The Anki Vector is basically a tiny home robot with interactive artificial intelligence technology that enables you to ask it questions. That’s right, this voice-activated sidekick can react to sound, the environment, and even recognize people while performing a variety of tasks, such as setting timers, giving the forecast, as well as snapping photos. When you’re not around, he self-charges, navigates around objects, and avoids edges. Its skills and features are being continuously updated, with Alexa integration coming soon. Product page. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
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Don’t be surprised if you saw a giant mechanical spider and Minotaur roaming the streets of Toulouse, France for “The Guardian of the Temple” show. This mythical performance is being put on for visitors this week by street theater group La Machine. These massive creatures took approximately 2-years to build, with the spider standing at 43-feet tall, and the Minotaur at 46-feet tall. Continue reading for another incredible video, more pictures and information.
We have seen the future of tiny robots, and they include RoboFly, a laser-powered, toothpick-sized bot that specializes in disaster recovery, or going where humans can’t. University of Washington engineers have managed to complete un-tethered flights with RoboFly, meaning no wires at all. “Before now, the concept of wireless insect-sized flying robots was science fiction. Would we ever be able to make them work without needing a wire?,” said co-author Sawyer Fuller, an assistant professor in the UW Department of Mechanical Engineering. However, full autonomy is still around 5-years away. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Officially called the “Tundra Pie Pro,” this custom Toyota concept made its debut at SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada today. It’s powered by a Mirai-sourced hydrogen fuel cell that can not only power itself, but the entire bed-mounted, robotic kitchen. The vehicle can make a fresh pizza in 6-7 minutes after receiving the order, thanks to two robotic arms that cut, box and then hands the pie over to the customer. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Super Anthony isn’t your normal robot, this takes fighting robots to the next level. It can rock, sock, kick, punch, roll, jump and more, with enough torque to knock out any other bot. Standing 14-inches tall, it comes equipped with a set of 45 kg per servo punch force motors and is controlled using a standard PlayStation game controller or phone app. A customized 15-axis crafted structure provides intuitive control for full freedom of mobility. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.
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Despite their minuscule size, these was-inspired FlyCroTug (Flying Micro Tugging Robots) drones, developed by researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland in collaboration with Stanford University, can pull up to 40-times their own weight. This is made possible using a system of winches, adhesives and microspines, enabling them to latch onto just about anything. Its grippers can be adjusted depending on the landing surface, and thanks to its modular design, you’ll also be able to quickly install additional accessories when required. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The Magirus AirCore Fire Extinguishing System is basically a jet-powered, fire-fighting robot that can be controlled remotely by a single operator from up to 500-meters away. Offering two effective modes of extinguishing flames: high-water flow and water mist, with the former being capable of blasting 3,500 liters a minute as far as 80 meters. The water mist mode projects up to 1,500 liters of water per minute up to 60 meters away. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
Boston Dynamics has just released a new video of its SpotMini robot dog, and not only can it perform basic tasks around the house, but also groove to your favorite tunes, like “Uptown Funk”. For those who haven’t seen this robotic wonder, it’s all-electricm weighs 66-pounds, and can run for 90-minutes straight on a single charge. The robot’s 17 joints and slightly creepy arm with five degrees of freedom enable it to move smoothly. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Tesla / SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is a fan of anime, and after giving “Your Name” high marks, he decided to Tweet: “It is time to create a mecha.” The one you see above was made by South Korea-based Hankook Mirae, and called the Method-2. This $200 million mecha stands 13 feet tall and weighs a massive 1.5 tons, with just enough room for one operator in its cockpit. The team of 30 engineers claim that they’ll get everything fully operational by the end of the year when it will sell for $8.3 million to the public. Continue reading for another video and more information.
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Spot a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation, recently appeared at construction sites in Tokyo, Japan. This robot is electrically-powered and hydraulically actuated, while using LIDAR and stereo vision in conjunction with a suite of on-board sensors to maintain balance as well as negotiate rough terrain. It’s capable of carrying a 23 kg payload and operate for 45 minutes on a battery charge. Continue reading for another video and more information.