Robotics

Audi Robots Light Up London With Your Messages

Audi has taken over London’s Trafalgar Square for the next week, transforming it into “an interactive message center” called Outrace. Eight giant, industrial robots from Audi’s production line will have LED lights attached to their arms. The robots will use the LEDs to scrawl messages in the air, much to the pleasure of the onlookers. But there is so much ...

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Artificial Skin Gives Robots the Sense of Touch

Scientists for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences of the University of California at Berkeley have created an electronic skin that can give robots an almost human-esque sense of touch for the first time in technological history. The pressure-sensitive skin, made using germanium and silicon, is controlled via built-in capacitors which interpret changes in the skins thickness. Depending ...

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A Robotic Exoskeleton Prototype from the 1960s

General Electric engineer Ralph Mosher created Hardiman, the first serious attempt at creating a robotic exoskeleton that could transform a human into a super-powerful cyborg. Hardiman allowed the average person to be able to lift over 1500 lbs without a struggle. Unfortunately the exoskeleton weighed in at three-quarters of a ton, not to mention working the legs meant uncomfortably herky-jerking ...

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The Incredible Sock Matching Robot

With how frequently a single sock goes missing in my house, I’m not sure what good a sock matching robot would be, but the concept is a novel one. UC Berkeley researchers programmed the PR2 robot to not only match up pairs of socks, but to also flip the inside out socks back to their outside in form. The robot ...

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Automatic Chain Smoking Machine Replaces Dead Relatives

Things just haven’t been the same at the annual family picnic since Uncle Charlie passed away. The way he ruffled my hair every year like I was still seven. The hard gravel of his nicotine stained voice. The waft of tobacco and cheap cologne that would stick to the walls for months following his visits. Nope, things just aren’t the ...

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Smiling Ice Cream Robot Promises Sweets to All Children

Japan’s newest media darling, unlike similar stars in the U.S., is famous for all the right reason. He puts a smile on the face of Japanese children and he makes ice cream. No meltdowns (at least none that aren’t caused by actual heat), no drunken photographs. Just the promise of sweets and a fun robotic show. Lovingly called Yaskawa-kun by ...

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The Trials and Tribulations of Transporting Robonaut

The process of space travel, from brainstorming to landing, is possible through a mere system of steps. While the number of steps needed to plan a successful mission might rank in the hundreds of millions, it is all performed very methodically and precisely. Such care is needed when you’re dealing with gadgets and machinery that costs well into the billions ...

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Robotic Wheelchair Follows Around Unsuspecting “Companions”

The Robotic Wheelchair designed by Saitama Universitys Human-Robot Interaction Center is programmed to automatically follow a human companion, using a built-in sensor and camera system which automatically detects the companions shoulders. The Wheelchair is also capable of avoiding obstacles, such as other oncoming humans. Until the day it is legal to harvest humans for personal slavery, this Robotic Wheelchair will ...

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Telenoid R1 Robot: Part Amputee, Part Hutt, All Creepy

With the tail of Jabba and the arms of a Somalian land mine victim, the Telenoid R1 Robot is surprisingly not the most terrifying robot we’ve ever seen. Not by a long shot. But it certainly does rank high on the Gearfuse Scale of Creepiness (patent pending). This teleoperated communication bot was designed to add a does of realism to ...

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Iron Man Becomes Iron Can: R2-D2, Meet Tony Stark

Poor Artoo has really gone through a lot the last few years since we publisher our first post back in 2006. From his image being branded on the sides of mailboxes to being used to peddle trash cans to messy geeks, we can’t say R2-D2 has gotten much of a fair deal as far as his image goes. But this ...

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