Archive for Robots

Meet The Follow Up to Sphero: Ollie

Posted in Robots by Tam Yue on September 4th, 2014

Ollie RobotThe company that gave us the Sphero, Orbotix, has come up with a new app controlled bot called Ollie. Ollie is similar to Sphero in that you can still control this bot with your iOS or Android device. 

Ollie can reach speeds up to 14mph and comes with two rubber tire covers that help maneuver through different types of terrain. These wheel covers come in different colors to help you customize your bot and you also have the option to purchase a limited addtion “goth-black” Ollie for a limited time. Ollie is programmable just like Sphero, so it can provide hours of entertainment.

A major difference is the shape. Ollie is cylindrical which gives it a different control capability and some are saying it is a bit tougher to control. Another difference is the way it is charged. Sphero is charged by induction charging and comes with a docking station, while Ollie is charged through a USB. It’s range is 100 ft so it might be hard to keep up with going top speed.

Robots with Emotions

Posted in Robots by Tam Yue on June 5th, 2014

Pepper the robotSoftbank CEO Masayoshi Son, unveiled a new robot that can decipher emotions and make people smile. The robot, named Pepper, goes on sale in Japan in Feburary for about $1900.

Pepper has voice recognition capabilities and has a dozen sensors that can feel anything from a touch on the hand to a pat on the head. It also has huge puppy dog like eyes that help him express his emotions to his owners. He can sing, dance and tell jokes as well. Pepper learns from human interaction and behaviors. Those experiences are then uploaded to the cloud for other units to use.

OutRunner Robot Runs Up to 20 MPH

Posted in Robots by Darrin Olson on May 27th, 2014

OutRunner RobotThis is definitely not something we’d want to see running at us, because unless you’re Usain Bolt this thing is likely going to catch you. OutRunner is a robot being developed by Robotics Unlimited, boasting it as the world’s fastest remotely controlled running robot.

This legged robot can clock up to 20 mph on a flat terrain with up to 2 hours of battery life. Robotics Unlimited has a Kickstarter project running to manufacture and sell OutRunner to the public. For a pledge of $249 you can get the unassembled base model that has an hour of battery life and can move up to 10 mph. They’ll assemble it and ship for another $50. For $799 you can get the top-of-the-line model. What’s also cool is that the base model is upgradeable, allowing you to get in cheap and add components over time like a camera, faster motor, bigger battery or whatever else they come up with in the future.

Lego Pancake Robot

Posted in Robots by Reuben Drake on June 28th, 2011

Robots making me breakfast? Sign me up for that. This Lego Pancake robot can make pancakes in a bunch of different shapes which can be pre-programmed into the robot before entering your stomach.

The Pancake Bot is a 3 axis CNC made robot that uses the Z coordinate as the Pancake Batter Dispenser Control. I can only hope that one day we will be able to buy robots like this and welcome them into our home.

Man builds humanoid robot with a mohawk to kill Wasps

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

Want to avoid getting stung by wasps as you are trying to exterminate them? Why not go all out and build a humanoid robot with a mohawk to do it for you? Professor Sekine of Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, did just that.

The bot is called Mohican as in “last of the Mohicans” though this is the first. It can be controlled via remote and voice. He hopes to release it “sometime next summer,”. A shame it doesn’t yell at the Wasps like Mr. T.

Awesome R2D2 DIY robot holds a geek and moves around

Posted in DIY,Robots by Shane McGlaun on September 28th, 2010

I really like to see some of the awesome DIY stuff that geeks come up with and when that stuff has to do with Star Wars it’s even better. A dude has created his own DIY R2D2 bot that is larger than the actual robot so the guy can fit inside the ting to drive it.

The replica of R2D2 has a flip up dome that the guy climbs into. Once inside the robot he activate sound effects and somehow control how the thing moves around. It has fans inside too to keep the geek cool.

Robot hand with space glove designed for NASA hits eBay

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on September 27th, 2010

People put some weird stuff on eBay and some of the stranger items are fake. If you are a loaded geek that likes space and robots, you need to head over to eBay and bid on an authentic robot hand developed for NASA.

