is a traveling autonomous refrigerator robot ... a cross between R2D2 and a vending machine.
posted by lola
on Apr 21, 2004 -
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 -
- 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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
It's very negative. Can I call you 'Misdirected Energybot'?
('We Are Robots' is a Flash comic about robots. Via JREF.)
posted by obiwanwasabi
on Apr 2, 2002 -
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.
posted by Stuart_R
on Mar 19, 2002 -
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
posted by theplayethic
on Jan 22, 2002 -
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.
posted by jonmc
on Dec 19, 2001 -
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).
posted by edlundart
on Nov 13, 2001 -
"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.
posted by Perigee
on Mar 5, 2001 -