Could this revolutionize architecture?
A robot that can "print" a 2,000 sq-ft house in one day without the use of a single human hand. What sort of effects will this have on the future of houses?
is a traveling autonomous refrigerator robot ... a cross between R2D2 and a vending machine.
Now Toyota enters the robot race.
Honda's humanoid robot, ASIMO
, is such a splash, Toyota is entering the race, making robots designed to assist the elderly and incapacitated, and play trumpet with artificial lips.
Shouldn't the US be making humanoid robots too?
What do you really want your robot to do?
- five decades of toy and model robots
Three Laws Safe!
They'll do your laundry, walk the dog and wash your car. But not until July. (via Ars Technica
- Scientists created a closed, automated system to conduct simple labor intensive scientific experiments in molecular genetics. The robot creates hypothesis and tests them. Supposedly it works more efficiently (picks less expensive experiments, and fewer of them) then its human counterparts (graduate students in biology and comp sci.). More detailed article in Nature here
(institutional access / subscription required). I for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
and Proxflyer Micron
, both at 6.9 grams, are thought to be the two smallest robotic flying micro-helicopters. These charming prototypes are the precursors of a surveillance technology that ranges from the hobbyist's draganflyer
to DARPA's micromechanical flying insect
. Learn more about how spy flies will work
as we fly into the future
The Soylent Green Biscuit Factory
Are automation, robots, and computers taking human jobs and producing a new class of permanently superfluous ex-workers? (see Robot Nation thanks spazzm
) Maybe the Soylent Green Biscuit Factory can help! Robert Wenzlaff says - "I'm not just the president. I'm also a raw material."
The gallery of Kidrobot
is a collection of toy photos I ran into on a recent search for a U.S. retailer of a desktop toy
I wanted by Cube-Works
. Outside of finding what I came for, I enjoyed just browsing the photos and descriptions. In the vein of "fair and balanced", I also found the toy at Sweatyfrog
, which has some other neato-torpedo things.
Ever get that weird feeling that Sony can do anything
? [via Coudal]
are whimsical "artificial lifeforms and other curious artifacts," mostly created from hard drive components, solar engines, and brass. Artist Dan Roe also links to Arthur Ganson's Machines
, a portfolio of wonderful mechanical creations. Ganson in turn links to Tim Prentice's awesome Kinetic Sculptures
- all are fun examples of when technology, machines, and art collide.
Little robots in your pants
-- Popular Science calls Dockers to investigate their claim that the stain-repellent "Go Khakis" use nanotechnology. Certainly my favorite headline of the day thus far.
"It was hard on the ear, and my dog hated it too."
The Robot Rock Critic generates album reviews. "Type in an artist name. Pick from a list of ten music genres, from 'teenage pop' to 'frighteningly loud music.' Specify whether it's a band, a male solo artist, or a female solo artist. Then click 'review.'"
[via Easy Bay Express]
are robot-like collages made only from product packaging and labels. My favorite: Strawberry Pop Tarts
Lawrence Northey's portfolio of robot sculptures.
Meet the charming Teen Tokyo
, the elegant Robot Queen
and her entourage, and others in a delightful cast of characters. The artist creates some very cool rayguns
too! Northey's works are in the spirit of Clayton Bailey
robot artist extraodinaire
. (via La Petite Claudine)
Can Optimus Prime be far behind?
Xerox PARC's experimental, modular robots
look like nothing so much as a pile of random MECCANO--until you see them in action
. Watch one robot transform from a loop, to a snake, to a spider configuration! Or play with the Java simulator
. [via Boing Boing
Scroll down to the bottom and check out videos of what some creative folks have programmed their AIBOs to do. The AIBO Disco dances are particularly cool. :)
Honda expands their Asimo line of robots
with a stunning 44 ft. unit developed specifically for Carmax
From the press release:
Based on Honda's Asimo robot, Carmax and Honda have developed a new version specifically for use in Carmax showrooms. The new version is much larger however - standing at roughly 44 feet tall. Because of its size, it is far less mobile but much more imposing. According to Thomas Folliard, V.P. of store operations; "We're already seeing an effect from the new Asimo sales force -- many potential shoppers are almost, to borrow a phrase, shocked and awed into buying a car.
I hate to be the voice of doom and gloom, but this sounds kinda dangerous.
"Giant Robot attack!"
as spoken by the kid every kid wanted to be, Johnny Sokko
. If you haven't already seen "'Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot" aka "Giant Robot", go now and buy it on VHS or DVD.
What should I pack?
According to the official list
Toy Transformer Robots are OK (presumably real ones are not), but I'll have to put my throwing stars in my checked luggage.
Last minute shopping?
Still looking for the right thing for that special geek in your life? Perhaps you might cater to the fetish for the modern-day Mona
? Or maybe a propeller beanie
? Some sophomoric seasonal gag
gifts? Some retro kitsch
? Some religious memorabilia
? Some odd surplus
? Or if money is no object, gadgets
are always a safe bet. But you better hurry - you're down to the wire! thanks, amberglow!
