Tag Archives: Robotic Development

Bat Bot B2 Robotic Bat: The Future of Drones Is Not Exclusive To Rotors

Remember the time when we said ‘the next time you spot a seagull, it could be a robot’? Also, remember the brilliant robotic kangaroo that moves like its biological counterpart? Those are just two examples of biomimicry and there are sure not the last of them. Speaking of which, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in collaboration with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has developed a robot drone that mimics bat flight. The robot, dubbed Bat Bot B2 is part of a research project aim to investigate safer and more efficient flying robots and what’s better look to a complex and yet efficient flying creature like a bat as inspiration? Continue reading Bat Bot B2 Robotic Bat: The Future of Drones Is Not Exclusive To Rotors

Unlike The Little Mermaid, This Goldfish Sacrifice Nothing To ‘Walk’ On Land

In the famous Danish fairytale, the Little Mermaid had to sacrifice her tongue, the ability to speak, and excruciating pain whenever she walk with her new-found legs in order to roam the land of the mortals, but in modern day, littler Walter, a pet goldfish, didn’t have to make bad dealings with the evil Sea Witch to roam where mortals roam – all thanks to a robot built by a group of friends for Build 18 at Carnegie Mellon University. Entitled “Just Keep Swimming,” this project saw the team design and built a driving base for a regular fish tank which enables its lone resident (in this case, Walter) to move around on solid ground like we and many animals do. Continue reading Unlike The Little Mermaid, This Goldfish Sacrifice Nothing To ‘Walk’ On Land

South Korean Company Unveiled World’s First Drivable Biped Robot

For decades, the idea of man piloting a robot has captivated mankind’s imagination. This dream has gave birth to many sci-fi products, including MechWarrior, Robotech, and more recently, Pacific Rim and while this dream has been many decades old, it is only until of late that we are seeing becoming a reality by the way of the Suidobashi Heavy Industry’s Kurata and America’s MegaBot Mark II. Despite the aforementioned being in flesh, they were hardly complete; they lack lower limbs to qualify them as a real robot, but that changes this week, when Hankook Mirae Technology unveiled the company’s first prototype piloted biped robot, dubbed Method-2. Continue reading South Korean Company Unveiled World’s First Drivable Biped Robot

Roboming Fellow Is A Cute Robotic Companion, A Home And Pet Monitor

It is 2016, but robots are not what we have imagined them to be. Obviously, either we are not there yet or sci-fi novelists and Hollywood got it all wrong. Robots aren’t even anything like Lost in Space’s B-9 and luckily, they aren’t like Dalek. Ok, technically, Dalek isn’t a robot. Never mind. Anywho, if you yearning for one, I mean, a robot, Chinese startup Roboming has one called Roboming Fellow for you. It’s cute, but not Cozmo kind of cute, and like robots marketed to consumers today, it is a companion and also your personal home security ‘bot, and oh, it monitors your pet too. Continue reading Roboming Fellow Is A Cute Robotic Companion, A Home And Pet Monitor

Anki’s Intelligent, Learning Toy Robot, Cozmo, Starts Shipping For $180

It is safe to say our views about robots are greatly influence by Hollywood. Depending on your movie preference, you will either fear the potential of robots or go ‘awwww…’ with them. If you belongs to the former, San Francisco-based high-tech toy creator Anki is here to quell your irrational fear with its first robot toy, Cozmo. Anki did not explicitly mention it, but somehow we have a feeling that Cozmo has a teeny weeny bit of Wall-E influence in it. Not surprisingly as former Pixar animator was charged with translating animation into real life interactions and movements. Continue reading Anki’s Intelligent, Learning Toy Robot, Cozmo, Starts Shipping For $180

Netherlands’ Has Waste Sharks That Chomp Down Garbage On The Sea

Pixar’s Wall-E painted a grim picture of the future. In the animated flick, the protagonist, Wall-E, is a lone garbage collecting robot that deals with the waste left behind by a post-apocalypse Earth. This seaborne drone you see here, dubbed Waste Shark, is much like Wall-E, except that (and thankfully) that it is not here to solve the problem of a post-apocalypse Earth. It is here to tourniquet the problem before it gets any worst. Developed by Richard Hardiman’s Netherlands-based RanMarine, Waste Shark is essentially an unmanned sea vehicle that plies habors and canals picking up garbage off the water ways. The idea is to stop the trash from becoming part of the sea by tackling the root of the problem, so to speak, at the source and that means Continue reading Netherlands’ Has Waste Sharks That Chomp Down Garbage On The Sea

Formula Pi: It Is Like Formula 1 Racing, Only Scaled And 100% Geeky

Formula 1 race car drivers lead a celebrity lifestyle, albeit a physically demanding one. Beyond that, he has to pay attention to his appearance, answer irrelevant questions from the media and sometimes, engage in less-than-friendly rivalry with his competitors and even team mates. Tiring, it is, but that’s the price to pay for raking in millions a year and being famous. Having said that, geeks who are more apt with circuit boards and programming has no place in the Formula 1. Obvious fact, but that’s not be-all and end-all because there’s a geeky Formula race specifically tailored for our geeky brothers and sisters out there which is aptly called Formula Pi. Continue reading Formula Pi: It Is Like Formula 1 Racing, Only Scaled And 100% Geeky

Starship Technologies Expands Self-driving Delivery Robots To More Cities

While people are questioning the reliability of self-driving cars, another group of folks are working relentlessly to develop autonomous delivery vehicle. The most prominent would be Amazon with its rather audacious drone delivery system and then there’s Domino Pizza Australia more down-to-earth, land-going pizza delivery drone. As it turns out, retailers with the financial muscles to flex are not the only ones exploring human-less delivery. London-based Starship Technologies, a company started by Skype co-founders, is also in the game. Continue reading Starship Technologies Expands Self-driving Delivery Robots To More Cities

Robot Escapes Testing Facility, Went On The Run On The Streets Of Russia

In a scene that closely resembles one from sci-fi movies, a robot has escaped its human overlords from its testing facility in Russia and it was on the loose for a good 40 minutes before its onboard battery conked out and came to a halt in the middle of road, causing a minor traffic disruption. No one was harmed in this fiasco, though and do not be alarmed either, it is not scenario of robot revolting against us cos’ this particular robot is not as sophisticated and advanced as Sonny, and it does not have equal level of AI to enable it to harm humans either. The non-human escapee obviously does not have the dexterity to pick lock to enable the dash; its escape was made possible by an engineer who forgot to shut the gate when he made his way to the office. Continue reading Robot Escapes Testing Facility, Went On The Run On The Streets Of Russia

This Is Zenbo, ASUS’s First Robot Who Wants To Be Your Family’s Butler

ASUS is well known for computers and mobile devices, but little did we know that the Taiwanese company has plan beyond run-of-the-mill consumer electronics, or should we say, going beyond inanimate products. Over the weekend, at Taiwan’s biggest computer and electronics show, Computex, ASUS shown off its very own robot, a cute little thing called Zenbo. First off, Zenbo is adorable and at some angle, looks a little like the 2002 Apple iMac, except that this thing is more intelligent and it moves. Beyond the kid-appealing look, what ASUS proposes that Zenbo will do is nothing groundbreaking. It has been proposed by other makers, including UBTech’s Alpha 2, Toyota’s Kirobo, Sharp’s RoBoHon and the likes. Continue reading This Is Zenbo, ASUS’s First Robot Who Wants To Be Your Family’s Butler