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NCCR Robotics Demoed Aerial And Land Robots For Rescue Missions

Disaster is an inevitable part of life. While we can’t stop it from striking, we can, however, be prepared so that when it does strike, we have what it takes to salvage the situation and save lives. Thanks to technological advancement in the robotic development, more lives can be saved while ensuring that rescuers will be safe themselves. However, the many concepts in the works have been individual developments so far. In other words, the individual developments that cover aerial and terrestrial operations have never come together to demonstrate what they can do together to become an effective force in a search and rescue operation. Continue reading NCCR Robotics Demoed Aerial And Land Robots For Rescue Missions

Pole Dancing Robots Struck Again, This Time At A Vegas Club During CES

Robots are set to replace many tasks now carried out by humans. In fact, it already did in some industry, more notably, the auto industry and they have already taken the jobs of flipping burgers, checking stocks at supermarket, security patrol (and committing suicide?), harvesting and whatnot, and now, even strip dancing? Or to be more precise, pole dancing to entertainment men and women. These hip-gyrating pole dancing robots are not the newest news, but they made news again simply because they were the spot light at the Sapphire Gentleman’s Club in Las Vegas during CES. Yup. CES. How fitting, isn’t it? And they duo even have names. Continue reading Pole Dancing Robots Struck Again, This Time At A Vegas Club During CES

In Future, Even Sporting Coaches’ Job May Not Be Safe From Robots’ Take Over

Sci-fi movies and novels have almost describe a future where robots replacing humans in a variety of jobs, if not taking over the world entirely. Some people people are skeptical that will actually happen, arguing that there are some jobs that no robots can do. But is it, really? Because a Japanese company, OMRON Corporation, has developed a robot that can effectively coach someone tablet tennis, AKA ping pong, which earned it the Guinness World Records title of the First robot Table Tennis tutor. So, sport coaches, your jobs aren’t very safe either. Continue reading In Future, Even Sporting Coaches’ Job May Not Be Safe From Robots’ Take Over

Youbionic Double Hand Literally Adds A Hand To Your Existing Arm

You upgrade you TV, upgrade your mobile device and even upgrade your house, but have you ever thought of upgrading yourself? When we said “upgrade yourself,” we do not mean picking new skills or go for a new degree; we are talking about improving your body’s capability. Well, if you have ever thought about it, I guess it is the good time to be alive because, Youbionic has just the right tool, or should we say, prosthetic, for you. It won’t make you the Six Million Dollar Man, but you’d be getting yourself an extra helping hand, like quite literally. Continue reading Youbionic Double Hand Literally Adds A Hand To Your Existing Arm

The Third Thumb Project: Because Six Digits Are Obviously Better Than Five

This is “The Third Thumb”, a project by designer Dani Clode aim to demonstrate how human body responds to wearable prosthetic technology and it is kind of a revelation for mankind. Because, it suddenly strikes us that maybe, just maybe, we humans really should have an extra digit. I know, it may sounds like an insult to those who are missing them, but imagine what an extra appendage could do. Imagine! Here’s what the project is about straight from the horse’s mouth: Continue reading The Third Thumb Project: Because Six Digits Are Obviously Better Than Five

EPFL’s Tiny Robotic Fish Is Effectively A Spy Fish That Spies On, Well, Zebrafish

When it comes to biomimicry, EPFL, or Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, is no stranger, but the Zebrafish robot you see here took the institute’s biomimicry technology to a new level of small because, Zebrafish. Granted, at 7 centimeters (2.75 inches) long, this bares-it-all tiny robotic fish is a tad larger than an actual aquatic creature of this species and obviously, look vastly different with its transparent enclosure that pretty much show off its electronics, it managed to assimilate into the school. The researchers not only wanted to develop a robot that will eventually influence the behavior of the organic counterparts, but also capable of adapting its own behavior by picking up communication skills (yes, really) and mimics the real fishes’ movements. Continue reading EPFL’s Tiny Robotic Fish Is Effectively A Spy Fish That Spies On, Well, Zebrafish

Honda’s Cute Robot Vehicle Is Basically Your Autonomous Food Truck

Autonomous cart isn’t new, but the one Honda recently showed off, called RoboCas Concept, at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show is worthy of a mention, just for the cuteness alone. Honda refers RoboCas Concept to as “a unique form of electric mobility,” but it really is a smart cart. It looks like vehicle straight out of Pixar animation. It has a cargo space which is customizable as you see fit and oh, yes, it can carry people too. You know, it ain’t tiny as you can see from the images we have here. It can be everything you imagine it to be, ranging from a cargo hauler to mobile DJ console to a curry shop. Yep. That too. In short, it can be a food truck of sort. Continue reading Honda’s Cute Robot Vehicle Is Basically Your Autonomous Food Truck

Walmart Deploys Shelf-Scanning Robots So Staff Can “Serve You Better”

While Amazon’s ambitious Go grocery store eliminates the need for cashier and check out, American retail supermarket Walmart wants to eliminate using humans to check on shelves for stock levels, pricing and even misplaced items. Shelf-scanning robots aren’t new, apparently. Damn, we must have living under the rock. Eh? Anywho, Walmart is the first to put it through large scale real world test with this Bossa Nova Robotics’ robots roaming around the company’s 50 stores. The sole purposed of these specialist robots is to ply the aisles and do what used to be done by humans, i.e. monitoring the stock on shelves, checking the pricing, or detect if there are items being displayed in the wrong category. In other words, they are here just to check. Continue reading Walmart Deploys Shelf-Scanning Robots So Staff Can “Serve You Better”

UBTech Stormtrooper Robot Is Your Baby Step To Galaxy Domination

Behold, fans of Star Wars. Your dream of commanding your very own First Order Stormtroopers, or at least one of them depending on your financial muscle, to take over the galaxy is about to come true. Robotic company UBTech has announced a new robot based on the crowd favorite First Order Stormtrooper. OK. Granted, UBTech’s First Order Stormtrooper App-enabled Robot is a little on the cute side, it is nonetheless a Stormtrooper which you can actually interact with. I’d say it is next the best solution next to asking your friend or young siblings to dress up as one. Continue reading UBTech Stormtrooper Robot Is Your Baby Step To Galaxy Domination

Cassie Is A Torso-less Bipedal Robot That May One Day Deliver Packages To You

Wheels and tracks are easiest to get a robot going, but those mobility solutions have their limitations, and to mention, does not satisfy our sci-fi fantasy. If we expect robots to traverse across a variety of terrains like humans do, then bipedal is the way to go. There’s no doubt about it. Armed with this notion, Agility Robots, a spin-off of Oregon State University, has devoted its time to perfecting a robot that walks on two and from the looks of it, the roboticists over at Agility Robotics may have pulled it off rather perfectly. The robot in question is called Cassie, a bipedal robot revealed back in February when it demonstrated its eerily human-like walking ability. Continue reading Cassie Is A Torso-less Bipedal Robot That May One Day Deliver Packages To You