Robots

This Bionic Kangaroo Is Perfect For An Australia-Themed Amusement Park

Yesterday, Festo unveiled a bird-inspired wind turbine, but today the company has unveiled a new robotic creation that’s a little more recognisable. The world may not have a huge need for a bionic kangaroo — outside of Australian-themed amusement parks — but emulating the marsupial could result in robots with remarkably long endurance.


Computers Are Now Able To Teach Each Other Pac-Man, The End Is Near

Until now, humans have had one significant advantage over computers and robots: We meatbags were the only ones who could teach them how to function. Now, researchers at Washington State University have created computers that can teach other computers. And they’re using Pac-Man to do it. Is nothing sacred?


International Space Station's Robot Looks As Charming As R2-D2

Briefly: Here’s International Space Station commander Koichi Wakata posing with robot AFJ013 in NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. It doesn’t get closer to the future than this, folks. I’m so jealous.


Testing Is About To Begin On These Futuristic Robot Space Surgeons

If you’re an astronaut on your way to Mars, there aren’t too many options if your appendix bursts. That’s why a technology company has developed mini robot space surgeons that can actually climb inside of astronauts’ bodies. The first zero-gravity tests on the machine are about to begin.


How They Clean Those Gigantic Solar Energy Plants

The world’s largest solar plants sure look amazing, but they raise one big question: how the hell do they keep all those panels clean? Nowadays, using robots like this!


Video: This Amazing Nirvana Cover Makes Kurt Cobain Relevant Again

After a wildly successful Kickstarter, musician and singer Kawehi has a new EP in the works. As part of the project, she’s recreated an iconic Seattle grunge track, making it even grungier. Her cover of Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box is going to divide opinions; the song has a huge robotic influence, with some serious vocoder work and a whole lot of angst.


A Magic Pancake Stacking Robot Machine Is Why Technology Exists

You can have your iPhones and iPads and Androids and laptops and smart watches and Google Glass and fitness trackers and wearables. Have it. Take it all away. I only want this magic pancake stacking robot in my life. It’s the only reason we invented technology.


Inflatable Huggable Robots Could Replace Complex Mechanical Automatons

All of those images of a dystopian future where mankind is enslaved by giant robots don’t seem so terrifying if these inflatable air-powered alternatives are realised. Not only do they seem downright adorable and huggable, they’re also incredibly easy to make once a mould has been 3D printed.


Musician Builds A Robotic Instrument That Reads The Tattoo On His Arm

Moscow-based artist Dmitry Morozov, also known as “vtol”, has built a robotic system to read a tattoo on his arm like a musical score. The sounds this thing makes are pretty gnarly.


What If Crash Test Dummies Became Sentient Right Before The Car Crash?

Here’s a fascinating 3D animation short from Malek Rizkallah. Called Crush, it entertains the idea of crash test dummies becoming sentient from a timely spark in the precious moments before the car crashes. The execution is crisp and clean but the concept is so interesting that it makes you feel real emotions in the eyes of CGI-robots in just a few seconds.