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PlayBot

The first annual PlayBot calendar. (Might not be SFW) "No robot was permanently harmed or injured during the shooting of the calendar."

posted by kika on Dec 27, 2004 - 15 comments

Robot Evolution

Honda has upgraded Asimo. They've added jogging, autonomous continuous movement, some new joint designs, and better intelligence, expanding the range of humanoid robots, which includes, the Qrio from Sony, Isamu, and Toyota's offering that entered the fray earlier this year (previously discussed). (More)
posted by effwerd on Dec 16, 2004 - 27 comments

Better living through mechanical modifications

Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life Seeing the solar system with a couple of philosophical robots. Beautiful web comic.
posted by rustcellar on Dec 7, 2004 - 12 comments

Robodump

RoboDump I need one of these for my workplace
posted by meowchow on Nov 25, 2004 - 12 comments

Biometal: Robotic Muscle

Made from a nickel-titanium alloy, and highly processed for electrical activation and long life, the thin black thread-like BioMetal acts as an artificial muscle. When powered, the BioMetal contracts. When power turns off, the BioMetal quickly cools and the wire extends again to its longer, starting length.
posted by zanpo on Nov 24, 2004 - 11 comments

Robotechs personal robots that protect and hopefully don't kill

I always thought a future filled with robots would be kinda cool, but I find the Robowatch home security robot kinda creepy. It's expensive (50k euros), looks pretty obvious patrolling around, does have a slick futuristic controller, but finding the three stooges is about the best it can do. I suppose this would be like having your own googlebot around the house.
posted by mathowie on Nov 5, 2004 - 5 comments

PepsiBlue Heart Surgery. The New and Improved MITeSAW

"Is the Robot going to do my Heart Surgery?" The New and Improved MITeSAW. (quicktime)
posted by limitedpie on Oct 21, 2004 - 4 comments

Atomic Lasers: America's Savior

This November help get an Electric-American elected into the White House. Vote Robocratic!
posted by Robot Johnny on Sep 29, 2004 - 3 comments

Robot Portraiture

Birth of a Robot Painting.
Steve at The Sneeze had an idea for a painting: "a real life battle between the toy classic Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots."
Eric Joyner happens to paint robots -- tin robots, to be exact, waging wars against giant donuts and exploring ancient ruins.
It was a match made in heaven.
posted by me3dia on Sep 3, 2004 - 7 comments

Et tu, C3PO?

The news this morning included a small blurb about today being the anniversary of the first human killed by a robot. No doubt this is important to note due to the release of I, Robot but it appears to be incorrect. The first incident I can find was on January 25, 1979. Since then OSHA has recorded at least 10 more deaths in US factories alone. Japan saw it's first in 1981 and as a result it's Ministry of Labor requested a 20% budget increase for its robot related activities. All these incidents can be classified as accidents but it does force me to wonder how dangerous they will be when AI advances further. Should we mandate the Three Laws of Robotics?
posted by jwells on Jul 21, 2004 - 22 comments

cringe

THIS IS NOT WHY WE WANTED ROBOTS
tinyurl used so as not to ruin the joke, link is to gizmodo, safe for work, but may cause a freakout.
posted by Capn on Jul 7, 2004 - 65 comments

rolling bot

wheely wheely clevver
posted by marvin on Jul 6, 2004 - 12 comments

ROBOTSCLASSICROBOTS!

Robots, classic robots!
How to build a B9. "What?" The B9! You know, "The robot from Lost in Space". From B9 Today, "your B9 Robot Resource." See also: B9 Robot Builders Club and the Robot Builder's Sourcebook and Robot Hut. Everybody's doing it.
(Also from B9 Today, building the Mystic Seer Machine from the Twilight Zone classic "Nick of Time," starring Wm Shatner and written by the legendary Richard Matheson).
Of course, the sorely neglected Robby "could and should be build" too. And where's Gort, and sexy Maria? Ehh, you can probably chat with her somewhere on this "AI" robot page.
posted by Shane on Jul 2, 2004 - 14 comments

Bender in 2005

This year's 00101 inductees into the Robot Hall of Fame.
posted by LinusMines on Jun 28, 2004 - 12 comments

I For One Welcome Our New Robots Overlords

Captured! by Robots is a band made up of one man and the robots he buit to accompany him. Only the robots - DRMBOT, GTRBOT, AUTOMOTOM, and the HEADLESS HORNSMEN - revolted and enslaved him. Now he has no choice but to serve their evil ends - touring the Western United States and enslaving everyone they come into contact with through song. Some videos of them in action. (.mov)
posted by ChasFile on Jun 23, 2004 - 9 comments

postscript houses.

