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April 19, 2010 10:00 AM   Subscribe

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 (18 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I want to know more about the robot kite-flying thing-a-majing at the end there.
posted by notyou at 10:11 AM on April 19, 2010

Let's see it pick up a pie.
posted by cashman at 10:16 AM on April 19, 2010 [2 favorites]

Tobey Maguire sighting at 2:51.
posted by zarq at 10:19 AM on April 19, 2010

There are several statements in the video about how safe these will be for humans to directly interact with. Trust the robots. They are your friends and will always be there for you.

About half way through I started getting wary. I could totally hear the transition from R&D to an English-accented dispassionately sterile description of horrific events.

::biddy bop music:: "Hyeah we see the robots gripping the 15th ball-shaped object we've handed it. Just like an elephants trunk, it is sleek and supple, capable of many tasks. And now the robot rips off a human head with ease. It's three pads help it snap the neck at an optimum angle and it is even able to toss it back and forth like a kitten playing with a ball of yarn." ::biddy bop music::
posted by cashman at 10:22 AM on April 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

Man, these guys will be first against the wall when the revolution comes!
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:32 AM on April 19, 2010

The repetitive comments about safety starts making me worried, like a swarmy guy that keeps saying "trust me". The English accent is usually reassuring to this American, but not after after the frequent statements... it's as if he's trying to lull us into a false sense of security.

Until the green lights switch to red.
posted by _paegan_ at 11:13 AM on April 19, 2010

Ease up. They also make the cuddly air penguin. What could possibly go wrong?
posted by warbaby at 11:26 AM on April 19, 2010 [3 favorites]

This is going to revolutionize the adult entertainment industry. You heard it here first, folks!
posted by kaseijin at 11:35 AM on April 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

You know what else was totally based on an elephant's trunk? Hitler.
posted by ryoshu at 11:44 AM on April 19, 2010

Things I Learned Today:
  • "Biomechatronic" is a real word.
  • ...
posted by ZsigE at 11:47 AM on April 19, 2010

Yeah, I am imagining a poorly-managed subroutine taking over when some wit attempts to hand it a circus peanut, with sudden klaxxons and a soothing female voice, "Warning, surgical exploration mode ... activated," then something from Vivisect VI begins playing as a Stryker bone saw pops out, various shiny things begin whirring about as insectile retractors unfold and a variety of flexible pipes wrapped with electrostatic muscles slither impatiently upward towards the hapless demonstrator, making a slurping noise reminiscent of the little suction tubes at the dentist's office under the voice as it continues, "Subject deviates substantially from sample feline anatomy ... compensating ... locating analogous structures ... The Disassembler will break down and categorize even the most anomalous of biological samples." Twenty bloody seconds later neatly labeled bones and jar of various organs begin to clatter onto sample trays which look suspiciously as if they had been repurposed from a Craftsman tool cart.

I have to lay off of the Hardware/Virus double features.
posted by adipocere at 11:55 AM on April 19, 2010 [6 favorites]

Um, that thing doesn't look very "robotic". It's just a jointed column with 3 wires that pull to control the direction of the gripper. The reason they're hanging downwards is because it gives the illusion it has more "elbow" level articulation than it's actually capable of. It really looks more like a string puppet than something being governed by a computerized control system.

I think the inventors are using the 3D fabrication machine and high-tech sets to replicate something that could be built from wooden spools and fishing line. I think they're shysters.
posted by bonobothegreat at 1:09 PM on April 19, 2010 [3 favorites]

I am incredibly pissed! First they build robots to take our jobs! Then they build robots to fight our wars! Now they are building robots to fly our kites! Where will the madness end?
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:17 PM on April 19, 2010

Mani-festo? An artificial hand?
Was that a glimpse of Callen or just another blue-eyed tech in the lab?
posted by Cranberry at 1:44 PM on April 19, 2010

Don't worry! It has a chip to stop it from turning evil!
posted by Artw at 2:42 PM on April 19, 2010

Screw tentacles!

posted by colinshark at 7:08 PM on April 19, 2010

bonobothegreat: I thought the same thing until about halfway through the video when I realized that those apparently rigid "fingers" are actually bending and flexing in fairly subtle ways. So it's definitely not something you could make from wood.

And that kite is amazing.
posted by ErWenn at 8:19 PM on April 19, 2010

Re: safety for interaction with humans

I think they were making the point not that it's not going to harm people but rather that people aren't going to screw it up just by bumping into it. Which is cool, but I wish they'd actually shown people doing just that, a la those videos of that Big Dog quadruped robot where people are shoving it as hard as they can to see if they can knock it over.

I still get creeped out thinking about Big Dog.
posted by ErWenn at 8:22 PM on April 19, 2010

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