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Soon, America's pole-sockers will be out of work, replaced by a machine.

A robot puts a sock on a pole.
posted by empath on Aug 26, 2010 - 57 comments

It was going to be a very scientific evening, until the robot revolted!

A couple decades after the first appearance of Steam Men in the 19th century, and a few years after the word "robot" was coined, one Professor Harry May from London toured around the US with Alpha the robot. The one ton mechanical man was built from a combination of modern inventions that granted Alpha certain skills, from product model and vocal promoter of the automatic electric toaster, to gunslinger. The problem with giving Alpha a gun was that the robot revolted (PDF, via), shooting his master and creator in 1932. After this incident, Alpha became Mary Ann (via), complete with new hair, a dress, and a soprano voice.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 12, 2010 - 16 comments

They are the robots

Botjunkie fulfills all your robot needs, from balancing, cooperating, dancing, aggressive quadrotors (previously); through other combined or perching flying bots (though the birds object sometimes); to the hideous dancing, crying, kissing, babies of the uncanny valley; to the dextrous everyday pancake, chef and origami bots.
posted by TheophileEscargot on Aug 3, 2010 - 5 comments

Japanese Horror Bot

Video of horrific, Japanese maggot-man robot allegedly designed to act as a physical presence during phone calls. More info and photos here.
posted by picea on Aug 2, 2010 - 90 comments

The Future of Border Defense: Robot Sentries

The Korean DMZ (pdf) / PLZ has been a hot tourist attraction for years, featuring must-see sites like the Third Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatory, the Dora Mountain Train Station, the Freedom Bridge and the Imjingak Tourist Site, complete with its statue of Harry Truman. And now, South Korea's border with North Korea -- the most heavily militarized border on Earth, -- will be patrolled by killer robots. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 15, 2010 - 50 comments

Dancing robots!

Dancing Robots
posted by interrobang on Jun 22, 2010 - 25 comments

Failures Are Not an Option

Trouble started soon into Hayabusa's treacherous round-trip journey to Itokawa when she lost her companion, Minerva. On arrival, she stumbled and dropped the sample she was sent to retrieve, and we thought the worst when she stopped calling. One accident left her disoriented and unable to find her way, and another reduced her progress to a slow limp. But on Sunday, with unfailing help from home, Hayabusa returns, three years late and seven years after she departed.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot on Jun 10, 2010 - 6 comments

Yes, He Parachutes

Primavera by Victor Novikov. WALL·E checks out the scenery. [slv]
posted by netbros on May 31, 2010 - 9 comments

Flips, flight through windows, and quadrotor perching.

Aggressive Maneuvers for Autonomous Quadrotor Flight (slyt)
posted by Tom-B on May 29, 2010 - 66 comments

Featuring the mild curiosity of the notoriously bad-tempered Cape Buffalo

Wildlife photographer mauled by African lion, with pictures recovered from the body. Of course, this is not exactly what it seems, and there are other pictures as well.
posted by davejay on Apr 19, 2010 - 21 comments

Doc Ock cosplay just got way more fun

Sure, guys, that’s totally based on an elephant’s trunk, and not from an overwhelming desire to have the greatest Comicon outfit ever.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Apr 19, 2010 - 20 comments

Awesome Robot Friends

My Robot Friend has just released a lovely video for the acoustic version of 'Waiting' a song he made with Alison Moyet for his new album Soft-Core. The video was created by Liam Stevens. It was made using only paper, pen, and ink and took several months to complete. A true labour of love, and very good too.
posted by debord on Apr 8, 2010 - 12 comments

and it only takes 20 to 25 minutes per towel!

Towel folding robot folds towels. Stacking ensues. Robot designer Pieter Abbeel's interesting commentary here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 7, 2010 - 48 comments

I'm Here

I'm Here is a 30-minute short film written and directed by Spike Jonze. [via]
posted by churl on Mar 25, 2010 - 10 comments

Kind of like Gundam, but tiny, unarmed, and with coffee

A small robot makes coffee.
posted by ardgedee on Mar 23, 2010 - 34 comments

Robot a Day

Robot a Day
posted by not_on_display on Feb 16, 2010 - 9 comments

There will be no shame.