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?
posted by christian on Jun 7, 2004 - 37 comments

Koolio

Koolio is a traveling autonomous refrigerator robot ... a cross between R2D2 and a vending machine.
posted by lola on Apr 21, 2004 - 8 comments

Robots Everywhere

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?
posted by kablam on Mar 14, 2004 - 21 comments

A robot must protect its own existence

Jeff's Robots - five decades of toy and model robots
posted by anastasiav on Jan 25, 2004 - 2 comments

I, Consumer

Three Laws Safe! They'll do your laundry, walk the dog and wash your car. But not until July. (via Ars Technica)
posted by bonehead on Jan 21, 2004 - 25 comments

Robotic Scientist

Robotic Scientist - 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.
posted by nads on Jan 15, 2004 - 5 comments

miniature robotic helicopters, flying insects & micro air vehicles

Pixelito 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.
posted by madamjujujive on Jan 3, 2004 - 6 comments

It's made outa PEOPLE...arrgghhhh...

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."
posted by troutfishing on Nov 17, 2003 - 11 comments

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. -- Erich Fromm

The History of Robots in the Victorian Era
posted by anastasiav on Nov 5, 2003 - 2 comments

Desktop cool: a gallery of imported and independent toys

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.
posted by rudyfink on Nov 4, 2003 - 7 comments

is asimo feeling old and useless?

Ever get that weird feeling that Sony can do anything? [via Coudal]
posted by kickingtheground on Sep 15, 2003 - 36 comments

sculptural robotics, cool machines and kinetic sculptures

Sculptural Robotics 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.
posted by madamjujujive on Jul 20, 2003 - 6 comments

Little robots in your pants

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.
posted by logovisual on Jul 18, 2003 - 16 comments

Robot Rock Critic

"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]
posted by kirkaracha on Jul 10, 2003 - 14 comments

product packaging collages

Box-Bots are robot-like collages made only from product packaging and labels. My favorite: Strawberry Pop Tarts.
posted by iconomy on Jul 4, 2003 - 13 comments

All Our Yesterday's Tomorrows

Miracles You Will See In The Next 50 Years From Popular Mechanics, February 1950, Page 112. Ah, yes, I remember Yesterday's Tomorrows. Hey! Where's my robot slave? Why, I oughta... I'll Futurama you! Hey everybody--let's all sing There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow! Mmm... The Future In Song
posted by y2karl on Jul 3, 2003 - 34 comments

Robot sculptures, rayguns & sci fi artworks

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, the robot artist extraodinaire. (via La Petite Claudine)
posted by madamjujujive on Jun 26, 2003 - 4 comments

More than meets the eye!

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]
posted by arto on Jun 22, 2003 - 15 comments

The Future Is Now (Spiffy!)

Bonding with your robot vacuum
posted by Tlogmer on Jun 16, 2003 - 6 comments

AIBO Disco

AIBO Disco 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. :)
posted by y on Apr 18, 2003 - 6 comments

Robots gone wild.

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.
posted by mecran01 on Apr 1, 2003 - 15 comments

Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot

"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.
posted by riffola on Feb 14, 2003 - 7 comments

But Can I Bring My Spear Gun?

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.
posted by JoanArkham on Jan 15, 2003 - 31 comments

Holiday geek shopping ideas

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 and robots are always a safe bet. But you better hurry - you're down to the wire! thanks, amberglow!
posted by madamjujujive on Dec 15, 2002 - 12 comments

Robots @ Home?

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.
posted by djspicerack on Dec 12, 2002 - 9 comments

The quest for the last mile

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.
posted by thedailygrowl on Nov 21, 2002 - 9 comments

The Ceramic and Metal Sculptures of Clayton G. Bailey

The Ceramic and Metal Sculptures of Clayton G. Bailey Take a look at Bailey's Studio Cam to see what he's been working on lately. It might be one of his life-size metal robot sculptures or a sonic pop ray gun or maybe it's Bender! (via In4mador)
posted by KathyK on Oct 17, 2002 - 6 comments

A course that uses LEGO beams,

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.
posted by jonah on Sep 27, 2002 - 8 comments

C3P0 a drama queen?

C3P0 a drama queen? Who didn't see *that* one? Anyways... welcome to the only page on the internet about gay celebrity... robots.
posted by jcterminal on Sep 2, 2002 - 91 comments

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.
posted by Shadowkeeper on Aug 23, 2002 - 26 comments

...I swear I heard the Shelby say, "Cut the baby down, fleshbag."

...I swear I heard the Shelby say, "Cut the baby down, fleshbag."

Seanbaby returns with another of his priceless anti-robot rants.
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Aug 14, 2002 - 17 comments

But what about the terrible secret of space?

But what about the terrible secret of space? Inteligent robot escapes, then gets run over by a car. The driver makes a bad joke.
posted by delmoi on Jun 19, 2002 - 16 comments

Robocup 2002

Robocup 2002 kicks off today in Japan. Are they programmed to take dives?
posted by liam on Jun 19, 2002 - 2 comments

Robot Rats!
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.
posted by monkeyJuice on May 2, 2002 - 16 comments

Introducing ... Ratbot!

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."
posted by risenc on May 1, 2002 - 8 comments

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