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The robot named ‘Boris’ featured at the Putin Youth Forum was just a man wearing an Alyosha the Robot costume from Show Robotics. (Image credit: Show Robotics)   The Russian state news agency Russia-24 was on hand reporting live at a Russian robotics forum for teens held several days ago, where companies highlight the latest in robotic hardware to get kids interested in the industry. One robot, dubbed Boris, captured the spotlight for its seemingly fantastic dancing skills and ...
Untethered control of the T-HR3 robot is done over a 5G mobile network, Master Maneuvering System, and VR headset. (Image credit: Toyota)   Think of it as a present-day Avatar platform, but instead of controlling bio-humanoid beings, you’re controlling Toyota’s T-HR3 robot from up to 6-miles away. Toyota recently announced conducting a successful demonstration of controlling the robot using their Master Maneuvering System (MMS) over Japan’s DOCOMO cellular 5G network. Pre ...
Strange but true. A new video shows a robot aboard ISS getting emotional while Nvidia introduces their new AI systems that can radically change how 3D realistic images and environments are created. Just because Cimon is a robot doesn’t mean he can’t throw a fit every now and again. (Photo via Airbus)   Did you ever imagine that an AI algorithm could create realistic images faster than a game developer? Or that a robot could throw a tantrum? It sounds like something from The Oni ...
Elowan features electrodes placed around the plant's roots and soil and takes minute plant signals to drive the robot where it needs to go. (Image credit: MIT)   Plats are just like people in certain ways; they need food, water, and light to thrive- take any one of those away, and the plant will begin to wither and eventually die. While some plants can extend their limbs or foliage to get what they need (sunlight/water), others lack that kind of mobility and remain stationary relying on na ...
Fastbrick Robotics’ Hadrian X robot needs little human interaction and can lay up to 1000 bricks per hour. The one-armed robot in action. (Photo from Fastbrick)   Australian Robotic technology company Fastbrick Robotics (FBR) Limited has created a robot that’s out for our construction jobs. The one-armed bricklayer, dubbed Hadrian X, recently built its first house in under three days making it a world first. The bot built a 180-square meter three-bedroom, two-bathroom in less t ...
Researchers at MIT have employed a fleet of drones with the same system found in self-driving to be more effective in search and rescue missions. This new system doesn’t rely on GPS, which is often non-existent in forested areas. (Photo & video via MIT)   Drones are being used for more things aside from delivering your Amazon package. They’ve been employed in search and rescues missions proving to be effective tools. Unfortunately, this doesn’t hold up when conducting ...
Mochibot shows the world it can never have too many legs to move around. A 32-legged robot that can traverse on all types of terrain features a unique design and movement. (Image Credit: Keio University and University of Tokyo)   Legged robots may be superior to wheeled robots when it comes to traveling on different terrain, but walking robots always have an increased risk of falling over. Which can make it difficult for a two or four robot to get back on its feet if the need ever arises. ...
New video from Boston Dynamics shows the quadruped robot dancing and moonwalking. (Video from Boston Dynamics)   This past summer, Boston Dynamics, known for making eerie robots, revealed that the SpotMini will be available for sale in the near future. Now, Spot gets to show off its impressive dance moves in a new video. The company recently posted a clip of Spot dancing to the smash hit “Uptown Funk.” Meant to show off its mobility, the bot shakes, wiggles, and steps in tune w ...
Swarm’s 1/4U SpaceBEE Satellites feature radar reflectors and GPS, allowing them to be tracked in orbit. (Image credit: Swarm Technologies)   Back in January, aerospace startup Swarm Technologies launched four picosatellites, known as SpaceBEE’s, with the idea of bringing low-cost space-based internet connectivity to billions of people around the world. An excellent endeavor for sure, but sending things into space requires thorough preparation and a mountain for paperwork, whic ...
(Image credit: Pexels)   Light pollution is known to cause several problems when it comes to both humans and nature, including interfering with wildlife migratory patterns, wastes energy with unnecessary outdoor lighting, unsafe driving conditions with lighting glare, and can disrupt your internal body clock to name just a few.   Some cities around the world have taken to light fixture shielding to help curb light pollution, while others simply shut off lighting that isn’t being ...
Zurich based company Verity Studios has been creating swam bots that create an unforgettable live experience. These tiny bots create an impressive light show. (Photo from Verity Studios)   This past summer, rap superstar Drake brought some unexpected, tiny guests with him on tour. During his songs “Elevate” and “Look Alive” a swarm of miniature autonomous drones joined Drake on stage, dancing overhead while lighting up the area. While it sounds like a unique stage s ...
A Japanese research team is working on building an “elevator” that would make space exploration cheaper and less polluting. Image is a preview of what a space “elevator” might look like. (via Obayashi Corporation) For adults, it is an escape from the daily stress into a world where everything is possible. Japanese “anime” (animated movies) often challenges human imagination, but recently some of them have been turned into motion pictures such as “My Hero ...
It is now possible to have an extra pair of hands on one’s body. A researcher in Japan created a set of hands that can be worn like a backpack. A person wearing the “backpack” with robotic limbs (Image via Yamen Saraiji)   According to Merriam Webster, science fiction is the branch of fiction that presents the effects of a real or imagined scientific fact on people or a community. Today, it is kind of hard to know whether fiction is inspiring reality or vice versa. Many s ...
A hotel in Japan uses robots to fulfill many of its staff positions, as a way to cut on costs, make the rooms more affordable and entertain the guests. A guest of Henn Na Hotel being helped by a female robot at the reception of the hotel. (Image via csmonitor)   Robots: some people are fascinated by them while others are rather fearful of the machines. No matter one’s position, robots are now becoming an integral part of society. Many businesses are involving more machines in their d ...
The jellyfish robots navigate underwater using eight pneumatic network tentacle actuators. (Image credit: FAU via IOPScience)   Researchers from the Florida Atlantic University have designed a robotic jellyfish to monitor and explore delicate coral and sponge ecosystems without using propellers, or any navigation platform underwater drones typically use that could potentially cause harm to said reefs.   According to the researchers, the jellyfish-like robot could be adapted for a myr ...