All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Robots’

8 Terrifying Robot Videos From DARPA

Have you ever just stopped and taken a few minutes to peruse DARPA’s YouTube channel? There’s a good chance you’ve seen some of these before (maybe all of them), but some of this stuff is just downright spine tingling for anyone who has ever imagined a robot uprising. The sound in this one really doesn’t make it any less scary: …

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For $99, You Can Buy Your Very Own Robotic Dragonfly

Big robots are scary. Just take one look at any of the large robots that populate our world, and you’re bound to find one that will invade your nightmares. What may be even scarier, however, are the tiny robots that can go undetected. Robotic researchers at the University of Georgia have built the next tiny nightmarish robot. It’s in the …

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C++ Is Powering The Future Of Robots And Dance

Developers and programmers use a variety of programming languages to get things done. C++ is one of the more complicated languages to learn, but its use can lead to some pretty amazing applications. For instance, the language is being used to power the dancing moves of one of the world’s most advanced robots- the CHARLI. CHARLI was built by a …

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Wall-E, BigDog Inducted Into the Robot Hall of Fame

This week four new robots were inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame. The 2012 induction class includes Aldebaran Robotics’ NAO, iRobot’s PackBot, Boston Dynamics’ BigDog, and Pixar’s WALL-E. WALL-E, the industrious robot from the Pixar movie of the same name, beat out the Jetsons’ Rosie and Johnny 5 from the Short Circuit movies to win the entertainment category. The …

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This Robot Is Really Good At Navigating Obstacles

DARPA has uploaded a new video of its Pet-Proto (a predecessor to its Atlas robot) confronting obstacles, which it says are “similar to those robots might face in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Take a look: “To maneuver over and around the obstacles, the robot exercises capabilities including autonomous decision-making, dismounted mobility and dexterity,” DARPA says in the YouTube description for …

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Robot Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is Tonight

Though a certain Iron Man (whose new trailer was released today) has been taking the spotlight in recent years, other iron men and women who don’t have squishy humans inside of them have pervaded western culture for decades. Robots big and small, good and evil, free-willed or enslaved have featured in hundreds of works of literature, cinema, and other media …

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Norwegian Engineer Creates The Morph Ball Spider Robot Of My Dreams

Robots tend to be a touchy subject for me. I am constantly terrified of their potential to rule over the human race with a literal iron fist, but some robots are just too charming and awesome for me to hate. Take for instance the MorpHex, a spider morph ball robot. Kåre Halvorsen, an engineer from Norway, has built one of …

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Having Trouble Losing Weight? This Robot Can Help

The journey to losing weight is one fraught with peril. I’ve tried many times in the past to start exercising to better myself, but it’s too easy to lose motivation and just give up. Some would suggest hiring a personal trainer. I say you should buy a robot. Intuitive Automata has created a robot that makes sure you stick to …

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Japanese Researchers Create Robot Wheelchair That Can Walk Up Stairs

One of the greatest challenges facing our handicapped population is making sure every building is wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, some buildings are just too old or small to add ramps or lifts. It can be discouraging, but some of the brightest minds in Japan may have found a solution. The Chiba Institute Of Technology has created an all-new wheelchair that is …

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Science Ensures Our Destruction By Creating Sentient Robot Bees

Bees are an important part of the complex ecosystem that is nature. As such, it’s extremely important that we preserve the remaining honey bee populations that are constantly under attack by various threats like parasites. That’s why science is working furiously to preserve bees by uploading their brains into robots. io9 reports that researchers at the Universities of Sheffield and …

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The Next iPhone May Be Made By Robots

Human workers are awful. All they do is write scathing undercover reports on working conditions and instigate riots at the factory. What’s a company like Foxconn to do? A report from the 21st Century Business Herald says that Foxconn may be ramping up its process of replacing human workers with robots. The company reportedly had 10,000 robots last year and …

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This Crying Robot on a Shopping Cart is Not Suitable for Bedtime [NSFB]

Ok, I know that people often make jokes about the robot apocalypse. Virtually every robotic advancement presented to the world elicits at least a couple “oh, great, look what they’ve done now” responses. I’m as guilty of this as the next guy. This robot scares the sh*t out of me. But it’s not because I think it has any thoughts …

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