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Festo BionicFlyingFox Flies And Looks Like The Real Thing

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

Forget About Wallpapers, This Robot Will Draw Straight On The Wall!

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!

Scientists Want To Assimilate With Marine Fishes Using This Robotic Fish

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

Jeff Bezos Tweeted A Picture Of Himself Walking A Robotic Dog

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, tweeted an image of him walking a robotic dog with a comment “taking my new dog for a walk at the MARS2018 conference.” If you don’t already know, the robot dog is the same famous nightmare-inducing, robotic canine, SpotMini, that has been seen opening door to let itself out. Bezos was out at Palm Springs, California, attending an invitation-only event on Machine learning, home Automation, Robotics and Space exploration (and hence, the acronym MARS), an annual event organized by, you guessed it, Amazon. Continue reading Jeff Bezos Tweeted A Picture Of Himself Walking A Robotic Dog

Meet Petoi, A Life-like DIY Robotic Cat Designed For STEM Education

Aspiring roboticist, Physics PhD holder and university lecturer Rongzhong Li has designed and built a robotic cat he affectionately called Petoi. This is one man endeavor with no proper workshop or even garage which is why it deserves our admiration. More so when you know how capable this robotic feline friend is. The goal is to develop programmable, highly maneuverable and affordable quadruped robots suitable for STEM education. Petoi not mimics a feline traits, such as purring when pet and meows, it is totally capable of reacting to its environment. Continue reading Meet Petoi, A Life-like DIY Robotic Cat Designed For STEM Education

Furrion Prosthesis Exo-bionic Mech Shows MegaBots How Mech Is Done

Being a sucker for all-thing mecha, it is only natural that I got all dizzy about the world’s first mech robot battle, but as thrilled as I was, those mecha, be it MegaBots or Kurata, are short of being “real mecha” because, rightly, mecha should pound the ground, not rolls on tracks or wheels. A mecha should be like Hankook Mirae Technology’s Method-2, or China’s giant monkey robot. In other words, they should have lower limbs. Not all hopes are lost, though. The world of giant-ass robots is progressing, starting with the aforementioned and now, we heard, there is another and it is called Furrion Prosthesis Exo-bionic Racing Mech. Continue reading Furrion Prosthesis Exo-bionic Mech Shows MegaBots How Mech Is Done

Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robotic Dog Now Knows How To Open Doors

Just when we thought Boston Dynamics had made SpotMini robotic dog a little less creepy, the team gave its hand back and enabled it with the ability to open doors. Wait, what? Yes. Dear little SpotMini now can let itself out, or in, and that’s kind of creepy. If you think it is not creepy, well, you’d be right, it is not. I mean, the robotic company’s biped robot Atlas already did that, didn’t it? However, what makes this demonstration amazing and at the same time, goosebumps inducing was, the robotic dogs actually collaborated. And the door is one equipped with a closer. Continue reading Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robotic Dog Now Knows How To Open Doors

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

Recap: Sony New Aibo Robot Dog And Other Sony Gizmos At CES In Pictures

There was a lot going for Sony at this year’s CES which concluded last week. Among the gizmos Sony brought along with it to Vegas were a drool worthy, tech-loaded 4K HDR TV, an Ultra Short Throw projector/entertainment console, and the “world’s first” Dolby Atmos soundbar – just to pick out a few. Also debuted outside of Japan was the company’s new Aibo robot dog, along with another “world’s first,” a Dolby Vision-capable 4K UHD Blu-ray player, a 7.2ch Dolby Atmos 4K HDR AV receiver, as well as a new Camera Control Box to enable multi-camera setup for Sony RX0 action cam. Instead of burdening you with words, here are some images, courtesy of Sony, to recap what the Japanese electronic giant has to offer at this year, at Las Vegas. So here goes… Continue reading Recap: Sony New Aibo Robot Dog And Other Sony Gizmos At CES In Pictures

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