Harvard University Develops Robot That Crawls Like a Snake; You Won’t Want These in Your Boots…

Scientists at Harvard University have created a soft, tube-like robot with silicone rubber acting as its artificial skin. The laser-cut rubber used is a thin, stretchable plastic sheet, with the cuts, shaped like triangles or circles, look similar to the scales on the skin of snakes. The robot is able to move as air is pumped into the tube, which allows the robot to expand and contract, resulting in the scales to pop up and anchor against the ground, pulling the robot in a forward motion. As for moving backwards; the researchers are still trying to figure that out. Continue reading “Harvard University Develops Robot That Crawls Like a Snake; You Won’t Want These in Your Boots…”

Nintendo Labo: What Do We Know It & Why Do I WANT IT SO MUCH?!?

Last week, Nintendo unveiled its “new interactive experience” for Nintendo Switch, called Nintendo Labo. Nintendo describes the Labo as a “new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch.” The Labo will allow Switch owners build cardboard versions of items — dubbed “Toy-Cons” by Nintendo — ranging from a 13-key piano, to a fishing rod, a bird house or even a motorbike. It works by inserting Joy-Con controllers into those Toy-Cons, and (via the Joy-Con’s use of multiple IR and motion sensors), players will be able to play games themed to the variety of cardboard creations. I must say, as someone who grew up making tons and TONS of things and projects out of cardboard, I’m extremely interested and intrigued by this product.

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Cosplaying Dad Builds Functioning D.Va Mecha For Cosplaying Daughter…

Blizzard’s hit online multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch is fun and awesome. I know it. You know it. Mechanical cosplayer Mike Carambat knows it, as well as his daughter (who is also a cosplayer). Carambat, who goes by retroresource on Reddit, has built a walking D.Va mech. This mech even comes with four thrusters that blow smoke and strobe, that arms move up and down via the controllers, a steering mechanism within the torso, an old electric wheelchair forming the base, and rotating guns rotate that light up in different colors. The mech even features a sound system with D.Va voice-overs, a rear exit hatch  and even a fan to keep the pilot cool. Continue reading “Cosplaying Dad Builds Functioning D.Va Mecha For Cosplaying Daughter…”

Cozmo, Anki’s adorable RC Robot, will spread its cuteness to Canada in July

Look, robotic remote-controlled cars are awesome and they always have been.  Even last fall, Anki released an adorable, palm-sized robot companion names Cozmo for sale in the US. Plus, it didn’t just rolls on its tank treads, it also uses its arm to interact with its surroundings, AND has a built-in camera to recognize you AND your pets. Starting in July, Anki will put the Cozmo on sale in the Great White North (a.k.a., Canada) for $250 CA, and in September, it will be available for purchase in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Nordic countries. Continue reading “Cozmo, Anki’s adorable RC Robot, will spread its cuteness to Canada in July”

Behold this Mind-controlled Robot That Gives the Disabled a Taste of Travel

Wow you guys; we already have brain-controlled robot limbs assisting the disabled regain some mobility, but what about a free-roaming operating FULL-FLEDGED robots controlled by our thoughts?!? Seems far-fetched and elusive, right?  WRONG! Swiss researchers have developed a mind-controlled telepresence robot that allows anyone with motor disabilities to travel when it would otherwise prove to be impractical.  Continue reading “Behold this Mind-controlled Robot That Gives the Disabled a Taste of Travel”

Buildings Could Be Made with This Brick-Laying Robot

All Sorts of Buildings Could Be Made with This Brick-Laying Robot

Construction, in the MOST traditional sense, can be exhausting, back-breaking work, but that may change thanks to Swiss engineers who’ve developed a brick-laying worker robot that can aid us puny humans to erect buildings.  Scientists at Zurich’s Swiss National Center of Competence in Research have created the In-situ Fabricator, a smart construction robot that uses a large arm to lay bricks in pre-programmed patterns, and its wheeled base to maneuver around construction sites without human help. Continue reading “Buildings Could Be Made with This Brick-Laying Robot”

Scallops In Yo’ BODY!! – WIRed #128

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It’s time for Episode 128 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a stimulating retirement and nursing home, tiny scallop robots to repair our bodies, the worst loadouts possible in Team Fortress 2, and the rocky beginnings of Rocky Maivia! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Scallops In Yo’ BODY!! – WIRed #128”

These Tiny Robotic Scallops swim through Blood and Eyeball Fluid to Repair You

Apparently for many years now, scientists have been trying to create microscopic robots that will swim through our bodily fluids and repair damaged cells and/or deliver medicine. A group of scientists from Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems think they’ve FINALLY got it down with a design form of scallops that are so small that they can barely be seen by the human eye. These itsy-bitsy, tiny-winy micro-robo-scallops maneuver back and forth in order to swim through blood, eyeball fluids and other bodily liquids. The team of scientists believe that by mimicking the way an actual scallop swims would be an ideal method of movement, mainly due to several reasons. Continue reading “These Tiny Robotic Scallops swim through Blood and Eyeball Fluid to Repair You”

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

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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”