More signs of the impending apocalypse (aside from the running robot and the super robot hand): a robot that can solve sudoku puzzles!
You may remember robot maker Hans Andersson as the guy behind the equally cool Tilted Twister, the rubik’s cube solving robot that made its debut back in February 2008. Both that and the recently-christened Sudoku Solver were built with Lego Mindstorms NXT kits, basically a set that comes with Lego and Lego Technic pieces, electric motors, sensors, and a CPU-powered programmable brick.
Andersson shows the potential of the recreational-educational platform; his creations did not require any modification to … [Read More]
So the braniacs at Ishikawa Komuro Lab have developed a high-speed robot hand that can do things very quickly. Now we have at least one robot that can run decently, and at least one robot hand that can do detailed manipulation tasks much faster and better than we can. We are so doomed.
The high-speed robot hand can close within one-tenth of a second, and make real-time adjustments based on its tactile and visual sensors within one millisecond. See the hand hyper-bounce a ball, twirl a “pen”, knot a rope, pick up a rice grain with tweezers, and throw and catch … [Read More]
The video below is a demo of a robot running at 7 kilometers per hour, constructed and developed by Toyota R&D.
I’ve always wondered why Toyota and Honda have been working on motive robots for the last decade or so. Will future models be more reminiscent of Mechwarrior or Heavy Gear? If so, I want in, even if large humanoid robots are totally impractical for transportation or even combat—coolness outweighs sensibility any time!
Anyways, we are signing over our independence to machines that are slowly becoming more autonomous and capable than us, but at least there are warning signs. Some are more … [Read More]
The $3.5 million dollar woman is pushing the limits with a surprising discovery: she’s starting to feel with her prosthetic left arm again.
This isn’t the “phantom limb” phenomenon commonly reported by amputees. To properly “wire” the prosthetic to Claudia Mitchell’s brain, scientists had to move the shoulder nerves responsible for arm control and feedback to her chest. Ms. Mitchell now reports that, any sensation on her left chest seems to register as coming from her “left arm”.
Yes, the Femisapien was a evolutionary step towards fulfilling mankind’s desire for artificial—yet always willing—pleasure-tainment. Now just imagine robots that can sense and enjoy touch.
To be sure, nothing about the Femisapien is even remotely, er arousing? Yep, it has a busom and a slim waist, but it’s unimaginable anyone mistaking this for the real deal. Still, in man’s quest to create an artificial companion for their companionship and intimate needs, the Femisapien is perhaps a step towards realistic artificiality.
The Sony Rolly Music Player is already available in Japan for 39,800 yen (US$364), so its hoping to garner more sales on American soil around Q2 2008 in the USA, according to CES 2008 updates. This dancing egg-shaped speaker features programmed moves via the PC software or it can dance by itself. It plays streaming music from any A2DP device in stereo via Bluetooth, spports MP3, ATRAC or ACC files, has 2GB internal memory and it can last 5 hours of music, or 4 hours of dance and music of playback. Careful your cat or dog doesn’t get jealous or … [Read More]
What’s small, irritating but moves quietly under your control. Check out the New remote controlled Micro Mosquito Helicopter from Playengine…The Worlds smallest, lightest and quietest full function indoor R/C helicopter, the innovative Micro Mosquito has big performance but weighs only 15 grams and will fit in the palm of your hand!….This minature marvel is set to be one of the top runners for Christmas and R/C Flight Toy ethusiants alike, This R/C gem will keep you buzzing for hours and will not even drain your blood or your pocket! Too bad its not out yet and it will set you … [Read More]
Here’s a dog you don’t have to feed…iRobot Dirt Dog.
Not content with just the Roomba vacuuming robot and the Scooba floor-washing robot, IRobot Corp is going where no other robot has gone beforehand…The place where HP has its roots, in garages, basements and workshops.
iRobot Dirt Dog will clean up your dangerous nails and dusty saw dust after you’ve done making book shelves for your wife. It differs from its siblings by not having a vacumn and that makes it cheaper too at $129.99. Looks like there’s a market for this after all…We just hope they don’t come out with … [Read More]
The ARIN Korean robot dog wishes to replace the Sony AIBO in the future. A South Korean inventor named Eungsang Park has sketch out a blue print to build his robot dog. This ARIN robot dog has got more advance features than AIBO. See spec below.
The robot has a screen on its back for surfing the Internet. It can be used as a cell phone. Its tail can be used as a joystick for playing games. Weirder still: You can stick DVDs UP ITS BUTT to play movies.
ARIN Korean robot dog source