Robots

Awesome Stair-Climbing Robot Conquers Obstacles With Tank Treads

The first rule of Roomba is that Roombas don’t climb; for less than the price of a military grade iRobot beast, your a ground-based machine isn’t going to do very well against obstacles. A new open-source bot called ARTI may not clean, but it can conquer stairs with ease.


Fingertip Sensor Makes Robots Better (And Far Scarier)

Good as robots are at repeating the same motion over and over, they can’t adapt to situations nearly as well as good ‘old flesh-and-bones. That’s where MIT’s new fingertip sensor comes in. The technology employed to make a robot version of our fingertips is sophisticated, but surprisingly simple.


Short Film: A Lonely Robot Looking For Friends Is Not What It Seems

All this lonely robot wants is for someone to play with — but he doesn’t seem to have much luck. You’ll feel bad for the poor adorable robot until you see the film’s shocking final twist.


A Robotic 3D Printer Could Print Anything, Anywhere It Wants

3D printers are far from a perfect technology at this point, but one of their most glaring issues is that their printing capacity is limited to the size of the machines. The print head on a 3D printer can only travel so far, which is why moving it onto a wheeled platform that’s completely mobile is a brilliant idea, and could be quite a leap for the technology.


Watch And Squirm As This Robot Tentacle Snakes Through A Fake Pipe

It must be ‘let’s creep out the populace’s month’ over at MIT, because, in addition to revealing the school’s untethered robot cheetah today, there’s another video showing the latest progress on its development of a highly articulated robot snake. Which is cool, because everyone loves snakes, right? Especially when they’re extra unstoppable in robot form.


MIT's Robot Cheetah Now Runs Free Without Cables Or A Leash

A lot of robots in development are able to perform amazing feats in a laboratory setting when they have got plenty of tethers and cables keeping them perpetually powered and safe. The real test of their capabilities is when they’re forced to explore and interact in a real-world environment, like the robot cheetah that researchers at MIT are developing, which recently took its first untethered steps outside.


Scientists Made A Soft Exoskeleton That You Put On Like Pants

Exoskeletons that give you superhuman strength sound incredibly awesome but also look incredibly awkward and bulky and uncomfortable. So what about a soft exoskeleton that you wear like a pair of pants?


Watch This Robot Get Burnt, Frozen And Run Over By A Car -- And Survive

This is the strongest robot I’ve ever seen. It was able to survive a snowstorm, being tossed into flames and being squished by a car and it still lived to tell the tale.


This Robot Maximises Your Chance Of Finding Love On Tinder

Tinder is a great way to find hookups romance near you, but it still relies on you and your potential partner finding each other mutually attractive. Since you can’t always rely on that, why not boost your odds — say, with a robotic finger that can “like” up to 900 Tinderers per hour?


The ATLAS Humanoid Robot Has Advanced To The Level Of A Lazy Teenager

The first videos we saw of DARPA’s advanced ATLAS robot it was just an infant, learning to walk and balance on its own. During the DARPA Robotics Challenge the humanoid robot handled itself like a capable child. And now almost a year later the folks at MIT are happy to announce that ATLAS has finally reached the level of a lazy, shiftless teenager. Watch in awe as it barely musters the energy to drag a metal truss across a warehouse.


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