October 6, 2008

RoboVox, Say "Klaatu Barada Nikto"

Artist Martin Bricelj created RoboVox, your first step in assisting robot domination. Simply text a message from your cellie to the 8 meter tall dude and he will read it aloud. Bricelj claims his creation is "an interactive public monument, with the purpose of serving as [the] people's voice."

Check out his site for appearance locations. We're thinking of texting "Klaatu barada nikto." We think that Gort and Patricia Neal would be proud.

Via RoboVox

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October 2, 2008

Murata Girl To be Released

About to be unveiled at CEATEC Japan 2008 the end of this month is the female version of Murata, known as Murataseiko-chan. She rides on a unicycle and was built as a "playmate" for Murata Boy created in 2005, who is on a regular bike. Both have sensors and gyroscopes to stay in balance. Why is it that most of the time male bots are built first and the females are secondary? (hehehe.)

Via Robot Living

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Tiger Shiva, Art and Transportation

Somebody should alert Sigfried and Roy. This mechanical Tiger Shiva has been around for a while, but is new to us, so we had to share. Created by artist Kezanti in Brugge, Belgium, you can see more shots and video on the artist's site.

Via Kezanti

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September 23, 2008

Highlights from the Tokyo Toy Show

Take a look at C-Scout's video tour of the recent Tokyo Toy Show. On display were plenty of robotic goodies, from Tomy's I-SOBOT to Sega's new Live Dream. The musical device contains 30 tracks that are expandable and can play up to 18 tracks simultaneously. The sound comes from where the instrument is placed so that you can play conductor. Proof positive that robots are being built with adults in mind.

Via C Scout

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September 22, 2008

e-Juba Delivers in Africa

The south African National Health Laboratory Service is testing the e-Juba, a prototype UAV that can be used for specimen transport or drop in rural areas of the country. The device is made up of sensors and gyroscopes and can be programmed with specific routes. The largest can carry 12 jars for a load of up to 500g as far as 40km. So far, two have been tested with positive results. The NHLS feels that the aircrafts could also carry medicine, anti venom, or blood.


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September 18, 2008

ScanRobot Automatically Copies One Book at a Time

The German robotics firm Treventus Mechatronics has come up with ScanRobot. True to its name, it can scan an entire book all by itself. It holds the book open at a 60° angle, scans pages, and air jets turn them. The bot works at a pace of 25 ppm and keeps working until the entire book has been digitized. While we realize this is something the average Joe or Jane cannot afford, think how nice it would be to have your entire library at home in one single bot.

Via Treventus

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September 15, 2008

Le Trung Builds Aiko to Serve

Canadian Le Trung was so inspired as a kid with Robot Anime that he decided to build Aiko. She can move around, "feel" pain, and speaks both English and Japanese. Trung plans to add other features in the future, including facial expressions, the ability to make tea, coffee, and bacon and eggs, clean his toilet, feed him sushi, and be able to massage his shoulders and neck. Uh-huh.

via Project Aiko

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September 4, 2008

Wii Balance Board + Roomba = Surfin'ba

Check out the demo of a the Surfin'ba with a Wii Balance Board and an iRobot Roomba. In his third hack, "longjie0723" manages to play "Surfin U.S.A." while they go through their paces. The guy seems to be having a good time, but we suspect the Roomba feels a bit foolish.

Via The Raw Feed

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September 3, 2008

Slide Rule Wall Alarm Clock

Greg Blonder has created a Slide Rule Alarm Clock. The man is an inventor, physicist, designer, and former Bell Labs scientist, so it is easy to see why this timepiece is as much art as it is a functioning device. He created it with Lego Mindstorms NXT and a foam core. Hours and minutes are on each of the rulers and they meet at a central slider. We want one!

Via The Watchismo Times

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September 1, 2008

Remember Mr. Machine?

Those of you who can date yourself and remember B/W television in the 60's will surely recall Mr. Machine. We caught the ancient commercial a couple of nights ago on a local bad movie program and forgot how kewl we thought the wind-up Ideal toy was at the time. Robotics have come a long way since then! Oddly enough, we checked around and you can still purchase Mr. Machine, although the $89.98 price seems somewhat inflated. But then again, Poof Slinky re-manufactured him with the intention of targeting nostalgic adults as a collectible.

Via Mr. Machine

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