Have Home Robots become a "thing of the now" rather than "thing of the future"? This company
seems to think so. It's even got a list of the Top 25 things to do
with their new robot, the ER1.
This is certainly a big step up from the "toys" that The Sharper Image and other shops sold in the 80's and early 90's, which would bring you a drink on your tray via remote control, etc.
Stringing broadband connections through the city sewer system
is a dirty smelly job but something has to do it! Check out the companies and the sewer-bots that are doing this dirty work.
A course that uses LEGO beams,
plates, gears, motors, a 68HC11 microcontroller board programmed in C, and various sensors to construct autonomous (i.e., self-contained, no direct human control) robots to hunt down and retrieve eggs. How come I never got to make things like this when I got my engineering degree?
There's video too
. Other cool projects are a walking machine
, a human powered sub
, or a future truck
. I wish the real world of engineering was as fun and creative as college.
C3P0 a drama queen?
Who didn't see *that* one? Anyways... welcome to the only page on the internet about gay celebrity... robots.
My buddy and I are in a pub, and I mention this website called Gone and Forgotten
, which is all about superheroes who were so ill-conceived that they were quickly abandoned. And my buddy says "What about the Metal Men -- do they talk about the Metal Men?" And I say "The Metal who?" And my buddy says "They were these robots, and they had each had the powers associated with the metal they were made of. Like, Lead could block x-rays, and Mercury could, I dunno, take your temperature or something." And I tell my buddy that, although I don't know if the Metal Men appear on the virtual pages of G.A.F., I am certain that someone
out there on the Internet has created a Unofficial Metal Man Fan Page. And I am right
But what about the terrible secret of space?
Inteligent robot escapes, then gets run over by a car. The driver makes a bad joke.
kicks off today in Japan. Are they programmed
to take dives?
Excellent, now i can take over the WORLD!!
Please add, Predator like optics and Universal Soilder healing abilities - I expect to see them on thinkGeek
by the end of the month, thank you.
Although a little cruel, scientist have managed to put implants in rats brains, effectivley given them god like controls of the little vermin.
Introducing ... Ratbot!
Leave it to the good folks at SUNY to come up with a remote-controlled rat. Best of all: "If the rat correctly followed the cue and turned left, its reward-centre was stimulated, filling the rat with a feeling of well-being."
It's very negative. Can I call you 'Misdirected Energybot'?
('We Are Robots' is a Flash comic about robots. Via JREF.)
Thank you very much, Mr. Roboto.
Both Honda and Sony have unveiled the newest versions of their humanoid robots. Honda favours a more practical design, while Sony's is geared for entertainment. Having just watched AI
the other night, I'm wondering when and if people would want to have one around the house.
Are You Bot or Not?
You need to be 18 or over! It's kept me amused for a couple of days.
The Robots Are Coming (Yawwwn...)
. Yet another corporate futurist (with a bizarre 1996 Mosaic-type website
) telling us that A.I. will deliver the "homework" robot by 2006 (now, is that January or December?). Also, look out for an emotionally responsive Barbie
"We already have technologies that can measure stress, using simple cues like skin condition and temperature and it will be easy to put these in Barbie dolls which will be able to talk to little girls when they are upset and ask what is wrong." Ech
Proof that there are some brilliant teenage girls out there.
This robotic rescue device was created by a couple of teenaged twin sisters, no less. Just imagine what these two will accomplish by the time they reach adulthood. The Craig sisters make excellent alternative role models to the likes of Britney and Christina. You go, girls.
For the gardener who has everything, a slug eating robot
will seek and destroy those slimy gastropods destroying the garden. The only downside is having to admit the crappy beer you buy is for yourself
and not for your slug traps!
is a robotic cat that looks more like a cat than a robot. This site is only available in Japanese, but check out the photo
galleries. (I saw this thing mentioned in a Reuters article
about the new "human-like" Honda robot).
Prototype mechanical soldier tried out in WWI!
Your challenge on this site is to separate fact from fiction.
Monkey Versus Robot
will set you free! How can you deny the power of the internet when it brings you riches such as this?
"People, let me tell you 'bout my best friend.."
Are you too much alone? Does time hang heavy on your head? Do even the cold comforts of Internet chat rooms and community blogging reject you? There's hope.
Find the warmth of solid state friendship with the companionship of computerized buddies. It worked for all the greats - Luke Skywalker, Baltar, the Robinson boys (Will
and Joel) and even that creepy tree-hugger Freeman Lowell.
A servomotor, some fiberglass, and a sturdy car battery is all you need to guarantee that you will never be lonely again.
Is Bush REALLY an animatronic robot?
Or are these photos implying something else? Like maybe a few journalists/photographers took a few shortcuts? In any case, the article gave me a good laugh.
The first autonomous, two-legged robot
with artificial muscles and an energy-consumption lower than that of a human being..
...and, wait for it, it's Dutch!