Robotics

Super-strong robot pulls 100x its own weight, even climbs up walls

Super-strong robot pulls 100x its own weight, even climbs up walls

If I could carry 100 times my own weight, I'd never need to twist the arms of all my friends to help me move. Until I gain super-strength, I'll have to settle for dreaming of borrowing these tenacious robots. A team of mechanical engineers from California's Standford University developed a collection of tiny robots which can give Marvel's Ant-Man a run for his money. Don't let the size of these tiny robots deceive you. These 'bots are incredibly strong; they can pull 100 times their own weight.

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A humanoid robot now works at a Japanese department store

A humanoid robot now works at a Japanese department store

Uncanny valley once more strikes the world's favorite robot country, Japan. The country's collective fascination, sometimes even obsessions, over human-looking robots or androids sometimes take rather strange turns that could, at times cause both fascination as well as discomfort. The latest trend seems to be to put these androids, particularly gynoids or female-looking androids, in behind reception desks and concierges to greet customers and patrons. We've heard of the concept in the soon to be built Henn-na hotel. But you can already see one even today at the Mitsukoshi Department Store in Tokyo.

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Star Wars BB-8 toy a reality: Sphero confirms Disney team-up

Star Wars BB-8 toy a reality: Sphero confirms Disney team-up

This morning amid rumors and a fan-made creation, Sphero have revealed that they're actually making a real BB-8 toy in the near future. Not only were they already working on a toy like what you've seen roll onstage last week, they've worked with Disney to make BB-8 a reality. Today Sphero "confirmed their direct involvement in the latest Star Wars franchise; specifically their technology contributions towards BB-8, the new droid featured at Star Wars Celebration last week." The real deal hasn't been revealed yet - but it will be soon.

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Futuristic robot chef uses hands to help in the kitchen

Futuristic robot chef uses hands to help in the kitchen

Everyone loves a home cooked meal, but would it taste the same if it was made by a robot? Moley Robotics just revealed its robot-chef, which uses sophisticated robotic hands to cook just like a human. It doesn't cook any faster than a human, so it's not going to revolutionize the industrial side of cooking. This bionic-chef is designed for home kitchens. The robo-chef has the aptitude to learn from a real chef's delicate movements. Motion capture technology relays all the actions of an actual person preparing the meal and translates the actions into moves for the robotic hands.

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Festo’s latest insect-like robots: BionicANTS, eMotionButterflies

Festo’s latest insect-like robots: BionicANTS, eMotionButterflies

The German robotics company, Festo, is up to its impressive tricks again, making robots that are modelled on real-life insects and animals. Festo has quite a penchant for animal-like robots, and its latest creations include BionicAnts which move like ants and can operate as a hive-minded group, eMotion butterflies which can flutter and fly, and the FlexShapeGripper which can pick up objects like a chameleon's tongue. These newest little bots join Festo's previous creations such as the BionicOpter robotic dragonfly and the pneumatically powered BionicKangaroo.

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Audi plans to have robots move cars around in the plant

Audi plans to have robots move cars around in the plant

Audi may have given its human employees to either rejoice or curse advancements in robotics technology. It is announcing the start of a testing phase for driverless transport systems, but this time it will not be the car itself that will be driving around. Instead, it will be a robot named Ray that will be lifting and transporting, not driving, cars that are still in production from one place to another. The car makers hopes that the new technology would make the production and logistics process more efficient, and maybe give their humans a break.

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Ringo is an adorable robotic pet

Ringo is an adorable robotic pet

Robotic pets have been around for a while, but the older versions were usually frightening (for example, the Furby). As robotics in general have improved, so have the quality of robotic pets, and while you'd be hard-pressed to find one willing to take a bullet for you, there are some options out there with their own charms. Ringo is one such robotic pet -- it looks like of like a giant metal beetle, and via a load of on-board tech it can "play" with its owner and be altered using different code.

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Pleurobot is a robotic salamander skeleton

Pleurobot is a robotic salamander skeleton

Robotics researchers like to base the robots they build off living creatures. Those living creatures can be humans, fish, donkies, and even salamanders. The latter is the animal that the Pleurobot is based on. The Pleurobot isn’t only designed to look like a salamander, it's designed to move, and swim like one as well.

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Sony ends maintenance for its iconic Aibo robot dog

Sony ends maintenance for its iconic Aibo robot dog

Sony's robot dog, Aibo, is the seminal pet robot of the early 21st century. A new version hasn't been released in almost ten years, but that hasn't stopped collectors from clamoring for the Aibo. Models sold for almost $2000 USD, so the robot dog wasn't really ever accessible by the everyday consumer. Despite its elite following, Sony has officially announced they will no longer offer support for the Aibo. They will no longer offer any maintenance, so users may have to turn to online support forums for new ways to keep their Aibo robot dogs in service.

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