Medical Robot gives me the creepy crawlies

by Edwin

Hooray for nanotechnology, as Israeli scientists have successfully worked on a medical robot that measures a mere 1mm in diameter. What does this mean? It is small enough to crawl into our nose and ears, in addition to making their way through veins and arteries. While the very idea of that might turn some people off (including me), rest assured that these scientists won’t be using it for nefarious purposes …

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Blubber Bots an interesting idea

by Edwin

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Robots are extremely interesting things to look at, what more play with – and it is no different with the Blubber Bots. The Blubber Bot is actually a D.I.Y. robotic species that are smart enough to navigate their way autonomously without any external input and intelligently, avoiding collision with humans and other obstacles. They are more than capable of floating about peacefully like a jellyfish, dance a number, belt out …

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HRP-3 Promet Mk-II to the rescue

by Edwin

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Whenever I watch cartoons like Transformers (I just can’t wait for the movie to be released – even it it’s a turkey, I know I’ll still enjoy it. I wonder when will they make a big screen adaptation of Thundercats or G-Force?), it just tickles the imagination as to whether we will ever see a day when robots help us humans out in dangerous and dirty situations. The release of …

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Transformers turn plush

by Edwin

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Looks like no matter how hard and tough-as-nails the Transformers robots look like, they all have a soft side to them in the form of a plush toy. What makes these plush toys all the more interesting is the latent ability to transform, for example the good ol’ Optimus Prime turns into one plush truck by moving the right parts into position. I think this Transformers plush toy will appeal …

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Robot has broken heart

by Edwin

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Heart Robot thinks otherwise. His story goes like this: “On his home planet of Xerbix 319, the Broken Heart Robot was one of the rare robots built without a purpose. Saddened by this, he fled Xerbix 319 and traveled the galaxy to seek out his purpose. Along the way, the Broken Heart Robot met many interesting characters on various planets, moons and asteroids, and eventually landed on a small planet …

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Female Type robot up for auction

by Edwin

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Most robots that we have seen so far look as though they’re of the male variety, and even in Japanese anime we get mostly testosterone-laden robots. Take a look at Transformers for example – how many of those ‘bots are the bionic equivalent of an Amazon warrior? Tomotaka Takahashi must have thought long and hard about this, and he turned his thinking into a practical answer by working on the …

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Bear robot cuddles up with army men

by Edwin

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That’s what it looks like at the beginning, but fret not. The alpha males in the army aren’t turning soft anytime soon with the uber-cute Bear robot. Bear is actually an acronym for “Battlefield Extraction Assist Robot”. The name itself is pretty self explanatory, as you have injured soldiers out in the field who can’t make it to a safe point on their own. Rather than risk the life of …

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Talk about specialised: the Asahi Beerbot aka the Robocco

by Andi

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Looking like a mix between good ol’ R2D2, a lamp and a golf ball, here comes the Robocco from Asahi. As you might have guessed from the title, this robot’s only task is related to beer: it should take one out of its belly, open it, and pour it in a mug. And this is what it does. Initially only available as a prize for a contest, it is now …

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