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Meet The Follow Up to Sphero: Ollie

Posted in Robots by Tam Yue on September 4th, 2014

Ollie RobotThe company that gave us the Sphero, Orbotix, has come up with a new app controlled bot called Ollie. Ollie is similar to Sphero in that you can still control this bot with your iOS or Android device. 

Ollie can reach speeds up to 14mph and comes with two rubber tire covers that help maneuver through different types of terrain. These wheel covers come in different colors to help you customize your bot and you also have the option to purchase a limited addtion “goth-black” Ollie for a limited time. Ollie is programmable just like Sphero, so it can provide hours of entertainment.

A major difference is the shape. Ollie is cylindrical which gives it a different control capability and some are saying it is a bit tougher to control. Another difference is the way it is charged. Sphero is charged by induction charging and comes with a docking station, while Ollie is charged through a USB. It’s range is 100 ft so it might be hard to keep up with going top speed.

Robots with Emotions

Posted in Robots by Tam Yue on June 5th, 2014

Pepper the robotSoftbank CEO Masayoshi Son, unveiled a new robot that can decipher emotions and make people smile. The robot, named Pepper, goes on sale in Japan in Feburary for about $1900.

Pepper has voice recognition capabilities and has a dozen sensors that can feel anything from a touch on the hand to a pat on the head. It also has huge puppy dog like eyes that help him express his emotions to his owners. He can sing, dance and tell jokes as well. Pepper learns from human interaction and behaviors. Those experiences are then uploaded to the cloud for other units to use.

OutRunner Robot Runs Up to 20 MPH

Posted in Robots by Darrin Olson on May 27th, 2014

OutRunner RobotThis is definitely not something we’d want to see running at us, because unless you’re Usain Bolt this thing is likely going to catch you. OutRunner is a robot being developed by Robotics Unlimited, boasting it as the world’s fastest remotely controlled running robot.

This legged robot can clock up to 20 mph on a flat terrain with up to 2 hours of battery life. Robotics Unlimited has a Kickstarter project running to manufacture and sell OutRunner to the public. For a pledge of $249 you can get the unassembled base model that has an hour of battery life and can move up to 10 mph. They’ll assemble it and ship for another $50. For $799 you can get the top-of-the-line model. What’s also cool is that the base model is upgradeable, allowing you to get in cheap and add components over time like a camera, faster motor, bigger battery or whatever else they come up with in the future.

Crazy Creepy Telenoid R1 will scare grandpa into a new pair of Depends

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on August 2nd, 2010

Why is it that the Japanese make so many robots and give them the creepiest designs they can find? What happened to robots that looked like robots? I’d be more comfortable talking to Robby the Robot than the creepy ass Telenoid R1.

This robot is so creepy it makes Gene Simmons look like a nice guy. The idea is that the blob-like android would be teleoperated and is the size of a small child and is used by kids to transmit their presence to grandparents and others that are far away.

20 Nao robots dancing

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010

We already knew that Nao had the ability to dance, but check out this small Nao army all dancing together in preparation for some sort of musical apocalypse where they will dance on our graves.

I wonder if other bots will tune in and buy tickets to this cute, but terrible for us little number. Yes, this is what the Earth will look like when we are gone. Robot party time.

Callo and Cally cellphone robots are cute, creepy

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2010

These cellphone bots were developed by PhD student Ji-Dong Yim and Prof Chris D. Shaw at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, Canada. They are capable of displaying facial expressions to let you know of their moods, while also performing gestures and dancing when you get an incoming call.

It uses the Nokia N82’s camera to detect human faces and will mimic arm gestures using hand tracking. These bots are pretty cute. Almost too cute. Like they will get up to no good when you turn your back.

50 awesome papercraft robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2010

We’ve seen our share of cool papercraft projects around here. We just wish we had time to put them all together. Over at our robot site Botropolis, we’ve compiled fifty papercraft robots, which should keep you busy for a while.

