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PneuHound, a robot dog driven by pneumatics

Perhaps Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini is the worlds first robotic dog, about the size of a German Shepherd. But PneuHound could very well be the world’s first robotic chihuahua. PneuHound is a robot dog driven by pneumatics, developed in Adaptive Robotics Lab., Osaka Univeristy

Sploid: The Evolution Of Robots In Movies and TV

Robots are fascinating. This video—using the amazing Scot Park’s illustrations—shows the evolution of these amazing synthetic characters in movies and TV.  

The Verge: First look at Segway’s robot butler of the future — CES 2016

Segway’s Advanced Personal Robot is a modular robot with Intel’s Real Sense technology, which allows it to map and detect an environment in real time. The Verge’s Dieter Bohn explains more.  

Cambridge University: Teaching machines to see

Two technologies which use deep learning techniques to help machines to see and recognise their location and surroundings could be used for the development of driverless cars and autonomous robotics – and can be used on a regular camera or smartphone.  

The Creators Project: Robot Art: Harvey Moon’s Drawing Machines

These robots can draw portraits, give visual form to a cricket’s movements, or interpret Google Earth as an abstract picture. Through designing, building, and programming machines to draw, new media artist Harvey Moon discusses how he surrenders control and artistic license to his robot collaborators in the video above.  

IEEE Spectrum: Harvard RoboBee Diving, Hovering, Swimming

“Hybrid Aerial and Aquatic Locomotion in an At-Scale Robotic Insect,” by Yufeng Chen, E. Farrell Helbling, Nick Gravish, Kevin Ma, and Robert J. Wood from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University was presented at IROS 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.    

Joblo: A Celebration of Robots in Cinema

The movie website Joblo has created this cool mash-up featuring a massive variety of some all-time favorite Movie Robots in all their forms; AI’s, cyborgs, androids, humanoid-, flying-, rolling robots and more. Check it out above or below!  

Cambridge University: Bio-inspired robotics

Fumiya Iida’s research looks at how robotics can be improved by taking inspiration from nature, whether that’s learning about intelligence, or finding ways to improve robotic locomotion. A robot requires between ten and 100 times more energy than an animal to do the same thing. Iida’s lab is filled with a wide array of hopping …

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Harvard University: Bioinspired Robotics: Smarter, Softer, Safer

The Bioinspired Robotics platform at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering looks into Nature to obtain insights for the development of new robotic components that are smarter, softer, and safer than conventional industrial robots. By looking at natural intelligence, collective behavior, biomechanics, and material properties not found in manmade systems, scientists at the Wyss …

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TED: These Robots Come to the Rescue after a Disaster | Robin Murphy

When disaster strikes, who’s first on the scene? More and more, it’s a robot. In her lab, Robin Murphy builds robots that fly, tunnel, swim and crawl through disaster scenes, helping firefighters and rescue workers save more lives safely — and help communities return to normal up to three years faster.  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Robot with human reflexes

Researchers from MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have designed an interface that takes advantage of a human’s split-second reflexes allowing a humanoid to maintain its balance and complete tasks. (Learn more: ) Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT Additional footage courtesy of the researchers  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Improving robot dexterity

MIT engineers have devised a way to give more dexterity to simple robotic grippers using the environment as a helping hand. Their model predicts the force with which a robotic gripper must push against surrounding fixtures in order to adjust its grasp.  

RAIR Lab: Self Consciousness with NAO Bots

The scientist Selmer Bringsjord have performed an experiment that in a way indicates robots to be self aware. Selmer have programmed three robots with information that the two of them have got a pill called “dumbing pill”. The robots are told that this pill will prevent them to speak. He then asks the robots what …

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SPLOID: How far are we from Terminator’s killing robots? DARPA has the answer

The new Terminator movie comes out on July 1. Would we ever see killer robots so advanced? Probably. But looking at DARPA’s 2015 robot challenge, it looks like it’s going to take a loooooong time. Just don’t laugh too loud or they will kill come back to kill you in a couple of decades.  

And the Robotic Challenge Winner Is: The South Korean the Team DRC-Hubo@UNLV and Their Robot DRC-Hubo

Developed by the team DRC-Hubo@UNLV, the robot is a semi-autonomous humanoid robot – a robot with a body shape that resembles a human body – complete with numerous electro-mechanical and computer systems that support movement and interaction with humans and the environment. Some Quick Facts: The Korean Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) develops the …

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IEEE Spectrum: A Compilation of Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Lots of robots fell over on Day 1 of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.  

Yaskawa Electric Corporation: Samurai vs Robot

Commercial for Yaskawa Electric Corporation in which the robot arm Motoman MH24 flex its sword skills against the Japanese sword master Isao Machii .  

DARPA: Robotics Challenge 2015: Day 1 Compilation

The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is a prize competition funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Held from 2012 to 2015, it aims to develop semi-autonomous ground robots that can do “complex tasks in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments.  

IEEE Spectrum: Robot Learns to Push Heavy Objects With Their Bodies

“Whole-body Pushing Manipulation With Contact Posture Planning of Large and Heavy Object for Humanoid Robot,” by Masaki Murooka, Shunichi Nozawa, Yohei Kakiuchi, Kei Okada, and Masayuki Inaba from the University of Tokyo, was presented at ICRA 2015 in Seattle, Wash.  

ATRIAS Robot: Climbs a 15-cm Obstacle

ATRIAS, is commanded to walk forward over an unseen 15-cm platform. How will it fare? The members of the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory explore, design, and build robotic systems that move swiftly and can easily handle impacts and kinetic energy transfer. Examples include walking and running robots, force-controlled actuators for delicate tasks such as bomb defusing, …

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