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ALCNON humanoid bot picks on bots not quite it’s own size

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2008

In the video above, this gigantic ALCNON humanoid robot picks a fight with a miniature opponent, showing off a combination of his swift punches and dance moves. The little bot is pretty scrappy and comes at him again and again, sadly to no avail. It’s all pretty sad, yet strangely satisfying.

Despite ALCNON having a name that sounds like a substance abuse meeting, he’s presumably pretty adapt at picking on robots his own size, not that you’d know it from this video. He sports a creepy cyclops eye, and two pincers for hands. ALCNON was a big star at the recent ROBO-ONE robot battle in Japan.

Build your own walking CNC robot router

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2008

We would all like to have our own robot. And hey, it’s a bonus if that robot doubles as a cool CNC router. We’ll here’s your opportunity to build your own six legged robot with an attached CNC router for a head. Check out this awesome demo video that shows off the robots mobility while it carves a super detailed 3d human face.

I think this solves the mystery of that huge face on Mars. Somewhere out there, some alien is controlling a gigantic robo-router for their own amusement. The awesome thing is that you can build your own version. The site is selling kits with everything you need. Soon you too can make detailed human heads of your very own.

Hexapod robot dance-off shows how they will dance on our grave

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2008

The above footage is real. You will no doubt remember it in the middle of the night when you wake up in a cold sweat from one of your robot nightmares. These hexapod ‘bots will use their awesome moves to dance on our graves and celebrate and make musicals when we are gone. All while dressed up like bees, pimps and other strange Mario world looking characters. We are so screwed. Thank you Dancing Hexapods 2008, for providing a brief glimpse of our coming demise.

Limited Edition Wall-E Roomba really sucks

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2008

Limited Edition Wall-E Roomba really sucksWhen you think about what a limited edition Wall-E Roomba should be, you probably picture a Roomba with those cute Wall-E eyes attached, Wall-E’s squar-ish body. Maybe add some voice effects. How awesome would it be to have a Wall-E Roomba?

Turns out, not very awesome at all. It’s being sold in Japan and it amounts to no more then a crappy sticker attached on top. For the price of $850. That’s $550 more then what a standard 530 costs here in the U.S. For shame Roomba. For shame.

iPhone turned into a robot, likes Techno

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2008

This is a video of an iPhone robot, complete with springy tail. It’s a self-propelled iPhone robot that uses a small electrical engine and a Arduino board. It runs on 4 AA batteries and apparently prefers to dance to the sounds of Techo. It doesn’t clean or anything like that. It is what it is. And it seems quite content with that.

Walking House: The Gypsy caravan of the future

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2008

Sure, when the oil shortage becomes oil-no-more, it would be nice to drive around in search of fuel like Mad Max, but what would be even better is to have your own movable home to wander the wasteland in. Something on legs that can roam anywhere. Something like this. But faster.

It’s made to be a “modular dwelling system that enables persons to live a peaceful nomadic life, moving slowly through the landscape or cityscape”. It’s even environmentally friendly according to its designers, thanks to its use of solar energy, small windmills and a wood stove. So it looks like nomads of the future, or gypsies if you will, will be wandering the landscape in this contraption. I look forward to this new breed of hippy and I’d like to be the first to tell them to get this beast the hell off of my property. Damn long-hairs. But I guess I’ll just have to wait.

Walking iPhone robot commits suicide

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2008

Sometimes you don’t have your phone handy and you miss an important call. Maybe from Bill Gates himself. This guy found a solution. Well, not so much a solution as a work in progress. He wanted a way for his iPhone to come to him when he got a phone call. (Apparently he’s on the toilet alot) He gets points for ingenuity, putting robot legs on an iPhone, but the concept obviously needs some fine tuning. We really don’t want our iPhone to spring to life and hurl itself off the edge of the table as seen here. Well, as long as it’s not our iPhone.

Tomy unveils world’s smallest walking robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2008

Tomy unveils world’s smallest walking robotsThe Humanoid shaped Robo-Q from Tomy, measures just 3.4 cm high, no bigger than a thumb and has been released in Japan. This world’s smallest robot does more then just walk. It plays soccer and will dodge unexpected obstacles and even find its way out of a maze. All this in robots the size of a thumb. What makes it possible is that Robo-Q is fitted with artificial intelligence that lets it navigate and play games and use built in sensors.

The robot is available in four different colors and will be sold in Japan starting February for $35. After that it will hit other Asian countries soon afterwards as well as the United States and Europe. This little guys just plain look awesome. I can’t wait to get one.

