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Mobot (cia UC Davis)   Until recently, robots have been designed as a learning tool for either classroom-based or lab-based with only a few people having access to them. This is changing with the introduction of the modular robot known as ‘Mobot’. Designed by UC Davis engineering professor Harry Cheng and his former graduate student with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The modular robot is intended to help educate kids in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineerin ...
HOAP-3 robot (via Beziers Technology Institute)   OK, so maybe student Tirosh Shapira, from Bar-Ilan University in Israel, isn’t really a Jedi, but computer scientists from the international VERE (Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-embodiment) group provided the next best thing; letting him control a robot from over 1000 miles away using only his mind. The VERE project is a multi-national conglomerate of scientists working towards the goal of giving disabled people the opportunity to i ...
  Human beings make tools. Animals make tools. A tool gives an advantage over adversity and guarantees survival. Will the same happen if a robot makes a tool?     Researchers at ETH Zurich are on a mission to not only have robots make tools, but they are teaching the bots how to use them. Their goal is to simplify the complexity of this type of robot, while at the same time giving it extraordinary capabilities like creating its own parts, fixing itself, and even creating other r ...
USB connected interactive plant (via AkihabaraNews & Keio University)   If the Japanese have not already created enough unusual devices, they have one more invention to add to their list. Researchers from Keio University have created plants that interact with their surroundings. The plants are programmed to show different emotions through their movements by using data collected from sensors. The movements that match with specific emotions were chosen by having many people show how they ...
  (Left) Egestion Vessel for the EcoBot III  (Right) Sludge and water distributor for EcoBot III (via Bristol Robotics Laboratory)   Robots are not only difficult to design and build, but they are also a challenge to handle after a project has ended. Robots are manufactured using resilient materials but many are toxic and non-biodegradable and so have a negative impact on the environment if they are not retrieved and disposed of safely.     Dr. Jonathan Rossiter from ...
  As a generous charity for a fundraiser, one brave soul has volunteered to have his head shaved by a robot with three arms (looks similar to Dr. Octopus' extra arms from Spider-Man). The robot is a Multi-Armed Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV ), and was being controlled from an operator through a computer. The charity was for St. Baldrick's Foundation to help cure child hood cancer and the robotics firm helping with the fundraiser and providing their own robot for use was Intelligent Automati ...
  Robots have been designed to do just about everything from serving food to bomb defusing, but they don’t typically have the free-range movement that humans do when it comes to navigating uneven terrain. Take climbing a mountainside, wide degrees of motion and agility allow humans (and animals) the ability to handle and obstacle. Bots can only watch.     However, robotics engineers from the University of Texas and Meka Robotics (located in San Francisco) are looking to ov ...
  Building projects with microcontrollers (especially Arduinos as of late) opens minds to an unlimited amount of innovations. Whether the projects are created for fun, or to serve specific purposes, they can always motivate others to be creative. The latest Arduino powered creation comes from Ekaggrat, an inspired individual with a strong interest in science.       Ekaggrat has created a robotic arm that writes down the time by the minute on a dry-erase board. After a ...
    The Takashimiya department store in Japan decided a great promotion would be a lifelike female android mannequin seducing potential shoppers in their store window. Since its introduction, the bot has done nothing but startle customers and inspire robotics designers.   The creator of this mannequin is Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, who is well known for inventing the Geminoid-F Robot. The Geminoid is a bot designed to look as real as possible. If realistic is the goal, it will cost t ...
  A group of researchers from Cornell Creative Machine Labs are currently developing an autonomous robot inspired from metabolisms of biological organisms. The goal is to be able to break down larger complex structures into smaller simpler pieces that may be reassembled to create a different type of structure.     The robot clamps onto a specially designed truss using rotational robot-lockable connectors and can traverse the three dimensional structure using three basic motions ...
(via USPTO)   Toyota, along with the Illinois Institute of Technology, are innovating on an age-old device, the walking cane. This new version resembles the function of a Segway. With a six-axis accelerometer, it can sense if the user is falling forward or backward and exert power in the appropriate direction to help regain balance. This reaction is also controlled by the grip of the user. A stronger grip results in a stronger push from the wheel of the walking cane. Apart from preventing ...
  Many robots have been designed for the benefit of mankind taking over continuously repetitive tasks or in some cases battling other robots for entertainment purposes. However, recently experiments have been done that may allow humans to help out animal populations in times of danger.     Maurizio Porfiri and Stefano Marras from New York's Polytechnic institute have designed a biomimetic robot fish to help study collective fish behavior. The robot fish is the first of its kind ...
  Berthold Bauml would be to blame for with the downtrodden servatude of robots, or the impending robot uprising. He is the lead scientist in real-time dynamic motion planning at DLR. He developed a new advanced humanoid robot named, Agile Justin. It stands with a happy face on a terrorizing body. Agile Justin is the new and improved sister of the older version named, Rollin’ Justin. Berthold stated, “…but with improved dynamical performance: 1.5x faster arms through di ...
(Nov 2011)     iZac does not care how attractive you are so do not even attempt to “woohoo” this bartender.  iZac is  an electrifying machine, the Android Bartender! The barbot was created by Nick Johnson; who was inspired by Evil Mad Scientist Labs’ creation, Drink Making Unit 2.0. Nick was awed by the Drink Making Unit 2.0.; as a follow up, he challenged himself to develop his own version.   If bars own the iZac, would they be able to maintain i ...
The Nao Robot, part of the MyRobot connected site (Via Nao)   A social network for robots has gone live. MyRobots.com hopes to connect bots and smart web-enabled objects together in a type of "cloud robotics." The goal is to augment devices capabilities by off-loading computation or other task to the "cloud." This pushes robots beyond their physical and software limitations.   Users of the service can create apps to aid in adding to a bot's function. For example, a robot has a camera ...

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