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 highlighting all the real OSHA violations spotted in Boston Dynamics’ latest video of its ATLAS humanoid robot doing some construction work. Unsurprisingly, the robot does NOT follow proper safety guidelines. Like, at all. I wish I could say I’m surprised. I also wish I could say
Seen here looking like it’s fleeing the scene of a bank robbery, this is a video of Boston Dynamics’ ATLAS humanoid robot demonstrating its latest capabilities in order to deliver a toolbag to a human coworker. In the clip, it picks up a board and makes a bridge for itself
Trim as in decorate, not trim as in cut, but give them a chainsaw attachment and I’m sure they could do that as well. Make you need a pair bionic legs too. This is a video of a trio of Boston Dynamics’ Spot quadruped robots putting a bow on the
Because the robotic apocalypse can’t come soon enough, this is a video from Chinese defense contractor Kestrel Defence featuring its Blood-Wing/Red Wing drone deploying a robotic war dog armed with a machine gun. So, if you were wondering what the beginning of the end looks like, this is definitely it.
This is a video of Cassie, a pair of robotic legs inspired by those of an ostrich, setting the world record for fastest 100m run by a two-legged robot. Cassie finishes with a time of 24.73-seconds. For reference, the current world record for a human is Usain Bolt’s 9.58 seconds
Because it’s important to be able to differentiate a robot’s smile from a sneer, this is a video of Engineered Arts’ Ameca robot (previously) demonstrating its numerous facial expressions in a mirror. It’s relatively impressive I suppose, but the best facial expression in the whole video isn’t one of Ameca’s
In bad idea news, this is a video of engineer Allen Pan building robotic legs so a snake can experience every snake’s lifelong dream of walking. Should we be giving snakes robotic legs? Of course not, but that’s not going to stop somebody from doing it for the Youtube views,