Posts with the tag "robot monday"


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Industrial designers demo carnivorous robotic furniture

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Call it a twisted sense of humor or practical, self-sustaining technology, but the designers at Auger Loizeau built prototypes for five pieces of furniture that feed off of organic matter to catch household pests. These carnivorous appliances range from a coffee table that captures and digests mice to a fly-paper clock that runs off of decomposing fly corpses.

Nobody will sell these appliances in the near future, but the concept is interesting and should probably lead to robots that do digest and run off of organic matter. We should just give up now.

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Robot Monday: The Darmstadt Dribblers

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The Darmstadt Dribblers, a robot soccer team hailing from err, Darmstadt, are the Lionel Messis of the robot soccer world. Or, considering how early robot soccer is in it’s development, perhaps it’s more accurate to say they are that-one-guy-from-medieval-England-who-was-really-good-at-kicking-the-sheep-bladder-arounds of the robot soccer world.

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G1.R1 Gripper Demo from Meka Robotics on Vimeo.

Robot Monday: G1.R1 Gripper Demo from Meka robotics

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I don’t know much about the G1.R1 Gripper, but I do know it is very good at gripping. And that, someday, in some galaxy far away, its streamlined descendant will attach to the hand of Luke Skywalker and become the most famous cyborg robot hand in George Lucas’ fatty brain.

Meka like most robotics companies, is pretty freaking awesome. And also pretty damn mysterious. Their robots, apart from looking cool and doing interesting things, don’t perform specific, marketable tasks. It appears that Meka’s researchers create robots for other researchers.

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Robot Monday: Introducing Neato XV-11

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Remember when we fantasized about the robots we wanted? I believe someone mentioned that they would want a robot that cleaned for them. Handshake commenter, your dreams are about to come true. The Neato XV-11 is the next best cleaning robot. It is designed to make sure that every part of your floor is clean. […]

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Robot Monday: If You Could Have A Robot

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They say that dogs are a man’s best friend. With that said, can robots ever be a man’s best friend?

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Robot Monday: Robots Are Joining the Workforce in Scotland

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Human janitors, beware. Robots in Scotland will soon be competing for your jobs. When it opens in August, the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Stirlingshire, Scotland will use a fleet of robots to dispense drugs, deliver food, clean the floors, and remove waste. According to the BBC, the robots will be controlled by staff […]

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Robot Monday: Pool Shark Edition

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Pretty soon you might be losing your money to a machine at the bar other than a jukebox. The folks at Willow Garage, a robotics development firm, have programmed their PR2 to play billiards. So what do you think? Could you beat the PR2 or would it take the shirt off of your back?

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Robot Monday — Diapers.com Employs Roomba-Like Factory Robots

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At Handshake, we try to avoid functioning as corporate shills. That is, except when a company employs a Roomba diaper factory management system. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Robot Monday: Farmer Wu — Peasant, Farmer, Robot Inventor — Goes To The Shanghai Expo

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Wu Yulu’s “children” are made of rubbish.

Wu, a peasant farmer from a small village near Beijing, started making robots at the age of 11. Since then, he has constructed 47 of them, all from junk salvaged from the local junk yards.

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Robot Monday: Boston Dynamic’s PETMAN Prototype

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In ten years, The Giant iPad That Rules The World will send this robot back in time to kill the young Cory Doctorow. We guarantee it. Video: PETMAN Prototype by Boston Dynamics: Biped robot that balances dynamically using a human-like walking motion. It is a close relative to BigDog, sharing elements of the mechanical design and […]

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