When you have six mechanical arms on your dress flailing about like those of a spider, you know you will be taken seriously, or at least be the center of attraction. Which, reminds me that this is going to be an excellent ice breaker, right before it freaks people out. To be pedantic, the dress has six mechanical arms, so it isn’t exactly a spider, but those six legs do look awfully spidery and we’re not going to argue with a person that’s wearing a robotic spider. Creepy Couture, as it is called, is the work of Anouk Wipprecht and engineer Daniel Schatzmayr.
Diego-San, as he’s called is a robot modeled to look like a human baby, because the creepy adult part has already been taken up by the Geminoids. While it may not look as much human as the Geminoid, Diego San intends to apparently make up for that with numerous expressions. HD cameras built into its eyes let the robot analyze its environment and respond to external stimulus, including humans. The team at Hanson Robotics, the creators of the robot believe that teaching it human emotions might be a key step in making robots understand empathy.
Alderbaran Robotics had their humanoid bot come on camera, and wish everyone a Happy New Year. Well, this is bound to be the norm sooner than later, and it can be really appreciable how far robotics might take the future.
The Pixar lamp has gained quite a lot of fame with it’s appearance at the start of every Pixar movie. Pinokio mimics the lamp for real. Customized computer code and circuits work with an Arduino processor to help make the lamp aware of its surroundings and show a dynamic behavior setting. Pinokio is the work of Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Dror and Joss Doggett.
The set of images by photographer Marc Ninghetto, brings out famous robots from our childhood, and puts them into images representing a set named “The Solitude of a Machine.” The fine art prints show Goldorak and Astroboy flitting through images, alone. Loved superheroes of the generation that’s now around the age of forty, suddenly arrive in the modern world, and well, they can’t quite seem to adjust. The limited edition prints/photographs are available at MB&F MAD Gallery.
Bartender jokes will need a twist when the bartender turns out to be a robot. Running on an Arduino, the Inebriator bartender can create a concoction of 15 drinks from a collection of spirits. Oh, and it shows off real cool lights while preparing the drink; take that, meatbag bartenders. It is being developed by a group of people who are currently working on a second iteration that they hope to market commercially.
The time of human guards is at an end, the impressive ones are scary looking mechs that can strike fear in the enemy at a glance. Running on a diesel engine, this mech stands 13 feet tall and weighs 4.4 tons. The Kuratas class of mechs from Suidobashi heavy industry includes a cockpit for a rider to sit inside and control this scary piece of machinery. The mech is priced at $1,350,000.
Wall-E is probably the most adorable robot to have ever touched the big screen. California robotics enthusiast and Wall-E fan Mike Senna has now created a real life version of the adorable robot. It isn’t quite Wall-E in terms of the character’s acts and intrigues, but it can move around, and have actions to match what we saw in the movie.
In our daily life, we tend to just toss items at the trashcan in the hope they make the shot. More often then not, the rubbish just falls close to the trashcan; just missing its mark. Well, worry not folks because science is here to help us through this ordeal and help us continue getting lazy. The smart trashcan does a quick calculation to see where the trash is going to land, and makes a quick run for the spot to grab the trash.
A couple of years ago, Japan built itself a Gundam. Well, just an inanimate life size replica that could do a bit of maneuvering, much unlike the real Gundam. Apparently, leaders from Japan’s not so liberal Liberal Democratic Party are thinking of building Gundam, mechas that could possibly be used by the country’s defense establishment.