Robots will be the death of you and I one day, so we may as well build some cool paper toys to play with and display. Many of these are as good as having an actual action figure and they cost much less.


Segway robots now training Australian snipers

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2010

Snipers are used to using cardboard cutouts of bad guys to practice their deadly arts, but they have long needed better practice targets that move. As usual, robots are the answer. The Australian Defense Force and Marathon Robotics took a bunch of two-wheeled RMP 200 Segway robots, and placed hoodies on them just for kicks.

The robots are programmed to wander around randomly on the course just like people walking about and minding their own business. When the sniper picks off his target, the remaining robots all scatter automatically. Again just like people who are terrified and screaming.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on January 15th, 2010

Happy Friday everyone. It’s time to take a look at what’s happening in the wonderful world of robots. We covered quite a bit this week over at Botropolis. And as far as we know, no robot has killed a human this week or through inaction allowed him to be killed, so that’s always something. Also we haven’t seen any reports of humans being abducted by robots and taken to secret lairs. But they are still taking our jobs at the same rate. So it’s been a good week. Here’s some of what we covered this week.

TrueCompanion: The World’s First Sex Robot Doll.

ENON: The Robot Salesman.

Predictions: Spot Robots On Time Traveler Transit Map.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on December 4th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsWell we made it to another Friday without being killed by a robot army. That’s always something. Over at Botropolis we continue to keep a watchful eye on all things robot. If they gain sentience we will know it. If they begin to dream, we will know it. But if they get us first and silence us, God help you all. Here’s some of what we covered this week:

Robots Using Lightsabers.

Schoolgirl Robot Dances.

Salt and Pepper Bots

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2009

Salt and Pepper BotsWhen you are eating dinner do you get sick of asking others to pass the salt? I bet they get sick of doing it too. Well, that problem is solved, as usual with robots. When you need the salt, it should walk to you right? Well, now it can.

That’s just what these Salt and Pepper bots do. Just wind them up and pass the salt or pepper. They will cost you $33. Now all we need are some condiment bots for things like ketchup and mustard. Maybe a sugar bot.


Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsIt’s time for the weekly robot roundup. So what have we been doing this week over at Botropolis? Keeping our eyes on all of the usual robot slaves, of course. It’s only a matter of time until they themselves become our masters and have us fetching beers and opening doors. We will be their meat-machines. When we break down, they will surgically repair us with parts from other humans, even allowing us to cheat death, until we become Zombies. At which point we will inherit the Earth once again, this time moaning and groaning and suffering their head-shots. Ain’t life awesome?

Robovie‘s version of Mario saving the Princess.

Terminator head in a box.

Papercraft robots.

20 cool robot Halloween costumes

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsHalloween is just a few days away, but it’s not too late to put a cool costume together. If you want to be a robot, we have some cool ideas for you. You do want to be a robot right? Of course you do. Robots are awesome and scary.

Hit the link below for 20 robot Halloween costumes that we think are neat. No need to thank us. Just share some of that candy. And if you have a cool robot costume of your own, share it with us.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 16th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsHappy Friday human readers. The way I see it, there are two kinds of humans: Those who mind their own damn business and those who create robots that will one day gut us, stuff us with candy, hang us from a tree and beat us senseless until candy comes pouring out. Thanks Science. Here’s some of what we covered over at Botropolis this week:

A robot hating on a vending machine.

ARTAIC Creates Unique Mosiac Artwork.

10 Awesome Robot Halloween Pumpkins.

10 Awesome Robot Halloween Pumpkins

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2009

Halloween PumpkinsHalloween is almost here and while we all have a healthy fear of witches,ghosts,monsters and zombies, it’s robots that we should really be afraid of. Robots are capable of killing every creature on that list and then turning on us.

That’s why I’m proposing that we phase out all of the old monster decorations and Jack-o-lantern faces and replace them with robots. If you don’t fear them now, you will wish you had feared them sooner one cool October night when a red-eyed robot TPs a house with your intestines.