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Robot elephant washes urinals in Japan

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2008

Robot elephant washes urinals in Japan
Everything in Japan has to be made to look cute. Even urinal cleaning robots have to be made to look like elephants. He does his job pretty quickly. His job is to be pushed ass first against the urinal and scrub and clean away.

I’m not sure if it qualifies as a robot, but it does qualify as amazingly freaky and bizarre. This thing can’t even swallow the urinal on it’s own, it has to be pushed. If this guy is cleaning urinals, who’s cleaning him? It’s got to get pretty funky inside that robot, after cleaning urinals all day too. Check out the video below.

Robotic Massager will rub the stress away

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

Robotic Massager will rub you the right way
First of all, this thing looks like it needs a Hello Kitty face on it. It’s basically a pink and white torpedo for women to lay on top of and get touched inappropriately by it’s robot innards. Since it’s a robot, it won’t have to worry about sexual harassment. It’s got wheels too, so once you get your wife good and relaxed, you can just wheel her wherever the hell you want and go play the Wii.

It’s ridiculously expensive at $13,500, but what the hell, it’s got a huge pink visor and a touchscreen. It also “automatically adapts its speed and pressure to the body part it’s massaging,” and since you are laying out all that dough, they give you a built-in audio system too. If you ask me it looks like a futuristic hospital bed that’s only going to fit women on the very thin end of the scale. I guess the moral of the story is to quit eating three square meals at Mickey D’s for a month and only then will you be privileged enough to get a robot massage.

Little Big Man: A robot with a robot inside

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

Little Big Man: A robot with a robot inside
Nemo Gould, a mechanical sculptor, assembled the Big Man robot from all kinds junk materials ranging from vacuum cleaner parts to chair legs and he even used floor polisher. The Robot is a respectable 8 feet tall and has a little robot inside that controls him.

The Big Man robot moves it’s hands to and fro and it can also move it’s mouth up and down. The “Little Man” in it’s chest moves levers that control Big Man. It doesn’t get much more awesome then watching a tiny robot control a big robot with antlers on it’s head. Video below.

Walk-In Coffee machine gives me the jitters

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

Walk-In Coffee machine give me the jitters
The Javabot is the coffee machine of the future. It’s a fully-automated system that runs the Roasting Plant Coffee Company in New York and it takes up an entire room. It has so much caffeine coursing through it’s non-human veins that any visitors wandering through immediately get a contact buzz.

It delivers coffee with your favorite blend of seven beans, plus roasts it, and makes it the perfect temperature all inside 30 seconds. It’s the only walk-in coffee machine in the world. I suspect those working anywhere near it will be forever awake, twitchy, and wide eyed until finally their hearts stop one day.

Crazy trash can dancing bot is slightly insane

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2008

Crazy trash can dancing bot is slightly insane
What if suddenly one day your trash can walked up to you on crab-like legs, told you jokes in a robo-voice, and tossed dice all over your floor like an insane maniac? Not to mention drumming on it’s own ass… I don’t know about you, but I’d be freaked out and kill it dead, thereby saving the human race from this maniac’s stand up routine. And you just know it plans to kill with that die flipping bit.(No pun intended)

It was created by Osaka-based Robot Force and named the Push-kun. It’s pretty pointless. What’s with the Evil Knieval jumpsuit paint job? Check out a video below to be thoroughly annoyed by this thing.

The robot art of Andre Kutscherauer

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

The robot art of Andre Kutscherauer
I love robot art when it’s done right. That is to say when it is visually interesting and not just the same old thing. These awesome CGI images by Andre Kutscherauer are certainly awesome. Some of the works have titles like Brute Force, Selfillumination and Dandelion of Screws, and once you have a look, you can’t help but be very impressed.

Unlike most things these days, the work actually makes you think. More then that, it makes you think outside of the box. If you don’t believe me, go have a look at the artist’s site. This stuff is awesome. Where else can you see robots plugging themselves in?

Waiterless restaurant in Nuremberg

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2008

Waiterless restaurant in Nuremberg
The Baggers restaurant in Nuremberg has done away with waiters. That’s because they’re fully automated. Customers use touch-screen TVs to browse the menu and choose their meal. Then the meal is prepared by a human chef and when ready, the meal is put in a pot and they give it a sticker the color of the customer’s seat.

After that it zooms down the rails downhill to the correct table. It’s more fun then your typical snooty restaurant and of course it beats the usual fast food restaurant atmosphere. The customers love it. They still keep some staff on hand. Mostly to explain to bemused customers how to use the technology.

HPI G-Dog is next generation of robotic dogs

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

HPI G-Dog is next generation of robotic dogs
Man, John and Sarah Connor’s job just keeps getting harder. This is what our robot overlords will use to track us down and tear our legs off so they can then stand over us laughing before they kill us by pulling our hearts out.

