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BIKI Is A Bionic Underwater Drone That Mimics A Fish And Does 4K Videoing

Those who travel on land for leisure have aerial imaging drones to capture breathtaking images, handsfree, but what about those who prefer to sightsee in open waters? About that, there are actually quite a few underwater imaging drones that will do the same for avid sea lovers and this little fellow you see here, called BIKI, is one of the newest entrants to the still-growing underwater drone market. But unlike the offerings we have seen thus far, BIKI is a little offbeat in the sense that it is more like a robot, or a bionic unmanned underwater vehicle, to be precise. Continue reading BIKI Is A Bionic Underwater Drone That Mimics A Fish And Does 4K Videoing

Is Russia’s Gun Shooting Space Robot A Sign Of The Rise Of The Machines?

Russia has recently made headlines, not because of Syria, but for a rather ‘sinister’ thing. Some of you may be aware of FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research), the anthropomorphous robot destined to be a cosmonaut in 2021. Apparently, the roboticists over at Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects (Russia’s DARPA equivalent), the organization behind FEDOR, has made pretty insane progress which saw the bipedal robot doing a range of things including leopard crawling, carry heavy load, resisting pushover and delicate tasks like using keys, handling a variety of tools, and supposedly, even driving a car. Continue reading Is Russia’s Gun Shooting Space Robot A Sign Of The Rise Of The Machines?

Marble’s Delivery Robots Started Delivering Food On The Streets Of SF

If you are in and around San Francisco, specifically Mission and Potrero Hill districts, chances are, you have seen a little box on wheel prying the area fulfilling food delivery ordered via Yelp Eat 24. This fairly unassuming robot is the handiwork of SF-based startup, Marble. Powered by NVIDIA Jetson TX1 AI supercomputers, these autonomous ground-delivery robots use a combination of AI and computer vision to find their way to their destinations while avoiding obstacles like humans, cars, pets, trash cans, et cetera. Continue reading Marble’s Delivery Robots Started Delivering Food On The Streets Of SF

Robots In China Sorting 20K Packages An Hour Is A Sight To Behold

Amazon is not alone when it comes to replacing humans with robots in sorting out packages. China’s delivery giant STO Express also has its own robot-aided sorting system at its Xuzhou sorting center where it uses numerous vacuum bot-like self-charging robots to drop individual packages into the respective chutes destined for delivery. According to the person-in-charge, the 20,000 square meter facility is capable of sorting between 18,000 and 20,000 in an hour with minimal human intervention. Thanks to this system, STO Express has saved itself 70 percent on costs over human workers who will not be able to work tirelessly 24/7 in the first place. Continue reading Robots In China Sorting 20K Packages An Hour Is A Sight To Behold

Robotic Octopus Tentacle Is Awesome, But It Is Also Creepy As Hell

In this episode of Manmade Nightmares*, we witness a robotic octopus tentacle showing off its life-like dexterity, complete with a hissing soundtrack, that guarantees to induce nightmare in some of us. Developed by robotic company Festo, who is also behind a ton of biomimicry projects (like the bionic kangaroo and the robotic seagull), the aptly named OctopusGripper demonstrated its ability hold of things on its soft, lack of hard structure tentacle. It is pneumatically controlled, affording the tentacle the ability to flex and grab on to objects like a real octopus would. Continue reading Robotic Octopus Tentacle Is Awesome, But It Is Also Creepy As Hell

Fast Food Workers, Flippy Patty Flipping Robot Is Here To Take Your Job

If you think your job as a patty-flipping worker at your local fast food joint is secure? Think again. Just when you thought burger patty flipping requires the acumen of a human, Miso Robotics show you that its robot, aptly named Flippy, can do just the same and probably, excel in it, because, computer. Flippy is equipped with the dexterity to flip patty and it has cameras which serve as its ‘eyes’ to know the exact location of the individual patties at any given time. Continue reading Fast Food Workers, Flippy Patty Flipping Robot Is Here To Take Your Job

Official Footage Of Boston Dynamics’ New Wheeled Biped Robot, Handle

Last month, we saw the supposed leaked video of the newest Boston Dynamics’ robot, Handle, and today, we are treated to an official footage and a little technical bits of this nightmare-inducing robot. That said, we shan’t repeat ourselves; instead we will fill you in with some of the ‘missing details’, including some technicalities. Actually, there’s really not a lot of information to go round, but one thing for sure, Handle is a lot less scarier than we first thought. Granted, it can move pretty quickly, but ‘only’ at up to 9 miles an hour (14.5 km/h!), which happens to be around the person’s average running speed (not sustained though). So, if you run like Usain Bolt, you are safe. Continue reading Official Footage Of Boston Dynamics’ New Wheeled Biped Robot, Handle

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

‘Leaked’ Boston Dynamics Video Shows New Nightmare-certified Robot

In an unspecified presentation recently, Boston Dynamics presented the various robots they had in their arsenal. Among the familiar robots like the robotic dog SpotMini, was something new to us. A robotic creation that we have never seen before. This never-been-seen robot, named Handle, was showed in an apparent ‘leaked’ video which appears to be a video recording of the said presentation (an internal thing, I guess?). We investigated a little, hitting up both Boston Dynamics’ website and YouTube channel, but we find no information on this new robot. Continue reading ‘Leaked’ Boston Dynamics Video Shows New Nightmare-certified Robot

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