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Asus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Move over Roomba, there’s a new robo-vac in town. Asus wants a piece of this market as well. The ECleaner robot sports a 6000-hour UV light that also helps disinfect your floor and comes with a slot that can be used for spreading the smelly fragrance of your choice.

It can even be controlled using a remote control and will be battery powered. Look for the ECleaner to be available in China and Taiwan before 2010 for about $150.

Robotic lighting: Robolamps

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2009

Robotic lighting: RobolampsCheck out these Robolamps from Croatian artist Robert Matysiak. They are all kinds of awesome and I want one now. They’re made from plumbing supplies and green or yellow light bulbs, which is probably what gives them their unique look.

Sadly they aren’t available to the public just yet. That’s a real shame because geeks like me would clean them out. They’re robots. They’re lamps. Enough said.

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.

Robotic gardeners tend tomato plants

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2009

Robotic gardeners tend tomato plantsRobot gardeners? Students and researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed robots that actually tend to tomato plants, with no human intervention. The plants have soil sensors and can network with the robots, which is a great way of letting them know when they need water or nutrients. The robots are equipped with watering pumps and robotic arms that are gentle enough to pick cherry tomatoes without bruising them.

And so we enslave the plant kingdom with their new robot overlords. It’s a great way to see how it works out with plants first. If you start seeing a bunch of squished tomatoes, plants blackened and burnt, and greenhouses that look like a hurricane hit them, than we will know what they have in store for us.

Robotic Crawler carries you away in an earthquake

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Robotic Crawler carries you away in an earthquakeCheck out the image. You tell me if that isn’t the future of human burial. Robots will carry your corpse directly into your dirt bed, deposit you for your dirt nap and go get another rotting human vessel. It’s probably how they will clean up our bodies when they inherit the Earth. But I digress.

This robotic crawler will soon to be inducted in Yokohama’s fire department. It’s designed to carry a human from the disaster zone to safety. In an earthquake rescue workers can load an injured person in the crawler and that person will be carried from the site to relief operations. It has four wheel belts and can easily move over rubble and other obstacles.

Robotic Labyrinth Wii Fit game

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2009

Robotic Labyrinth Wii Fit gameSome DIYers from the Cowtown Computer Congress used some servos and an Arduino processor to connect a wooden Labyrinth game to a Wii Fit. Why? Is there ever a reason? It just had to be done. Simple as that. Basically it makes the game more difficult.

It’s an inexpensive project at just $60 total (That does not include the Wii Fit), and it seems like a simple process. It also looks like a lot of fun. What could be better then taking a simple game and adding a high tech way of playing it? Check out a video below.

MingJong M6637U robotic webcams to take over world one desk at a time

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2008

MingJong M6637U robotic webcams to take over world one desk at a time
A Taiwanese company known as MingJong has released some colorful robotic UVC compliant USB 2.0 webcams called ‘M6637U’ that sport 1.3-megapixels.

These little guys have the right idea. If you want to take over the world, you have to appeal to those lovers of cute and colorful desk accessories. Put a bunch together and they are clearly interacting, comparing notes for our eventual assimilation. Then when a human comes back into the room they all freeze. There’s not a whole lot of info on these guys, but be weary. Never turn your back on one.

Robotic Stonehenge Clock is always busy

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

Robotic Stonehenge Clock is always busy
This awesome “digital” clock was created by Software architect Steve Norris and uses a robot arm and 14 numbered cards to display the current time. Steve obviously does not fear the coming robot apocalypse and isn’t afraid to help it along. The video shows a time update from 12:09 to 12:10.

The upside for humans is that you have an awesome clock that you want to look at, the downside for the robot is that it’s always busy. Never a minute to itself to plot our downfall as it dutifully gives you the time, which I guess is another upside for humans. The robot uses a CrustCrawler Smart Arm and a Parallax Propeller chip to do it’s thing. Consider a kind of visual interpretation of what all clocks do. Just cooler.

Robotic squirrel will steal your nuts

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

Robotic squirrel will steal your nutsHampshire College professor Sarah Partan is using a robotic squirrel named “Rocky” to get all social with the local rodents and study them up close. Rocky is controlled wirelessly from a laptop, and his tail and body can move realistically to communicate with other squirrels. He also plays pre-recorded squirrel noises from built-in speakers. The goal of the project is to study how animals communicate.

Apparently, Rocky is fooling them and has totally infiltrated Squirrel society, without letting on that he’s working for the man. Local squirrels seem to respond to him just like any other. That means that either squirrels are dumb as a bag of skittles or that Rocky is a pretty smart bot.

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.

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.