In an apparent quest to develop culture, robots are now developing a sense of taste. They are starting small, tasting tomato juice, but we guess that might be a big step. Scientists in Italy have developed robot “magnetic tongues” that use nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) to identify the characteristics of food.
NYC has got its first ever Casino in Queens, and it appears to be a high-tech one. From what we know, all casinos are fairly high-tech affairs, but when we hear one staffed by robot dealers, we’ll say it is a notch above the competition.
In preparation of welcoming our new robotic overlords, scientists at Seoul National University in South Korea have developed a robot that, at some point in the future, could power itself by eating organic material. Modeling the robot on the Venus Flytrap, scientists made use of different materials to set the ball rolling.
Developed by Dr Geuro, the Primer V2 is a tiny robot that knows how to keep its balance on a bicycle, and can even push his miniature bicycle to speeds up to 6mph. The robot makes use of centrifugal force from the front wheel and a gyroscope to stay balanced and drive the bicycle.
It looks like technology has finally come to the point we have waited for since ever. Now, all we need to do is mutter words about wanting beer, and a robot will fetch it for us. At least the Beeri will. Developed at Redpepper, Beeri is a Siri controlled robot running on Arduino. All you have to do, is ask Siri to pour.
Made out of Lego bricks, the CubeStormer II robot uses four MINDSTORMS NXT kits and a Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone to hook on to a Rubik’s Cube and uses the magic of ARM processors to solve the cube at an impressive lightning fast speed.
It was the innate desire of humans to lie around being lazy that led to the advent of the modern age. We worked to build machines so they would do all the hard-labor while we took a nap, and made the world remarkably easier for us. Intelligently though, we kept the fun part to ourselves. Apparently, even that is too much of work now, as the presence of this robot suggests. Jason Huggins built the Bitbeambot robot that has a server driven finger to pull the bird and launch it towards pigs in the game.
I Am Made of Robots is a project by Alex Varanese, whose work we already know to be excellent for a retro setting. This set shows a robot that would have felt at home in some 1950s sci-fi tropes. For good measure, Alex also gave it some 80s style and an unmistakable audio cassette and stereo inspired look. The robot has side A and side B, A being the good side, and B the evil one. We guess the evil side remains heavy for these robots.
Solar Electric Robot Chariot won’t make you a modern fearsome warrior of today, but it will allow you to traverse distance in style while a robot minion pulls the grand chariot on the road. Made by Bob Schneevis, the chariot was introduced at the Maker Faire, Bay Area.
You could call them Turtle Shell Robot Racers, but you can’t deny they look very familiar to Koopa shells, and that probably is half the charm of these racers. The racing bots were made by Michael Overstreet and a few friends, who can now enjoy racing the Koopa shells Mario Kart style in Kansas City. Many parts for these bots were printed using a MakerBot 3D printer, and a smartphone or more appropriately, a WiiMote can control these R/C racers.