In the near future, humans may be able to shop for cybernetic parts from the comfort of their own home. Of course, this would mean replacing their own limbs with prosthetic ones, but ones that are mind-controlled, like this bionic arm by DARPA. Developed at a cost of over $100 million, it's controlled with a microchip in the brain that records neuron activity and decodes the signals to activate motor neurons that control the prosthetic. It works similar to a regular arm, with the ability to bend, rotate, and twist in 27 different ways. The arm restores almost complete hand and finger function to patients dealing with spinal cord injury, stroke, or amputation. Continue reading for five more cool inventions that can turn you into a real-life cyborg.
We have seen the future of robots, and it includes Google / Boston Dynamics' Atlas. In their latest demonstration video, the biped robot manages to perform a backflip, and quite easily to boot. "Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace. Atlas' ability to balance while performing tasks allows it to work in a large volume while occupying only a small footprint," according to the company. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one that explains what happens when you upload your mind to the internet.
Google-owned Boston Dynamics has unveiled their latest creation, SpotMini, and it moves more fluidly than ever. Unfortunately, it isn't powered by AI just yet, which means it won't be able to charge itself, nor learn new tricks on its own. This version is not just the bare chassis, but rather everything has been covered in yellow plastic, with the 3D vision cameras located on the exterior. To make things slightly less creepy, the company also removed the manipulator arm, which sat up top (bottom video). Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing five ice cream gadgets being put to the test.
Qoobo is basically a headless robotic pet pillow that consists of a wagging tail, and it could be the strangest gadget to come from Japan as of yet. Simply start petting the fake cat pillow, and it will start wagging its tail in response. An internal accelerometer detects the petting motion, enabling it to wag and curl its tail all on its own. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more information, and the Kickstarter page.
Sphero's R2-D2 Droid is no ordinary toy, as you're able to control this iconic droid with compatble smart devices. That's right, it comes complete with sounds, bright LEDs, and you'll even see R2-D2's front leg retract to go from driving to waddling - just like on screen. Explore holographic environments like the Millennium Falcon and Obi-Wan's House, and immerse yourself in the Star Wars galaxy. Get one here now. Continue reading for a hands-on video review, more pictures and information.
Inspired by the biology of a bee, researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have created RoboBees. These manmade systems could one day perform various roles in agriculture or disaster relief. Each one measures about half the size of a paper clip, weighs less that one-tenth of a gram, and flies using artificial muscles made from materials that contract when a voltage is applied. Continue reading for another video of it flying and more information.
Google's Boston Dynamics has created some interesting robots over the years, and SpotMini is definitely no slouch. It's basically a quad-legged robot robot that maps the space around it, handles objects, climbs stairs - and could soon even be helping you out around the house. On a full charge, the non-hydraulic mini version of the company's Spot robot can run for 90-minutes and has different sensors including depth cameras and a a solid state gyro to help it move around and interact with its environment. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a leaked viral video from a Foxconn plant that allegedly shows the iPhone 8's rear shell.
Let's face it, building walls takes time, and lots of manpower, that is unless...you're using SAM (Semi-Automated Mason). This high-tech robot, created by NY-based Construction Robotics, aims to increase productivity while reducing overall labor costs. The company claims that it can lay bricks at least six times faster than humans, without err. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Eagle Prime is America's entrant into the Giant Robot Duel, and also the first MK3-class MegaBot from MegaBots, Inc. Weighing in at a hefty 12-tons, and standing 16-feet-tall, this massive robot seats two, is powered by a 430-horsepower V8 LS3 engine, and will set you back a cool $2.5-million - cupholders come standard. Continue reading for more pictures and information.