Robotics

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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Tondon: Yet another robotic floor cleaner

Tondon is an autonomous floor cleaner currently being used at a luxury Bali-themed apartment complex in Tokyo. We’ve seen robotic cleaners before, but Tondon isn’t exactly run of the mill. The clean bot features an optical communication system that is able to control the complexes’ elevators, so it can move around freely throughout the grounds without a hassle. Special voice ...

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Submarine with fins: Dance like a bluegill sunfish

Researchers at MIT Tech have developed a new method of movement for submarines. This new movement is inspired by the fin movement of the bluegill sunfish and would make submarines have no need for propellers. Scientists hope that this propellerless submarine might one day be able to handle tasks such as ocean surveying and mine sweeping with more agility and ...

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Robbits: A way to interact

Robbits is a concept to invite humans to interact and play with robots. Using autonomous, community self- and location-aware robots, Robbits is designed to study the interaction between man and machine, with robots installed in modern life. Robbits also serves as a chance to witness the emotional qualities of an interactive object on the streets, rather than strapped into a ...

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Delivery simulator: Good for new doctors and other various sinister acts

Wide open legs might bring a few images into your head, very few of which are probably child birth related, but luckily, having kids might be even more safe thanks to this delivery simulator. Made by the good people at Harvard University Center for Medical Simulation, this simulator, named “Noelle” will help train doctors the art of clitoris stimulation child ...

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Full scale Gundam scares the world

This 59 foot tall Gundam full scale replica is one beast of a fanboy art piece. This happens to be a completely scale version of the RX-78-2 Gundam, and looks like one accurate piece of work. Can you even imagine the amount of work and detail that goes into a project like this? But at least they have one cool ...

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Guitar Heronoid: The GH playin’ bot

Other than the cool robot factor, we don’t understand why you would want a Guitar Heronoid. Isn’t the point of the game to beat it yourself? If you want high score bragging rights, leaving it up to a robot seems like cheating big time. Though, in any case, this Guitar Hero robot is capable of mastering even the most expert ...

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Living in a roboted world: Can humans and robots co-exist in harmony?

As of late, Japan has been looking at how robots can solve some social problems, in addition to the labor that they are currently being developed for. “Life/Machine – Scenes From A Roboted Life” is a project to explore the interaction between humans and robots in a domestic living space, and how they might coexist in an efficient symbiosis. The ...

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HRP-3 Promet Mk-II: Blue-collar by day, militant rescue bot by night

We’ve seen robots made for both blue-collar duties and military jobs, but not one that can truly do both. The HRP-3 Promet Mk-II can bypass heavy rains and maintain a basic rescuing operation, yet showed off its softer side at the Kawada Industries press conference today. Promet took the opportunity to display his skills with a screwdriver, screwing in some ...

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