At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, something different have taken place. Among the usual hillclimb by avid motoring enthusiasts using a variety of different automobiles (including a lawn mower), one was made by no man. By “made by no man,” I meant to say the car wasn’t driven by anyone; it just went on its own autonomously. Continue reading Robocar Made The First Ever Fully Autonomous Hillclimb At Goodwood
The need to protect actors during movie making lead to the creation of the job known as stunt doubles, AKA stuntman. Little do we know that a job normally reserved for the fearless could be at threat of robot takeover too. Believe or not, Disney is hatching a plan to let autonomous humanoids take on dangerous stunt. Continue reading Wait, What? Now, Even Stunt Man’s Job Is Threatened By Robots?
What you see in movies that depicted strange robots that are capable of doing just about anything are slowing materializing and the Harvard University’s Harvard Ambulatory Microbot, or HAMR, is a robot cockroach that is part of this realization. The development of HAMR has been going on and recently, we heard that it just got an upgrade. It can now walk on and under water. I am not sure if roaches walk on water, but this robot bug surely does. Continue reading Cockroach-inspired Robot Bug Walks On Water, Land And Underwater Too
This is Guardbot, a rolling surveillance robot that could one day replace security guards. Officially called “Spherical Amphibious Robotic Vehicle Systems,” Guardbot is an all-terrain bot that you could think of it as a giant-ass Sphero with cameras stuck to its sides. As demoed in the video, this thing is pretty much unstoppable, capable of traversing any ground terrain, swim in water, and roll on snow and sand. One thing we foresee is obstacle, but the biggest being 7 feet in diameter, I guess most obstacles are really not an issue for this futuristic surveillance bot. Continue reading This Rolling Surveillance Robot May One Day Replace Security Guards
What you see here is a probable invasion monster machine that aliens will use finish us off like in the Avengers movie. Demonstrated by JSK Lab at University of Tokyo, this thing here is called DRAGON which is short for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON.” Phew. Continue reading Robotic Snake Flies, Hovers And Transforms To Pass Tight Openings
Almost 4 years ago, we were thrilled by J-Deite when it unveiled a scale car that was able to transform into a robot and vice versa. What made J-Deite Quarter, as it was called, unique was, it is actually mobile like a real car and it was able to walk as a biped machine when in robot form. The goal was to create a full-size model by 2020. Fast forward to today, it looks like the folks behind it, Brave Robotics and Asratec, are on track to realizing this dream. Continue reading J-Deite Unveiled Full-size, Drivable And Walkable Transformers Robot
Robotic development is advancing at breakneck speeds, but not fast enough for a bunch of Sonny to take over our job, yet. In the meantime, now and in near future, humans are expected to work alongside robots. Robots will be doing “stressful” and repetitive tasks while humans will continue to deal with reactive tasks. Herein lies the risk: how can we ensure that robots don’t bump into people when working side-by-side with us? Well, this is an area where artificial robot skin by Technical University of Munich’s Institute for Cognitive Systems hope to address. Continue reading Sensitive Artificial Skin Is Another Step Closer To Realizing A True Humanoid
Festo may be an industrial control and automation company best known for its pneumatic products, but over the years, it has pretty much sealed its reputation as the master of robotic biomimicry. Seriously, the robotic stuff that this German multinational company has came up with thus far were fascinating, thrilling and at times, somewhat nightmare-inducing. And one of the latest to join its growing portfolio of robotic biomimicry is the BionicFlyingFox you see here. Continue reading Festo BionicFlyingFox Flies And Looks Like The Real Thing
I’d be lying to you if I told you this little wall-crawling robot, called Scribit, that does graffiti is useful. It is not quite, but still, it is interesting enough for us to pay attention to what it has to offer. So, what exactly is a Scribit? And what can Scribit do? Scribit is basically a write and erase robot. The world’s first, btw. It is kind of like a wall-crawling plotter that draws on virtually any smooth, vertical surface, ranging from whiteboards to glasses to plastered drywall. Continue reading Forget About Wallpapers, This Robot Will Draw Straight On The Wall!
A group of humans’ behavior will change in the presence of, say, bob cats. That’s obvious. The same applies to marine creatures when there is a presence of cold, hard observation equipment like Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) or Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV). The odd-one-out ROV will never assimilate with the fishes. As such, humans will never get true to marine life data and that’s not to mention the inflexibility of typical ROVs to access tight caverns. This is where MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (MIT CSAIL) robotic fish, SoFi, comes in. Continue reading Scientists Want To Assimilate With Marine Fishes Using This Robotic Fish