Walking tree harvesting machines are being used in Finland by the lumber industry. These walking machines can maneuver in forests much more easily than wheeled vehicles and cause far less damage.
Here is a Japanese news report about a research project to make a robotic toddler. This Big-Ass toddler is 4 feet tall, weighs over 70 pounds, and is connected to a pneumatic device for power!
I can only say that this is creepy at best and terrifying at worst.
Meet Nao from Aldebaran Robotics!
From the Aldebaran Robotics website:
NAO is a programmable, 57-cm tall humanoid robot with the following key components:
Body with 25 degrees of freedom (DOF) whose key elements are electric motors and actuators
Sensor network, including 2 cameras, 4 microphones, sonar rangefinder, 2 IR emitters and receivers, 1 inertial board, 9 tactile sensors, and 8 pressure sensors
Various communication devices, including voice synthesizer, LED lights, and 2 high-fidelity speakers
Intel ATOM 1.6 GHz CPU (located in the head) that runs a Linux kernel and supports Aldebaran’s proprietary middleware (NAOqi)
Second CPU (located in the torso)
27.6-watt-hour battery that provides NAO with 1.5 or more hours of autonomy, depending on usage
Wanna make a robot?
Why not make it as big and scary as possible?
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan has developed some amazing dinosaur robots that can actually walk around and trample small children (and adults!) underfoot!
Who ever said you needed real dinosaurs to bring on all the trouble of Jurassic Park?
Bring it on! WestWorld Prehistoric Style!
Do you have robot insurance?
Consider Old Glory Robot Insurance, because when they grab you with their metal claws, you can’t break free. Because they are made of metal, and robots are strong.
Seriously, robots are everywhere and they eat old people’s medicine for food!
Watch it here!
For when the metal ones decide to come for you!
AND THEY WILL!
NASA’s Robonaut 2 (robotic astronaut), which is called R2 for short, was delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) in early 2011. Last week, R2 came to life and greeted Commander Dan Burbank with the first “man-robot” handshake in space.
R2 can controlled by telepresence either from Earth or from the ISS. R2 runs on 38 PowerPC processors and has over 350 sensors which makes it extremely dextrous and able to sense its surroundings.
Here is a video:
Here is a video of the robot in action!
The Universal Jamming Grippers consists of a balloon filled with sand or coffee grounds. When slightly inflated it can wrap itself around an object. Then when the air is removed the balloon tightens its grip and holds tight.
In keeping with the thread of creepy androids, meet ‘Repliee R-1’ an android made at Osaka University. It was designed after a five-year old girl, and has flexible silicone skin with 50 sensors and motors.
It seems like there is something really wrong with this girl…
I stumbled on these creepy android heads on YouTube. Are these Pirates of the Caribbean escapees? I don’t know. I don’t know anything about them… nor do I wish to!
Watch for the independently wandering eyes at the end of the video.
Researchers at Computational and Machine Learning Lab at the University of Southern California have taken the Little Dog developed by Boston Dynamics to a new level. They have developed new machine learning locomotion algorithms that learn good footholds, accommodate unperceived obstacles, and employ special moves when the robot is at its kinematic limit. This robot is completely autonomous!
In short, an army of 10,000 of these things could get us all!