The Pentagon's new Avatar project, unveiled by Danger Room a few weeks back, sounds freaky enough: Soldiers practically inhabiting the bodies of robots, who'd act as "surrogates" for their human overlords in battle.
When I think of flying robots, music doesn’t spring forth into my mind – it’s more rise-of-the-machines-type stuff sadly. Then again I don’t work in a robotics lab at the University of Pennsylvania – but I wish I did. The classic theme tune re-imagined is simply awesome.
It’s been a long time coming, our intrepid android astronaut was first freed from his packing on the ISS back in March last year, we even glimpsed a look through his eyes in September, but now Robonaut 2’s finally been activated.
Avatar has taken one giant leap towards becoming real thanks to some Japanese robotics boffins. Their new Telesar V gives wearers of a head-mounted display, some vest-mounted sensors and a special pair of gloves the ability to not only control a robot, but see, hear and feel what it does too.
Some would argue that the biggest obstacle robotics currently faces isn't the Uncanny Valley or suppressing the urge to destroy all humans — it's keeping their batteries charged. The newest version of the EcoBot may have the answer — it eats poop. Our poop.
It's useless for keeping your floors clean, but those of us living in colder climates will certainly appreciate this concept Hagent robot that seeks out the warmest places in your home, absorbing the heat to share with you later.
One day, drones won't just fly by themselves: they'll hunt in packs. Imagine a swarm of tiny, flying drones chasing after you, synchronising their movements to catch you in the most effective way possible. If you can't imagine it, don't worry: it's already happened.
Michael Jordan? Mohammed Ali? Joe Montana? Sit down. The world's most amazing athlete works for NASA. Meet the gigantic, six-legged, tool-wielding robot that can hop around an asteroid. Tiger Woods ain't got nothin'.
Last year the German Aerospace Center developed Rollin' Justin, an articulated robot that was particularly adept at catching balls. But so he doesn't have to play catch alone, the DLR just finished building his clunky pitching teammate, Agile Justin.
When you were a kid, did you dream of going into space? Maybe you had a colouring-book about a lunar voyage. Or maybe you and your best friend tried to create anti-gravity out of cleaning products and accidentally killed a tree in your front yard. Y'know, hypothetically. If any of this sounds even remotely familiar, it's a safe bet that NASA figured in your dreams.
When Chinese audiences tuned in to Big-Show the other night to celebrate the start of the Year of the Dragon, they were treated to this 14-member all-robot dance troupe. Why yes, they are dancing to a remix of the Tetris theme. [Technabob]