Perhaps you like Canabalt. Perhaps you miss Lisa Frank. Or perhaps you just dream... dream of a robot unicorn leaping through stars with rainbow power. The music doesn't have to stop when the game does.
posted by prefpara on Feb 9, 2010 - 27 comments

I believe in miracles! Where you from, you hexy thang?

A hexapod robot is a mechanical vehicle that walks on six legs. Since a robot can be statically stable on three or more legs, a hexapod robot has a great deal of flexibility in how it can move. And how it can move!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Feb 5, 2010 - 38 comments

Moog-y Christmas

Do you like musical instruments with lots of keyboards? And lots and lots of dials? Then you may like 36 15 MOOG: Stuff with Moog and/or 60's and 70's vintage synths in it. (related Ask MeFi) [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Dec 24, 2009 - 14 comments

Fembot

Fembot (overview 1 of 2); [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Dec 21, 2009 - 21 comments

Goo

Amorphous blob robot takes first steps (SLYT)
posted by mhjb on Dec 2, 2009 - 51 comments

Have A Raver Flashback Today

VECTORTRONIC An abstract long-exposure animation drawn and photographed by a Lego robot set to music by Gil Trythall [via mefi projects]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 2, 2009 - 9 comments

Immigration or Robots?

Japan is facing a demographic crisis that will shrink the population dramatically. The Japanese aren't having babies, and the country won't accept immigrants to help bolster the population. Japan: Robot Nation looks at a uniquely Japanese solution. [more inside]
posted by Extopalopaketle on Sep 21, 2009 - 55 comments

"Our system allows you to clone your best, most reliable people"

Strongly Disagree: It bothers you a long time when someone is unfair to you. Other people's feelings are their own business. When people make mistakes, you correct them. You are a fairly private person. You don't believe a lot of what people say.
Strongly Agree: Any trouble you have is your own fault. It is maddening when the court lets guilty criminals go free. When someone treats you badly, you ignore it. You agree with people more often than you argue. You are careful not to offend people. You can wait patiently for a long time. You finish your work no matter what. You know when someone is in a bad mood, even if they don't show it. Your friends and family approve of the things you do. Your moods are steady from day to day.
....the expected answers... are always "Strongly Agree" or "Strongly Disagree." You actually have four options to choose from, when asked whether a statement applies to you or not... [but] "Disagree" or "Agree" are NEVER the right answer to any question, even though any sensible person will have mixed feelings about all these questions. [more inside]
posted by orthogonality on Aug 24, 2009 - 147 comments

Show your bones

ECCEROBOT - Embodied Cognition in a creepy looking Compliantly Engineered Robot, an anthropomimetic robot whose plastic bones and joints imitate the body structures of the fleshy ones.
posted by Artw on Aug 18, 2009 - 17 comments

Automatic Pancakes

Good Morning, New pancakes. And that should about do it. $3500 will get you your very own pancake machine. 200 pancakes/hour in fact.
posted by rschroed on Aug 6, 2009 - 59 comments

Amazing Robot Dexterity

Astounding robotics demo featuring three dribbling, catching, stick-twirling fingers from the future, but right now
posted by mhjb on Aug 1, 2009 - 20 comments

Wouldn't that be L'Ira di Khan?

Le Wrath Di Khan. This is too much of a geekgasm not to share. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 28, 2009 - 34 comments

Yet another reason to get a laser-cutter

Build your own strandbeest (laser-cutter required) [via] [more inside]
posted by mhjb on Jul 17, 2009 - 9 comments

A robot Hitler?

Electronic Evolution: Research Show Robots Forming Human-like Societies [more inside]
posted by supercres on Jun 2, 2009 - 38 comments

When Steam Wasn't Punk.

The Brazen Android by William Douglas O'Connor, is a 19th century science fiction story based on the myth of the Brazen Head, a steam-powered head that told fortunes. It's available as an audio book from the Internet Archives. (Via)
posted by The Whelk on May 19, 2009 - 18 comments

Our new alien overlords, and all that

A giant robotic beetle (YT) built in Japan by a man in his garage -- and it works. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Apr 16, 2009 - 19 comments

Robot ant on youtube

I, for one, welcome our new sigle link youtube post overlords!
posted by joelf on Apr 7, 2009 - 66 comments

He's a big boy now

A bald, child-like creature dangles its legs from a chair as its shoulders rise and fall with rythmic breathing and its black eyes follow movements across the room. It's not human -- but it is paying attention. (via)
posted by Vamier on Apr 6, 2009 - 78 comments

You will be assimilated

The future is now! Her name is HRP 4C, coming soon to your dreams (or nightmares) from JapanCorp. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Mar 17, 2009 - 53 comments

For the good of the Union!

