As part of the Electrolux Design Lab competition, industrial design student Chan Yeop Jeong submitted a concept idea for Pecera, a washing machine that washes clothes without detergent. Instead, taking a cue from the popular Dr Fish feet treatment — which has little Garra Rufa fish nibbling at the dead skin cells of feet — […]
Meet hitchBOT, a Wikipedia-reading robot that plans to hitchhike across Canada. As part of a social robotics experiment, Frauke Zeller, a roboticist at Ryerson University in Canada, expects hitchBOT to rely solely on human kindness while it makes its way from Halifax to Victoria. “Usually, we are concerned whether we can trust robots, e.g. as […]
On June 25, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Japan will launch an exhibition of amazingly lifelike androids entitled ‘Androids: What makes us human?’.
C.A.R.L. is a series by London-based photographer David Ryle about a sad and lonely robot traveling all by his lonesome throughout England. The beautiful, silver mech was created by artist Gemma Fletcher and Studio Boo. The series of photos show C.A.R.L. wandering streets and fields, doing human stuff like: reflecting deeply, getting lost in thought, […]
This South Korean robot was created by SK Telecom to takeover parental duties. Almost. Programmed with songs, games and other interactive programs, Atti is controlled by a magic wand and might just help your kids learn faster than any parent can. SK Telecom Project Manager Shin So-young says research has shown children see robots as […]
Having your own minions is now a reality. Except these minions aren’t cute or yellow. Instead, they have six legs, wings, antennae, and go “crunch” when you accidentally step on them. You can now buy RoboRoach, the first cyborg to be commercially available to the public at $99.99. Developed by Backyard Brains, owners of this […]
A talking teddy? Don’t know about you, but haven’t we seen this in Seth MacFarlane’s film, Ted? True, you can get one of these Ted soft toys to deliver ready punchlines like ‘I wuv you’, but the Supertoy teddy, which is now appealing for funds on Kickstarter, actually lets you have a conversation with it.
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.