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.
Boston Dynamics has just released a new video showcasing a few skills that their Atlas robot has picked up, including the ability to navigate dynamic outdoor terrain. That's not all, it's now also capable of cleaning small obstacles, like logs, by jumping over them autonomously. What else can it do? Unfortunately, we'll have to wait another few months until the company releases another clip, but AI-powered features aren't out of the question. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one about the black dot of death that crashes iPhones.
Disney Research has created a Big Hero 6-inspired soft arm and hand for physical human-robot interaction. Featuring two air-filled force sensing modules that passively absorb impact and provide contact force feedback, as well as an inflated outer cover which encloses the arm's underlying mechanisms / force sensing modules. It also comes equipped with an internal projector to project a display on the inside of the cover which is visible from the outside. At the end of the arm is a 3D printed hand with air-filled, force sensing fingertips. 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 fascinating density ball.
Real-life transforming robots are nothing new, but this is the first one we've seen that can actually transform with people inside. Standing 3.7-meters tall, this two-seater robot, dubbed "J-deite RIDE", can transform from car to robot in 1-minute, and walk at a speed of 100 metres per hour or drive on its four wheels. "The robots I've seen in animation movies since childhood all had this kind of look and they transform into or combined with each other to become something else with people on board. So I grew up believing that robots had to be capable of such things, which became my motivation to develop this robot," said Brave Robotics chief executive officer Kenji Ishida, who initiated the co-project with Asratec. 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 the ten best Marvel movie moments.
Sphero's R2-D2 droid is fully app-enabled, and you can pick up a certified refurbished model for just $69.99 shipped, today only, originally $94.99. Drive R2-D2 with your device, go from bipod to tripod stances, or trigger emotive waddles. Sounds come right from R2-D2, and front and rear lights are fully functional. View films from the Star Wars saga with R2-D2 reacting by your side. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on review video, more pictures and information.
Ecovacs' Deebot N79 WiFi Robotic Vacuum can be controlled with a smartphone app, and it's being offered for just $159.98 shipped with coupon code: JIP49E29, today only, originally $224.58. Protected by a full set of anti-collision & anti-drop sensors, plus ECOVACS Smart Motion navigation technology, plus a protective bumper to keep your furniture safe. Innovative helix design main-brush for a deep-reach clean, plus dual wide-reach nylon fiber side brushes. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: JIP49E29 during final checkout for the additional discount. Continue reading for a full video review, more pictures and information.
Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo always wanted his very own Mobile Suit Gundam mecha, and with his skills, decided to make that dream a reality. The result was a 28-foot-tall, 7-ton mecha robot called LW-MONONOFU, which was actually completed for his employer, the industrial machinery maker Sakakibara Kikai. When all was said and done, it took Nagumo approximately 6- years to complete, and it even has a metal gun that fires sponge balls at speeds up to 87 mph. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Priced at $93k, the SKELETONICS exo-skeleton turns you into a real 9-foot-tall mecha robot, but unfortunately won't give you super strength. It's mainly designed to increase reach and improve dexterity for everyday tasks. "We didn't think about creating anything useful. That's probably why we were able to develop a unique thing. I'm frequently told that it looks fantastic, but then have to explain that it doesn't really do anything, which ends up confusing a lot of people," said Reyes Tatsuru Shiroku, one of the project's leads. 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 of someone testing an extremely large solar grill.