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TB-007 metal detecting robot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2009

Here’s a much better way to get rich than the metal detecting sandals and it will take just as long to amass your wealth. Why wear sandals when a robot can do it for you? ThunderBird 007 is the latest version of Let’s Make Robots user Gareth’s metal detector robots.

It’s a great little bot. And when you think about it, robots should search for treasure and earn their own keep and pay for their own parts. The TB-007 features a metal detecting wand, wireless camera and a laser pointer to point out it’s finds. It could get really fun if you run into another guy controlling his own bot and have to have your robots fight for the treasure.

Cute Robot reacts to your friends’ tweets

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Cute Robot reacts to your friends' tweetsWhat could be better than getting robots to interpret the world of social networking for us? Why should we do all the work? That’s what robots are for. This cute little guy just sits on your desk and while he may not reply to your tweets, he understands the emotions of your friend’s tweets and whether they are happy or sad.

If he finds a “happy” tweet, the Guardian Robot raises its head and arm in triumph. It holds the pose until you give it a “high five”. (By hitting the switch in its hand.) Then the robot passes the high five on to your buddy via a reply Tweet.

Japanese rescue robots save people by swallowing them

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

On one hand, you can be saved from certain death in a disaster situation, on the other, a robot must swallow you in order to get you to safety. So do I lay there bleeding or let a robot eat me? Decisions. I think I’ll lay there for awhile, because I don’t know if it has teeth or not.

If you are going to convince people to be rescued by robots, maybe your video should not be titled “Human body shredding machine in Japan”. You know? Drag me, lift me up and throw me, even grab me by the scruff of the neck and carry me to safety, but I ain’t gettin’ in your belly.

Evolta Sets New World Record

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2009

Panasonic’s EVOLTA robot goes for new endurance recordYou might remember that Evolta, that little robot powered by 2 AA Panasonic Batteries was going for another robotic record. Well, the little guy did it. He broke a world record by traveling for 23.726 km at Le Mans. Still, it must have been hard to watch such a little bot make 5.6 laps in 24h.

This is Evolta’s 2nd title in the Guinness Book of Records. We congratulate him and look forward to his next big win. The heart of a champion beats in his little blue chest and the eye of the tiger looks keenly toward his next challenge.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 7th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsWe aren’t sure whether the apocalypse will come in the form of giant transforming bots battling each other or Roombas communicating with each other and coordinating their attack, but one thing is for sure. We will remain ever watchful. For now, if your roomba acts strange in any way, smash it like Mario smashing a Goomba. Here’s some of what we covered this week over at Botropolis.

Next Generation Roomba: It’s hungry.

iCub Learns Objects: This creepy kid bot is growing fast.

Jaemi HUBO hits the treadmill: Eye of the Tiger baby.

Humanoid Jaemi HUBO robot hits the gym

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

In between planning our demise and testing cycles and such, robots like to hit the gym just like you. And while this guy may not be fast, he’s working on it. So very soon, running won’t help any of us.

The video shows the Jaemi HUBO robot walking on a treadmill with no problems at all. We aren’t sure if he can run right now or not, but god help us all, they are working out like Rocky. Probably watching a montage of human carnage in their heads.

Robots that deliver packages through the sewers

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

Robots that deliver packages through the sewersThe United Robot Parcel Service may be just around the corner. As cities get more crowded, it will be more difficult for UPS and the Postal service to get around in their trucks full of packages. So what do you do? You make like rats and crocodiles and take to the sewers. Well, not you. Robots.

It will be robots who traverse the highways and bi-ways of human waste. The Urban Mole is a capsule that travels through underground pipes to transport packages like groceries, signed documents or even your Amazon order. It will free up our streets and roads making traffic less congested and speed up deliveries.

Botropolis: This week in robots

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

Botropolis: This week in robotsRobots will likely inherit the Earth. Why do you think we have the space program? We like to pretend that it’s all about exploration, but really it’s because we know that it’s either leave willingly or be evicted. So onward to Mars, where we will create more metal killers and have to run all over again. Silly humans. Here’s some of what we covered this week over at Botropolis.

