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  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Purchasing Mini Caliber Robot

    02/03/2016 10:11:47 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    FedBixOpps.gov ^ | FedBixOpps.gov
    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Purchasing Mini Caliber Robot 10--Mini-Caliber Robot Solicitation Number: DJA-15-ANCE-PR-1110 Agency: Department of Justice Office: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Location: Administrative Programs Division (APD) This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice.The solicitation number is DJA-15-ANCE-PR-1110 and is issued as an invitation for bids (IFB), unless otherwise indicated herein.The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-84. The associated North American Industrial Classification System...
  • Disney’s VertiGo Combines Car, Helicopter to Drive Up Walls

    12/30/2015 10:44:47 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Dec. 29, 2015 | Evan Ackerman
    Disney's VertiGo Combines Car, Helicopter to Drive Up Walls By Evan Ackerman Posted 29 Dec 2015 For robots, multimodal is the way to go, when going involves getting to as many places as you possibly can. Designing a robot with the ability to deal with a variety of terrains or conditions usually requires some creativity, and in the past, some of the most creative designs have come from ETH Zurich and Disney Research, like this wall-climbing base-jumping tornado-powered robot called Paraswift. As cool as Paraswift was, since it depended on suction to climb walls, it couldn't deal with rough surfaces...
  • VertiGo wheeled robot isn't stopped by walls

    12/30/2015 9:34:14 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 11 replies
    GIZMAG ^ | DECEMBER 29, 2015 | BEN COXWORTH
    Although they aren't as common as flying drones, we are seeing an increasing number of wall-climbing robots. What isn't so common, however, are devices like the VertiGo, which both drives on the ground and climbs up walls. Its climbing ability is particularly impressive, as it can even tackle walls with rough, uneven surfaces.
  • ALPHA 2, The World's First Humanoid Robot for the Family

    11/11/2015 2:22:05 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Alpha 2, The World's First Humanoid Robot for the Family. Intelligent, Interactive and Expandable!
  • The world's first robot 'actress': Talking android fitted with a human face is given star role..

    11/02/2015 8:03:20 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 1, 2015 | Julian Robinson
    The world's first robot 'actress': Talking android fitted with a human face is given star role in Japanese nuclear disaster film Android called 'Geminoid F' is the co-star in the Japanese film 'Sayonara' Designed to look and act like a human with rubber 'skin' and woman's face The robot is equipped with motorised actuators and controlled remotely By Julian Robinson for MailOnline Published: 22:29 GMT, 1 November 2015 | Updated: 00:25 GMT, 2 November 2015 Japanese film-makers have created a robot movie star - by casting an android 'actress' in a lead role. The robot co-stars alongside a human in...
  • Robot to Be Featured Speaker at Clinton Foundation Event

    09/21/2015 7:39:24 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 44 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 21, 2015 | JERYL BIE
    mong the luminaries appearing this year at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, part of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, are household names such as Bill Gates, actor Ted Danson, Harvard's Lawrence Summers, and ... Pepper? Pepper, a "social humanoid robot" from Japan, is billed as the "first humanoid robot in the world capable of recognizing universal emotions." The Clinton Foundation includes Pepper along with his more traditional human counterparts in a list of speakers for the annual gathering that begins later this week.
  • Trump: Fiorina a 'Robot'

    09/19/2015 4:38:40 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 107 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 18, 201 | Jesse Byrnes
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday panned GOP rival Carly Fiorina, calling the businesswoman a "robot" after her debate performance. "She’s got a line of pitter-patter that I’ve heard many times from her," Trump told Fox News Radio's "Kilmeade & Friends." Trump pointed to Fiorina's stump speech, in which she regularly refers to calling her friend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on her first day in the Oval Office. "I’ve heard that so many times, and she said it the other night too, the same exact words," Trump said on the program. "Bah, bah, bah — like a robot."...
  • Intelligent robot tells interviewer, ‘I’ll keep you safe in my people zoo’

    08/31/2015 4:10:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    Metro ^ | 08/31/15 | Rob WaughRob Waugh
    An ‘intelligent’ robot offered a truly chilling answer to an interviewer’s question, ‘Will robots take over the world?’ ‘Don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake,’ the bearded robot intoned. His interviewer, from PBS, is visibly taken aback by the answer. The robot – modelled after Philip K Dick, the novelist whose work inspired Blade Runner – uttered the terrifying words in an interview with PBS in 2011, in response to the question, ‘Will robots take over the world?. The robot...
  • This Robot Chef Will Skillfully Flip Your Pancakes by , 1:33p @BrennaHouck

