songstress is about to go on tour to support it. But she's worried about the toll that touring will take on her. The solution (courtesy of sporadic mefite John Hodgman and a dead-panning Laura Linney)? A robot double. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Aug 15, 2012 - 38 comments

Future Shock. Indeed.

'textbook definition of surrealism' In his epic new bio of James Brown, "The One"--an account of not just the man's life and music, but a panoramic view of African-American, southern and American political and cultural history of the 20th Century--author R.J. Smith briefly discusses "Future Shock," a dance show that Brown hosted in the mid-1970s. It aired on a pioneering Atlanta station, WTCG, a Ted Turner-owned UHF station that would become a satellite channel by the end of 1976. Along with the pay-only HBO (started in '75 in select markets), WTCG paved the way for a cable TV revolution. Its name would be changed to WTBS (otherwise known as Superstation WTBS) in 1979. [more inside]
posted by raysmj on Aug 14, 2012 - 13 comments

Nuke me, baby

Homebuilding a 474mm tall model of "Robocain" from 1990's Robocop 2, complete with a working head. Clips of Robocain and the other Robocop prototypes from the movie. All photos from the project. Bonus music link: Front Line Assembly performing the Robocop 2 sampling Mindphaser live.
posted by Artw on Aug 8, 2012 - 20 comments

Introducing Kuratas

A whole new level of Cosplay From the shut-up and take my money division of way kool comes this fan boy wet dream. With water driven rockets and a BB spittig Gatling gun this is sure to spice up the next Con you attend. Price (if you have to ask). I love Japan! YouTube Link with sound
posted by pdxpogo on Jul 31, 2012 - 25 comments

5999.997

Robbie is a short film assembled from NASA archive footage.
posted by anigbrowl on Jul 11, 2012 - 9 comments

Please, help yourself.

This might be the only video on the Internet of a bread robot violently committing suicide. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Jul 9, 2012 - 82 comments

Janken (rock-paper-scissors) Robot with 100% winning rate

"The purpose of this study is to develop a janken (rock-paper-scissors) robot system with 100% winning rate as one example of human-machine cooperation systems." [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jun 26, 2012 - 34 comments

COTSBots!

What do you do when you want to do research with robots, but don't have the budget for decently powered robots? COTSBots! [more inside]
posted by BillW on May 28, 2012 - 7 comments

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