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The robot took six years to develop and come from the Mobile Sun Gundam series. The impressive robot boasts an arm-cannon that can fire sponge balls at high speeds. (Image via Sakakibara) Have you ever dreamed of piloting a gargantuan robot? Who hasn’t. A robotics manufacturer in Japan may have just made that possible. The company, Sakakibara designs machines focused on agriculture purposes and build life-sized robots that are completely operational by people.   Masaaki Nagumo, on ...
A curling match never seen before opposed the Korean Olympic champions to a robot. The inspiration is still unknown, but the future looks bright for the new machine. Curly the robot during the match against a human team.   This year Pyeong Chang hosted the Winter Olympic, and the main thing many people remember about the organization is the number of new gadgets and technology introduced. South Korea seemed to have a lot of pride in it robotics experts and knowledge and didn’t shy aw ...
The robot can travel to hard-to-reach places and analyze data for diagnostic purposes. Diagram of the robotic system - as small as a human cell! (Image via MIT) The tiniest robots developed by researchers at MIT are as small as a human egg cell and are capable of floating in the air and/or can stay suspended in liquid. This was made possible by attaching tiny 2D electronics to colloids, which are very, very small and measure one-billionth to one-millionth of a meter. They can sense the surrou ...
MIT researchers created a robotic fish to facilitate ocean exploration. The new robot can also be a pioneer in biomimetics. Close view of SoFi swimming. (Image via MIT)   Mankind has explored many areas of the planet Earth to the point that it could feel as if everything that exists has been discovered. Now, there is a race to explore other planets and galaxies, and that alone spikes a lot of conversations and theories. However, there is a place on planet Earth that still holds a lot of my ...
Rolls-Royce and researchers at Harvard have teamed up to create a small swarm of robots that will be more efficient and faster at keeping your engine well repaired. The robot may be cute, but it takes inspiration from a creepy source. (Photo from Rolls-Royce)   Rolls-Royce is turning to robotics when it comes to engine maintenance. The UK car manufacturer recently revealed it has teamed up with Harvard University and the University of Nottingham to use tiny cockroach-inspired robots that c ...
New robot by Meltant can replicate human hand movements, like handling delicate objects and opening doors. This is apparently the only robotic hand that’s been able to replicate the speed of human hands. (Photo via Meltant)   One Japanese company is taking humanoid robots to the next level. Robotics company Meltant recently introduced its new bot which mimics human movement with scary accuracy. They call it a “cyborg that transcends boundaries.” The company took inspirati ...
MIT’s engineers built a robot a while back that is meant to save lives. Although named after one of the fastest feline in the world, this robot is excelling where the feline cannot. Cheetah 3 climbing stairs in a public space. (Image via mit.edu)   For every new machine or product invented, choosing a name must be the toughest part. The name of a robot is not often obvious and easy to decide; yet, it helps in promoting the new creation. For some reasons, scientists or engineers seem ...
The latest vehicle from Opener will apparently fly and won’t require a pilot’s license. Is this really the car of the future? (Photo via Opener)   We’ve been dreaming about a future with flying cars ever since Hanna- Barbara introduced us to The Jetsons. While most manufacturers are focused on creating self-driving cars, one company is still aiming to make the world’s first flying car. Californian startup Opener recently debuted BlackFly, which is apparently “ ...
A Japanese lab created a flying robot that could change form to adapt to the needs of its environment. DRAGON flying and completely unfolded (looking like a seahorse). (Image via University of Japan) Robots: the future of these mechanic creatures depends only on the level of imagination of engineers around the world. There are plenty of problems or challenges they could help solve in the world, so engineers are not only making them effective but also practical and sometimes look great. However, ...
Boston Dynamics wants to bring their robots to the masses starting with the redesigned SpotMini. SpotMini’s updated designs do away with its creepy long neck and mechanical dog head. (Photo via Boston Dynamics)   Boston Dynamics quickly became a household name when videos of their robots eerily moving around like humans, went viral. Since then, the company has gathered more than 225 million views on their site. Now, they’re ready to bring their robots to the masses. Boston Dyna ...
The German government funded a project that lead to the creation of an AI meant to support the astronauts during their mission in space. CIMON during one of the experiments. (Image via Airbus)   What happens when IBM collaborates with AIRBUS and DLR (the German space agency)? Together they create a robot astronaut that uses artificial intelligence to assist human astronauts during their missions in space. CIMON, for Crew Interactive Mobile companion, was the new addition to the load Space ...
The eight plastic legs help to cushion the impact and save the phone. (Image Credit: https://www.ad-case.de/en/)   People have the tendency to drop and break their smartphones consistently, and an engineering student has come up with a solution that will save everyone from the hassle of money, time and stress put into their phones. Philip Frenzel has designed and invented the mobile airbag - which is a case that detects when your phone is falling and releases prongs to guard against the im ...
Harvard’s cockroach-inspired robot HAMR is now equipped to walk on and under water. HAMR is quite small and has no trouble balancing on top of water. (Photo via Harvard)   Harvard’s cockroach-inspired bot, HAMR (Harvard Ambulatory MicroRobot) was already pretty impressive with its size and movement speed. But seems like they wanted to make HAMR even better and more like the bug it’s inspired by. Now, the bot has the ability to walk under and on water as well as it does on ...
Contrary to a common belief that business automation will erase jobs for many people, in Amazon’s warehouses, the more robots, the more jobs are created. One Kiva robot carrying shelves of items. (Image via Amazon/Kiva Systems)   In the mid-90s, Amazon.com launched as an online retailer of books. Founded by Jeff Bezos, the company quickly grew to become the e-commerce giant it is today. The logo of the company is the letters A and Z separated by a curved arrow that also looks like a ...
The new system uses brain signals called ErrPs that makes it easier for humans to communicate with robots. At least Baxter looks like he’s having fun while on the job. (Photo via MIT)   Robots have come a long way over the years and even our perception of what makes a robot has changed. Whether they’re helping with military training or just dancing in sync with one another, robots have only gotten smarter. But this doesn’t mean it’s easy to make them do what they ...