Robots

Disney's Sand-Sketching Robot Turns Beaches Into An Artist's Canvas

If you thought elaborate sand castles were the only way one could express their artistic vision on the beach, Disney Research and ETH Zürich want to introduce you to their Beachbot. Slightly larger than a Roomba, the cartoonish robot turtle uses innovative soft balloon-like wheels so that it doesn’t leave a trail while rolling across a beach, but can deploy a built-in rake as needed to draw elaborate designs in the sand.


Must Watch: A Robot Fights For His Right To Live In The Latest Chappie Trailer 

“I Am Consciousness. I Am Alive. I Am Chappie.” This new second trailer looks awesome! Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, the man behind District 9, Chappie stars Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$USer from South African electro-rap duo Die Antwoord. It premieres March 12 in Australia.


Spin Master's Meccanoid G15 KS Will Let You Build Your Own Johnny Five

If you were a child of the ’80s, at some point in your life you saw the movie Short Circuit and realised that a sass-talking robot would be far superior to the friends you had at school. And with its new Meccanoid G15 KS building kit, Spin Master will finally let you build and program your own robotic sidekick, complete with whatever sarcastic comments you want it to say.


This Robot Is Better At Beer Pong Than You

We’ve seen Empire Robotic’s absurdly nimble soft robot in action before. But now, the Versaball system is here to play a little beer pong. And it’s probably going to kick your arse.


Australian Researchers Build Robots That Learn To Cook Using YouTube

Scientists have been toying around with something called “deep learning” (a massive, internet-based robot brain) for a while now. But a newly published paper details the latest advancement in the robotic processing system: Learning how to cook simply from watching YouTube videos. Robots — they’re just like us!


Tesla Building Robotic Snakes That Emerge From Walls To Charge Cars

Elon Musk just tweeted some pretty exciting news. In the future, Tesla owners won’t have to worry about plugging in their cars. Robot snake arms will do it for them…


Wall.e Restaurant Staffed With Robots Opens In China

Yet another new restaurant with robot servers has opened in China. And the owners seem determined to test Disney’s patience with intellectual property laws. Why? The name of the restaurant is apparently Wall.e — just like the cute little robot worker from the 2008 Pixar film.


Who Decided A Hexapod With Robot Snakes For Legs Was A Good Idea?

When it comes to mobility and articulation, it turns out that using six robot snakes as legs actually results in a walking hexapod that can easily scramble over almost any terrain. But when it comes to our deep down fears that one day these creations will over throw us, nothing seem as terrifying as this autonomous creation chasing you down the street.


These Festive Bots Are Just As Excited About The Holidays As You Are

Every year the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich trots out its weird and wonderful robotic creations adorned with festive garb as one of the more entertaining video holiday cards you’ll see every year. At this point it’s almost as much a holiday tradition as watching Charlie Brown or the Grinch on TV, and though it’s different every year, you still know how it’s going to end — with the eventual enslavement of humanity.


Watch This Freaky Robot Arm Move Like A Snake Hanging In Mid-Air

As it demonstrates its incredible ability to precisely follow a pre-determined path while seemingly hanging in mid-air, OC Robotics’ Series II – X125 system snakebot is also doing a really good job at being incredibly unsettling. Especially for those of us who hate snakes (robotic or real) and now realise there’s pretty much no place left for us to hide from them.