Autonomous cars may be years from replacing actual humans, but Roborace wanted to see just how far they've come. So, they brought pro drifter Ryan Tuerck to the track to take on its autonomous DevBot race car, which weighs in at just 2,200 pounds and boasts 550 horsepower. Since it boasts an electric drivetrain, power comes on near instantaneously, while all-wheel drive helps put that down on the pavement. Just how did the autonomous car fare? Let's just say that the DevBot set a best time of 2:18.4. Click here for the first image intoday's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one on someone who spent $1,120 on weird eBay gadget mystery boxes.
Standing 15-inches tall and weighing in at 4.6-pounds, Super Anthony is touted as the "world's most powerful beetleweight fighting robot" that can blast opponents with a 45kg servo force punch. The bot was designed to be wear-resistant with steel gears and has a one-piece output shaft design for ultra-high precision. Using InnoBASIC Workshop, users can easily develop unique attacks - whether if it's a punch, forward slam, or backward flip. Continue reading for two videos, more pictures and information.
MIT's newest robot, the Cheetah 3, is unlike any of its predecessors, as it can now easily leap, gallop across rough terrain, and even climb a staircase littered with debris. When suddenly yanked or shoved, it can quickly recover its balance, all the while essentially blind, thanks to new vision-free algorithms. "The contact detection algorithm helps the robot determine the best time to transition a leg between swing and step, by constantly calculating for each leg three probabilities: the probability of a leg making contact with the ground, the probability of the force generated once the leg hits the ground, and the probability that the leg will be in midswing. The algorithm calculates these probabilities based on data from gyroscopes, accelerometers, and joint positions of the legs, which record the leg's angle and height with respect to the ground," according to the researchers. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of nine nut cracker gadgets you can actually buy.
Disney Imagineers have developed autonomous flying robot stunt doubles for use in their theme parks, unlike the animatronics found in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and Na'vi at Disney World's Pandora: The World of Avatar. These humanoid robots user laser guidance systems, built-in accelerometers and gyroscopes, to adjust their position in mid-air, similar to comic book superheroes. 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 about casting metal for a meteorite ring.
Voltron fans who love LEGO sets rejoice! The 21311 set contains 2,321 pieces, and for those lucky enough to attend San Diego Comic-Con next month you'll be able to snag one if you're quick enough, otherwise LEGO VIP members can get their hands on it beginning July 23, while the wide release is set for August 1, priced at $179.99. It features black, blue, yellow, red and green lions that can easily be posed, complete with specially designed, extra-strong joints. When combined, you create the Voltron super robot wielding a huge sword and shield that attach firmly to the robot's hands. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Why hire security guards, when you could just put GuardBot to work? This amphibious surveillance robot can traverse through mud, sand and snow without getting stuck. Not just limited to security applications, the company states that it can also accompany special operations teams in conflict zones and perform dangerous tasks, such as carrying explosives to an enemy location. It weighs a mere 55-pounds, complete with cameras on board that enable a remote driver to see where they're headed, and runs on a rechargeable battery, good for about 16-hours of continuous use. Continue reading for another video and more information.
We have seen the future of burgers, and it includes automated robots. Officially called the "Creator Burger Robot," this 14-foot-tall machine uses 350 sensors and 20 computers to create a gourmet burger in just 6-minutes. Simply place an order with a human concierge, and then the robot goes to work using only the freshest of ingredients, complete with 15 different sauces, and freshly ground hormone-free, pasture-raised brisket and chuck steak. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.
Developed by Omron Corporation, the FORPHEUS (Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic Theoretics) has taken the Guinness World Records title for being the "first robot table tennis tutor for its unique technological intelligence and educational capabilities." It's capable of acting as a human coach by utilizing cutting edge vision and motion sensors to gauge movement during a match, paired with an array of cameras that are situated above the ping pong table. All of these tools monitors the position of the ball at an impressive rate of 80 times per second. Continue reading for three more crazy records you probably never heard of.
Human performers spent thousands of years developing acrobatic techniques, but at the same time, robots have started to become more mobile and autonomous, enabling them to imitate these stunts in dramatic ways. Meet "Stickman". Disney's latest simple 2° of freedom robot that uses a gravity-driven pendulum launch and produces a variety of somersaulting stunts. It features an IMU and a laser range-finder to estimate its state mid-flight and actuates to change its motion both on and and off the pendulum. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a bizarre dual iPhone case.
Another day, another Boston Dynamics' robot video, and this time, it's of the SpotMini. Before the test, the dog robot was manually driven through the space so it could build a map of the space using visual data from cameras mounted on its front, back and sides. During the autonomous run, SpotMini uses data from the cameras to localize itself in the map and to detect and avoid obstacles. Once the operator presses 'GO' at the beginning of the video, the robot is on its own. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of explaining why so many fast food logos are red.