Lawn Mowing with your iPhone 101

by Julie

In case you missed it, Husqvarna has been in the robot lawn mowing business for quite a while now, we have been reporting on them for a few years already. Ahhh the pleasures of sitting in air conditioned comfort while the mower tackles your lawn all by itself. It appears that the newest update to this idyllic scene, is that now you can be sitting in an air conditioned movie …

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Check out this the HECTOR spider robot

by Mark R

This spidery looking robot is designed by the University of Bielefeld’s Department of Biological Cybernetics, and it is the HECTOR, which is a weird quasi-acronym meaning the HExapod Cognitive auTonmously Operating Robot. This mechanical arachnid is about a meter long, and weighs in at 12 kilograms, with 13 percent of it being the exoskeleton. I’m not certain what percentage of a real spider’s weight is its exoskeleton, but it does …

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REETI the robot can show its emotions

by Mark R

I know some of us never want robots to ever have emotions, but I suppose that no one has any qualms about creating a robot that could show emotions. This is the desktop robot known as REETI, and I am not certain what it stands for, but it is a communication robot and a multi-media tool that could be used to convey a very particular type of message. You can …

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You have got to like the SWITL spatula

by Mark R

Sometimes it is the simple things in life that you appreciate the most. For example, something that can clean up a ketchup or mayonnaise stain without leaving any trace evidence (for lack of a better word). This is the Furukawa Kikou SWITL robot hand, and I have a video of it after the jump removing an ugly stain. What makes it really interesting is how that it is able to …

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Mechanical Bird uses its own wings to fly

by Mark R

I remember seeing pictures from DaVinci’s manuscripts of flying machines. Many of them were ornithopters, flying machines that use the flapping power that birds use to defy gravity. I remember even reading a short story once called “DaVinci Rising” that depicts the Renaissance great actually succeeding in his accomplishment. Festo’s SmartBird is able to replicate the process, and has created a gigantic herring gull that can take off by flapping …

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Cyberdyne’s HAL-5 Exoskeleton, that’s right, Cyberdyne

by Mark R

While I was at CES last January, I passed a booth for Cyberdyne. I saw that and wondered: “don’t they know that this is the organization that ended the world in the Terminator movies?” Just to let you know, this company isn’t making Skynet, but it is making some serious exoskeletons that you see here known as the HAL-5. Cyberdyne isn’t stealing from another science fiction film with the name …

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Check out this 26 foot snakebot camera!

by Mark R

Even though I am based in the United States, I am constantly thinking about Japan after the tsunami and earthquake. A while ago, we reported on a snake-like robot known as the Omnitread that is essentially a train of treaded cars that can got through rubble. It is a design that I have seen before in the Firegard, and this model here. This particular device is a self-propelled snakebot developed …

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Equipois x-Ar makes repetitive tasks easier

by Mark R

This is the x-Ar exoskeletal arm from Equipois, and it is designed for lifting. You might think that this thing is designed to be one limb from a Power Loader like in Aliens, but it is not designed to be a strong arm to give you superhuman strength. The purpose of the x-Ar exoskeletal arm is to make repetitious tasks easier. So, if you have the job of moving things …

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