Starting this month, the Tate museum in London is allowing the public to go through the museum’s collection after-dark, all while using self-controlled robots. Four robots have been designed for these museum adventures and can be controlled by people all over the world through a web portal.
The Hanwha Eagles, a South Korean professional baseball team, became famous recently not so much for their wins but because they filled three rows of a stadium with robots they named Fanbots. Their fans can request for their faces to be projected on each Fanbot’s facial screen and their messages sent via SMS can be projected in real time by the LED placards held by these robots.
How do you feel about eating in a restaurant with dishes cooked and served by robots? Step inside The Robot Restaurant in China’s Heilongjiang Province and you’ll see. At the start, a human hand is required to press the button that releases the prepared ingredients which correspond to the dish that has been ordered. One of the four robotic chefs will then take over the cooking, be it steamed or stir fry.
Who would have thought we’d live to see the day when someone would actually build an Arduino-powered robot arm and make it affordable and accessible to the masses — like us? We’ll be damned. The uArm, which is made out of laser-cut acrylic and wood parts, can be customized using Arduino to become a remote-controlled […]
You’ve tried and failed to produce handwritten-looking font on your home computer to fast track the annual activity of Christmas carding. But now you can forget about all that worry (and hand cramping) and install an app on your iPhone, which sends handwritten greeting cards on your behalf, via a fancy writing robot! This genius […]
This one robot is out to top all other robots. Not only will he pour you a beer, but the little guy tries to anticipate if you’re about to move your glass so the beer doesn’t end up soaking your jeans. Thanks to the brains at Cornell’s Personal Robotics Lab, the robot has been primed to […]
The cuddly little Japanese robot is called Yotaro. He giggles, sneezes, and smiles endearingly. This little guy might be just what reluctant Japanese couples need to push them over the edge and make them want to raise a child of their own.
Eric Joyner’s artwork is such a sweet mix of vintage sci-fi robots, Americana and luscious oil paint that you’re likely to slip into a diabetic coma at some point. All I can say is that until your inevitable insulin shot is due, just enjoy the fun.
Are household pests good for anything except for annoying and scaring the hell out of us? Probably. I just recently found out about the fascinating work of UK designer James Auger from the Royal College of Art who worked with Jimmy Loizeau to build predatory devices that trap and feed on flies and mice to […]
According to the 1980s, Xanadu is what houses looked like in 2001. That would’ve meant tearing down our houses fifteen years later in favour of giant hollow Polyurethane structures shaped like giant robots. I wish! In reality, our lame society pretty much stuck to the same old formula leaving ol’ Xanadu to be enjoyed only […]
Suidobashi Heavy Industry have released the first giant boarding robot, dubbed KRATAS. It’s a 13 foot tall mechanized robot with rocket launchers for shoulder pads and machine guns embedded into its arms. You can even built your own custom KRATAS. It will only cost you $1.4 million.
A new eatery in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district mixes sushi and robots for a unique experience. Ten billion yen ($127 million) to build, Robot Restaurant features LED encrusted tanks, cabaret girls and gigantic fembots steered with joystsicks. For a steep 3.000 yen ($37) admission, you can be served by a Valkyrie ‘robot’ straight out of the game Soul Calibur and enjoy an hour-long caberet of, well, you name it – Japanese taiko drumming, kimono wearing faux-geishas singing japanese folk songs, a vinyl-clad marching band, and young girls dancing in army motif swimsuits. Think Chuck E Cheese with sexbots and sushi – you get the idea.
Three robots named Hubert C Botman, Thadeus B Botman, and Nova P Botman have been sent on a mission. To travel around the world and discover what defines being human. Following their caretakers everywhere they go, documenting their travels and interactions. Zoetic Labs is the main hub of their activity, but each Bot also has […]
These assemble-yourself cardboard robots, that you or your kids can paint to look however you want, look so fun. They come in either a 20-inch version or a 41-inch version, depending on how much space you want it to take up.
When I was little, I always thought that I would have a robot friend by now. It hasn’t happened, but I’m glad to see some progress in robotics development. You may have seen video of the female humanoid robot called Actroid-F, developed by Kokoro; now she has a brother. These robots will assist children with developmental disorders and talk with the elderly to prevent mental decline. Maybe one day, I will get to have a robot friend.