Robotics

Kobie: Another Advanced Robot Pet, Eats All Your Bamboo, Admits It’s Abused

Much like Paro, the cuddly seal robot, Kobie is said to be the most advanced robotic pet companion in Korea, not far behind many other robotic projects worldwide. Developed by the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Kobie reacts to touch and sound, and can even react to individual human feces faces. Kobie even reacts to violence. Slap him once, ...

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Sanyo “Under Floor Inspection” Robot Checks Your Pipes

This robot from Sanyo is designed to maneuver under your floor. Bypassing any obstacles in its way, enabling users to remotely inspect the leakage of their home’s piping, corrosion and deterioration of structures. The robot is operated via remote control, taking photos of the pipes in question, displaying the image to your pipe expert. This means that half of a ...

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USB Robot Webcam Will Catch Nanny Being Naughty

Check out this excellent useful (and dare I say, adorable?) USB Robot Webcam combo. The Robot features 11 points of articulation which allows us to contort the cam into whatever shape we want it in. The 6″-tall cam bot features LED eyes that illuminate in the night, as well as a maximum resolution of 640480. You can use the bot ...

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Looks Like Pleo Has A Costume Picked Out

Much talked about robotic toy dinosaur Pleo seems to already have picked out his Halloween costume this year. This season, he’s opted for a softer look, dressing in his finest wools. Actually, this is the result of an experiment performed by Ugobe to see if Pleo would still react to touch and carry on his normal behavior if he were ...

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Holy Crap! It’s A Holy Robot!

Pope Benedict better watch where he places his pope hat or the Kuka robot might just steal his place. Kuka is a robot programed to rewrite the entire Martin Luther bible in a beautiful calligraphy style font. You can gauge how massive this robot is by checking out its size compared to the pen its holding. I guarantee you if ...

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RoboCard Keeps CDs Safe and Your Butthole Clean

With his tin toy robot look and corrugated cardboard body, the RoboCard is willing and ready to do the extremely bizarre task for which he was created. Believe it or not, RoboCard will hold and protect up to 14 CDs and a roll of extra toilet paper “for any spill, leak, drip, drop, or other emergency.” At W8.7″ x D6.3″ ...

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WAO-1 Robotic Facial Massage

My lovely Vietnamese house boy might give a decent facial massage, but I don’t think he would quite compare to this robotic massager. Researchers at the Waseda University in Tokyo have developed the WAO-1 Face Massaging Robot, hoping for its use in the medical field. The movement of the robot’s arms is programmed using a complex set of algorithms made ...

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Optimus Styro: The Weakest Transformer Ever

The 8-foot Transformer “Optiumus Styro” art project was developed by artists Kevin and Tywen Kelly over the course of 2 years using only select pieces of styrofoam. Their geeky hearts were in the right place, but a Transformer like this would prove useless in battle. He’s buoyant, I’ll give him that – but it would only take a stiff breeze ...

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The Japanese Agriculture Ministry Is Not In Charge Of Gundam

It appears that no matter where you live, you can be sure that the government is wasting time on your dollar. For example–a Japanese bureaucrat was reprimanded recently for neglecting his duties so that he could contribute 260 modifications to the Japanese-language Wikipedia entry on Gundam. Apparently, the problem is not confined to one man and his love for gigantic ...

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Swami, The Fortune Telling Robot: “I Predict You Will Spend $75,000 For Me”

Swami is a creation from outrageously expensive retailer Neiman Marcus. This fortune telling robot lives up to the expensive reputation and then some. This glass entombed animatron can recognize family members and answer the questions you ask of it. Swami has a character-engine artificial intelligence, micro-camera eyes, and around 30 robotic mowers to make this bot one fantastic, yet realistic ...

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