Tag Archives: Robotic Development

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

Japanese Robot Dog Detects Smelly Feet, Faints If The Smell Is Unbearable

Smelly feet is a problem that plague modern day homo sapiens. It is a personal hygiene issue which people prefer not to talk about because, nobody knows how to politely do so and even if you do brave the wrath of the smelly feet person and go point blank about it, what can he or she possibly do? Nothing, but that’s before Hana-chan came along. Developed by Japanese company, Next Technology, Hana-chan is a cute, tiny robotic fido is designed to detect unpleasant odor from a person’s feet. An odor detection sensor, aptly located at the canine’s nose, sniffs out smelly feet. Continue reading Japanese Robot Dog Detects Smelly Feet, Faints If The Smell Is Unbearable

Z-Arm Robotic Arm Is The Closest You’d Get To Tony Stark’s JARVIS

Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man is a fictional character who had many green with envy because he has JARVIS, the sophisticated AI that controls a series of robotic arms that can do pretty much anything. The Hitbot Z-Arm you see here is not that, though, but it is possibly the closest you can get to a JARVIS-like robotic arm right in your humble abode. This desktop-bound Z-Arm does not have JARVIS level of dexterity, but it is nearly as versatile. With a switch of the arm’s tool head, it can be a laser cutter, 3D printer, soldering device, and even work with a handful of Z-Arms to form a part assembly line. But it is not without caveat. Continue reading Z-Arm Robotic Arm Is The Closest You’d Get To Tony Stark’s JARVIS

China’s Giant Monkey Robot Wants To Take On America’s MegaBot

Competitions between countries have officially progressed into the future. As you may have heard, it is confirmed that American’s MegaBot (now Mark III) will go head-to-head with Japan’s very own Kurata mech this month which, to date, we have yet to hear anything about the firm date and venue. Anyways, the folks in China is not going to stand by and watch the fun that is about to happen between the U.S. and Japan. It want some of it too and it was with this desire that inspired some Chinese inventors, collectively called Great Metal and lead by Chinese artist Shiqian Sun, to develop a giant monkey robot named after the Chinese mythical Monkey King. Continue reading China’s Giant Monkey Robot Wants To Take On America’s MegaBot

HEXA Six-legged Spider-like Robot Wants Everyone To Be A Roboticist

This is HEXA, an arachnid-like programmable robot that leverages on six limbs to achieve what its creator claims to possess high maneuverability. HEXA is not a spider; it is two legs short of being a spider, but as far as the demo goes, it is just as maneuverable, if not more maneuverable, than a four-legged robotic spider. HEXA is the brainchild of Beijing-based Vincross who has developed it with mass consumer market in mind. Vincross believes that robots are the next big platform, but due to it (the robots) being inaccessible to the general consumers, be it due to price, the complexity or too simplistic, it has not grown in the consumers as it should have. Continue reading HEXA Six-legged Spider-like Robot Wants Everyone To Be A Roboticist