    08/31/2015 1:23:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Eater ^ | Aug 30, 2015 | Brenna Houck
    Plus, a robot bartender is slingin' cocktails in Germany. The human race's pancake flipping days could soon be over. MIT Technology Review reports that RobotHow — a European robotics research project focused on teaching robots to understand language — has developed a robot chef capable of using instructions to complete complex tasks like flipping pancakes and making pizza. While things like flipping a pancake might seem simple, for robots it's a challenge to determine how much force and what exact motion is required to complete the action, writes Quartz. The robot called PR2 learns tasks by following instructions on wikiHow....
  • Watch Google's terrifying humanoid robot running through a forest as firm pledges it will soon [tr]

    08/17/2015 1:38:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 17, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    It may have fared badly in the recent robo-olympics, causing hilarity with a series on unexpected falls, but Google has revealed its humanoid robot has been set free in the woods to learn how to run through terrain. The Atlas robot created by Google-owned firm Boston Dynamics is a formidable figure at 6ft 2in tall and weighing in at 330lb. In the video, it is shown struggling to stay upright - but managing to traverse a forest path without falling.
  • Minimum-wage offensive could speed arrival of robot-powered restaurants

    08/17/2015 6:27:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 16, 2015 | Lydia DePillis
    Crowded. That’s how Ed Rensi remembers what life was like working at McDonald’s in 1966. There were about double the number of people working in the store — 70 or 80, as opposed to the 30 or 40 there today — because preparing the food just took a lot more doing. “When I first started at McDonald’s making 85 cents an hour, everything we made was by hand,” Rensi said — from cutting the shortcakes to stirring syrups into the milk for shakes. Over the years, though, ingredients started to arrive packaged and pre-mixed, ready to be heated up, bagged...
  • HitchBOT Was A Literal Pile Of Trash And Got What It Deserved

    08/03/2015 6:38:43 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 63 replies
    The Concourse ^ | 03 Aug 15 | Albert Burneko
    <p>First things first. “HitchBOT,” for all practical purposes, was a garbage can with an iPhone in it.</p>
  • Friendly hitchhiking robot is found DECAPITATED in Philadelphia

    08/03/2015 6:37:58 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 August 2015 | Regina F. Graham
    Only two weeks into an attempt to travel across the United States, the friendly hitchhiking robot's journey has ended in Philadelphia after being beaten to a pulp. HitchBOT, who was created by a team of communication researchers from Ontario, was found damaged beyond repair early Saturday in the city of brotherly love.
  • Leggy ROBOT INSECT WALKS on WATER before flawlessly LEAPING OFF

    08/02/2015 4:16:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | 1 Aug 2015 | Kelly Fiveash
    Leggy ROBOT INSECT WALKS on WATER before flawlessly LEAPING OFF Artificial system replicates biological movement 1 Aug 2015 at 14:20, Kelly Fiveash Vid Scientists have created a leggy microrobot that mimics the actions of a water strider. They wanted to replicate the movement of the semi-aquatic insects to try to have a better understanding of how they are able to jump from watery surfaces with the same amount of force and height as a leap from rigid ground. Boffins from Seoul National University, Korea (SNU), Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and...
  • Not Much Brotherly Love for Robot in Philadelphia

    08/01/2015 5:31:10 PM PDT · by conservativehusker · 28 replies
    Salam Patch ^ | Aug 1 2015 | Adam swift
    Let’s be honest, whether fair or not, Philadelphia has a certain reputation. It’s a city where football fans booed and threw snowballs at Santa Claus. Baseball fans once threw D cell batteries (the big ones) at visiting outfielder J.D. Drew. And now, it’s where an adorable robot who was only counting on the kindness of strangers to hitchhike across the country was vandalized, effectively ending his summer trip. hitchBOT’s trip came to an (Friday) night in Philadelphia after having spent a little over two weeks hitchhiking and visiting sites in Boston, Salem, Gloucester, Marblehead, and New York City. Unfortunately, hitchBOT...
  • Tech Company Develops Robots to Replace $15 /Hr Workers – Can Produce 1 Burger Every 10 Seconds

