Robot

Asterisk insect robot demos prey-grabbing talents

Asterisk insect robot demos prey-grabbing talents

Humans, this is your fate: scooped up by a terrifying, insectile robot and dumped into the organic power-reclamation unit or, if you're lucky, the breeding vats. Researchers at Osaka University have developed an omni-directional robot called Asterisk, capable of grabbing and carrying prey DigInfo reports, and perfect for when the AIs revolt and begin to see us as the fleshy Duracells we really are.

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Soft robot is designed to move like a starfish

Soft robot is designed to move like a starfish

Robots are used for all sorts of different tasks including exploring areas where it is too hazardous for humans to venture due to war or disaster. The problem with many of the robot designs is that wheels and legs can have hard time navigating very rough terrain. To help make robots that are better able to navigate certain types of terrain and are more resistant to bumps and impacts a new bot has debuted that is made from soft materials and resembles a starfish.

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Vstone outs small RPC-S1 robot for research

Vstone outs small RPC-S1 robot for research

I like robots quite a bit when they are cool. I have aspirations of one day owning a bot that can mow the lawn for me. This new little bot from Vstone won't mow my yard, mostly because it has no legs. The bot is called the RPC-S1 and it is a little child-like robot covered in foam rubber. The bot has a round head with two eyes.

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ASIMO goes autonomous: Honda robot divorces operator

ASIMO goes autonomous: Honda robot divorces operator

Honda's ASIMO robot has been given a new round of upgrades, slimming down and gaining the ability to autonomously monitor and interact with its environment, out of the control of a human operator. Advanced balancing - including quick reactions when ASIMO senses it's falling - together with an array of sensors that track physical objects and moving people, and predictive response algorithms that can independently decide on the next course of action all come together and shift the robot another step closer to integrating into a public environment.

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PETMAN humanoid robot ready for the US Army

PETMAN humanoid robot ready for the US Army

Known for developing the quadruped robots the BigDog and AlphaDog, Boston Dynamics has unveiled a new addition in the form of a biped humanoid robot called the PETMAN. Although still sporting a flashing red light in place of a life-like head, the movement and capabilities of the PETMAN is eerily human-like, walking, squatting, doing push-ups and even resisting efforts to push it off balance. See for yourself in the video after the cut.

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Ultima Online creator runs his studio remotely with a robot named Mini-Me

Ultima Online creator runs his studio remotely with a robot named Mini-Me

If there was one day this month that I would call the oddest for news, it would be today, ladies and gentlemen, and the show goes on with a robot that takes the place of Ultima creator Richard Garriot at his downtown Austin game development company Portalarium. If you've seen the show Big Bang Theory or are familiar with the Qbo open-source robot (with Android) you know that the idea for having a robot surrogate doing all your daily activities for you isn't a brand new idea. Indeed it wasn't even Garriot who made the robot in question here, he's simply using it. Instead its the combination of the fact that the creator of one of the most famous online multiplayer games has a robot doing his bidding and the fact that he once had it represent his mother at his own wedding.

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Grandfather of Artificial Intelligence John McCarthy passes away

Grandfather of Artificial Intelligence John McCarthy passes away

John McCarthy didn't single-handedly invent what we now know widely as Artificial Intelligence, aka robot brains, but he did coin the term back in 1956 and is certainly one of the founders of the A.I. research field. Not only this, McCarthy was also a professor at Stanford University and a PhD in mathematics. The creator of the programming language Lisp passed away this week at the ripe old age of no less than 84 years.

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Romo Smartphone Robot rolls onto Kickstarter

Romo Smartphone Robot rolls onto Kickstarter

We like robots around these parts and one of the latest little bots to surface is called Romo. As you can see in the photos, the little bot has a smartphone on top of it. That smartphone controls the robot and gives it the face of what appears to be the creature from Cut the Rope. Romo will officially work with the iPhone and the iPod touch.

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