The folks behind robots like BigDog and AlphaDog are back with a smaller dog. SpotMini is designed for use around the home, and can not only act as a family pet, but can do chores, like doing the dishes and bringing you a beer. We only wonder if he poops batteries.
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Practice your ping pong game with Trainerbot. Use its app to specify a shot type, spin and location and it will get it right every time. You can also program a string of shots as one drill, or play right away with its random, smash and beginner modes. It holds up to 30 balls.
Engineers from Stanford University’s Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab are working to build robots which can replicate the abilities of ants, which can work together to move unexpectedly large objects. Here, their teensy μTug robots pull a 3900+lb. automobile.
“Every time a computer does some narrow thing there’s a temptation to think that it’s all over for us.” Breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence are often met with a hint of dread. Retro Report talked to scientists to ask if we should fear our creations.
Inspired by the ability for their cars to park themselves, Nissan Japan created an office chair with the same capability. Watch as the army of robotic chairs finds their way back to their homes in this clever promo video. Now can we see it with people in the chairs?