Posts in Robotics

No, no “Eugene” did NOT pass the Turing test

// June 9th, 2014 // No Comments » // Robotics

I hate to steal anyone’s thunder but I’m afraid Eugene did not pass the “Turing test”, the test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior. Media outlets are reporting that “Eugene”, an AI created by a team based in Russia, has passed a Turing test organized by the University of Reading, by duping one […]

Cool robotic clock writes time with pen, erases, starts again

// February 20th, 2014 // No Comments » // Robotics

Designed by Thingiverse member Johannes from Nuremburg, Germany and created using 3D printed parts, the Plotclock writes the time, in hours and minutes, on a white board using a dry-erase pen, before erasing it and starting again.

Future war horror – WildCat four-legged robot turned loose to run untethered at 16 MPH

// October 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Robotics

We got news for you – this is what will be chasing us during the apocalypse. WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so […]

Meet Compressorhead – all-robotic band is the heaviest heavy metal band on the planet

// April 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Robotics

Meet Compressorhead, the heaviest heavy metal band on the planet. At a combined weight of nearly six tons and hailing all they way from Germany, members Stickboy, Fingers, and Bones crank out some the gnarliest hard rock music on Earth – and their unique anatomy is key to their phenomenal musical abilities. Stickboy, the band’s […]

Two-ton Mantis hexapod robot machine powered by 2.2L diesel engine

// April 1st, 2013 // No Comments » // Robotics

Meet the Mantis, a two-ton all-terrain hexapod built by Matt Denton of Micromagic Systems. Looking like something out of a Sci-Fi horror movie, the robotic machine is powered by a Perkins 2.2L Turbo Diesel engine and can be operated with onboard controls or via a remote Wi-Fi controller. It’s onboard controller is a Linux-based PC […]

DARPA’s LS3 AlphaDog robot receives upgrade – responds to voice commands [VIDEO]

// December 20th, 2012 // No Comments » // Robotics

The LS3 AlphaDog military robot, created by DARPA, is quickly closing in on its goal to become a mule for soldiers. Designed to carry soldier’s military gear weighing 400 pounds or more, AlphaDog can cover 20 miles in less than 24 hours. Its latest upgrade was demonstrated by DARPA and showed AlphaDog responding to voice […]

Paralyzed woman can now feed herself using mind-controlled robotic arm

// December 17th, 2012 // No Comments » // Robotics

The most advanced brain-computer interface for operating a robotic arm has given a woman paralyzed from the waist down a new lease on life. Researchers implanted two chips into the woman’s motor cortex, the part of the brain responsible for body movements. Each chip is connected to 96 electrodes that are wired through the woman’s […]

Man or machine? Freaky robot attempts to mimic human body with 160 robo-muscles

// December 13th, 2012 // No Comments » // Robotics

The Kenshiro robot, an ongoing project at the University of Tokyo, aims to simulate a person right down the muscles and bones and so far, they seem to be getting pretty close. The robot intends to imitate the human body’s musculature using over 160 cables and motors. There are 76 in the torso, 22 in […]

Using new motor design, MIT develops tiny reconfigurable, shape-shifting robot the size of a caterpillar

// December 2nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Robotics

MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms has created a tiny reconfigurable, shape-shifting robot, named Milli-Motein, that can fold itself into a number of different shapes. They call it the “Swiss Army knife of the robotics world”. Once it has changed its shape, the power can be shut off and a newly designed locking motor will […]

Disney robot developed that can catch and throw a ball [VIDEO]

// November 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Robotics

The kings of animatronics have moved into the next realm. Robotics experts at Disney’s lab in Pittsburgh have created a humanoid robot that can play a game of catch with a human. The robot finds the thrown ball in mid air, tracks its, and then catches it before lobbing it back (gently) to the thrower. […]

Ready to rumble! Eight-foot tall humanoid robots set to cage fight to death on SyFy’s new Robot Combat League

// November 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Robotics

Get ready to rumble! According to Entertainment Weekly, the Syfy channel has greenlit and shot the first season of a new show where eight-foot tall, 1,000 pound state-of-the-art humanoid robots will battle each other in a boxing cage until one of the robots is defeated. The new series, called Robot Combat League will feature huge […]

Toshiba four-legged robot to explore radioactive Fukushima nuclear reactor [VIDEO]

// November 22nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Robotics

Toshiba revealed an early version of their new four-legged rescue and recovery robot yesterday. The “tetrapod” robot will carry out investigative and recovery work in locations that are too risky for people to enter such as Tokyo Electric Power Plant Fukushima No.1 Nuclear power plant. The multiple joints of its legs are controlled by a […]

Researchers develop robot that can be controlled using thoughts alone [VIDEO]

// November 14th, 2012 // No Comments » // Robotics

Researchers at the CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory (a collaboration between France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) are developing software that allows a person to control a robot with their thoughts alone. The operator wears a electroencephalography (EEG) cap outfitted with electrodes that read the […]

Stingray robot allows U.S. Navy to safely board pirate ships “ladder of death” without risk

// November 6th, 2012 // No Comments » // Robotics

VBSS (Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure) teams are required to board pirate ships, ships suspected of smuggling or piracy. The 8-man team approaches the ship in a small boat. If the ship refuses to allow entry, the US Navy must use grappling hooks and rope ladders to enter the vessel – an extremely dangerous moment […]

Creepy, glowing, Terminator-like DARPA robot maneuvers around, over, and by challenging obstacles [VIDEO]

// October 25th, 2012 // No Comments » // Robotics

The guys at DARPA just keep building creepier, but cooler, robots (just imagine this thing coming at you on a battlefield). This eerie glowing, Terminator-like beast climbs steep steps to a platform then jumps off landing gracefully (but loudly) on its feet. It then maneuvers over a thin ledge using its arms to brace itself […]

Macgyver robot programmed to use whatever it has on hand to get the job done

// October 12th, 2012 // No Comments » // Robotics

The Macgyver bot is designed to go into a disaster are and use whatever is lying around as tools to get the job done. Developed by researchers at Georgia Tech, the Macgyver bot will be preprogrammed with algorithms and logic sequences which will allow it to assess a situation, and the environment it occurs in, […]