December 14, 2010

RC: Star Wars Episode III Debut

'Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III' will debut on Sunday, Dec. 19 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Watch the hour long special as Chewbaca introduces Han Solo to his family, the Emperor and his minion Darth Vader try to handle their regime, Gary the Stormtrooper goes for a joyride on a speeder bike and Boba Fett finds himself inside the Sarlacc monster.

Via Robot Chicken

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ReWalk Debuts on Glee

ReWalk is UC Berkeley's motorized robotic device that is controlled by motion sensors that feel the user's movements and translates them to motorized joints.The device goes outside clothing and consists of a harness, crutches and leg braces powered by a rechargeable battery.

Argo Medical Tech, who built the ReWalk and has been testing it for the last several years, will soon be offering it to the public for ~$100,000. We think that a recent cameo appearance on 'Glee' certainly made for great advertising. (Since when does a high school football coach make that kind of money?)

Via Argo Medical Technologies

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December 8, 2010

Robot Touts Wonders of Logitech Harmony

Would that all of life could be organized as easily as this robot claims it is with the Logitech Harmony Remote. Compatible with over 225,000 devices, it only takes one touch to control your DVD player, access music or enjoy your home theater.

Via Logitech

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December 6, 2010

WheeMe Robotic Massager

The WheeMe Massage Robot is meant to ease your tired muscles by moving across your back or front automatically and manages to stay on you. It has four small wheels and roto-finger to sooth your aches and pains. Then again, it might just be inserting that pod in your neck.

Via Dream Bots

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December 2, 2010

ChouChou Robotic Butterfly Feels No Pain

When you were a kid did you ever try to catch a firefly or butterfly in a jar, only to find that the effort either destroyed the poor insect through damage or asphyxiation? Tenyo's ChouChou Robotic Butterfly needs 3 AA batteries and a thump on its container to fly around. Available next month for $55.00, watching the video still gives us enough guilt to want to set it free.

Via Japan Gadget Shop

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December 1, 2010

Ride the Land Crawler exTreme

Vagabond Works designed the Land Crawler exTreme robot when his son requested a robot that he could ride. With 12 legs, it can carry up to 27 lbs. of human child. It may look a bit creepy, but it certainly outclasses a Segway.

Via Singularity Hub

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November 30, 2010

Red Traces Newest Generation of HAL

This is a quick edit (~8 seconds so don't blink) that notices the same red hue in a Droid ad, the TV series Caprica and one of our fave movie villains. You might say that the current generation of bots go back to the same roots. Hmmm.

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BHA Mimics Elephant Trunk

The German company Festo took the design of an elephant's trunk and 3D printing to come up with an arm that is graceful and flexible. Intended for industrial bots, the Bionic Handling Assistant contains resistant sensors that can be held back before destroying any human close to it. The end of the arm has a 3-fingered gripper that wraps around an object, then collapses and traps it. Festo believes that this reduces the risk of injury that can occur in current service bot arms.

Via New Scientist

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November 22, 2010

Robotis Bioloid GP Debuts

Much thanks to Robots Dreams for managing to capture some footage at the MAKE Tokyo 06 of the Robotis Bioloid GP Robot. Dude, that guy can move and will undoubtedly kick some serious robot butt in future competitions.

Via Robots Dreams

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Chess Terminator Takes on Vladimir Kramnik

The Chess Terminator, released to the general public last June, went up against World Champ Vladimir Kramnik recently. The champ seemed to take the match with a sense of humor, but we bet that isn't what was going on inside. At one point the human seemed to confuse the chessbot when he placed a pawn between two squares as CT remained motionless. Kramnik then apparently tries to shake um, hands and acknowledge a draw. He then flinches when CT moves again and calls him aggressive. Yeah, we know.

Via Chess in Translation

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