Robotics

Chinese Robot Chef: Just Like Mom Used To Make

Thanks to this “food robot” designed by retired Beijing professor Liu Changfa, it seems entirely possible that one day I can have my Hot Pocket cooking ritual fully automated. Unfortunately, I would still have to push a few buttons with this one – users must program simple instructions into the robot’s computer before he begins to cook. Once the data ...

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Robot Parrot Companion Almost As Annoying As The Real Thing

Mankind’s creepy obsession with building the perfect robot pet continues with Pretty Polly The Interactive Parrot. Polly features voice recognition technology that allows it to record and repeat phrases spoken to it. This robo-parrot can also respond to phrases like “Are you hungry” with preprogrammed answers. Other features include: A mouth sensor that detects an included plastic cracker placed near ...

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Build Your Own Autonomous Sentry Gun For Shooting Cans, Kids

The sentry gun pictured above was built for the Defconbots Competition where contestants battle it out to see who can build an autonomous device that can shoot down targets in the fastest time. The gun didn’t win, but by the looks of these videos, it seems to work pretty well. And the best part is that the team behind it ...

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Build Your Own Underwater Robot

Thanks to a group of smart, entrepreneurial minded kids from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix and their work for the National Underwater Robotics Challenge, you can now build your own underwater robot for $250. The ROV-in-a-Box Project Kit features just about everything you need to put together your own working robot: frame, motors, underwater light, camera, 50-foot tether, operator ...

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Scientists Build Artificial Robot Brain: Is It Time To Freak Out?

Scientists in Spain have announced that their work on the EU funded SENSOPAC project has resulted in the world’s first artificial robot cerebellum. The scientists plan on incorporating the mechanical brain into a robot designed by the German Aerospace Centre in two years followed by a complete cognitive system within the next four years. The scientists hope that by giving ...

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Mainframe Computer Figure Is Ready For Battle

Brandishing an axe, Mainframe (a veritable Frankenstein of computer parts) is ready to get his hands dirty and whoop some ass the old fashioned way. Based on a character portrayed in a series of paintings by artist Dean Bradley, Mainframe’s original purpose was to symbolize “our delicate relationship with technology.” As a figurine, Mainframe is now a cool collectors item ...

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Muscular Robot Brings Us One Step Closer To Armageddon

A project called “Airic’s_arm” has resulted in a robotic arm that mimics the movement and biological structure of a human being. If you believe that robots will eventually rise up to massacre their tyrannical humanoid overlords, this may very well feel like the beginning of the end. “The Airics_arm is a robotic arm fitted with artificial bones and muscles. The ...

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Robotart For The Home

These robot sculptures may lack functionality, but I think everyone can agree that any shortcomings are more than made up for in asthetics. Robotart is the brainchild of artist Lawrence Northey, and the pieces in his collection range from old school looking ray guns to full fledged robot sculptures like those seen above. Each piece is painstakingly crafted with polished ...

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Crane games are out, meet RoboCrane

Those damn crane games frustrate us so much. All we want it the little stuffed monkey, and we keep getting the ugly gray stuffed rhino. Or sometimes nothing at all. That’s why we usually stick to the “play until you win” type crane games. RoboCrane is a new Japanese crane style game that could make these games interesting again. Users ...

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OLE, the fire fighting beetle

Researchers over at the University of Madgeburg-Stendal in Germany are working on OLE, a new autonomous robot that could one day help out putting out fires. This fire-fighting beetle will be programmed to run through the forest at 20 to 30 km per hour, looking for potential forest fires in the works and extinguishing them with an impulse appliance. OLE ...

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