Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Just Plain Creepy

So this is the "Heart Robot" that reacts to the way you treat it. It's got a little "heart" that "beats" and a "breathing stomach" and these respond to the way you treat it. Give it a hug and it relaxes, show it some anger and it gets tense.

Let's see what it does when we "smother" it with a "pillow."

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Lego robots to be shot into space.

So I reckon a lego robot is like the primitive version of the T-1000 Terminator: if it breaks while trying to kill you, it can just put the blocks back together.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

More Wall Climbin'

Didn't you see one of these outside your window the other night?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Pull My Finger

SENSOPAC, an ominous sounding European outfit undoubtedly working for Skynet or perhaps Ernst Stavro Blofeld, is developing a robotic hand controlled by a robotic brain and featuring sensitive robot skin (no doubt soaked in Palmolive).

"The hand they have built is closely modeled on the human hand. It can snap its fingers, pick up an egg or carry a cup of coffee. Its fingers are moved by 38 opposing motors."

How much longer until they find out whether it can pull a trigger?

Friday, July 25, 2008

FrogBot Says "Oui!"

A French company announces a humanoid robot called NAO they plan to make available to the public.

Love the red beret, cocked at a jaunty angle on its little head. Now it just needs a pencil thin mustache to complete the stereotype. Oo la la.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Don't Probe Me, Bro

Caltech predicts probe droids will do the dirty work of checking out our local sector of the galaxy by 2020.

Well, maybe, but only if they haven't killed us off first, I suppose.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Would You Like Fries With That?

The US Army placed an order for 220 additional robots to join 1500 that are already deployed.

The robots in question are the PackBot 510, which are programmed to investigate suspicious objects, identify roadside bombs and find Sarah Conner.

Canadian Robot Makes Its Own Decisions, Eh?

Nova 5 has "humanlike abilities of perception and decision-making."

A professor involved with the project says, "This robot will be able to analyze the situation and determine where the particular threat could be coming from in terms of its sensors."

You look like a threat to me, puny human.

Monday, July 21, 2008

This Day in Robot Domination History

Just a friendly warning: today marks the anniversary of the first known incident of a robot killing a human. Robert Williams became the first victim of world robot domination when "an automated piece of machinery turned and crushed the 34-year-old worker against a safety bar. He died five days later."

You have been warned.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

RoboStool on the Prowl

Sure, it looks comfy. Until it bites your feet off.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

We've Got Crabs

If you see one of these little robocrabs scuttling around your office, just step on 'em like the bugs they are.

You know they're listening to you. Relaying information back to your manager. Or to the evil robot overlords. Or, perhaps, both.

Play it safe. Get some crab stompin' boots.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

You Sure As Hell Better Have Exact Change

Driverless robot buses to run amok in Britain.

I suppose it'll make bus stops obsolete -- these buses will find you.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Move Over, Care Bears

Here comes the Care-O-Bot.

The one-armed, three-fingered robot can "recognize and respond to gestures."

Yeah, well respond to this, buddy. I got your gesture right here.

Thursday, July 10, 2008



Ground zero for the robot revolution?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

We're Doomed. Doomed!

What will they do next? Aren't their nefarious plans to take over the earth bad enough? Now must they destroy us at air hockey?

Is nothing sacred anymore?

Monday, July 7, 2008

Candy Gram

Behold the LandShark.

Competing with other Pentagon robots, the LandShark has the added bonus of being able to disguise its voice when it knocks on your door.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day, Puny Humans

Enjoy it while you still can...

Thanks to our favorite artist.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Dances with Robots

Newsweek article about the Japanese obsession with making robots more human-like.

"The goal is to build an intelligent environment for the symbiosis of robots and humans in everyday life. The real challenge is to come up with robots that can actually communicate with people."

Robot: You Sarah Conner?

Woman: Yes.

Well, you know the rest.