Posts with the tag "robot"


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Robot gecko rights itself as it falls through the air

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IEEE Spectrum reports on a UC Berkeley robot gecko that uses biology-inspired three dimensional analytical models to right itself as it falls through the air, kind of like a cat, but more like lizards, of course, which can use the heavy weight of their tales to twist themselves right in mid air (and very much unlike me when I was five years old fell from the top of the playground and got a damn bloody nose).

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Last-minute gift traps Mark in a trippy death-bound adventure in latest Ugly Americans

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This week’s episode of Ugly Americans finds Mark Lilly struggling once again to fit into Callie’s demonic traditions, only to realize he’s once again in way over his head, which he might lose this time.

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This robot sucks at giving a sponge bath

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Okay, I freely admit that I am no expert on either giving or receiving sponge baths. But even I can say definitively that this robot is years away from challenging the sponge bath pros.

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This robot from Willow Garage can choose to not squeeze you to death

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Willow Garage, an engineering firm we’ve featured before, has developed robots with tactile feedback so accurate it can close it’s hand around an aluminum can. This is an important safety measure for when future robots accidentally grab their masters’ neck and begin to squeeze.

Also, for all the ladies out there, say hello to future tech star Inten Joe and his big bad cowlick.

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New Bollywood film has special effects — Becomes more Hollywood — Therefore: Sucks

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“Bollywood Has Officially Caught Up Bollywood,” claims Topless Robot, waxing all giddy over the above trailer for the new Indian movie Robot.

Topless Robot is usually fantastic, but I’m not so sure about this. Robot doesn’t look much more than a schlock-fest with intermittent singing and dancing — and an over-reliance on circa 2003 special effects.

If a Hollywood movie came out with a trailer like this, we’d all be rolling our eyes. Why get excited because it’s Bollywood? Aren’t foreign movies good because of what makes them distinctive from Hollywood (i.e. plot, characters, pacing, and an under-reliance on special effects)?

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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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Sprechen Sie Deutsch, Robot? Austrian Robots Strut Their Stuff In Dance Competition

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Juilliard would be so much more awesome if its dancers were robots. But they’re not. That’s why Handshake thinks Austria will replace New York as the center of dance awesomeness. The Upper Austria Center of Applied Sciences not only offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees that include curricula in robot engineering, it hosts an annual Hexapod Robot […]

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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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