    07/23/2015 5:34:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/23/15 | Jim Hoft
    On Wednesday Governor Cuomo’s New York Wage Board set a new minimum wage for New York City’s 200,000 fast food workers. City establishments will now be required to offer employees at least $15 per hour by the end of 2018. The move also makes it cost effective for companies to fire humans and hire robots. Momentum Machines has developed a robot that can put out one burger every 10 seconds.
  • Hitchhiking robot embarking on coast-to-coast tour across US

    07/17/2015 11:31:07 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 21 replies
    MyWayNews ^ | Jul 17, 1:29 AM (ET) | By COLLIN BINKLEY
    BOSTON (AP) — With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada is about to start a hitchhiking journey across the U.S. The humanoid robot named hitchBOT has already caught rides across Canada and in Europe, relying on the kindness and curiosity of strangers. But on Friday it starts its first U.S. tour, setting out from Salem, Massachusetts, with dreams of San Francisco ahead. Along the way, it hopes to see some quintessential American sites, including Times Square, Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. The kid-size robot is immobile...
  • Robots picking fruit and driving tractors? [Immigration Problem solved?]

    07/10/2015 7:49:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 78 replies
    www.dailymercury.com.au ^ | 10th Jul 2015 5:00 AM | Emily Smith
    Dr Christopher Lehnert talked about the potential robots held for the agriculture industry at CQ University yesterday. A STEREOTYPICAL farmer might wear overalls and gumboots in 2015. But in not long at all, he could be a state-of-the-art robot. Agricultural robotics research fellow Dr Christopher Lehnert spoke at CQUniversity yesterday about robots being developed to pick fruit and detect weeds. One problem they could solve was harvesting labour shortages. "It's a causal workforce problem. (For farmers) their really high risk is getting a workforce to pick the fruit," Mr Lehnert said. "There's not a worry about job losses. We're just...
  • Robot kills a VW plant worker

    It seems to have happened as technicians were assembling the machine. "When the robot started up, it grabbed the man and thrust him against a metal slab," explains the Local. It's not clear how big the robot is, but a VW spokesperson says it is not one of the newer lightweight models designed to work alongside humans on the production line.
  • Honda says its cars won’t crash after 2040

    04/27/2015 2:54:52 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 33 replies
    driving.ca ^ | April 27, 2015 | Nick Tragianis
    Taking a page out of Volvo’s playbook, Honda has set a handful of lofty goals for the next 35 years – including eliminating the possibility of its cars crashing. Speaking to Car and Driver last week at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress, Honda Americas R&D president Frank Paluch dished detains on a new set of core goals the Japanese automaker hopes to achieve by 2040, but they won’t be happening all at once. The first step in Honda’s goal will come in 2020, where Paluch says Honda vehicles will be connected one another and to infrastructure, lending to...
  • Blinded by laser-armed cops – scared yet? (Demilitarizing? Not so fast! Police on buying binge...)

    04/17/2015 9:44:39 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 52 replies
    WND ^ | April 17, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    The Z-Ro Retinal Obfuscation weapon mounted to a handgun. Last summer’s riots in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted much talk by President Obama and certain members of Congress about the need to demilitarize local police forces. Nearly a year later, the opposite is happening. New and more powerful weapons are flowing into local police departments daily, and still others are new to the marketplace. One weapon about to make its debut is the “Z-Ro Retinal Obfuscation” gun. When fired, the gun allows an officer to temporarily blind his targeted subject for up to 15 minutes. The new “compliance weapon” made a...
  • US to Deploy Unmanned 'Ghost Ships' to Track Submarines

    04/04/2015 1:16:06 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    Marine Link ^ | April 04, 2015, | Aiswarya Lakshmi
    To keep track of increasingly stealthy Russian, Chinese, and Iranian submarines, the U.S. is building a robotic ghost ship - an unmanned, autonomous patrol ship - to follow them around the high seas.
  • Meet the futuristic robot that mimics humans

    03/25/2015 2:17:13 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 16 replies
    Indian Express ^ | Published on:March 24, 2015 1:20 pm | Aleesha Matharu | New Delhi
    Would you want your consciousness to live on, long after your physical body is exhausted? Or have a ‘mind clone’ sit in on meetings as you take the day off? Is that even possible? Meet Bina48, the robot who can tell jokes, recite poetry and mimic humans. One of the most sophisticated robots ever built, capable of independent thought, emotion, Bina48 is modelled on Bina Aspen, wife of Martine Rothblatt — the CEO of biotech outfit United Therapeutics. A vision of a future where we all have such “mind clones” is what futurist 60-year-old Rothblatt shared on March 15 with...
  • Is It OK to Have Sex With a Robot?

