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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.

Pentax K-x gets Robotic Colors

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2009

Pentax K-x gets Robotic ColorsSure this looks like a toy, but we didn’t just get this camera out of our kids toybox. It’s a fully-functional dSLR. A limited edition Pentax K-x done up in the colors of Japan’s Kore Ja Nai robot. Only 100 Robotic Colors K-x units will be released in Japan starting this November.

They will be sold exclusively through Pentax’s online store for $880. Wow. Toy looks, tech price. Just be careful that your preschooler doesn’t get his/her hands on this.

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.

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.

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.

Hammacher Schlemmer unveils programmable gaming robot

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on September 28th, 2009

gamingrobotHammacher Schlemmer is well known for having a catalog chocked full of cool gadgets and gear. The catch is that the prices in the catalog are often very high. The company has unveiled a new device called the Programmable Gaming Robot that reminds me a bit of the Rovio from Wowee.

The robot has two wheels and comes with accessories allowing it to play seven different games that are included. The games are interactive environments that are composed of a base station, energy port, special effects hub, and three gaming pads.

OmniZero.9 transforms, carries humans away

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2009

OmniZero.9 transforms, carries humans awayRobots are getting braver and less fearful of humans everyday. Take the OmniZero.9 from Takeshi Maeda. This ninth version of his creation is a humanoid bot with huge wheel shoulders and knees that allow it to move around like a car on the ground.

But that isn’t the only cool feature. The head tilts back creating a seat for any human dumb enough to get on and be whisked away. Never to be heard from again. The robot was showing off at ROBO-ONE Check out the videos below.

Samsung Furot II Robo-Vac

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

Samsung Furot II Robo-VacThe Furot II was unveiled last week and it’s no surprise that it will be competing with the Roomba, trying to get it’s share of that robo-vac market. It features a built-in camera to help it avoid obstacles while keeping your floor clean. The camera also allows the Furot to be aware of its location so it never goes to the same area twice unless it is needed.

The battery will give you 90 minutes of cleaning time and if it goes beyond that, the Furot II has a memory, so you can recharge it and the Furot will pick up where it left off.

Mail E: Papercraft Wall-E checks your email

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

Mail E: Papercraft Wall-E checks your emailWe don’t know why this guy needs a papercraft Wall E on his desk to let him know when he gets an email, but we approve wholeheartedly. This papercrafted “Mail E” is actuated by three 9g mini-servos and controlled by a SD21 servo driver and a picaxe 18x.

The head and hand move to alert you and if he can add wireless connectivity, he’ll let it move of the desk and have Wall E make certain gestures to mimic the kind of email that he has received. Pretty cool. Check out a video below.

The most realistic Wall-E case mod

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

The most realistic Wall-E case modWe’ve seen our share of Wall-E case mods, but this one is so detailed that it looks authentic. The attention to detail is the best that we’ve seen. If Wall-E really existed, this is what he would look like, with just the right amount of dirt and wear.

This one comes courtesy of César S..’s photostream on flickr. It looks as real as a computer generated Pixar robot can be. Awesome stuff. Now he just needs to make a few more characters and he can film his own movie.


Four-legged spider bot controlled using Wii Nunchucks

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

Four-legged spider bot controlled using Wii NunchucksYou know what we need more of? Spider bots. Even if they are four legs short of a full spider. What you see here is a walking machine using only four legs. And we have to say it’s walking is impressive. Should you flip it over, it’s no problem. The legs simply reverse and it walks upside down.

It’s an entertaining little bot to watch. Just beware, if you want to build one, it’s expensive, costing around $1000. The coolest feature though, is that it’s controlled with two sets of modified Wii Nunchucks.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 28th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsWhile you were busy back-to-school shopping, robots have been busy colonizing our world. As usual. We’re so glad that your kid has some new pencils, a fly laptop, a new haircut and a trapper keeper, but that ain’t gonna save us from our future. You need to be putting little Timmy into a John Conner bootcamp so he can learn the fine art of killing things with no souls. Well, you can lead a human to water, but you can’t make him think. Here’s some of what we covered over at Botropolis this week:

Simon: A deceptively cute harbinger of doom.

MIT’s Robot Fish: The seas shall run red with blood. Yours and mine.

Robots Kissing: The revolution won’t be televised, but robot kissing will.

Phasma Insect Robot: A swarm of robot locusts will soon block out the sun.

Wall-E and EVE USB flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2009

Wall-E and EVE USB flash drivesRemember that Wall-E flash drive that we featured awhile back? Well, now he has a companion. I present the EVE flash drive. Made by the same etsy seller who created the original.

You can now get them as a couple, the way Pixar and robot love intended. For $120. Who can resist? Wall-E is holding EVE’s pistol arm and defending her in the pic above. These two have a love that knows no bounds and sells movie tickets like nothing else. Now let them store your data.

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.