Because robots and AI are all the rage as we ramp up preparations for a self-imposed robot apocalypse, this is a video of a robot developed by researchers at Chicago’s DePaul University that mimics a seal’s flopping locomotion to move forward. The researchers, led by mechatronic engineer Dimuthu Kodippili Arachchige,
This is a video of mad engineer Shane of Youtube channel Stuff Made Here (previously) attaching a chainsaw to an industrial robotic arm and programming it to carve a dog sculpture out of a block of foam. Its first effort is an absolute disaster, but the second dog it produces
Because nothing quite screams robot apocalypse like a flying robotic spider, researchers at the University of Tokyo’s robotics department have developed just that, in the form of SPIDAR. What does SPIDAR stand for? Why ‘SPherIcally vectorable and Distributed rotors assisted Air-ground amphibious quadruped Robot’ of course! Jeez, use your brain.
This is a video of the entirely robotic One Hacker Band performing a rendition of Nirvana’s 1991 banger ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. Even without watching the video, you can tell it’s a robot band playing it. It sounds robotic. Like I’ve often been accused of, it has no soul. Also,
This is a video of CNBC journalist Ray Parisi highlighting a robotic parking garage below the 121 East 22nd building in Manhattan where spots cost $300,000+ to own. An RFID tag lets the system know which car pallet to retrieve, then either brings you your car, or the empty pallet
These are several videos of an impressively made “>Optimus Prime toy from Robosen Robotics ($1000!) that not only fully transforms from tractor trailer to humanoid (and back again) by itself, but also takes vocal commands. Honestly, I hate robots with a passion and it still made its way to the
Because soon all sports will be played entirely by robots, this is a video of Google’s i-S2R ping pong playing robot completing a 4-minute, 340-shot rally with a human before it nets a ball because clearly there’s still work to be done. That’s cool, but why did they name it
Hopefully named Johnny 5 Appleseed or its creators completely blew it, this is a video of a robotic apple harvester picking about 30 apples in a minute, using the latest in apple-identifying technology and its six suction-cupped hands to get the job done. That’s cool. For reference, I’ve never actually