Category Robots

This past Thursday, February 24th 2011, marked two distinct milestones for NASA and space exploration: space shuttle Discovery launched for a final time bringing its 27 years and 143 million miles of service to an end while at the same time carrying in her cargo bay Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot (that we know of) to be...

Built by twin brothers Geoff and Mike Howe, the Ripsaw was billed as the fasterst tracked vehicle, clocking in at over 80mph. As of this writing I have yet to verify whether Ripsaw (the original vehnicle) is indeed the fastest tracked vehicle. But today, with a reasonalby among of certaintly, I can say that the Ripsaw MK1 is the...

I'm sure this is something many of us have been waiting for - a Wedding Robot (yes, the thing you're detecting is sarcasm). The Japanese robotics firm Little Island - of which I haven't heard of before - has introduced a Wedding Bot. Standing at approximately 27" tall, this robot is intended to greet your guests at the wedding....

Recon Robotics is now introducing another cool robot - this one for under-vehicle inspections. If you live in a large city then chances are that upon entering large (government) buildings your car has been subjected to an under-vehicle search. The basic procedure is that you're stopped at a checkpoint and security personnel use a mirror mounted to a...

I wrote about RCTiger a while back but today it was reported via TechCrunchthat they're offering free gameplay indefinitely. The premise of the game is simple: you go to their website and take command of a real (toy) tank from their web-based interface. As a tank capitan, you can commandeer the tank and the objective is to find and "shoot" down...

Brain-to-machine interfaces are nothing new but the proliferation of research in this domain, particularly in robotics-related applications, are very exciting to me. It entail "reading" the mind of the human operator, translating those thoughts to robot commands, and sending them down to the robot for execution. Though much of the experiments I've seen are uni-directional  (ie Human to...