This strange and hypnotic contraption is another single-purpose robot, designed to delicately pluck young plants from a cramped pallette and replant them into larger packages for sale. Watch as it transplants countless flowers without a hitch.
This incredible machine is the Plasser & Theurer RU 800 S, and what it’s doing is building a railway line by laying rock, beams, and track with minimal human intervention – a once monumental task if you’ve ever seen an episode of Hell on Wheels.
The second trailer for the critically-acclaimed sci-fi thriller Ex Machina teases us with intense moments and vivid contrasts between nature and man-made objects, as two men and a female A.I. play tester-testee musical chairs.
While we’re not sure of the practical uses for a metal bike helmet, we’re still mesmerized by this Mazak Variaxis 5-axis milling machine as it replicates a Rudy Project Windmax helmet from a block of aluminum using PowerMILL software.
Meet BigDog’s little brother. Boston Dynamics’ Spot is at home both indoors and outdoors and is great at keeping its balance, even when kicked by jerks who will surely be the first to die in the inevitable robot uprising.
So it’s time to dig out from the latest snownami. You could shovel by hand, or you could send off to Japan for Yuki-Taro, a robot that not only can plow snow, but that turns the white stuff into compact bricks of ice to keep things tidy.
At Georgia Tech, a group of robots play along with a human drummer, using sophisticated artificial intelligence techniques to turn in a truly improvised performance without skipping a beat. Yes, now robots can torture us with jazz fusion.
A messaging service for sending notes that appear to be handwritten. Its robots use pens to mimic handwriting. You can choose from a variety of handwritten styles or send your own writing style for the robots to copy.
The second trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie reveals more action-packed scenes as well as the hero’s origin. It appears that the self-aware and emotional robot is based on a Police droid. In other words, he’s RoboCop in reverse.
A demonstration of a mechanized platform which can perfectly balance a ball in its center no matter how hard its human master attempts to defeat it. Its motion control system can also make the ball follow precise paths on demand.
An amazing demonstration of Fanuc’s robots working together on an assembly line, sorting and organizing objects with amazing speed and accuracy. If only Lucy and Ethel had robotic assistants like these.
“Strategy only works when it is accompanied by the technology it requires.”Nifty Corporation’s documentary on Hebocon, a hilarious robot wrestling tournament where contestants know nothing about building robots.
Amazon’s cutting edge warehouses are now filled with Kiva robots, which ferry shelves around the warehouse. The robots allow items to be stocked and retrieved much quicker than when human workers had to walk up and down the aisles.
Project HON is an upcoming third-person mech shooter from Korea’s NCSOFT. The game features a variety of robots, including a giant mech that you get into while you’re already in a mech. Story trailer at 5:00, gameplay at 15:15.
From the makers of Cubelets comes a more advanced modular robot kit. MOSS uses magnets embedded in each block along with steel bearings to create connections. There will also be Artist Series sets with themed paint and graphics.
From director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) comes a drama about a robot child created specifically to learn, adapt and feel like a human being. Starring Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman.
A programmer wins a prize to meet his company’s reclusive CEO. But he ends up becoming a pawn in his boss’ experiment with artificial intelligence. Written and directed by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine). International trailer here.
TakaraTomy’s consoles in disguise. Optimus Prime transforms into the original PlayStation, complete with a controller and a memory card, while Megatron turns into a Mega Drive with a controller and a Sonic cartridge.
Entertainment and security in one remote-controlled egg. It has a projector with an adjustable lens, a camera, various sensors and a sound system. It maps your home so you can ask it to come to a specific room, or control it directly.
The essential elements required to make an impactful short film are all present in this French student piece, in which we meet Leo, a high tech pet robot, living all alone in Paris following the strange disappearance of nearly all living species.
We recently got up close with Caterpillar’s humongous, 900+ horsepower D11T bulldozer, which can be equipped with a remote control for moving earth in locations too dangerous for human operators. BattleBots 2.0, anyone?
A multicopter for photography and video recording. It can follow and record a subject with the help of any GPS-capable Android device. You can also create flight paths just by tracing lines or shapes on its Android app.
The Dyson 360 Eye’s 360º vision enables it to see an entire room all at once, helping it map and move around. It also has the most powerful suction out of all robot vacuums, and has brushes for both carpets and hard floors.
Have you ever tried doodling on carpets and other furry surfaces? Professor Yuta Sugiura and his colleagues tried harder. They came up with three devices that let you draw, stamp or automatically print on furry surfaces.