The hand was made on a contract for NASA along with another prototype, it and the one on auction are the only two ever made. The hand was built by Mark Rosheim in the 90′s and wears a custom-made glove constructed by the firm that makes space suits for NASA.

Windoro window cleaning robot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Think of this bot as a roomba not for your floor, but for windows. The Windoro bot comes from some scientists working for the Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robotics in South Korea.

The robot is essentially two modules that stick together through the glass using magnets. Yes, it isn’t the best design, but at least it’s a start. Once they perfect the technology, this thing will be cleaning large office building windows easily.

Willow Garage ships PR2 robot for $400,000

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on September 8th, 2010

I have seen the Willow Garage PR2 robot a few times around the web and the thing is really cool. When you consider the fact that the PR2 was only being sold to research institutions and universities it was easy to imagine that meant the bot was very expensive.

Willow Garage is now selling the PR2 to anyone who can afford it. That list of people who can afford the PR2 will be short considering the thing costs $400,000. For that much money, you get two arms with grippers, an omnidirectional mobile base, a sensor suite, and dual onboard Xeon servers each with 8-cores, 24GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage, and a power system on board.

Carnegie Mellon’s robot snake now climbs trees

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2010


The way we see it, humans have just two deeply rooted fears. Both are completely justified. Robots and snakes. Well,now Carnegie Mellon has combined both effectively and taught its robotic snake how to climb trees. “Uncle Sam” is a modular snake robot and the latest in a line of snakes from Carnegie Mellon’s Biorobotics Lab. Uncle Sam can roll, wiggle and side-wind with the best of them.

Now that it can wrap itself around a pole and climb vertically, it can therefore climb trees. Maybe even pluck an apple and offer it up to an Eve-bot. We were scared of robot snakes before, but now it might truly be time to whimper and hide somewhere and wait out the coming robotpocalypse.

Giant Robot Arm Creates Halo: Reach Light Sculpture

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

Microsoft is launching an interactive website to celebrate the launch of Halo: Reach. Users will be able to help build a Halo light sculpture by actually controlling a Kuka Robot Arm.

Kuka Robot Arms are usually used to assemble cars but in this instance, it will be used to bend and twist to correspond with the specific points that users want to light up. To complete the sculpture, there needs to be 54,000 different points of light in all.

[Gizmodo]

Ghostly telepresence robot Telenoid R1

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

Yeah, this bot looks like Casper the friendly ghost. The Telenoid R1 comes from designer Hiroshi Ishiguro and just like Casper I’m sure he doesn’t mean to scare people, but he will. It’s the latest telepresence robot in Japan.

Weighing in at 11-lbs. the robot’s stubs, tail, eyes, mouth and limbs all move in synch with the user, thanks to 9 actuators. Facial expressions are transmitted to the robot through FaceAPI software, which tracks the eyes, mouth, and tilt of the head.

Crazy Creepy Telenoid R1 will scare grandpa into a new pair of Depends

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on August 2nd, 2010

Why is it that the Japanese make so many robots and give them the creepiest designs they can find? What happened to robots that looked like robots? I’d be more comfortable talking to Robby the Robot than the creepy ass Telenoid R1.

This robot is so creepy it makes Gene Simmons look like a nice guy. The idea is that the blob-like android would be teleoperated and is the size of a small child and is used by kids to transmit their presence to grandparents and others that are far away.

WowWee’s Roboscooper picks things up

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2010

WowWee’s robots are always awesome as fun companions, but they aren’t very useful for much else. Up until now that is. The company’s new Roboscooper will actually pick stuff up off your floor. Which means that this little guy will clean everything your Roomba can’t.

He takes six AAA batteries, so he can potentially do alot of cleaning. The catch is that it will only pick up small, one ounce objects, and its storage capacity is not very big. You can operate this guy in autonomous or remote-controlled mode. There’s also a “whack” mode, which makes this little bot swat objects out of his way.

20 Nao robots dancing

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010


We already knew that Nao had the ability to dance, but check out this small Nao army all dancing together in preparation for some sort of musical apocalypse where they will dance on our graves.

I wonder if other bots will tune in and buy tickets to this cute, but terrible for us little number. Yes, this is what the Earth will look like when we are gone. Robot party time.