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?
During the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open, a golf-playing robot known as LDRIC was allowed to take its shot at a little time in the tee box. Here, on the par-3 16th hole, it struts its stuff with an Eagle. Oh, and it can talk, kick footballs, and soccer balls too.
Angelo Casimiro wanted a replica of The Force Awakens’ rotund droid, but Sphero’s version wasnt’t big enough. Instead, he spent his Xmas break building his own full-size droid for just $120, with a paper-mâché beach ball body and an Arduino brain. More on Instructables.
Also known as “flexible microactuators” – these unusual soft robotic devices can manipulate objects like human fingers do. They’re more than a little phallic, but still impressive. The bit with where they turn the bolt is hypnotic. Oh, and the same guys developed this nightmare.
Golf with giant mechs. The PS4 exclusive 100ft. Giant Robot lets you wreak havoc on Earth (and beyond) to make shots easier for yourself and harder for your opponents. It has real-time and turn-based modes plus a single-player campaign. Compatible with PlayStation VR.
After a tragic accident, Jason Barnes had his hand and wrist amputated. As if that weren’t challenging enough, Jason plays the drums. But thanks to Gil Weinberg, and the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, he can play entirely new styles with his new robotic hand.
SUPINFOCOM students Valentin Watrigant, François Guery, Elsa Lamy, Aurelien Fernandez, and Louis Ventre created this inventive animated short as their graduation film. We love the late ’50s “space age” aesthetic that permeates the character and sound design.
Jockeying for the title of “Coolest Dad of the Year,” builder Izzy Swan took his drill-powered walking machine and turned it into a 10 foot-tall T.Rex for his son. Its legs, mouth, and tail move. We think it should be named “Mechasaurus Rex,” but it’s simply known as “Bob.”
Episode VII is just around the corner, so let the Star Wars merchandising blitz begin. One of the first official toys to break cover is a doozie – a special version of the Sphero app-controlled robot that’s been made to look and work just like the rolling BB-8 droid.