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Using magnetic fields instead of mechanical drives, the SIMbot glides smoothly over flat surfaces. This could be a predecessor for ‘wandering in the hall’ robots’ which monitor large buildings and a host of other applications. The SimBot demo in an an office environment, a likely market for future models (Image via Carnegie Mellon University)   It doesn’t look like much, but the design could forebode a new era in robotics. The SIMbot-or spherical induction motor rob ...
A robot made by German company Infineon solves a Rubik’s Cube in record breaking time. Believe it or not, this is a robot solving a Rubik’s Cube (image via Infineon)   The Rubik’s cube is one 80s trend that isn’t ready to die just yet. Whether someone’s making the largest working model or is the winner of the latest speedcubing competition – that’s a real thing – the toy has just about outlived other 80s fads. Not only do people still love tr ...
Researchers designed Kengoro to sweat through its frame in order to cool all 108 of its motors. (via ieee)   Calling JSK Labs’ Kengoro a ‘workout machine’ is an incredibly accurate term and its stamina while exercising is literally inhuman. While the robot is certainly impressive looking, it is the way it cools itself that’s truly remarkable, as it does so like us human’s do- it sweats. The Kengoro robot is the next iteration of human-like robots JSK Labs desi ...
Megabots not only want to win against their opponent, they want to create a new spectator sport. This guy looks like a real life Transformer (Photo from Yaraon)   Remember that show Robot Wars? Teams built robots outfitted with different weapons and fought each other to the death. Similar shows have popped up in recent years and the topic of robots fighting was the basis for the movie Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman. Last year, the MegaBots company decided to bring their own robot wars to ...

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