Posts tagged robot

Video: Internet enabled robot lets you skip stones over the internet.

Skippy the robot was created as a tourism promotion for Sun Valley Idaho. Users could control Skippy over the internet to skip stones across a lake.

Unfortunately the bot was only accessible between July 9 - 13, but the video is still well worth a look.

Video: Robotic hand can outperform humans.

University of Southern California engineers have developed a robot with a sense of touch, able to identify materials with a 95% success rate by touching them. It can currently identify 117 common materials.

Nevada approves “Robot Drivers License” law.
From March 1 this year if you see a red license plate in Nevada, it means the driver is a robot!
Pushed through mainly for Google’s robotic car program, AB511 will allow automated vehicles to legally drive on all roads, provided they meet the regulations of the new law. That includes paying a US$1-3 million insurance bond per car, and providing a detailed report on what is being tested in each car.
The automated vehicles will have red plates, and once the research is complete the cars will be issued neon green plates - meaning they are fully licensed to self-drive.

Nevada approves “Robot Drivers License” law.

From March 1 this year if you see a red license plate in Nevada, it means the driver is a robot!

Pushed through mainly for Google’s robotic car program, AB511 will allow automated vehicles to legally drive on all roads, provided they meet the regulations of the new law. That includes paying a US$1-3 million insurance bond per car, and providing a detailed report on what is being tested in each car.

The automated vehicles will have red plates, and once the research is complete the cars will be issued neon green plates - meaning they are fully licensed to self-drive.

Video: Kids toy is a must have for adult geeks.

The DragonBot was designed by researchers from MIT, Harvard, and Northeastern, and is controlled by an Android phone. This connection lets the bot learn from all of the other DragonBots who are connected to the cloud.

The Android phone is the brain and central nervous system of the DragonBot. It controls the DragonBots movements. The phone’s camera provides the visual feedback from which the DragonBot learns, and because it’s internet-connected, when one DragonBot learns something, all of the other DragonBots learn it too. Which is, y’know, freakin’ incredible and slightly terrifying? Additionally, you can remove the phone and interact with a virtual, app-based Kombusto, or control him with an Android Tablet.

Video: Robot plays catch with his buddy.

'Rollin Justin' and his buddy were created by the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics German Aerospace Center.

Robotic ball to roll out next month.
The Sphero robotic ball is set to go on sale next month for US$130, with the makers claiming it “is like nothing you’ve seen before”.
The ball is controlled by touch via an iOS/Android App, or by tilting or swinging your phone/tablet. It claims to deliver a ‘mixed-reality’ experience, with games such as virtual golf for one or more players.
The bluetooth ball claims a 50 foot range, 3 feet per second speed, multi coloured LED lighting system, and an internal gyro/accelerometer/compass system for navigation. It is also charged via induction, meaning no annoying cables, with a one hour drive time from the included battery.
While it might be difficult to get too excited by a robotic ball - especially as only 6 apps or games are available initially - where this could get interesting is if the open source community gets behind it to create new and interesting uses for the device, as has been seen with Kinect.

Robotic ball to roll out next month.

The Sphero robotic ball is set to go on sale next month for US$130, with the makers claiming it “is like nothing you’ve seen before”.

The ball is controlled by touch via an iOS/Android App, or by tilting or swinging your phone/tablet. It claims to deliver a ‘mixed-reality’ experience, with games such as virtual golf for one or more players.

The bluetooth ball claims a 50 foot range, 3 feet per second speed, multi coloured LED lighting system, and an internal gyro/accelerometer/compass system for navigation. It is also charged via induction, meaning no annoying cables, with a one hour drive time from the included battery.

While it might be difficult to get too excited by a robotic ball - especially as only 6 apps or games are available initially - where this could get interesting is if the open source community gets behind it to create new and interesting uses for the device, as has been seen with Kinect.

Video: Creepy ‘robot’ walks without a power source.

These mechanical legs are propelled entirely by their own weight and only need a small push to start moving. Once going they can continue almost indefinitely, as long as there is a very slight downhill slope.

Video of the day: Creepy singing robotic head.

This robot was developed at a Taiwanese University, and is able to read and sing music from a song sheet (it sings in Mandarin in this video). It can also recognise and interact with people, and may one day find work as a receptionist in a restaurant, according to the video!

Robot truck starts work in Afghanistan.
Built by Lockheed Martin, the Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) is about to start field trials, with four of the units being sent to support US troops in Afghanistan. The 11 foot long vehicle can be driven manually, or set to follow preplanned paths or travel to waypoints using its advanced sensor system. It can even be set to follow a specific soldier.
The SMSS has a 125 mile range, and can carry 1200 pounds of cargo. While it will mainly find use transporting weapons, cargo, or even smaller robots, it could also be used to carry tired or wounded troops.

Robot truck starts work in Afghanistan.

Built by Lockheed Martin, the Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) is about to start field trials, with four of the units being sent to support US troops in Afghanistan. The 11 foot long vehicle can be driven manually, or set to follow preplanned paths or travel to waypoints using its advanced sensor system. It can even be set to follow a specific soldier.

The SMSS has a 125 mile range, and can carry 1200 pounds of cargo. While it will mainly find use transporting weapons, cargo, or even smaller robots, it could also be used to carry tired or wounded troops.

Foxconn to ‘hire’ one million robot staff.
Chinese company, Foxconn which is largely responsible for producing Apple products, is reported to be planing to replace workers with robots over the next three years.
CEO Terry Gou has said that the company already has 10,000 robots, and that number will increase to 300,000 next year, and one million within three years.

Foxconn to ‘hire’ one million robot staff.

Chinese company, Foxconn which is largely responsible for producing Apple products, is reported to be planing to replace workers with robots over the next three years.

CEO Terry Gou has said that the company already has 10,000 robots, and that number will increase to 300,000 next year, and one million within three years.