Waymo, Google’s self-driving car program, has launched a taxi service. Available only in Arizona as of this writing, Waymo One works just like a ride sharing service like Uber, except the “driver” just there in case of emergency, and the car is fully autonomous.
THE BEST Robots
Our latest look at the live action adaptation of the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita shows some of the heroine’s various armor and body modifications. It also gives us a peek of Alita competing in the deadly sport called “Motorball.” The film drops 2/6/19.
It is the distant future… the year 2000… the robots have taken our jobs… and are dancing about it. The music video for The Chemical Brothers’ track Free Yourself, from directors DOM&NIC and effects house The Mill will take you on quite the ride. Boogie! Roboboogie!
You don’t have to be a fan of the latest Jurassic World movie to appreciate this awesome high tech toy from Mattel. The Alpha Training Blue is a learning, interactive mini raptor with 7 motors, touch and sound sensors, and lots of nifty sound effects… and those eyes.
Hong Kong toy designer Lock Lai creates vintage-style robot toys which will look awesome on your shelf. Their articulated body parts are held on by magnets and can be stored inside of their metal bodies. Find more TinBot designs, including a DIY blank one on Storenvy.
Skeletonics‘ 9+ foot tall, 88 lb. electro-mechanical exosuit is more puppet than practical work assistant, but it’s still pretty awesome. In addition to offering its wearer a lift on stilts, it gives them giant robot arms and individually-controlled bony fingers.
Already in use in a number of golf clubs in the United States, the Rover is an autonomous caddie that carries more than your golf clubs. It also has a built-in cooler, a carrier for divot repair seeds, and even a USB charger. It also has a tablet that shows your yardage.
There’s already a robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 second, but that thing takes up too much space. Thanks to miniaturization, and the smarts of Human Controller, we now have a completely self-contained version. It can only reverse a human’s moves at this point though.
This highly-articulated LEGO Technic robot by Shadow Elenter uses 19 motors to move its wheels, arms, snippers and grippers to defuse, pick up, and dispose of a phony explosive payload. We’re not sure we’d use it for a real bomb threat, but we’re still impressed.
LEGO Ideas member baeeee9 made this proposal for an official set of Voltes V, the super robot from the eponymous 1970’s anime. Just like in the cartoon, it consists of five vehicles that can be combined to form the humanoid robot. We love the proposal’s sleek look.
ecoRobotix dramatically reduces the use of herbicides with this solar robot which can identify good plants vs. bad ones, then apply chemicals in tiny amounts only to the weeds, killing them with 95% effectiveness. It would be cool if it were strong enough to yank weeds.
If you have trouble tying your shoelaces, there are some great alternatives out there. But if you’re a mechanical engineer, you might build yourself a robot to perform the task for you, like these UC Davis students did. It’s not exactly fast, but it does get the job done.
Tobias Kuhn’s robot has just one purpose – to juggle a ball on its surface for as long as possible without it falling off. He used an array of four microphones to detect the position of the ball, controlling a circuit which tweaks the angle of the table to keep it going.
Tested’s Adam Savage has built some incredibly complex projects, but here he returns to his model-making roots, and shows us how to make a completely unique robot sculpture using parts cobbled together parts from Weta Workshop’s Giant Killer Robots board game.
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