is sort of a robotic spider, except for the minor detail of only having six legs. It's self-contained, and remotely controlled using Bluetooth. The movements are calculated using an Excel spreadsheet, and it moves beautifully
posted by Class Goat
on Mar 13, 2008 -
Many business owners have struggled with crime in their communities and the impact that can have on their business- but when the police have their hands full, sometimes your complaints just fall through the cracks. One Atlanta bar owner has taken matters into his own hands by building a crime-fighting vigilante robot.
posted by baphomet
on Feb 26, 2008 -
You've never heard a box of Stoned Wheat Thins, a big tub of Necco, a little wooden frog, a Tupperware bucket, an empty jar and a theremin sound this good. It's Crazy
. No, really, it's Crazy
. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Oct 11, 2007 -
, the bot that bounces to the rhythm! "[It] is a small creature-like robot with a soft rubber skin, two cameras in its eyes, and a microphone in its nose. Keepon is designed to interact with children by communicating attention and emotion. It has four degrees of freedom: attention is directed by turning +/-180° and nodding +/-40°, while emotion is expressed by rocking side-to-side +/-25° and bobbing up to 15mm:"
posted by Phire
on Aug 22, 2007 -
The first armed robots
have hit the streets of Iraq and are now hunting evil-doers with high-powered M249 machine guns. The robots are called SWORDS, which stands for "Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Detection System". Army focus groups apparently preferred this acronym over the more obvious PUBE (Predatory Unmanned Battle Engine). The robots are currently being piloted through the streets of Bagdad using remote control. According to an interview on CNET
with Chief Army Scientist Thomas Killion however, the army soon plans to make the killing machines fully automatic.
posted by infini
on Aug 3, 2007 -
It seems that this gentleman
bought a set of musical robots from the defunct Showbiz Pizza
restaurant chain. This gent has been reprogramming the robots to sing recent hit songs, rather than the '60s Motown hits they sang originally. He then takes video of these performances, and posts it on YouTube. I guarantee this version of Evanescence's "Lithium" will haunt your dreams (or, perhaps, make you hurl).
posted by metasonix
on Aug 2, 2007 -
Clones, Robots and Second-Life...
Having solved all other crimes, the Australian Federal Police Commissioner gave us a trifecta of the scary earlier this week. I'd have posted it before but I was waiting for some statement that it was all a fake. Boingboing
has it so it must be true! (Caution: lolcats).
posted by ninazer0
on Jul 12, 2007 -
are not only capable of working more precisely than human hands, but they have no metal or electrical parts, so will work under MRI
machines on tumors that would otherwise be invisible. The NeuroArm will set you back $27 million, but may confer more karma than that trip to space.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium
on Apr 17, 2007 -
So, what is an "actroid
It's an android actor, and you can rent one for $3500 for 5 days, to do
presentations at shows or whatever else you want. They come in a number of
configurations and wear
variety of costumes
. The latest one, Actroid DER2, is shown on
in several high quality stills and 3 WMVs (in Japanese; click
thumbnails and links immediately below thumbnails). Why is she wearing a "Hello
Kitty" T-shirt? Because she was created by
, a member
company of the Sanrio Group, which also does
the majority of
"Hello Kitty" merchandising. So are they working on a
robotic Hello Kitty? If you need me, I'll be hiding under my bed.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste
on Oct 7, 2006 -
is the online name of a musician/artist who made two of my favorite flash music animations (warning: first link goes to artist's myspace page w/audio). The first one, "Dad's Home" is a mayhem filled coffee buzz set to Cab Calloway's Reefer Man
, and the second, "Walk, Smash, Walk" is about a robot whose job is to Walk and then Smash and then Walk some more. Wildly different styles, but both are captivating; large versions of both cartoons can be viewed here
posted by jonson
on Aug 4, 2006 -
Cheap 1.7 million yen toy.
When Keiko Nakamoto of the Ishikawa prefecture came across an old vinyl robot covered in a thick layer of dust, she had no idea that she had unearthed only the third known specimen of an item described by Tokyo toy dealers as "the most sought-after item in Japan." From ToyboxDX [toy robot goodness]
posted by tellurian
on Jun 1, 2006 -
Filter: Korea Unveils World's Second Android
China manufactures personal robot
Japan's domestic robot
Why the Japanese want their robots to act more like humans
Robot runs over water
'baby' robot learns like a human
Pill-sized intenstinal robot
, spider robots
Lego Unveils NXT Robotics Toolset
, Lego robot plays Super Mario Bros
, Connect Four
, solves Rubik's Cube
Building an army of robots
), Robots break Asimov’s first law
. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey
on May 11, 2006 -