You can design a robot that can go just about anywhere, but making one that can climb sheer vertical walls is quite a trick. This robot took its inspiration from the gecko, using something called the Van der Waals force to provide perfect adhesion to any solid surface even when going straight up vertically.
Most robots can get around pretty well as long as your floor is flat and smooth, but they're pretty useless in a demolished building full of rubble. Spiders seem to be able to go anywhere, so this robot uses its spider like form to go places where other robots can't reach.
The words "cute" and "spybot" are not synonymous, but if you're talking about Rotundus' GroundBot, a mud, sand, snow and water treading, R/C-controlled, 3D-photo-shooting machine, then you're using the the right textual units.
Angry Birds is a fun but kind of brain dead way to kill some time when you're stuck somewhere, so I'm not sure why you would want a robot to take away the joy of playing this first-class time waster.
Those scientific geniuses over at Boston Dynamics are at it again with their crazy quadruped robots, and this time it's better than ever. The new "AlphaDog" 'bot can carry 400 pounds for 20 miles over 24 hours without keeling over and robo-dying. Take that, real dogs!
Panasonic's tiny Evolta robot is now fully recovered from its grueling drive in the Le Mans 24 hour race, and will now take on an even tougher challenge, completing a 140 mile long triathlon.
BASE jumping is one of the most exciting sports around, but it's also one of the most dangerous. This BASE jumping robot called Paraswift can climb walls and jump off all by itself, saving you from potential injury, but where's the fun in that?
Meet "El Pulpo Mecanico" — a steampunk octopus that breathes fire out of its tentacles. It's also a creation built for Burning Man 2011 — a smorgasbord festival "pop-up city" in Nevada's Black Rock Desert that attracts tens of thousands of gatherers to create a community for one week.
The legions of well-heeled Japanese elderly aren't the only ones looking for a little extra robotic help in their old age, it seems the French are thinking along the same lines. And, surprisingly, their KOMPAI robot may actually be a bit ahead of the game.
Here at DVICE we love robots…and we love roller coasters. Fortunately for us, someone has gone and combined the two. Yes, that's right: a "robocoaster". Check out the video below for some footage of a man testing out this robot/roller coaster hybrid.