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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Scandinavian Scientists Designing Robotic Snakes

Scandinavian Scientists Designing Robotic Snakes

Not exactly a cuddly robot

The Sintef Group, a research company based in Trondheim, Norway, announced that it’s designing a robot based on snakes.

The 1.5-meter long robots, which are made of aluminum, are being designed to inspect and clean complicated industrial pipe systems that are typically narrow and inaccessible to humans. The intelligent robots have multiple joints to enable them to twist vertically and climb up through pipe systems to locate leaks in water systems, inspect oil and gas pipelines and clean ventilation systems.

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Artist/Roboticist Teaching Neural-Net Bots to Love (and Dance to) Punk Music

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All The Cool Robots Are Wearing Black These Days

Artist Fiddian Warman built some robots controlled by a neural network. Neural networks can learn, so he’s been playing them classic punk records in an attempt to turn them into robotic versions of his younger self. The robots are 2 metres tall and have the ability to pogo.

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