Hands On: WowWee’s Tri-Bot

Posted in Review,Robots by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2008

Hands On: WowWee’s Tri-BotYou’ve seen him in The Shining and in Rocky as well as various videos and pictures around the web, but is this bot just as awesome in person?

He’s a wise-cracking and highly energetic bot, that’s for sure, but did his personality win us over as soon as we took him out of the box? Hit the link for the full review. Here’s a spoiler: Tri-Bot melted my cold geek heart and has my wife wondering why I can’t stop playing with a wise-cracking robot.

Rocky: Starring WowWee’s Tri-Bot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2008

This is from the same dude that brought us Tri-Bot starring in a creepy scene from “The Shining”. Awesome stuff. The best part? Tri-Bot training by hitting raw meat just like Rocky.

Anna Konda: Firefighting snake robot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

Anna Konda: Firefighting snake robotThis fire fighting bot spits venom to put out fires. And by venom I mean harmless water. Anna Konda has been fitted with what amounts to a super soaker.

The slithering bot is 3 meters long, weighs in at 75 kilos, and has 20 joints, each with 33 degrees of movement. It shoots water sure, but it’s also powered by H2O. In each joint section there are hydraulic valves and cylinders that can handle 1450 psi of water pressure. Anna Konda is designed to be a fire fighting snake and high water pressure has the added advantage of making it stronger while keeping it’s components cool which is a bonus when fighting fires. In the future a bot like this will strangle you dead, but for now he’s looking to take Smokey The Bear’s job, by protecting us from fire while creeping us out. Video below.

Nissan’s robot “car” that thinks it’s a bumblebee

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2008

Nissan’s robot “car” that thinks it’s a bumblebeeNature is always the best model, whether you’re building robots or…other human made monstrosities. And with that in mind, Nissan has applied the idea to the Biomimetric Car Robot or BR23C. The robot car is modeled after Bee behavior in order to prevent car collisions and thereby eliminate accident casualties.

The BR23C adopts a bee’s eye view of the world. The insects rely on a 300-degree field of vision to identify obstacles and avoid them. Likewise the robot, using a Laser Range Finder (LRF) uses a 180-degree radius vision to detect obstacles two meters away. The image is transmitted to a microprocessor, which directs the robot to change direction or speed up in order to avoid a collision. In other words, avoiding collisions is all instinct.

Murata’s new balancing robot gets feminine, rides a unicycle

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2008

Murata’s new balancing robot gets feminine, rides a unicycleRemember Murata’s amazing bicycle riding bot? Well, they’ve created a girl that basically one-ups the poor guy and shows him up by riding only on one wheel. Her name is Seiko, a 20-inch tall, 11 pound unicycle riding robot. Just like her male counter-part, Keisaku-kun, Seiko sports a chest-mounted gyro to keep her upright and uses Bluetooth to communicate with a PC that gives her instructions.

If you find yourself in Japan, you can watch the whole family of robo-daredevils do their thing at CEATEC Japan 2008. One-upped by a girl who only needs one wheel? That sucks. Check out a video below of the original, our favorite bike riding bot, casually riding around looking like some robo-hoodlum up to no good.

4Moms robot Stroller unpacks itself, may eat babies

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2008

4Moms robot StrollerStarting in 2009 this automated baby stroller from 4Moms can be yours. Personally I think it’s a plot from Terminators in the future to nab John Connor in his infancy. Check out the video below to see it’s autonomous collapsing trick. It’s anybodies guess what happens when an unsuspecting mother hits the collapse button. It probably has a safety feature. Unless I’m right about Skynet getting into the stroller business. In that case it becomes a baby compactor.

On a practical note, it’s powered by a rechargeable generator. It gets more power with every 300 feet of movement. It’s also environmentally friendly, with the plastic being from 90% of recycled materials. It will cost you $650 and a very cranky baby if things go wrong.

Terminator Endoskeleton on Ebay speeds up Judgment Day

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2008

Terminator Endoskeleton on Ebay speeds up Judgment DayThis is how it begins. You buy a rare Terminator endoskeleton on eBay. Before you know it, you start learning about cybernetics. Soon you start your own company. Skynet sounds catchy. What could possibly go wrong? Before you know it, you have some hot milf and her kid trying to kill you so they can stop Judgment Day in the future. So she’s a little wacky and dangerous, you just have to try to score with her. You make your move. And just like that you’re dead and the future is safe. Except for that microchip you hid away for a rainy day. Oops. Sequel time.

All because you had to had to place the minimum bid of $19,999.00.