Engineers at the University of Waterloo have developed a tiny, untethered robot that could potentially revolutionize surgery. The robot takes inspiration from the gripping ability of geckos and the efficient locomotion of inchworms.
Scientists at Leiden University in the Netherlands have created a 3D-printed version of Star Trek’s USS Voyager spaceship that measures a ultra-tiny 15 um (micrometers) long. The USS Voyager spaceship is so tiny, it can only be viewed through a microscope!
Atlas is a humanoid robot made by Boston Dynamics (the makers of the ever-popular BigDog military robot). Atlas can walk on two legs and use its “arms” to lift, carry, and climb (and maybe one day, fight back against robot bullies). Atlas is even sophisticated enough to adjust and navigate through tight, cluttered places.
Regular visitors to Geek Slop’s Mad Scientist Lab know Geek Slop loves robots. In fact, he’s pretty much fanatical about Boston Robotics’ four-legged dog robots (fanatical enough that some of us are beginning to worry). Check out the public service announcement call-to-action to stop the abuse of robot dogs.
Wow, I never knew… Educational, emotional, and funny at the same time.
When a legendary technology expert speaks out, maybe we should listen more carefully. Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, co-founder of PayPal, and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, continues to warn the masses that artificial intelligence holds a dark potential – the malicious capability of AI to overthrow mankind.
When the robot invasion starts (when robots take over the world and enslave the human race), proper robot self-defense is going to be difficult – especially now that we find out we can’t throw rocks, furniture, or small children at them while we flee. You see, this amazing robot can catch anything you throw at…
ASIMO is a remarkable humanoid robot built by Honda that looks a bit like a kid in a spacesuit. He is often shown off at trade shows in order to convince people that robots will not revolt and take over the world. So far, ASIMO can run (meaning he can chase you down!), climb stairs…
No replacement for a lost body part is going to be as good as the original (at least not yet), but in special cases, such as with professional drummer Jason Barnes, scientists can come pretty close.
In simple terms, a robot is a mechanical device that is intended to do the work a human would normally do. Robots can be as simple as a mechanical arm that helps assemble cars in a car assembly plant, or as complicated as a two-legged mechanical robot that looks very much like a real person.…