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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.

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.

Homemade Wall-E USB drive is adorable

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2009

Homemade Wall-E USB drive is adorableWe love robot USB drives here at the ‘Brick. Wall-E is always cute, but there’s something extra adorable about this handmade Wall-E USB Drive. If this little guy doesn’t make you smile, there”s no hope for you.

It comes with 8GB of storage, and also functions as a keychain. If you love Wall-E, you better be quick as there is only one available for $65 from Etsy. Sure, that’s a lot of dough, but you’re getting a unique USB drive.

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.

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.

Tour de France Chalkbot

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

Tour de France ChalkbotThe Tour de France is currently underway and Lance Armstrong is apparently returning to help promote his Livestrong campaign and raise cancer awareness. So Livestrong and Nike have teamed up to create the Chalkbot, a robotic chalk painter that will print messages along the path of the Tour de France.

If you want your own message printed just text ‘LIVESTRONG’ followed by your chalk message to 36453. They hope to print more than 100,000 messages over the course of the entire race. We like stories like this where robots are helping worthy causes instead of plotting our demise.

Self-Portrait Machine makes you do all the work

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

Jen Hui Liao’s self-portrait machine will snap a picture of you. After that you are more or less handcuffed to a drawing board as it forces you to sketch your own likeness. So a robot is enslaving you for once. Just for a little while.

Jen Hui Liao is exploring the fact that “our personal identities are represented by the products of the man-machine relationship.” Whatever. I just picture all future robots forcing us to do art for their walls, while we hang in the closet between masterpieces being fed intravenously.

Cute Penguin robot wants to be your Facebook companion

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

Cute Penguin robot wants to be your Facebook companionPierre Bureau, the founder and CEO of Arimaz in Switzerland, recently showed off a demo of a prototype of a cute penguin robot that his company is planning to begin selling in September for $99. It’s called MyDeskFriend. The idea is that this Penguin is a small companion for your desk.

It comes with a docking station which is hooked up to your PC. You can interact with the robot in a bunch of ways. It can follow your finger and will even detect the edges of the your desk so that it doesn’t fall off, thanks to 5 infrared sensors. It also has an accelerometer, so it knows when it’s being touched or shaken. The eyes will even change color depending on it’s mood. If you shake it too much, it’s eyes will turn red because you’ve made it mad. You can even connect it with your Facebook profile for the ultimate in dorky behavior.

Robot USB flash drives with personality

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

Robot USB flash drives with personalityIf you’ve been reading the ‘Brick for awhile then you know that we dig robots. We really love robot flash drives. But as we’ve said before, it’s hard to find decent ones. Well, at last here are some that have true personality.

There are six different models in various shapes and colors, all cute,awesome and retro. They come with a 2 gigabyte storage capacity and their LED eyes even light up when you plug them in. There are the six different colors in all: yellow, black, blue, pink, red and white. These little guys are amazing. I’m gonna order one myself.

Lego robot dock assimilates iPods

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

Lego Robot dock assimilates iPodsYou ask us, this is a pretty cool use of Legos. And if companies don’t want to build robot iPod docks, then damnit, we will make our own. The creator actually built this bot-dock about 2 years ago, and only recently decided that it was time to share it with the internet.

The dock is a cannibalized iPod mini dock, and the robot/base is a mashup of several lego kits. (The AT-AT on the right claw gives it away. That, and the LEGOLAND sticker which came with Lego Soccer.) You can find more pics on flickr.

Botropolis: This week in robots

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

Botropolis: This week in robotsAnother week has come and gone. As usual, we’ve been keeping tabs on all things robot over at Botropolis. We haven’t had any reports of muscle-bound freaks appearing naked in the street and asking after John Connor, but hell, it’s only 2009. Still, we’re keeping our eyes peeled and we are your first line of defense. When they do strike, we will be ready with up to the minute updates. Here’s some of what we covered this week.

Magic: Octavia the robot gets fooled.

RoboFlush: For the extremely lazy.

T-Shirt: Robots In Disguise.

Fall Out Boy: New Robot Comic Books.