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Android trash can robot

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

We aren’t sure what it is about the Android robot, but he’s just so adorable. Even as a trash can. You could probably build your own if you have a spare trash can. This one was made by a Taiwanese guy who loves Android.

It has LED eyes, movable “arms” and “legs” and you can control it with a remote, and rotate the joystick to spin it 360 degrees. Hopefully we won’t see an army of these on our streets anytime soon.

LG RoboKing vacuum

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on July 4th, 2011

The Roomba is pretty cool as far as robo-vacuums go, but you can’t exactly have a conversation with it. What kind of vacuum bot doesn’t even talk? LG’s latest self-diagnosing robotized cleaning assistant seems much cooler. The RoboKing VR6172LVM will cost 779,000 Won ($730), and has a low noise 48dB design.

It can run diagnostics at the press of a button and then tell you if any components are broken. But it won’t help you fix it. Oh well, it’s still progress.

Lego Pancake Robot

Posted in Robots by Reuben Drake on June 28th, 2011

Robots making me breakfast? Sign me up for that. This Lego Pancake robot can make pancakes in a bunch of different shapes which can be pre-programmed into the robot before entering your stomach.

The Pancake Bot is a 3 axis CNC made robot that uses the Z coordinate as the Pancake Batter Dispenser Control. I can only hope that one day we will be able to buy robots like this and welcome them into our home.

Unofficial Android MP3 Speakers

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 27th, 2011

These Android MP3 speakers may look like the real deal, but they appear to have “gotge” written on them, not Google. We don’t even care. They are still adorable.

Each one has a small full-range driver built into the bottom, and they also have colorful LEDs around the neck that light up when the music is playing. Pushing the droid’s head starts and stops the music, and turning it left or right adjusts the volume.

The Android Robot gets a teardown of his own

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

We’ve seen our share of gadget teardowns. They’re fun. It’s neat to see how things work. But this may be the first time we’ve seen an OS Mascot get a teardown of his own. Wanna know how the Android robot works? Well, this infographic explains all of his inner workings.

Its was created by woofdude on the furaffinity website and it shows everything you ever wanted to know about the robot. He even has a secret donut stash.

Keepon robot is now affordable

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2011

We first saw the Keepon robot way back in 2007 when it cost a stunning $30,000, which meant that only rich folks could enjoy the little bot. Well, this little silly guy is now available for home use for just $40. That means we can all afford one.

It’s called the My Keepon now and is even more of a “toy”, dumbed down just a bit compared to its predecessor so that it can be affordable. Are you going to buy one? Or is this too silly for you?

Kinect used to control a robot

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

We’ve seen Microsoft’s Kinect sensor hacked to do a whole bunch of stuff, and now someone is using it to control a robot using the sensor. Let’s stop this madness now. Before you know it, we will be facing robot armies controlled from some dudes living room.

The robot is dubbed the Veltrobot, a gyro-stabilized robot with some nice limb movement. The system maps the Kinect output onto a skeletal frame, transmitting that information to the robot, which may or may not venture outside to hurt others.


Man builds humanoid robot with a mohawk to kill Wasps

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

Want to avoid getting stung by wasps as you are trying to exterminate them? Why not go all out and build a humanoid robot with a mohawk to do it for you? Professor Sekine of Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, did just that.

The bot is called Mohican as in “last of the Mohicans” though this is the first. It can be controlled via remote and voice. He hopes to release it “sometime next summer,”. A shame it doesn’t yell at the Wasps like Mr. T.

Awesome R2D2 DIY robot holds a geek and moves around

Posted in DIY,Robots by Shane McGlaun on September 28th, 2010

I really like to see some of the awesome DIY stuff that geeks come up with and when that stuff has to do with Star Wars it’s even better. A dude has created his own DIY R2D2 bot that is larger than the actual robot so the guy can fit inside the ting to drive it.

The replica of R2D2 has a flip up dome that the guy climbs into. Once inside the robot he activate sound effects and somehow control how the thing moves around. It has fans inside too to keep the geek cool.

Robot hand with space glove designed for NASA hits eBay

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on September 27th, 2010

People put some weird stuff on eBay and some of the stranger items are fake. If you are a loaded geek that likes space and robots, you need to head over to eBay and bid on an authentic robot hand developed for NASA.

The hand was made on a contract for NASA along with another prototype, it and the one on auction are the only two ever made. The hand was built by Mark Rosheim in the 90’s and wears a custom-made glove constructed by the firm that makes space suits for NASA.

Windoro window cleaning robot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Think of this bot as a roomba not for your floor, but for windows. The Windoro bot comes from some scientists working for the Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robotics in South Korea.

The robot is essentially two modules that stick together through the glass using magnets. Yes, it isn’t the best design, but at least it’s a start. Once they perfect the technology, this thing will be cleaning large office building windows easily.


Willow Garage ships PR2 robot for $400,000

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on September 8th, 2010

I have seen the Willow Garage PR2 robot a few times around the web and the thing is really cool. When you consider the fact that the PR2 was only being sold to research institutions and universities it was easy to imagine that meant the bot was very expensive.

Willow Garage is now selling the PR2 to anyone who can afford it. That list of people who can afford the PR2 will be short considering the thing costs $400,000. For that much money, you get two arms with grippers, an omnidirectional mobile base, a sensor suite, and dual onboard Xeon servers each with 8-cores, 24GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage, and a power system on board.

Carnegie Mellon’s robot snake now climbs trees

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2010

The way we see it, humans have just two deeply rooted fears. Both are completely justified. Robots and snakes. Well,now Carnegie Mellon has combined both effectively and taught its robotic snake how to climb trees. “Uncle Sam” is a modular snake robot and the latest in a line of snakes from Carnegie Mellon’s Biorobotics Lab. Uncle Sam can roll, wiggle and side-wind with the best of them.

Now that it can wrap itself around a pole and climb vertically, it can therefore climb trees. Maybe even pluck an apple and offer it up to an Eve-bot. We were scared of robot snakes before, but now it might truly be time to whimper and hide somewhere and wait out the coming robotpocalypse.

Skitterbot is the world’s fastest legged micro-robotic toy

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2010

I am a sucker for robots and remote controlled toys so when you combine them I am interested. A new product has been unveiled from a company called MyDeskpets called the Skitterbot. The little RC robot toy is very fast and runs on a rechargeable battery.

The bug has a 5-function remote control and can be had in four different colors. Each control can be set to one of four frequencies to let up to four players race at one time. The robots will sell for $19.99 at Toys R Us and Radio Shack stores around the country.

Robonaut 2 gets packed up for mission to ISS

Posted in NASA by Shane McGlaun on August 16th, 2010

I have talked before about Robonaut 2 or R2 as it is known. R2 is a robot built by NASA and GM to work in space with humans. R2 is one of the most capable robots ever built and can handle a wide variety of tools thanks to complex articulating hands.

The mission that will take R2 to the ISS this fall is coming close to launch. NASA has been looking at how to pack up R2 safely for the trip aboard the space shuttle while still making it easy for astronauts to unpack R2.