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USC-developed 4-Winged Robotic Insect Flies With Innovative Actuators

This is a super tiny four-winged robotic insect called Bee+ (right in the photo above) developed by University of Southern California (USC) School of Engineering’s Autonomous Microrobotic Systems Laboratory (AMSL). It is a testament of the technological advancement and also an engineering marvel. But not to worry. You won’t find one of these spying on you any time soon. Continue reading USC-developed 4-Winged Robotic Insect Flies With Innovative Actuators

UBTech Iron Man Robotic Toy Lets Your Play Out Your Superhero Fantasy

UBTech, the company that’s in the business of making commercial as well as toy robots, has a new addition to its family of robotic toys. You may remember UBTech for the strangely adorable Stormtrooper robot which, btw, is discounted heavily right down at just $140 a pop (that was originally $229.99). Anyways, the new addition is an officially licensed Marvel superhero, Iron Man, which couldn’t be more fitting to the high-tech nature of the character. Continue reading UBTech Iron Man Robotic Toy Lets Your Play Out Your Superhero Fantasy

MIT CSAIL’s RoCycle Recycling Robot Identifies Recyclables By Touch

This is a single stream recycling robot, RoCycle, developed by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). RoCycle is able to differentiate if an object is paper, metal, or plastic. Machines that are able to identify a specific material is not new. I have personally seen one in action in an expo in Atlanta almost twenty years ago, but that optical sensing machine could only sort out PET bottles from non-PET bottles. Another age-old machine is the electrically powered magnet that is use to pick out ferrous metals (usually in the early stage of sorting). Continue reading MIT CSAIL’s RoCycle Recycling Robot Identifies Recyclables By Touch

Russian TV’s Humanoid News Anchor Is Far From Replacing Humans

While China state-owned Xinhua News Agency is using virtual news anchors, Russia-24 ‘employs’ a droopy eyed humanoid robot TV news anchor named Alex to read the news. And the result? Well, lets just say that was far less eye-pleasing. The robot that the state-owned TV used was developed by a Russian startup Promobot Labs that you may remember as the company behind the infamous runaway robot two years ago. Continue reading Russian TV’s Humanoid News Anchor Is Far From Replacing Humans

Watch A Pack Of Boston Dynamics’ Robo-Dogs Haul A Truck

In an ultimate display of robo-power and possibly, a teaser of what a dystopia robo-apocalypse would look like, Boston Dynamics uploaded a video of a pack of SpotMinis hauling a truck across the company’s parking lot. And mind you, though, the truck wasn’t a pickup truck; it was a full-sized truck. Obviously, the truck’s transmission had to be in neutral for it to be pulled by external forces, but clearly it is still a feat, nonetheless. Continue reading Watch A Pack Of Boston Dynamics’ Robo-Dogs Haul A Truck

Wedding Photographers’ Job Isn’t Safe Too Because, Photography Robot

When we talk about robot apocalypse, it is probably not about SkyNet trying to lord over us. Most likely it will be robots taking our jobs. There are already a number of examples, including construction robot, burger making robot, supermarket stock checkers (like this and this), robot stuntman, robot Table Tennis coach and various kinds of security robots – just to name a few. The rate of robots taking over traditional jobs borderline phenomenal and it looks like even photographers, wedding photographers included, are not spared from this inevitable development. Continue reading Wedding Photographers’ Job Isn’t Safe Too Because, Photography Robot

Sony Brought A Surreal Robotic Experience To Milan Design Week

I am not going lie. When I first saw this news release from Sony, I don’t know what to make of it. As I read more and watched the trailer of this so-called Affinity in Autonomy exhibition currently happening at the Milan Design Week 2019, it become apparent that this is exactly as the post title: a surreal robotic experience. Continue reading Sony Brought A Surreal Robotic Experience To Milan Design Week

Boston Dynamics Handle Evolved Into An Ostrich-like Logistic Robot

Like a creepy robot apocalypse film, Boston Dynamics Handle Robot from two years ago has evolved (thankfully, not on its own!). In the original, it was a biped on wheels and had a pair of arms, but now, it has been reimagined into a strange-looking animal-like robot that retains the biped with two wheels configuration, but it now lower limbs with backward-bending knees like the so many hideous monsters depicted in sci-fi horror movies had. Continue reading Boston Dynamics Handle Evolved Into An Ostrich-like Logistic Robot

First It Was A Biped, Now A Quadruped Robot Can Pull Off Backflips Too

Here’s a video of a four-legged robot called Mini Cheetah developed by Biomimetic Robotics Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) doing backflips – a skill yet to be accomplished by any fellow quadruped robot. Cool, right. Well, for now, it is sure fun to see them performing circus act. Just wait till they get enough artificial intelligence and it will be their turn us do the same – at photo-gun-point. Here’s to hoping that won’t happen. Continue reading First It Was A Biped, Now A Quadruped Robot Can Pull Off Backflips Too

Is Festo BionicSoftArm Robotic Arm The Beginning Of Humanoid?

Movies often portrayed robot apocalypse with robots that were as sophisticated as humans with respect to agility and dexterity. The truth is, we do not have worry about such “robot apocalypse” because, it takes a lot more than bolts and nuts, and circuit boards to make a robot as capable as humans. But we can’t say for sure if Germany’s automation company, Festo, keep making progress like this. What you see here is Festo BionicSoftArm, a robotic arm that uses compressed air (AKA pneumatic) to serve as its “muscles,” allowing it pick up a variety of objects and shapes without crushing it. And because it is soft, it won’t pose any danger to its fellow human workers. Continue reading Is Festo BionicSoftArm Robotic Arm The Beginning Of Humanoid?