Robotics

R2-D2 Mailboxes: May the postal service be with you

Such an odd turn of events. R2-D2 finally getting his props as more than just some beeping robot in Star Wars. These R2-D2 themed mailboxes will help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars this year, and will be spread across America. They might not be a very accurate depiction of the R2 unit, but then again, what could a ...

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Robot reveals how fish first slithered to shore

Not much is known about the early evolution of our fishy ancestors and their quest to coming above water, leading to dinosaurs, and eventually us humans. Scientists believe they have come a step closer to understand how our fishy relatives might have “crawled” ashore, with the help of a salamander-like robot. The 33-inch-long robot was chosen to resemble a salamander, ...

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K-4 Tetra Special Edition Gundam Razor

The Japanese are crazy for zany themed products. The K-4 Special Edition Gundam Razor is themed after the wildly popular Japanese series, Mobile Suit: Gundam. What do huge robots and razors have in common? Probably nothing. Do most Japanese mash ups show any rhyme or reason? Exactly our point. Give yourself a shave so close that only a giant robot ...

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Medication ‘Robot’ tooth implants

IntelliDrug, an IST Program project for creating a medicine dispenser the size of a tooth. The device would be able to be implanted in the mouth of the patient, where it would be able to gradually give a measured dose of medicine to fit the patient’s needs. Not the first body “robot” to be mentioned, the medication tooth worries us ...

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Madrid’s no cellphone day

In response to rising cellphone charges, citizens in Madrid, Spain has gone on a no-cellphone campaign last week. It is really hard to imagine if you are from places where public phone booths are getting demolished to build new wireless towers. A lot of people in Madrid supported the campaign, but there were people spotted for using the phonebook off ...

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BenQ Mobile assets on eBay!

German bankruptcy administrators issued a statement today saying that they have given up finding buyers for the failed BenQ Mobile company in Germany, so what’s going to happen is that the company furnitures, pot plants and computers will go on eBay. Yes you heard that right, it’s eBay literally. Some of the assets will also be sold on the Insolvency’s ...

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Lokomat Automated Treadmill for rebuilding muscle strength

A stoke can disable someones life. Motor function gets dowgraded, coordination goes out the window, and muscle strength disappears along with the nerve strength. This swiss rehab system, the Lokomat, is a treadmill with robot-assisted lower extremities. Made by Hocoma, the Locomat has shown beneficial for post-stroke victims who have found weakening in their leg muscles. In a recent study, ...

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DIY: Joinmax Digital Quadruped Robot Kit

This cool kit gives you everything you need to create your own four-legged, spider-like robot. The Joinmax Digital Quadruped Robot Kit packs in an intermediate level DIY project, with 8 servos for enough degrees of freedom to explore and experiment with the robots motion and gait. The only thing not included in the set that an amateur robotics builder would ...

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Ubiko robot says “Only you can prevent office fires!”

Robot manufacturer tmsuk teams up with Kyushu University and the Kanazawa Institute to create Ubiko, the Smokey the Bear equivalent of office robots. The 132-lb Ubiko was originally designed to serve as a temporary receptionist, equipped with exclusive sensors to sniff out ash and smoke. When Ubiko wasn’t receptive to its bosses sexual advances, the reception duties were taken away, ...

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Robot arm controled by monkey…Monkey promptly announces presidential run

[ev type=”youtube” data=”TK1WBA9Xl3c”][/ev] This video is pretty incredible. These scientist have trained monkeys to control a robotic arm using only their brain, with the help of an implanted brain chip. The video discusses the relationship between monkey experimentation and the thought of one day using similar chips on paralyzed humans. Look at that poor monkey shoved into that plastic box ...

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