    03/19/2015 8:02:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/19/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    Some ethicists argue sexbots will improve our lives by ending prostitution and sex trafficking, and by fulfilling human needs. The Christian Post spoke with three Christians who have written on topics related sex and human relationships and technology to get their take on the issue. The technology required to make a sexbot, or a robot designed for sexual relations with a human, is quickly becoming available, and some companies are already working toward that goal. First, robotics companies are already working toward designing robots that can move like humans and respond to humans with facial expressions. Second, there are several...
  • Liquid Metal Drop Shapeshifts Like a 'Terminator' Bot

    03/11/2015 1:17:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Mar 11, 2015 01:02 PM ET | by Tracy Staedter
    When I think of any kind of liquid metal form changing shape and moving around on its own accord, I can’t help but conjure up images of the T-1000 robot assassin from the movie, Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Now scientists have made a little drop of metal that’s able to propel itself through liquid and change shape to fit through a narrow passage. Although this little drop of liquid metal is no shapeshifting Nanomorph, it does have some fascinating properties that could one day be used to develop new methods for delivering drugs through blood vessels. To make the liquid...
  • Battlebots returning to TV!

    02/06/2015 9:20:00 PM PST · by CtBigPat · 8 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 6, 2015 | Nellie Andreeva
    The battling robots are back! Twelve years after BattleBots ended its run on Comedy Central, ABC has picked up a reimagined take of the killer robot combat sport, from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original BattleBots franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson. Former ABC topper Lloyd Braun executive produces the project, which has received a six-episode order to air this summer.
  • As robots start to take over retail, will there be any jobs left?

    01/26/2015 7:22:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    New York Post ^ | 01/26/2015 | Diane Francis
    The world’s first robotized sales assistants were rolled out last month in California. They are nifty, cute — and terrifying. Nicknamed OSHbots, the two machines cost $50,000 apiece, are five feet of plastic on wheels and carry built-in natural language processors, computers, product scanners and navigation tools. Named after the Orchard Supply Hardware store where they work in San Jose, they greet customers, ask if they need help, identify items, then offer to guide them to the appropriate aisle without bumping into anyone or anything. At night, they do inventory by cruising the store to identify missing products and update...
  • The robo karate kid! Terrifying two legged giant robot being developed by Google

    11/11/2014 6:05:55 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/11/14 | Mark Prigg
    ATLAS Robot built by Boston Dyanmics- which Google recently bought Dubbed Ian, the Atlas robot is 6ft 2in tall and weighs in at 330lb The Atlas robot created by Google-owned firm Boston Dynamics is a formidable figure at 6ft 2in tall and weighing in at 330lb. The robot boasts 28 hydraulically actuated joints and stereo vision, and is one of the most advanced robots ever created.
  • How to train a robot: Can we teach robots right from wrong?

    10/15/2014 2:51:17 AM PDT · by samtheman · 15 replies
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/ ^ | October 14, 2014 | Taylor & Francis
    'Masquerading refers to a person in a given context being unable to tell whether the machine is human', explain the researchers -- this is the very essence of the Turing Test. This type of deception increases "metaphysical entropy," meaning any corruption of entities and impoverishment of being; since this leads to a lack of good in the environment -- or infosphere -- it is regarded as the fundamental evil by Floridi. Following this premise, the team set out to ascertain where 'the locus of moral responsibility and moral accountability' lie in relationships with masquerading machines, and try to establish whether...
  • Tiny robot learns to fly a real plane

    09/23/2014 7:22:31 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 18 replies
    CNET ^ | September 22, 2014 | Michelle Starr
    A small, hobby-sized robot could herald the pilot of the future. At just 39.7cm (15.6in) tall, PIBOT -- a portmanteau of "pilot" and "robot" and not to be confused with Raspberry Pi-powered PiBot or 3D printer PiBot -- has been trained by researchers at KAIST to fly a human-sized aeroplane. The robot, presented at IROS Chicago earlier this month, has a video camera built into its "face", with software built in for runway detection and other visual cues. The rest of the buttons, sticks and switches allow the robot to control throttle, braking pitch, yaw, altitude, velocity, and direction, information...
  • I, Robot … Was This The First Robot Ever Arrested?

