Self Playing Robot Band

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 Kinda takes the emotion out of the music…

The technical and music worlds were taken by surprise when they heard about the robotic band from New Zealand a few months ago. The Trons consist of robots that are programmed to make and perform music. They were built using recycled and salvaged material. These humanoid robots are electrically powered and make use of computer parts and electronic circuits to make music.

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Walking Head Robot

Walking Head Robot 

Spielberg will be mighty pleased with an effort that would remind him of his very own “War of the worlds”. Only, this time around, the subject is a robotic manifestation and no visitor from outer space. With a warning board that screams “might scare the living hell out of children, parental discretion mandatory”, there is little you need to do to endorse the obnoxiousness of the weird looking Walking Head Robot.

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The U-Man Robot Learns to Use Tools

The U-Man Robot Learns to Use Tools

 

By shoving objects around on a table, UMan figures out how they work.

To assist humans around the house, robots will need to be able to deal with the unfamiliar. But while researchers can preprogram robots to do increasingly sophisticated tasks, they face a much bigger challenge in teaching them to adapt to unstructured environments. A robot developed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, however, is able to learn to use objects that it has never encountered before.

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To Boldly Bike Where No Man Has Biked Before

 To Boldly Bike Where No Man Has Biked Before

Clearly 007 had to be watching in the background

Designed by a team at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire this ultimate boy toy can climb a 407mm vertical wall, go down a 40 per cent side slope and operate in up to 610mm of water. You can use it to drive over obstacles, cross rivers and do all the things you wouldn’t want to do while in the car yourself. (Video)
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Chembots – A New Kind of Formable, Squishy Robot

Chembots - A New Kind of Formable, Squishy Robot

ChemBots are “soft, flexible, mobile objects that can identify and maneuver
through openings smaller than their static structural dimensions”

Soft and squishy chemical robots will one day squeeze through tight spots then expand to 10 times larger, offering an advantage over rigid robots. Once a mission is complete, a chembot would biodegrade.

The chembots could get into a building through a crack, for example. They could explore a cave or crevice and dismantle an explosive. Or they might climb ropes, wires or trees. Another tiny idea: One chembot could pack a smaller chembot into a situation, then release it for even more minute explorations.

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Helicopter Robots Collaborate To Work Together

Helicopter Robots Collaborate To Work Together 

For the first time, the Laboratory for Autonomous Flying Robots (awesome, I know) at the Berlin Institute of Technology has used three autonomous helicopters to transport a load together, cooperating without any human intervention. It’s a big step forward for collaborative robots, which many experts believe is the wave of the future.

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