The robots; they’re walking — and this one’s doing it under its own steam. This passive robotic frame requires no energy input, and is instead powered by its own weight and a gentle slope. The BlueBiped can be adjusted to match the proportions of any user, and researchers plan to use it to assist people who find it difficult to walk and transport unwieldy sports equipment. It already holds the Guinness world record for the longest distance walked by a bi-pedal robot, plodding 15 kilometers (9.32 miles) in a single 13-hour stroll. Those fearing the impending Robopocalypse can at least breathe a sigh of relief that — like some other homocidal robots — stairs still remain out of bounds.
Continue reading BlueBiped robot needs no power to walk for miles, as long as it’s downhill (video)
BlueBiped robot needs no power to walk for miles, as long as it’s downhill (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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CubeStormer I was pretty cool, we guess, but that was way back in 2010. Now we’re all about CubeStormer II. Built by Mike Dobson and David Gilday, the puzzle-cracking robot is capable of solving Rubik’s Cubes at blazing fast speeds, shaving precious fractions of seconds off of human world records. The ‘bot was constructed from four Lego Mindstorms NXT kits, with our old pal the Samsung Galaxy S II serving as the its “brain.” CubeStormer will be making a public appearance at ARM TechCon 2011 in California, later this month (and really, the whole thing seems like a bit of an ad for ARM — albeit a really awesome one). In the meantime, check out some video of it in action after the break.
Continue reading CubeStormer II rocks a Samsung Galaxy S II, makes CubeStormer I look downright slothful (video)
CubeStormer II rocks a Samsung Galaxy S II, makes CubeStormer I look downright slothful (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 14 Oct 2011 20:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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After the recent score of creepy
robots, it’s great to see a mechanical creature that doesn’t look like it would trample you to death if you insulted its parentage. This is the SimLab SQ1, built by the Korean software company as a testbed for a Government-funded giant version to rival the AlphaDog
. After the break you’ll find a little motion picture of the SQ1 comically tottering around. Have your laughs now: it won’t nearly be so funny when it comes for you
in the night.
Continue reading SimLab SQ1: Korea’s adorably unstable robot dog (video)
SimLab SQ1: Korea’s adorably unstable robot dog (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 14 Oct 2011 04:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Wu and Kong are the latest additions to a pantheon of robot athletes. Sure, their eye-mounted motion-tracking cameras may not make for the most emotive games you’ll ever see, but we can’t help but be impressed by all those precision shots. The robot twins were developed at China’s Zhejiang University and, we’ll admit, compared to getting hustled at pool or being struck out by a baseball robot, there’s something a bit friendlier about a game of table tennis with our future oppressors. You can marvel at the duo’s bionic backspin in action after the break. We’re massive Wu fans.
Continue reading Chinese researchers create ping-pong playing robots, trash talk still needs work
Chinese researchers create ping-pong playing robots, trash talk still needs work originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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