    09/20/2014 1:04:15 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 02/18/2014 | Annalee Newitz, Matt Novak
    Was This The First Robot Ever Arrested? On August 18, 1982 the Beverly Hills Police Department took a rather unusual perp into custody: a robot called DC-2. The crime? Illegally distributing business cards and generally causing a commotion on North Beverly Drive. It was probably the first time a robot had ever been arrested. When BHPD approached DC-2, the person operating it via remote control refused to identify himself to police. Officers searched the immediate area, but whoever was behind the thing was nowhere to be found. The bot's mysterious operator wasn't afraid of a little joking around though, despite...
  • Harvard and MIT Build A Robot That Can Build Itself [Watch Video]

    08/08/2014 8:21:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Boston ^ | 08/08/2014 | Megan Turchi
    Behold! A robot that is so autonomous it can make itself is now a reality, thanks to Harvard and MIT, The Harvard Gazette reports. But what does that mean?Check out their video here: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO... Robert Wood, the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard and member of the team that created the robot, said in an interview: “Well, robots in general are complex mechanisms: They have articulation, some number of degrees of freedom, they must interact with the world. So we picked a robot not just because we work on robotics,...
  • Watch great white sharks trying to eat an underwater robot

    08/06/2014 12:48:32 PM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 5, 2014 | Weston Williams
    If you’re one of those people who doesn't like having your picture taken, here's some dubious advice courtesy of a great white shark: try to eat the camera. Discovery Channel's website recently featured a series of videos of sharks inspecting, intimidating, and even attacking an underwater vehicle that was filming the marine predators in their native habitat.
  • Feds spending $10 million to build robot companions for children

    07/27/2014 9:50:33 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 24JUL2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits. The NSF grant said the project is necessary due to “critical societal problems.”
  • Man records nightmarish attempt to cancel cable, Comcast apologizes

    07/15/2014 11:01:48 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 56 replies
    WTOP ^ | July 15 2014 | Neal Augenstein
    Deciding to cancel a cable service subscription can be difficult -- breaking the news to the cable company can be near-impossible. Tech journalist Ryan Block and his wife Veronica Belmont tried to cancel their Comcast service last week over the phone. Block says 10 minutes into his frustrating conversation with the Comcast customer service representative, he started recording the phone call, which he posted on SoundCloud. The representative, whose name Block withheld, repeatedly demanded to know why Block would want to cancel the service. Block tells WTOP he and his wife told the representative they wanted to change providers, before...
  • Robot Designed to Run Like a Velociraptor; Korea's 'Raptor' Speed Rivals Usain Bolt's

    05/31/2014 7:11:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Headlines and Global News ^ | 05/31/2014 | By John Nassivera |
    A team of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have created a new sprinting robot inspired by a velociraptor. The robot, dubbed the Raptor, runs on two legs, and is capable of running 46 kilometers per hour (kph), or 28 miles per hour (mph), on a treadmill, according to CNET. Raptor can run faster than Usain Bolt, Olympic sprinter and the fastest known human, who has a recorded top speed of 44.7kph (27.44 mph). The robot is almost as fast as Boston Dynamics' Cheetah, which can run at 47kph (29.3 mph). Both Raptor and Cheetah...
  • O-bow-ma Bowing to Non-American Customs and the Occasional Robot...

    04/25/2014 7:01:22 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-25-2014 | MOTUS
    It’s Friday, do you know where your President is?He was last spotted in Japan where, I see, Drudge mocked him for bowing to a robot - butt you have to admit, the little guy was really good. The robot I mean:Besides, in Japan bowing is a way of life. Especially for tall people.And you know how BO likes to adapt to the local customs and culture; everywhere except America. So far Big Guy has been treated like royalty, first at the world famous “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” restaurant in the Tokyo where the starting price is an unbelievable $300 per...
  • U.S. President meets Japanese robot ASIMO (Obama bows to a robot!)

    04/25/2014 1:20:02 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 14 replies
    National Post [Canada] / AP ^ | April 24, 2014 | Darlene Superville And Mari Yamaguchi
    .... President Barack Obama bowed, looking delighted. His greeter, after all, was a 55-inch-tall, give or take, humanoid robot with the look of a diminutive Star Wars storm trooper. “It’s nice to meet you, too,” Obama said, pausing to watch the robot, named ASIMO, perform during a tour of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Despite Obama’s background in constitutional law, there’s a presidential geek side that always seems charmed, if not bemused, by technological advances....
  • UNITED STATES PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA BOWS TO JAPANESE ROBOT

