Georgia Tech has taught Simon the robot to make certain we pay attention to it

by Mark R

One of the things that I have noticed about robots is that developing an actual functioning one is a lot of baby steps. I seems like someone develops a good robot arm, someone else has a robot eye, and someone else has to figure out how to make a robot do some minor thing like snap its fingers. In the case of the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, …

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Skeletonics Exoskeleton

by Mark R

We have reported on a lot of interesting Power Loader suits before, you know, like the type that were used in Aliens. I still can’t figure out how they did that effect without computer generated effects. I believe that the reason for creating exo-suits is so that you can lift really heavy objects, but the Skeletonics exoskeleton just seems to be made so you can walk around in an exo-suit. …

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Attack of the RoboRoach

by Mark R

Do you remember when we did that report on the the Hexbug? Now some people have taken this robot bug toy and somehow grafted the technology onto an actual bug. Welcome to the age of the RoboRoach, where some circuitry can be put into an insect’s nervous system so it can be steered around the room. You can watch the video of it after the jump if you want to …

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Someone taught a Robot Seal to shoot a basketball with a 99 percent success rate

by Mark R

Say hello to Paro, the Japanese robotic seal. It is the creation of some roboticists at National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan. Even though a robot seal would be pretty interesting, this is just a robot arm dressed up to look like a seal. For some reason, they made it so the arm/seal can shoot baskets. After all, who wouldn’t want to train a real seal to shoot a basket? I …

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Babyloid is just plain creepy

by Edwin

There are a few things that you need to know about Japan – it has been in recession for the longest time, banks don’t pay interest, it has been the 2nd largest economy in the world for eons before China took over that mantle, and “boasts” of the world’s oldest society since 20% of the population is at least 65 years old. Well, apart from that, how about something more …

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DARPA and Boston Dynamics unite for a “cheetah robot”

by Mark R

I have seen DARPA’s ideas for defense before, and they always seem to see far-out, right out of science fiction. Take this particular robot cheetah. It clearly looks like the character Ravage from the Transformers. I think he had a cameo in the last live-action movie. DARPA and Boston Dynamics are teaming up to create this particular and peculiar robot cheetah. They are shooting for a speed of 20 to …

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Fijit Friends – Robots for Girls

by Julie

It’s no surprise that kids flock towards interactive toys. I remember when the closest thing I had to interactive toy was a my Rock Flowers doll, she would attach to the top of a little yellow record that every doll came with, and she would spin on top of your record player for as long as you left the darn thing on. I would dance with “Lilac” for hours. Forget …

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ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover

by Edwin

If you want to introduce your little ones to the world of robots and robotics, then you might be interested to check out what the ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover is capable of doing. Retailing for a pretty decent $69.99 to get your child off the right footing, the Programmable Rover largely depends on your imagination – it can be a toy, a robot, and a tool for learning. Your little …

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