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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Robots’

DARPA Trains BigDog To Throw Cinder Blocks

I think we’ve been too hard on DARPA. They’re not trying to incite the robot apocalypse. They’re just trying to create machines that can walk over rough terrain while helping soldiers carry heavy gear. They wouldn’t make a robot that could kill us with giant concrete blocks: Holy sh*t, did you see that? Remind me never to face off against …

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This Robot Bat Wing Now Exists

Researchers at Brown University have built a robotic bat wing, which they believe can serve as as stepping stone toward some interesting new flying vehicles. Hopefully it won’t serve as a stepping stone to some giant bat-like Terminator. Brown University explains: The robot, which mimics the wing shape and motion of the lesser dog-faced fruit bat, is designed to flap …

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This Robot Cube Can Walk, Jump And Balance Itself

Cubes are relatively stationary objects. You can throw them around, sure, but it’s hard to see them as being autonomous. One robotics lab did just that, however, with its newest invention. Robohub reports that the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich have created Cubli, a robotic cube that can walk, jump and balance on its corners. The …

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MIT Is Teaching Robots How To Learn From Their Mistakes

Students at MIT are teaching robots how to adapt, as discussed in this video. At the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, students will be presenting a pair of papers “showing how household robots could use little lateral thinking to compensate for their physical shortcomings,” as MIT explains. This particular video features MIT senior Annie Holladay demonstrating her algorithm …

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These Robots Will Do Your Gardening

Co.Exist ran a piece about nursery bots from Harvest Automation, which gives us a glimpse into the not too distant future where robots are replacing humans for a variety of tasks. The company specializes in behavior-based robotics. “Our intelligent, behavior-based approach to automation provides a scalable and robust system architecture for robots that enables them to operate in even the …

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Robot Blackjack Dealers Will Always Stack The Deck Against You

I love and hate Blackjack. The simplicity of the game means I can actually understand the rules, but the game is always stacked against the players in favor of the dealer. Now a robotics company is removing the last defense players have against the all mighty dealer – human error. Yaskawa Motoman Robotics had its SDA10F robot deal hands at …

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Inflatable Robots And More Discussed At Google Event [Solve for X]

Google hosted its Solve for X Event last week, and has now released the presentations. Solve for X is a gathering of scientists, entrepreneurs, and innovators, who come together to present “moonshot” proposals, as Google calls them. These are ideas aimed at solving big problems in the world. It’s kind of TED Talks-esque. Last year’s presentations discussed drug delivery, imaging …

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Jon Stewart Thinks the Internet Should’ve Picked the Robot in that Monopoly Vote

Monopoly recently gave the internet (more specifically people on Facebook) the opportunity to kick out one of the old, stale pieces and replace it with a cool, hip new piece. Monopoly made one of the new options a cat. The internet loves cats. The internet picked the cat. Monopoly now has a cat piece. End of the most predictable story …

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Make Your Own 3D Printed Six-Legged Robot

Have you ever wanted to make a fully autonomous robot? If so, your dreams of kickstarting the robot apocalypse can be fulfilled with just a 3D printer, some simple software and a bit of electrical knowhow. Meet Bleuette, a free hexapod robot that can be created with a 3D printer. The robot is fully autonomous and each of its six …

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Why Would You Ever Give A Chainsaw To A Robot?

A favorite story of mine growing up was “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” It was an excellent beginner’s guide to the rule of causation. I don’t think Berlin-based echtwald ever read that story because they obviously didn’t take causation into account when they strapped a chainsaw to an industrial robotic arm. German designers Tom Pawlofsky and Tibor Weissmahr …

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This Robot Roach Gives Cheetah Robot A Run For Its Money

I was just thinking that cockroaches needed to be faster. And robotic. Here’s a look at a new robotic cockroach from UC Berkley. It’s called the VelociRoACH. According to Wired, it reaches speeds of 2.7 meters per second (compared to cockroaches, which get up to 1.5 meters per second), making it the second fastest legged robot, after this guy. More …

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This Robot Exoskeleton Brings To Mind A Different James Cameron Movie

When we think about robots, we often think about the Terminator films (especially the first two), and with good reason considering some of the terrifying models we’ve seen in recent years. This robotic exoskeleton, however, brings to mind the famous end battle of James Cameron’s Aliens film. More cool (and nightmare-inducing) robots here.

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