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Video and picture via University of Maryland   From the collaboration between the University of Maryland and the Army Research Laboratory comes the micro jumping robot. Each type at a length of 4mm, can store enough kinetic energy to jump several times its own size.   One uses the conversion of a chemical, sodium perchlorate oxidizer, to gas that is embedded in its porous silicon body, where a small explosion is created when electric current passes through the compound. This yields a ...
  Available on September 30th, 2011, Gibson Guitar Corp will be offering their Firebird X is a limited 1,800 sets of each color. The guitar is a modern version of the 1960s classic Gibson Firebird. Onboard are built in effects, computer plug-in tech, Bluetooth pedals, an "App store" for developers, and what makes it a robot, the 4th-gen auto tuning feature.   This is a video of the original Robot Guitar from Gibson The auto tuning feature was first introduced by Gibson back in ...
  Robotic male crabs try to impress a real female crab in a new study. PhD candidate Sophia Callander of the Australia National University, Australia, set up robotic crab claws around a real living female. In the experiment, the bots were set up in several ways. One group had identical robo-crabs waving at the same speed, whereas another was made up of small claws with larger ones.   The study placed the living female in the center of the robotic claws. The robots were then actuated t ...
  The next gen robots are coming; the next gen robots are coming... for over 10 years now. The robot, "Cog," was based on the hypothesis that human-level intelligence requires gaining experience from interacting with humans, like infants do. Cog was designed to learn from its embodied experiences rather than hard-coded logic.  As such, Cog may be considered the first cognitive developmental humanoid. Read more about Cog and see more video at the its MIT page.     The Kisme ...
Making things happen by themselves is easier said than done. To enable a robot to perform tasks as a result of acquiring its own inputs involves a wide variety of complementary disciplines including EE, Mechanical Engineering (ME), Computer Engineering and Real-Time Software and Control. Taken together, these fields of study comprise what is called mechatronics, a word that comes from "mecha" for mechanical and "tronics" for electronics. Ongoing advances and new developments in mechanical ma ...
  The Panasonic Evolta robot is to, ironically, take on the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. It is not a big deal for the Evolta; it has already conquered climbing out of the Grand Canyon and walked 500km from Tokyo to Kyoto. The Evolta is not very big it could almost fit in the palm of your hand. It runs on three rechargeable AA batteries. The task at hand seems insurmountable they have to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112, and run a 26.2-mile  marathon all within a week's time.    The ...
  There are some products that are on the verge of great, but miss the mark somehow. I feel the new ROBOCUT mower/worker bot from McConnel may just fit into that category. This bot is at its core a 40hp Isuzu engine with peripherals built around it. Like a little mini-tank, it can handle a lot of terrains, and delivers most of its power on the tracks. The main feature is its remote control.   The wireless controller operates in the 863-870 Mhz range with a maximum distance of 150 mete ...
Pictures and video via Carnegie Mellon Univerity     Look up in the air! Is that a kite? No it's the Miniature Jumping & Gliding Robot from Carnegie Mellon University. This miniature robot  jumps more than 6 feet into the air, flips out the wings and glides on its way back down.  The little robot weighs About 3 and 1/2 oz, and is composed of two four-bar mechanisms (including springs) which form its legs /wings. It’s being developed at the University’s NanoRob ...
Dr. Octopus to the rescue! Coming soon from Penn State University science department....The amazing Micro-Spider Bots: Why are they amazing you might ask? Inventor Ayusman Sen hopes to attach the spider bots to other nanobots to perform tasks within the human body. Which could be used to detect tumors, bolster the immune system and clear vessels clean of plaque. The Micro-Spider bots  are made of two spheres, one gold, the other silica, and measure less than a micrometer wide. For comparis ...
Prototype SkyNET bot. (via SIT)   Look out America SkyNET is real. Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) scientists built a WiFi hunter-killer drone!   SkyNET is a marriage of a Parrot A.R. Drone and a Linux box. A Parrot A.R. Drone is hardly your ordinary remote-controlled quadricopter, as it's not only controlled via WiFi, but via an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch --an Android app for the device was also recently demoed by the company, but it's apparently still not available.   Th ...
  Disney's Pixar's iconic lamp? No, it is ArduinoArts' SM-1, the "annoying IKEA lamp," a finalist entry for SeeedStudio's Grove Toy Kit contest. It really has done an amazing job re-creating the look and action of Pixar's lamp.   Javier Lander's SM-1 project consists of two servos (one in the base and one in the lamp), sensors for motion and sound, a three axis accelerometer, LED light and audio board all driven by an Arduino shield. This is all merged together to make the amazing IKE ...
(Videos of the arm via the Octopus Project)     Have a contest an see innovation? How about have 10 million Euros for the contest winner, what do we get?   In 2009, the Octopus Project was started, reaching our globally with one solid aim, to create the "next generation of soft body robotics" by mimicking the abilities of real octopi. This is partially inspired by the quest to take robotics to the crushing depths of the ocean. Do this, and win 10 million Euros.   The latest ...
  People like good natured rivalry. Have a design competition and see how many challenges are over come. At this year's Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines in Paris, France, a little robot turned a few heads.   The bot, dubbed Paraswift, was designed to handle a challenge of climbing a vertical wall and dropping down unharmed. Paraswift's designers at Disney Research and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) used the pro ...
Rob Spence lost his eye in a shooting accident as a child. Later on in life he had his eye socket molded to see how much space was available. Spence’s friend, a former engineer at SpaceX Kosta Grammatis, helped develop a camera system that could fit into the space.  Ultimately, the design was built by the companies Omnivision and Powerstream. A protective, eye shapped, shell enclosed the camera system.   Spence, now can use the eye to film what he sees in real time. At the momen ...
  Originally donning an effigy of George W. Bush from 2007, the solar power chariot robot has shed its political statements at this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area (2011). Stanford neurology professor Bob Schneevis, created this robotic ride to mimic the movement of a human as it “rollerblades” around. A single 24V motor moves the entire apparatus, and solar panels attached over the chariot charges the batteries. Although robotic in nature, I find it hard to truly categorize t ...
  ISI Labs (Intelligent Systems and Informatics Labs) has developed a quadruped robot dubbed PIGORASS. This dog-like  robot is made of ABS plastic and carbon-fiber reinforced plastics, and it is 13" long weighing 8.8 lbs (4 kg). The actuation comes from 10 springs and 10 "artificial muscles" driven pneumatically by compressed air.   According to ISI, the movements of the robot are not programmed. Instead, the bot uses a spinobulbar system, sending signals via the "spinal cord" to ...

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