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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Are you like myself and you desperately want a itsy-bitsy, tiny, little Arduino board with an OLED display? Just some of you? Well, that’s ok, ’cause I know other technophiles like myself want one! This is Microview’s new “chip-sized” Arduino, currently on Kickstarter, that costs $45. You may ask yourself ‘what can it do,’ and the answer would be ‘ALL KINDS OF STUFF’! Basically, you’ll get a micro controller, a lot of inputs so you can drive the display via software, and you’ll be allowed to build awesome little projects using various sensors, motors, I/O devices, and much more.
On this week’s Louisville Cardinal-tastic episode of WIRed, get your Big Mac on at a Asian Fuel Station, Robots walking like HUMANS, Violent Games re-imagined as Dr. Seuss book covers & I didn’t know THESE guys were in WCW?!? Continue reading Mickey D’s Robot Testers Seuss Gaming in WCWWE – WIRed #42