The Navy must really like their spy jellyfish. We knew they were exploring jello territory last year with a team from Virginia Tech, and this year, with the five-year grant from the Office of Naval Research, it looks like RoboJelly has a new name as well: Cyro. It has also ballooned from a palm-sized prototype [...]
The Japanese come up with the coolest gadgets. So what if they’re more cute than they are functional? This little Roomba-like device is a cleaning robot for your smartphone or tablet screen. The adorable robot cleans a smartphone screen in 4 minutes and a tablet screen in 8, powering down with a cute little noise [...]
Shippo, which means ‘tail’ in Japanese, is a mechanic tail controlled by brain waves which literally interacts with your mood. This gadget captures your brain waves, and interprets the signals into waving patterns. Shippo wags ‘soft and slow’ when the person is relaxed, and ‘hard and fast’ when the person is concerned.
Romo is the first smartphone robot for everyone. It combines your smartphone with a super cool robotic base. Romo smiles at you, he sees you, delivers coffee, and has a great personality, among other many things. A pet, a toy, or a robotic avatar? He’s all in one. So cute, I want one. Now!
So you have an awesome MP3 collection. Who cares if no one’s dancing to it. Well, with Shimi, you have a dancing buddy no matter what tune is spinning. This is ‘a real robot with artificial intelligence that analyzes music it plays through his speaker-ears and generates real-time unique dance moves to bring the music [...]
Chef Cui is a noodle-slicing robot developed to take on the arduous task of slicing noodles in restaurants. The robots work on same principle as windscreen wipers as they slice the noodles with a swift up and down movement. They also light up for no functional reason. It is just me, or is anyone else [...]
Say hello to the robot. It’s a butt called Shiri. If you slap it or caress it, it will express ‘various emotions with organic movement of the artificial muscles’. Enough said.
Norwegian engineer Kåre Halvorsen has built the MorpHex, a sphere robot that rolls around and plays ball like any other ball, but also opens up to execute moves that out-nimble, well, me. All in all, very awesome.
The Visitants is a new series of illustrations depicting robot visitors to our planet. The Visitants are lino prints on vintage encyclopedia pages from 1972, with pencil over the top. Each is unique: one page, one cut, one print, one chance to get it right.
Robot and the Cities that Build Him isn’t a complicated game. In fact, the ability to use a mouse is about all the skill the game requires. That’s exactly what makes it such a time vortex. You are a giant robot that is seeking revenge on humanity. The lasers from your eyes shoot automatically, so [...]