According to a study done at the university of Hiroshima, watching pictures of cute animals makes you more productive
. Considering the state many Americans might be in on Monday following a long weekend of turkey and pumkin pie, perhaps watching a few cute videos might be a good idea to get America's productivity up to par. [more inside]
We've already discussed modding Roombas
and Roomba art
, but now these guys
have made a fully playable real-life Pac-Man
game using everyone's favorite robotic vacuum cleaner.
Pets have long been afraid of anything robotic, whether it be Roomba
or Robotic Dog
, but times they are a'changing
are fighting back
and have learned
An' all the hot cats on the block have been doing it too - c'mon now, honey, I wanna do it with you.
Anyone hoping to build their own Death Probe
without dismantling the vaccum cleaner
or floor waxer
can rejoice. The creators of Roomba and Scooba have released a barebones version
. Add-on software from Microsoft
is available, should more ambitious types
decide to pair iRobot's tech with LEGO MindStorms
At SXSW, DIY hackers
took an innocent Roomba
, modded it and used it to play real-life Frogger
on the streets of Austin.
The robot should go in first.
Between 50 and 100 Packbot
[13MB wmv] unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) are currently being used for battlefield reconnaissance. One proved its worth last week when it uncovered a bomb and was destroyed in the process. Colin Angle, CEO of Packbot maker iRobot, doesn't rule out the eventual weaponizing of UGVs and quips "we're not using these robots to hand out flowers".