Robotics

When iPhones Attack: Robot iPhone Case

While the Robot iPhone Case certainly isn’t the most practical way to protect your iPhone, it’s perfect for the device with a mean streak. The iPhone and robots have several things in common, not the least being that they both have their eyes set on world domination. If they joined forces, who knows what the world might look like in ...

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iGotaBigAssPocket: Pants for the iPad

I’m cool with my iPad Nano. Oh, you’ve never heard of it? Maybe you know it by its more common name: the iPhone. Zing. Let’s not fool ourselves. Despite the fact that the iPad might be nothing more than a bonafied iPhone on steroids, you’ve just gotta have one. The problem is transportation. The iGotaBigAssPocket line of pants will make ...

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Plen Robot is Controlled Via Your Android Unit

Robots really do come in all forms of shapes and sizes. Even if this little guy is pretty generic as far as form-factor goes, it’s what’s under the hood that makes Plen so spectacular. Controlled via the Android operating system, you can remotely navigate this little guy right from the comfort of your very own mobile device via the power ...

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Six-Legged Walking Robot Decides Its Own Speed

It’s safe to say that most robots are still pretty stupid. The future we planned with fully-autonomous robots on isn’t quite here yet. Most are still strictly human-controlled and/or have a one-track mind. Researchers in Gottingen, Germany have developed a six-legged arachnid robot which autonomously decides its own gait speed, depending on the terrain, using a system called “chaos control.” ...

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R2-D2 Hoodie Turns Droid Dreams Into Droid Realities

Which Star Wars character, with the exception of Chewbacca of course, could be referred to as adorable. Ewoks? Okay, fine. Star Wars might have its own wide variety of cuteness, but I think R2-D2 fits the bill pretty well too. Something about his dogged persistence and sensitive vulnerability really struck a chord with my heart strings. Which is why this ...

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Another Terrifying Baby Robot: An Image from Your Nightmares

Straight from the depths of hell, otherwise known as the Machine Perception Laboratory at UCSD, comes Diego-San, the freakishly big-headed one-year-old simulated robot. …Aside from joy, he’s bundled with a high resolution camera and 6-axis accelerometer. And while his coordination is limited to standing from a chair and holding a bottle, Diego-San’s face has 20 moving parts to convey emotion ...

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FROS-T the Snow Droid

No, R2-D2 didn’t get stuck outside overnight on the planet Hoth. This snow droid was hand crafted by one clever winter-y geek. And lord knows this winter has already spilled a crap load of snowy art material in my neck of the woods. Maybe the next snowstorm we can see a Snow Vader? Link

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Lightdrawing Robot Overexposes Itself

Sort of like peeing in the snow after being exposed to a strong dose of radiation, these lined “lightdrawings” really glow. But unlike urine, these drawings don’t smell like last night’s asparagus. At least, we assume they don’t. The Lightdrawing Robot by German designer Nils Voelker creates lit photo designs by moving colored LED lights as a camera shoots a ...

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Looks Like A Garbage Truck, But Breaks Just Like a Little Apartment

This gutted UNICAT TerraCross all-terrain vehicle has been modified into a pretty slick living environment. An apartment on wheels. Sort of like an RV with attitude. While I’m not one for living on the road, I’m sure many of you who love to travel would all-but sell your soul for a mobile apartment like this. I’ll stick to my non-wheeled ...

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Why Do All Child Bots Have To Be So Terrifying?

Japan’s University of Tsukuba maintains the trend of horrifying child bots with their new Yotaro baby simulator / stuffed bear thing, which aside from causing terror, is supposed to mimic the needs of a baby. The baby’s emotions display via an interactive screen. A water tank supplies realistic tears and an infrared camera picks up your every move, so don’t ...

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