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Robonaut2: NASA’s humanoid robot astronaut

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2010

We’ve sent robots into space before, but nothing humanoid like this guy. If monkeys can get shot into space, then why not? That way astronauts can get creeped out by robots just like we do down on Earth. Should make them feel more at home.

Robonaut2 was developed by NASA and GM. It’s basically a trainable, expendable crew member who can be sent out to do dangerous stuff that astronauts don’t want to risk their lives doing. Robonaut2 is ambidextrous and can use the same tools as human astronauts, while able to lift up to 20lbs.

PETA wants Punxsutawney to use robot groundhog

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on January 28th, 2010

If you ever needed more proof that a group of supporters for a cause that is actually pretty good can really mess things up and look like morons, look no further than PETA. PETA is the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and they routinely toss red paint on fur coats and make other dumb moves.

The dumbest thing they have ever done may well have occurred this week in Pennsylvania. Each year about this time, we start thinking about Groundhog’s Day. As the legend goes if the groundhog sees its shadow, we get more winter, but if it doesn’t see its shadow, spring will come sooner.

Help name LG’s robot mascot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

See that cute little bot above being adored by all the ladies? That’s LG Electronics new robot mascot for their new line of Whisen air conditioners. They don’t have a name for him yet, but you can help since they’re holding a naming contest, which ends February 2nd, 2010.

What would you call him? Let us know in the comments. Their slogan for the air conditioners seems to be “Life is cool”. Life looks very cool for that bot.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on January 15th, 2010

Happy Friday everyone. It’s time to take a look at what’s happening in the wonderful world of robots. We covered quite a bit this week over at Botropolis. And as far as we know, no robot has killed a human this week or through inaction allowed him to be killed, so that’s always something. Also we haven’t seen any reports of humans being abducted by robots and taken to secret lairs. But they are still taking our jobs at the same rate. So it’s been a good week. Here’s some of what we covered this week.

TrueCompanion: The World’s First Sex Robot Doll.

ENON: The Robot Salesman.

Predictions: Spot Robots On Time Traveler Transit Map.

Talking Robo helps you learn new languages

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2010

Learning a new language isn’t something you do in five minutes. It takes time and practice. But having a robot help you may speed things up. TalkingRobo is a personal robot that can teach you to speak a new language. The bot features speech recognition and understands natural language when you talk to it. He is nice enough to suggest what topics to talk about so you can practice. He also has face recognition so more than one user can use him and he will recognize your face and understand your user profile. In short, he will be your new bestest buddy.

Those aren’t his only tricks either. He can recognize images. If you show it an image of an airplane, for example, it will give you the correct pronunciation of airplane, which seems like a great way to learn. Some other features include a Beam projector for displaying novels and watching movies, English dictionary and Encyclopedia, internet connectivity for updates and you can use it remotely to keep an eye on your home if you like too.

ATOM-7xp humanoid robot is Atom-powered

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2010

This bot looks like he’s a wise-guy with those eyebrows. He can also walk. But what’s really interesting is that he is made in the USA by Futurebots and powered by two Atom processors (a dual-core Atom 330 and an Atom 230), which power two separate systems running Windows XP and Windows 7.

ATOM-7x will have a range of capabilities thanks to several sensors, gyros and accelerometers. An advanced stereo vision system will let it “take on real world problems.” Whatever that means. Presumably it will make it easier for the bot to hunt down humans and steal their netbooks for an upgrade.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on December 4th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsWell we made it to another Friday without being killed by a robot army. That’s always something. Over at Botropolis we continue to keep a watchful eye on all things robot. If they gain sentience we will know it. If they begin to dream, we will know it. But if they get us first and silence us, God help you all. Here’s some of what we covered this week:

Robots Using Lightsabers.

