The LAFD just got a big upgrade in the way of the Robotic Systems 3, a firefighting robot capable of shooting 2,500=gallons of water or foam per minute. If necessary, it can even be used to knock down walls and roofs. It can be remotely operated with a belly pack controller that provides high-definition video feedback for the ultimate in maneuverability when faced with difficult conditions. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Shane Wighton built a robotic basketball hoop back in May that had some glaring issues, with the main one being that it was easy to miss by intentionally missing the backboard. So, he spent weeks building a second version developing yet another basketball hoop that makes your shot go in even if you totally miss the hoop. To make this possible, ehe had to transform an entire wall of his basement into a large CNC machine. Read more for a video and additional information.
University of California San Diego engineers have developed a squid-like robot, called “Squidbot,” capable of swimming without a tether. How does it move? It propels itself by generating jets of water, thanks to its own power source built inside its body. It can also be equipped with various sensor, like a camera, for underwater exploration. The robot itself is made from soft materials, such as acrylic polymer, with a few rigid, 3D printed as well as laser cut parts. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
Hyundai Motor Group formed a New Horizons Studio to develop Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs). These vehicles will be able to explore with unprecedented mobility, targeting customers who require travel in unconventional and off-road terrain. They will be subject to more challenging applications as well as environments, so they’re able to adapt to changing conditions, while also pushing the boundaries of vehicle development. Read more for a video and additional information.
Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot dog has been around for quite some time, but just recently, the company started selling it to qualified commercial customers. Nathan Kanasawe from Ontario, Canada spotted one in the wild roaming the streets without an apparent handler. How could this be possible? Well, it boasts 360° vision as well as obstacle avoidance, enabling the robot to be driven remotely or taught routes and actions to perform autonomous missions. Read more for the video.
The 60-foot-tall, 25-ton robot at Gundam Factory Yokohama is just about complete, and this week, it not only took steps, but moved around as well as pointed towards the sky. This life-sized RX-78-2 Gundam robot is a new attraction that will eventually allow fans to get up close and personal when it opens to the public, which was originally slated for October 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we all might have to wait until late this year to get the chance. Read more for a video and additional information.
A kangaroo-inspired robot, called Model-T, has been stocking food on shelves at FamilyMart, a Japanese convenience store. That’s right, this 7-foot-tall robot by Telexistence hopes to start a wave of retail automation. The goal is to use these robot workers at 20 stores around Tokyo by 2022 with people operating them remotely at first until the machines’ artificial intelligence (AI) can learn to mimic human movements. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Always wanted to build your own robot dog? If so, then look no further than the Petoi Bittle. This palm-sized robot is capable of moving with four legs instead of wheels, giving it more freedom to navigate unstructured terrains, similar to the much larger Boston Dynamics Spot. It’s very easy to build, thanks to its interlocking frame, and it takes around one hour to put together the body from scratch. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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USC researchers reveal RoBeetle, a tiny autonomous methanol-powered robot without any electronics. Weighing just 88-milligrams, it has four legs, with the rear ones being fixed, while the front legs are attached to a transmission connected to a leaf spring specially tensioned to pull the legs backward to help it stand upright when not in motion. It boasts a nickel-titanium (NiTi) shape-memory alloy (SMA) actuator so the structural design of the robot can modulate the flow of methanol using a purely mechanical system. Read more for a video and additional information.
Furrion Exo-Bionics set out to build the world’s largest exoskeleton years ago, and what they came up with? Prosthesis, a robot that weighs 4 tons, stands 4 meters high and is 5 meters wide. These mech-robots are designed purely for racing as they do not have any autonomous hardware installed, but are rather controlled by a single person “sitting” inside them with their limbs. Read more for two videos and additional information.