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.
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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.