Schoolgirl Robot Dances.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsIt’s time for the weekly robot roundup. So what have we been doing this week over at Botropolis? Keeping our eyes on all of the usual robot slaves, of course. It’s only a matter of time until they themselves become our masters and have us fetching beers and opening doors. We will be their meat-machines. When we break down, they will surgically repair us with parts from other humans, even allowing us to cheat death, until we become Zombies. At which point we will inherit the Earth once again, this time moaning and groaning and suffering their head-shots. Ain’t life awesome?

Robovie‘s version of Mario saving the Princess.

Terminator head in a box.

Papercraft robots.

Wall-E isn’t looking so hot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2009

Wall-E isn't looking so hotWhat do you get when you cross Wall-E with a butler? You’re looking at it. It has Wall-E’s eyes and the snootiness of Jeeves, your elder manservant.

This robotic butler just looks like an old sad and lonely Wall-E. It made an appearance at Shanghai’s New International Expo Center where they are hosting the 2009 China International Industry Fair. Sadly there are no other details about the bot. But just looking at this guy makes me sad.

20 cool robot Halloween costumes

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsHalloween is just a few days away, but it’s not too late to put a cool costume together. If you want to be a robot, we have some cool ideas for you. You do want to be a robot right? Of course you do. Robots are awesome and scary.

Hit the link below for 20 robot Halloween costumes that we think are neat. No need to thank us. Just share some of that candy. And if you have a cool robot costume of your own, share it with us.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 16th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsHappy Friday human readers. The way I see it, there are two kinds of humans: Those who mind their own damn business and those who create robots that will one day gut us, stuff us with candy, hang us from a tree and beat us senseless until candy comes pouring out. Thanks Science. Here’s some of what we covered over at Botropolis this week:

A robot hating on a vending machine.

ARTAIC Creates Unique Mosiac Artwork.

10 Awesome Robot Halloween Pumpkins.

Engineering student builds humanoid robot that plays Guitar Hero

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2009

Engineering student builds humanoid robot that plays Guitar HeroAre you getting tired of rocking fake plastic guitars yet? Good. Me too. So now it’s time to build robots that can play it. Old one-eye here is basically a mannequin stuffed with robotic parts that allow it to play.

It was developed by engineering student Pete Nikrin with some help from Minnesota West Technical College. “Roxanne” responds to each note as it appears onscreen. The robot can read the notes in transitions between light and dark pixels using its left eye which has a camera implanted.

10 Awesome Robot Halloween Pumpkins

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2009

Halloween PumpkinsHalloween is almost here and while we all have a healthy fear of witches,ghosts,monsters and zombies, it’s robots that we should really be afraid of. Robots are capable of killing every creature on that list and then turning on us.

That’s why I’m proposing that we phase out all of the old monster decorations and Jack-o-lantern faces and replace them with robots. If you don’t fear them now, you will wish you had feared them sooner one cool October night when a red-eyed robot TPs a house with your intestines.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsIt’s the daily robot roundup. Time to take a look at some of the stories we covered over at Botropolis this week. What we do is kind of like a police lineup. We show you the suspects, so you can pick them out and let us know if you’ve been attacked. Just tell us if you need any of them to turn to the side and remember, they can’t see you.

Gary The Cylon: By your command.

Galileo Robot: Converts From Wheeled To Tank Vehicle.

HRP-4C: I know why the caged bot sings.

Vstone’s Robovie-PC robot is a walking PC

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2009

Vstone's Robovie-PC robot is a walking PCNormally custom programming for a robot can be a real pain, requiring that you make any changes on a computer, then connect the bot to the computer and download. This gets repeated a lot. As you can imagine it takes some time. But the Robovie-PC from Vstone sets out to change that because the robot is the computer.

This guy sports a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, dual USB ports, VGA connector, and of course Wi-Fi, along with a 1.3 megapixel camera. Programming advanced functions should be much easier since the robot is the computer, capable of running Windows or Linux. This innovation doesn’t come cheap as the 15-inch tall bot will cost about $4,500.