Brutalist ShiftBot Neutrality Best-of-Three – WIRed #110

It’s time for Episode 110 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses saving a brutalist legend, Google and MIT’s shape-shifting robot, how net neutrality effects gaming, and a classic two-out-of-three-falls-match from Ring of Honor! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Brutalist ShiftBot Neutrality Best-of-Three – WIRed #110”

BEHOLD the Shape-Shifting Robots from Google & MIT!

Insert Google/Skynet joke here; I’m too tired to do it this time…

While the real-world and fictional robots we’re used to seeing are typically very rigid, it may not be ideal for some tasks.  We can create robotic machines that can contort and maneuver themselves to fit into smaller spaces while STILL remaining sturdy enough for strength-dependent tasks. By “we,” I’m talking about MIT and Google’s Boston Dynamics, as the parties have developed a composite material with the ability to switch change from hard and soft states whenever, wherever, INSTANTLY! Continue reading “BEHOLD the Shape-Shifting Robots from Google & MIT!”

A Man Walking in Suit &…HOLY CRAP, THAT’S A ROBOT!

Do you remember that video of the Metal Gear-esque BigDog robot that could toss bricks.  No? Well, here it is.  Anyway, the folks behinds that project, Boston Dynamics, have recently released a new video of another one of its robot creations that may have the potential to destroy humankind via a robot apocalypse. Maybe. The creation is called Petman, and it’s designed to be a test unit for military outfits, hazmat suits and other forms of protective garb.  Once you watch the video after the break, you won’t BELIEVE that it’s NOT a person in that suit based on its insanely, realistic movements.   Continue reading “A Man Walking in Suit &…HOLY CRAP, THAT’S A ROBOT!”