Honda recently showed the new and improved ASIMO robot, and all the things the humanoid bot can do. The new Asimo stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, a name that it earns by being able to accomplish complex movements, and even a bit of dance. Asimo can walk around on its legs, assess its surroundings, and make intelligent decisions based on input from its sensors.
Its the future folks, and the future don’t need no meatbags to be strippers. Robots can do all the pole dancing and gyrating strippers do, and perhaps do it better. German developer Tobit Software showed up with these pole dancing robots in tow at the CeBIT computer expo in Hanover. Movements and the LED colors of the robots can be controlled by users by means of a smartphone app. Apparently, you can even take one of these robots home for $39,500.
Know fear and be scared of this robotic spider who is willing and able to use a laser as a weapon. As you can see from the bot in action, the 2 Watt blue laser can fry several things in its path, like the hapless balloons it is using to demonstrate its power. You can still find solace in the knowledge that the bot does not (yet) have a brain of its own, and is controlled by remote.
Cubli is a tiny cube, measuring just 6 inches for each side. But the tiny little cube is darn impressive, especially given its ability to maintain its balance. Cubli can balance itself on its corner, then you could push, goad, spin the little cube or even dramatically change the angle of the surface it sits on, but the cube staunchly refuses to budge.
NASA’s new robot is named Valkyrie, is 6.2 feet tall, weighs 275 pounds, and has a name inspired by god-like females of Norse myth. The robot has been built to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), where it would be required to do several maneuvers like driving a utility vehicle, walking over uneven terrain, clearing debris, breaking through a wall, closing a valve, and connecting a fire hose. The humanoid Valkyrie looks all fit for the job description.
The continuously expanding portfolio of smartphones has a new skill added, that of brewing beer. Brewing is not an easy job, by any definition of the word. While professionals manage all the intricacies in breweries, home brewers have to spend a lot more time and care to get their beer ready. Brewbot is now making an entry into the arena, and works like a total bro to get your beer ready for you.
Wall-E is a beloved movie robot, but he’s not an easy dude to bring to life. There have been several Wall-E replicas, though this one seems to be the best one so far. Mike McMaster and his team spent five years checking out every detail they could find on Wall-E, and building the Pixar movie robot.
Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California makes about 400 cars a week, the stunning Model S. They bought the factory from Toyota in 2010, spent a year retooling it, and started production of the Model S sedan in 2012. The coolest part about the factory perhaps, is seeing robots work in tandem to build the cars. Watching those red machines get to work in building cars is quite mesmerizing and pretty darn impressive.
Since peeing your pants never gets out of fashion, having a robotic spider that’s incredibly life-like might help one stay on top of the game. The 3-D printed T8 Spiderbot has incredibly realistic movements that are guided by a network of wires and 26 servo motors. This network of wires is kept hidden by a 3D printed shell that works to enhance the life-like scariness of the terrible insect.
Training dragons is what we did in the old times, but the modern world has no dragons to train so it’s only logical that we look at the resources we have available. Train a robot. Be warned though, boxing training for your robot is no easy job and should be only done by professionals. The video is the creation of students at the Platige Academy.