Boston Dynamics' Atlas is basically a bipedal humanoid robot constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum and titanium. It stands approximately 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, weighs 330 pounds (150 kg), and is illuminated with blue LEDs. Atlas is equipped with two vision systems - a laser rangefinder and stereo cameras, both controlled by an onboard computer - and has hands with fine motor skill capabilities. Its limbs possess a total of 28 degrees of freedom. Atlas can navigate rough terrain and climb independently using its arms and legs. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Beachbot is essentially an autonomous robot that was designed at the team at Disney Research in Zurich, Switzerland. The robot is capable of drawing incredible large-scale sand images using a rake mechanism as it moves through the sand. It was recently shipped to Disney's Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World to draw a stunning image of Walt Disney himself. "Beachbot can make many different kinds of drawings, but one thing it's good at is drawing face images," said Paul Beardsley, principal research scientist at Disney Research Zurich. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone who actually used iPhones as brake pads on a Porsche 911.
We have seen the future of Tesla car charging, and it's a snake that automatically plugs itself in after you park. That's right, once installed, you'll simply just have to pull into your garage and park. The snake-like charger will automatically extend itself toward your Tesla Model S's glowing charge port, slide in and then start charging the battery. Continue reading for a video explaining more about the new "Ludicrous Mode".
The WORX Landroid is a robot lawn mower that comes fully programmed out of the box for easy set-up and use. Thanks to the ability to set a custom schedule, it can cut grass 7-days a week while you sit back and relax. It can navigate narrow passages, cut slopes up to 20 degrees, and uses a shock sensor system to mow around obstacles. Get one here now. Continue reading for a more in-depth demonstration video and information.
Daniele Benedettelli has created a wearable, Pacific Rim-inspired LEGO exoskeleton that can be used to wirelessly control a smaller Cyclops MK II humanoid robot. While wearing the suit, you can command the robot to carry out various movements, such as bending their arms or waving goodbye, by simply moving. The smaller robot you see is based on a pair of LEGO Mindstorms NXTs, six motors and Bedettelli's very own custom Android smartphone app. How does the movement work? Well, the robot is connected via Bluetooth with an Arduino fitted to the back of the suit that transmits motion signals. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of a person who watched too much Fast and Furious.
When a miniature tank meets an advanced weapons system and robotics, you get the MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System). It's basically a 3-foot tall, remote-controlled ground vehicle that can assist in anything from camera surveillance disarming IEDs to keep soldiers out of harm's way. The MAARS can move at 7 mph and travel 800-1000 meters from its controller. It has a seven cameras for driving, situational awareness, and for the weapon that can operate in daytime or thermal modes. MAARS is armed with an M240B machine gun and four M203 grenade launcher tubes on a 360 degree rotating turret. It carries 450 rounds of machine gun ammo and four grenade rounds. Grenades can include sponge, buckshot, and tear gas for less-lethal purposes, and explosive and airburst for lethal purposes. Each tube is loaded individually, allowing lethal and less-lethal capabilities to be available and selected when needed. If weapons aren't needed, they can be replaced with a manipulator arm that can lift 120-pounds, which is enough strength to pick up 155mm artillery rounds. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a genius who solved a 7x7 Rubik's Cube in record time.
The Henn-na Hotel in Sasebo, Japan is staffed entirely by humanoid robots. In addition to looking cool, they welcome guests, carry their luggage and clean their rooms. That's right, guests are greeted by a multilingual lady humanoid or a velicoraptor dinosaur upon check-in. There are other robots designed to organize the cloakroom, lift heavy suitcases and moving them around into the appropriate place. To keep things moving, a red wheeled-porter take guests' belongings and guides them to their rooms. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
When wearing the Robo-Mate exoskeleton, users will be able to lift a 10-kilogram object as if it weighed just 1-kilogram, thanks to super-strong supports in the arms, legs and back. The eventual goal is for these suits to enable its wearers to perform complex tasks and maneuvers that require human intelligence, but the brawn of a robot - cyborgs come to mind. Continue reading for a video of the suit in-action and more information.
The HMS Boudicca, by Singapore toy maker Michael Sng, isn't just a static sculpture, it's a fully-functional, 3D-printed robot tank. That's right, it was painted and assembled entirely by hand, boasting a hexapodal walking motion, powered toy guns, along with a host of other electronics. Believe it or not, you can actually buy this robot for a cool $5,000. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
Skynet is slowly, but surely, becoming a reality, as a rogue robot reportedly killed a technician at a Volkswagen plant in Germany. The 22-year-old man was picked up and then crushed by a robotic arm while working on the production line. It's believed to be the first death in Europe caused by an industrial robot. The robotic arm, normally used to lift machine parts, seems to have grabbed the worker and crushed him against a large metal plate. Continue reading for the news report and more information.