Build giant steam powered robots to defend the Union in the American Civil War.
posted by Lord_Pall on Mar 16, 2009 - 24 comments

Vampire Lincoln meets Zombie Platypus

The Official Creebobby Comics Archetype Times Table
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Mar 10, 2009 - 19 comments

movers and shakers in London town

I'll tell you one thing: if I was in London, I'd mosey on over to the Kinetica Art Fair. It looks like fun.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 1, 2009 - 15 comments

Danger Will Robinson!

R.I.P. Bob May - better known as "The Robot" in the 60s T.V. series "Lost in Space." [more inside]
posted by Muddler on Jan 19, 2009 - 17 comments

LEMUR's Gamelatron

Introducing the Gamelatron, "the world's first and only fully robotic gamelan". Brought to you by the Brooklyn-based League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, affectionately known as LEMUR.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 18, 2009 - 29 comments

Kill all humans / assemble self into chair

The Best Robots of 2008 (via)
posted by Artw on Jan 18, 2009 - 13 comments

SexCCTV.

Giles Walker created fully animated robot pole dancers to see if it was possible to make CCTV cameras sexy using simple mechanics. Part of the “Mutate London” exhibition at the Behind the Shutters Gallery. SFW
posted by gman on Dec 16, 2008 - 16 comments

"She can even butter your toast"

Inventor Le Trung, creator of Aiko the female robot, awaits investors to give his creation life.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing on Dec 11, 2008 - 42 comments

Nerd trifecta

A robot made out of Lego bricks that solves a Rubik's cube. Video of the robot in action. Includes full blueprints for building and source code.
posted by grouse on Dec 4, 2008 - 32 comments

The name of this post is Talking Heads.

The Waseda Talker has been turning heads (har har) lately. It's a mechanical simulation of the human vocal tract, from the motion of its synthetic lips down to the hypnotic undulation of its rubbery vocal folds (compare the genuine article here). Think this is new? Well, these days we do most of this stuff electronically — but talking simulacra have a long and weird history, starting back when electronic synthesizers were just a pipe dream. Here's a talking pair of bellows from 1791, and a head you can play like a trumpet as recently as 1937. The granddaddy of 'em all are the Kratzenstein resonators (not Frankenstein, Kratzenstein!) from 1779. Make your own with pipe insulation and a duck call.
posted by nebulawindphone on Nov 28, 2008 - 12 comments

Military-Grade Moe-Anthropomorphism

Military equipment drawn as anime girls. Probably SFW, but good luck explaining it to the boss. Wikipedia explains.
posted by mccarty.tim on Oct 19, 2008 - 34 comments

Bulbous Beings

"The common point of all my characters is that they aren’t nice, [they’re] either nasty or mean. They all have a personality with good and bad sides." Olivier Bucheron creates striking alien and robot meanies. Zamak.... (some images mildly nsfw)
posted by Kronos_to_Earth on Oct 1, 2008 - 2 comments

Modular robot takes a kickin' and keeps on tickin'

Self-assembling robot. A self-assembling chair. A swarm of robots attempting to assemble. (All you-tube links.)
posted by pyramid termite on Aug 31, 2008 - 14 comments

Googly Eyebot

"Double-Taker (Snout)" by Golan Levin with Lawrence Hayhurst, Steven Benders and Fannie White "...deals in a whimsical manner with the themes of trans-species eye contact, gestural choreography, subjecthood, and autonomous surveillance. The project consists of an eight-foot (2.5m) long industrial robot arm, costumed to resemble an enormous inchworm or elephant's trunk, which responds in unexpected ways to the presence and movements of people in its vicinity...." Googly Eyebot. (via) [more inside]
posted by Kronos_to_Earth on Aug 13, 2008 - 3 comments

You may ask yourself, how do I work this? David Byrne on robots

David Byrne writes three thoughtful essays on robots, song, and the uncanny valley on the occasion of the creation of a robot which sings in his voice at a Madrid museum: Visiting the robot factory in Texas, regarding the uncanny valley, on machines and souls.
posted by whir on Aug 8, 2008 - 15 comments

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