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Video: Robot strippers.

Video: Toro-Bots.

These robotic garden lamps are connected via a central wireless hub, which can also be accessed via iPad to monitor or change their behaviour.

These little garden ‘bots are meant to meander about your topiaries and flower pots, altering the overall aesthetic of your garden every time you lift your head. Even better, each of the Toro-bots has its own encoded “personality”. With a series of infrared rangefinders, the robots can sense their surroundings, even reacting to human visitors to their garden by stepping out of your way.

Video: ‘Paintball Picasso’.

Using three paintball guns mounted on a 3D printed pan/tilt servo bracket, Waterloo Labs creation is able to shoot o ut 10 paintballs per second to create any shape entered by the user. Or the software can trace an outline of a person or shape standing in front of the camera and shoot around the edge.

Video: Dancing Spider-Bot.

Robugtix’s T8 spider robot is going up for sale soon for US$499. Not sure what you’d use it for except scaring co-workers though - and you’d be risking someone stomping on your new $500 bot - but here’s the pre-order page.

Video: MIT Device Lets You Reach Through A Screen.

Panoramic Ball Camera Hits Indiegogo.

Panono is a throwable panoramic ball camera, which captures everything in every direction for amazing 72 megapixel, 360° X 360° full-spherical panoramic image.

Check out this interactive example of Panono in action in Hong Kong.

Video: Boston Dynamics ‘WildCat’.

WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA’s M3 program.

Video: Meteor explosion prank.
This is kind of mean…but pretty funny. An ultra high definition tv is built into the wall of this office and made to look like a window. No problem for the people coming into the office for a job interview, until a giant meteor explodes outside.

Video: DALER robot can fly, land and walk.

This is the first prototype of the DALER (Deployable Air Land Exploration Robot) Project. This project aims at designing robots for applications such as exploration, search-and-rescue, or monitoring of the environment; where robots have to deal with very complex terrains, such as semi-collapsed buildings, deep caverns, or forests with a lot of vegetation.

It can move forward at 0.2 m/s (0.7 BL/s), and can rotate on spot at 25°/s. The robot is capable of walking with different gaits, it can move on different surfaces, it can overcome high obstacles, and can also navigate in rough terrains.

New coating creates super slippery glass.

A new transparent, bioinspired coating makes ordinary glass tough, self-cleaning and incredibly slippery, according to a Harvard University team.

The new coating could be used to create durable, scratch-resistant lenses for eyeglasses, self-cleaning windows, improved solar panels and new medical diagnostic devices.

SLIPS (Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces) was inspired by the slick strategy of the carnivorous pitcher plant, which lures insects onto the ultraslippery surface of its leaves, where they slide to their doom. Unlike earlier water-repelling materials, SLIPS repels oil and sticky liquids like honey, and it resists ice formation and bacterial biofilms as well.

To create a SLIPS-like coating, the researchers corral a collection of tiny spherical particles of polystyrene, the main ingredient of Styrofoam, on a flat glass surface like a collection of Ping-Pong balls. They pour liquid glass on them until the balls are more than half buried in glass. After the glass solidifies, they burn away the beads, leaving a network of craters that resembles a honeycomb. They then coat that honeycomb with the same liquid lubricant used in SLIPS to create a tough but slippery coating.

By adjusting the width of the honeycomb cells to make them much smaller in diameter than the wavelength of visible light, the researchers kept the coating from reflecting light. This made a glass slide with the coating completely transparent.