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.
Drones have come a long way. Rather than merely be suitable for barbaric acts like war, they have started to become more civilized and can now be seen flying beer to patrons. This particular drone took flight at South Africa’s OppiKoppi music festival where customers would order beer by phone and the drone would carry parachute packed beer and drop it near the intended customer. Drones, beer falling from the sky, music, well that’s pretty much how things should be.
We would argue that we don’t need a robot to pass judgement on body odor, but then perhaps better a robot than a girl. Having the appearance of just a head, the humanoid robot girl sits on a rectangular pink and red box. Should you come close to the robotic lady, Kaori-chan and have her smell your breath, she will tell you what she thinks, ranging from “It smells like citrus” to “Emergency taking place.” Arguably, the scent of citrus is always better than the smell of an emergency.
Here’s a Lego machine that loves to have fun. Well, at least whatever fun incessantly making paper planes can afford. The Lego machine by NXTLOG member hknssn13 automatically grabs a sheet of paper, folds it into a paper airplane and launches it towards the target. We’d say that’s quiet a skill for a machine.
Flying robots show their skills with amazing dexterity and style.