Cockroaches are one of the yuckiest, grossest things city dwellers have to deal with, but what if you could control their movements by sending them tweets from your smartphone? That would make it all better, right?
Although we have yet to perfect an artificial intelligence that can solidly pass the Turing Test, developers are nevertheless endeavoring to create humanoid robots that can mimic our physical attributes. A team from Switzerland aims to take this humanoid robot trend in an interesting new direction by creating a realistic robot boy.
Spiders, especially the big ones, can be creepy, right? But what if there was such a thing as a giant, flying spider? Now what if that giant, flying spider had the intelligence of say, a low-level robot? That would be a nightmare, right? Well, friends, some nightmares come true. Introducing, the Hexapod Quadcopter.
We've heard about Foxconn's legion of robots scheduled to take over for the company's human work force, and we know that robots are already working in many factories in the U.S. But bringing this kind of automation to the masses by making it simple to use and affordable has been elusive, until now.
For those of us who celebrate Christmas, the distinctly non-techie icons of the season have stood the test of time despite the forward march of digital culture. However, one inventive designer came up with a way to merge science fiction aesthetics with the upcoming holiday, resulting in one bad-ass Santa Claus.
Constructing machine and car prototypes designed for simulations and testing can save money and lives. But if we could create anatomically correct mechanical versions of our own bodies with the same testing and simulations in mind it could revolutionize how we design our entire world.
If you walked into a Disneyland building and saw flying dragon, you'd probably assume that some wirework and robotics were responsible. But if you then stepped outside, looked up at the night sky and saw a flying, fire-breathing dragon, then you might start worrying.
Kenji Ishida is the brains behind this incredible transforming robot. Brave Robotics released an earlier version back in June that shape-shifted from car to humanoid mode in about 14 seconds. Now, the Japanese company is back with some updates that you don't want to miss.
About one year ago, our very own Eileen Marable wrote about a quartet of robots, Wave Gliders, that were attempting to cross the Pacific Ocean. One pair was headed to Japan, and the other was looking to vacation in Australia. Of the four, one finally reached its destination. Papa Mau made it to Australia.
The dream (or is it a nightmare?) of many robotics fans is encountering a robot that can not only walk, but fly as well, making it unstoppable. Although it's nothing close to the walking and flying Gundam robots of Japanese anime, a new robot has indeed achieved the goal of ground and aerial locomotion.