WWII: With Terminator.

Cyborgs: Cornell Enslaves Tobacco Hornworms.

DIY: Pocket Drunken Robots.

Here comes the robotic bride

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2009

Here comes the robotic brideThe thing about robot brides is, if you get cold feet, you’re dead. Yes, this is a humanoid robot marching down the aisle in a wedding dress. And yes, it’s freaky. So it must have happened in Japan.

The HRP-4C humanoid robot was featured in a fashion show in Osaka, walking down the runway in a wedding dress, looking forward to giving her hubby some deaded bliss if he doesn’t say I do. She didn’t actually get married on this day however, but it should serve as a reminder that there are lonely dorks out there who will marry a robot. For the sex of course.

Panasonic’s EVOLTA robot goes for new endurance record

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2009

Panasonic’s EVOLTA robot goes for new endurance recordPanasonic’s cute battery-lovin’ mascot is at it again. Last time, he was showing off his abilities by scaling a Grand Canyon cliff. Now EVOLTA is back and he’s still all about breaking records and the hearts of fan-girls everywhere. This time he will be riding a mini tricycle in order to set a world record for distance traveled by a robot.

We’re rooting for the little guy, but we aren’t so sure he is gonna make it. I mean EVOLTA isn’t exactly fast is he? The bot does have some upgrades from his previous version however. He can ride a bike and follow an infrared path set up by his human handlers.

Flossie the motorcycle riding robot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2009

Flossie the motorcycle riding robotWith a name like Flossie, you would expect this bot to be extracting teeth from your mouth as it laughs maniacally, but it’s actually the Castrol-developed test rider you see above straddling that cycle. The robot without a cause has a love of cycles and a self-learning mode that lets it feel and test such things in a cycle as throttle response, clutch drag, gear shifting and such for any stationary bike.

That’s right, he “rides” while stationary. We wonder how long it will be before he actually takes one of these bad boys on the road, joining up with Murata Boy and filming a new robot version of Easy Rider. Hit the link for a video.

EATR doesn’t eat people

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on July 20th, 2009

Flesh eating zombies have been a staple of horror films for decades. An announcement last week of a new autonomous robot called EATR developed with funding from DARPA was rumored to be powered by human flesh among other things.

The company behind the EATR robot, Cyclone Power Technologies, has issued a statement denying that EATR uses dead humans to make power. The EATR robot is powered by a biomass engine and is designed for long-range, long-endurance missions without needing conventional refueling.

Shadow shaping robots write advertising on the moon

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on July 20th, 2009

shadowshape-sbI know this is a hoax, exactly what the ultimate motive of the hoax is I am curious to find out. A company called Moon Publicity has issued a press release today claiming to have new technology that will allow companies to write advertising on the moon.

The ads would be written by robots using what the company called shadow shaping technology that amounts to rovers with grooved wheels making lines. The company says that the ads will be viewable from anywhere on Earth forever.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsLike the Terminator, robot news just doesn’t stop. As usual, we have you covered over at Botropolis. Everything robot, all the time. And yes, the deeper we delve into the seedy underworld of robotics and robots in our culture, the more fearful fascinated we become. It’s clear that robots are our ultimate destruction friends and ultimate salvation. Seriously, I have nightmares every night. I have the shakes. I welcome them with open arms and embrace their master plan. Below are some of the things we covered this week.

*edited by the Robot Editorial Guild. Streamlining your words since 2009. Streamlining your thoughts soon after.

EATR robots are hungry

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

EATR robots are hungryHere come the flesh-eating machines. The EATR project has hit a new milestone in the development of the reconnaissance bot, successfully coupling a steam generator with a compact biomass furnace. This means that it is possible for an autonomous machine to forage for and refuel itself with biomatter, otherwise known as our corpses.

They call it fuel versatility, as gasoline, diesel, and solar power may also be used. But our guess is that flesh tastes much yummier to robots. So run until you fall, at which time an EATR bot will finish you off for lunch. Humans USED to be the top of the food chain…