The HPI robotic G-Dog is powered by 7.2 volt nickel hydrogen batteries, he’s equipped with three-axis acceleration sensors and stands at 7.5 inches. The G-Dog comes as a kit for robot enthusiasts, so you’ll have to build him. He should go on sale in July, no price has been announced yet.

Phorone: Personal robotic secretary

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2008

Phorone: Personal robotic secretary
Kokoro Dreams has a new Android. You might notice that this one has a disturbing resemblance to Harry Potter. It’s name is Phorone. The lifesized android stands at 175 cms tall and is from an anime show that aired on the Nippon network, where her character is a secretary who plays the role of a protagonist.

The idea is that she could potentially replace your secretary. She is apparently powered by pressurized air and is capable of delivering human like expressions and can even talk. There are no plans of putting up the Phorone for rent. Check out a video below.

MIT’s Nexi: The overly emotional robot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 3rd, 2008

MIT’s Nexi: The overly emotional robot
MIT thinks that the world needs an emo robot. That’s why they created this next-generation tiny humanoid robot called Nexi. It’s an ‘emotional robot’ designed by roboticist Cynthia Breazeal’s group at the MIT Media Lab. It’s known as an MDS (Mobile/Dexterous/Social) robot, which basically means it can move it’s body, hands, and face in a way that suggests human emotions. Its arms, wrists, and hands are fully adaptable to clutch and raise up to 10 pounds and by the looks of it this thing is probably a cutter too.

It possesses changeable features including eyes, eyebrows, eyelids, and mouth movement. It creeps us out in a whole new cartoon way. It also moves on a pair of animatedly self-balancing wheels. So, if you hurt it’s feelings, it will have no problem chasing you down and killing you.

Sega’s i-Spin speaker robot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Sega’s i-Spin speaker robot
As far as robot speakers that could come alive and eat your face, I’d have to say this is one of the strangest I’ve seen. It’s the i-Spin Speaker Robot from Sega Toys. A world where robots evolved from eggs? This would be the result. He will dance to whatever the current tune being played is, and features connectivity to audio players thanks to a connecting cable.

As well as dancing and proclaiming itself the Egg-man goo goo g’joob, it will also respond to external audio and voice signals. He’s powered by 3 AAA batteries and comes in blue and pink. As we all know, the cost of eggs is on the rise, so that probably accounts for the price tag of $52.

Sega’s robot chicken from Brando

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Sega’s robot chicken from Brando
By now, you’ve probably seen the robot chicken from Sega Toys. The fuzzy chick has been hard to actually find and order. But now you can get the Robotic Chicken from Brando for $26.90 and thus all your chicken dreams will come true. It’s a lifelike baby chicken that cries and flaps its little wings like the real deal. When held, it will flap its wings, pet it on the head and the chick will chirp.

Each Chick is packaged in a transparent egg where it sits on a little nest. You get the idea. It’s all about you and a (fake) baby chick connecting and sharing a bond that’s probably really unhealthy, but hey you got nothing better to do, so why not.

Moving sculpture is steered by flies

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2008

Moving sculpture is steered by flies
This strange looking contraption is a battery powered vehicle. It putters around a New York art gallery looking like…art. What’s interesting about it is the driver or drivers. It’s course is directed and steered entirely by flies. The plastic bubble is filled with large houseflies, and the food and water that nourishes them. That’s right, the enslavement of flies has begun.

The lights that you see shining on the flies keep them warm and as the flies do their thing, the reflections that the lights make on the top of the bubble change. Sensors send the changing light data to a controller that activates the motor and steers the machine accordingly. It’s the brainchild of David Bowen, an artist who has also created machines that track flies’ movements and make huge drawings. Pretty cool. I wonder what else they can power.

Stickybot robotic lizard climbs on glass

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2008

Stickybot robotic lizard climbs on glass
Some of you might have seen this amazing robot on Good Morning America a few days ago. The Stickybot robotic lizard is modeled after the gecko, and is capable of climbing up glass surfaces with ease at a meter per second. The Pentagon is super interested. It could be a great robotic spy, after all. I guess it could also be used to watch people getting their freak on too.

This robot is such an excellent climber thanks to nano-scale hairs on it’s toes. In the future, they can no doubt make it resemble a gecko more closely, but he’s a pretty cute critter as he is. In time, they would make him move more naturally as well, though he does an impressive job already. You just have to keep in mind that it’s all fun and games until you see swarms of these things crawling all over Skyscrapers. And so it begins…

ApriPoko robot replaces remote controls with voice

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2008

ApriPoko robot replaces remote controls with voice
Another robot with the Stormtrooper color scheme. Be scared. Be very scared. The ApriPoko robot will store all your remote control’s commands. After storing the remote’s commands, it will then respond to your voice. So say goodbye to your remote.

But first you’ll have to train ApriPoko like some Pokemon. He is smart enough to capture the infra-red beams, each time one passes it and it will ask you what has just happened? When you give it the information, the robot will store the command and also the infra-red signal details, which can be used later.