The Toyota Engineering Society has built a humanoid robot designed to shoot a basketball, and much better than even some professional players. How? It uses artificial intelligence to learn from players on the Japanese B League team Alvark Tokyo and then perfect its shot to nearly 100-percent accuracy at short distances, like the free throw line. The robot fits right in with the team as well, since it stands 6 ft 3 in tall. 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 bowling ball taking on a trampoline from 45-meters.
At first glance, the Red Valtra may appear to be a giant robot from Pacific Rim or other science fiction films, but it's actually a semi-autonomous shapeshifting tractor. Its symmetrical design lets the vehicle instantaneously switch between directions, while its limbs are capable of extending or contracting depending on the job. Each individual wheel comes equipped with an all-electric motor, and its autonomous technology allows it to easily travel between sites, programmed to follow GPS routes, track human operated vehicles, or be controlled remotely when needed. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
There's the Segway miniPRO, and then the all-new Segway Loomo, which is like an R2-D2 of sorts that you can actually ride. This robot has been designed to function smoothly on just about any outdoor terrains, like grass or bumpy sidewalks, and performs tasks when it senses certain gestures. For example, when a user says "Loomo transform," the robot's face will swivel and looks up at you, and, if nothing is said, it will go explore its surroundings. Other features include: snapping photos or capturing videos with its 1080p camera, a quad-core Intel Atom Z8750 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. When fully charged, Loomo can travel up to 11 mph for 20 miles. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and information.
Hankook Mirae Technology's Method-2 is basically a 13-foot-tall bipedal bot that weighs in at a massive 1.6-tons, and it apparently makes the ground shake" when stomping around. Simply put, the robotic exoskeleton moves by mimicking the limb movements of the pilot in the glass cockpit. When the $8.3-million production model is ready to hit the market, the first few examples will be used to assist in cleaning up and restoring Fukushima after the 2011 nuclear energy accident. 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 eight S'mores gadgets being put to the test.
The new Pacific Rim movie just months away, and for those who want to recreate some of the robot battles in real-life, there's Pilot Labs' Moorebot Zeus. Standing 14-inches tall and weighing in at 4.85-pounds, this battle bot sports a 25-kilo per servo motor punch made entirely from metal for durability. You can either opt for the standard version with 22 servo motors or an upgraded model carrying 32 servo motors. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Google may have sold their robotics company Boston Dyanmics to Softbank, but their latest project is definitely no slouch. This redesigned Spot Mini robot can now open doors, in addition to performing basic tasks. For those who haven't seen or heard about this robot, it's all-electric and can go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it's doing. It has the ability to pick up and handle objects using its 5 degree-of-freedom arm and perception sensors, which includes stereo cameras, depth cameras, an IMU, and position/force sensors in the limbs. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what happens when you freeze acetone in liquid nitrogen.
Unlike other home automation robots, Keecker comes equipped with a 90° adjustable video projector, a powerful 4.1 audio system and two cameras. Think of it as an all-in-one home entertainment, communication, and security system that adapts autonomously to its environment that users can control with voice command or by a free smartphone application. The built-in projector can transform any surface into a screen - watch movies, play video games, etc. (from wall to ceiling). It can also send you real-time home updates about humidity levels, ambient light, and room temperature from integrated gyroscope, compass, accelerometer, and infrared sensors. Continue reading for an in-depth video and more information.
Hate folding clothes? Then Landroid should do the trick. Created by Japan-based Seven Dreamers, this high-tech robot uses artificial intelligence and a special image processing to identify various items of clothing and then fold them. To be more specific, it boasts multiple robotic arms to pick up the clothes, which are then scanned by cameras, and then transmits the data via WiFi for artificial intelligence to analyze the object, as well as a neural network containing 256,000 images of different clothing items. One caveat: you'll need a few hours for it to finish folding a load of laundry, as one shirt takes about 5 minutes to fold. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Think of the Exo-Bionics Prosthesis by Furrion Robotics as a real MechWarrior suit that stands 15-feet tall, and weighs in at over 8,000-pounds. This exoskeleton is completely human-controlled, can run at speeds at 20mph for up to 1-hour on a single charge. Unfortunately, you won't see this in a BattleBots competition anytime soon, but it will make an appearance in the X1 Mech Racing League. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Engineer Matt Denton and a small team have spent 4-years building "Mantis," a fully-functional robotic walking machine. It's touted as "the biggest, all-terrain operational hexapod robot in the world," standing 2.8 meters tall and weighing in at a hefty 1,700 kilograms. The machine is powered by a Perkins 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine, and is supported by 6 hydraulic legs, which are controlled with two PCs, one running Linux and HexEngine - the software that control the 18 hydraulic actuators in the Mantis's legs - and the other, Windows CE for the operator interface. 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 six snowball gadgets that were put to the test.