Tag Archives: robot

File Under Menial Tasks: Gas Pumping Robot

While there seems to be plenty of Pedro’s Bill’s and Achmed’s Jim’s to pump my gas for me while I clean off the face of my Rolex (here in Jersey we still don’t have self-serve, huzzah for laziness), someone seems to think that a robot could complete the task much better than a minority upstanding citizen. Costing a tremendous $110,000, ...

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Robovie Will Show You The Way To The Good Stuff

Shopping malls can be pretty overwhelming. Most of them have adopted little “you are here”-type maps to help provide some prospective on where you are located within their twisting corridors. If that isn’t enough for your liquid mind, the Osaka-based Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute has unveiled a crowd-monitoring bot which can scope out lost souls and guide your way to ...

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M-Tran From Japan Is A Real Transformer

Researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan have developed a modular robot, called M-Tran, which changes its shape depending on the situation it is in. The robot is compiled of a number of different modules which each contain different sensors and uses depending on the situation. M-Tran ...

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Gizmo: The All-Purpose Bot

No this is not a list of helpful first aid gadgets, but rather an introduction to a robot named “Gizmo”. Designed by college graduate student Javier Rodriguez Molina, Gizmo could one day help collect and transmit real-time communications in real life emergency situations. While we’ve seen an over-abundance of life saving robots (and some not so life-saving), we’re not quite ...

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Toyota Makes Violin-Playing Robot: Violin Music Still Depressing As Hell

A new addition to the Toyota Partner Robots project, a campaign to integrate robots into everyday life. How a 56 kg violin-playing robot could be useful to us in everyday life is beyond us. In fact, we might even shoot the damn thing since we can hardly stand professional violin playing. Equipped with 17 joints it its legs and arms, ...

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R2D2 Soy Sauce Bottle

When you head out to a Japanese resturant, sometimes the little bottles restaurants have to hold the soy sauce resemble little robots. I half expect them to walk across the table and pour themselves. And what robot is more appropriate to have a themed soy sauce bottle for than R2D2, the lovable droid from Star Wars. Not only was he ...

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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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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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