    04/24/2014 6:15:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | April24 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    TOKYO (AP) — The voice was slightly halting, childlike. "Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you." President Barack Obama bowed, looking delighted. His greeter, after all, was a 55-inch-tall, give or take, humanoid robot with the look of a diminutive Star Wars storm trooper. "It's nice to meet you, too," Obama said, pausing to watch the robot, named ASIMO, perform during a tour of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. During his visit to Tokyo, President Obama had a chance to meet ASIMO, a Japanese humanoid robot. ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step...
  • Tiny swarm robots for microscale manufacturing

    04/23/2014 8:38:15 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 12 replies
    boingboing ^ | Mon, Apr 21, 2014 | David Pescovitz
    SRI International is creating coordinated systems of tiny ant-like robots that can build larger structures. The aim is a swarm of magnetically-controlled bugbots that could construct electronic devices, conduct chemistry for lab-on-a-chip applications, or do other micro scale manufacturing. It's part of the US Department of Defense's "Open Manufacturing" program.
  • Iranian School Teacher Programs Robot to Pray to Allah ... Uses Prop to Brainwash Children

    02/28/2014 11:02:37 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Wednesday 25 February 2014 | euronews
    Iranian teacher uses hi-tech robot to encourage prayers An Iranian schoolteacher has come up with a novel way of encouraging young children to learn their daily prayers. 27-year-old Akbar Rezaie, who teaches the Quran at the Alborz elementary school in Varamin, near Tehran, took a robotics course and applied his knowledge to help modify an educational robot kit. He says the aim is to provide pupils with a stimulating visual example of a variety of Shi’ite worship. “I used to pray hastily but now I want to pray more slowly like this robot,” said one student. Now, pupils in this...
  • Cure for love: Fall for a robot to fend off heartache

    02/23/2014 7:10:39 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 68 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 2-14-14 | Catherine de Lange
    At least the bride was definitely going to show up. In November 2009, a Japanese man stood before a congregation to marry the woman he loved, Nene Anegasaki. In doing so, he became the first man to marry a computer game character – Nene is one of three "virtual girlfriends" in the Nintendo DS game Love Plus. The marriage might not be recognised by the state, but to the groom, who goes by his on-screen name Sal9000, the relationship is very real. In the months leading up to the wedding the couple went everywhere together, they chatted intimately, held hands...
  • New robot cops tackle traffic congestion

    02/19/2014 9:38:44 AM PST · by null and void · 8 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 02/13/2014 | Jeffrey Bausch
    Bots are being used in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Well, I guess we can file this story under the “Didn’t see that coming” category: Two new robot cops have been put in place along the intersection of Boulevard Triomphal and Huileries Avenue in Kinshasa, part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for the sole purpose of easing traffic congestion. The two gigantic bots are solar-powered, and were designed by engineers from the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique. A bit funny looking in the sense that they look like they’re from a long-lost science fiction flick, the...
  • Gecko-Footed Robot Fit for Outer Space (article)

    01/21/2014 8:13:39 AM PST · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 1-20-14 | Brian Thomas
    Gecko-Footed Robot Fit for Outer Space by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Abigaille the robot can climb up smooth walls, but she leaves behind no residue, much like living geckos. Engineers at Simon Fraser University copied gecko design when they developed the robot’s tiny treads to navigate tight turns even while treading on vertical walls. How close did the inventors come to matching the precision capabilities of real gecko feet, which utilize a dry adhesive capability? Dry adhesives could be very useful. In a 2011 technical report appearing in the journal Smart Materials and Structures, the design team described the locomotive...
  • This Calls for ROBOPLOW!

    01/06/2014 6:42:16 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican/YouTube ^ | 06 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    <p>The Roboplow was invented by Rob Kinkey and isn't some frail little 'maybe' like early robotic vacuum cleaners.: if anything, it's overkill with 6-wheel-drive, 50" plow-blade, and serious power from it's electric motors that have it tearing down the driveway (can do 'donuts', see video below).</p>
  • Why Google is buying maker of military robots

    12/17/2013 8:35:38 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 20 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | The Times of India
    SAN FRANCISCO: Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious internet company expands into yet another technological frontier. To gather the expertise and research it needs, Google has purchased eight companies that specialize in robotics this year. The acquisitions are being assembled into a new robotics division headed by Andy Rubin, who oversaw Google's development of Android, now the world's leading mobile operating system. Google added more pieces to its growing toolbox of robotics late last week with the purchase of Boston Dynamics, a military contractor that has raised intrigue by...
  • Robot Telemarketer Denies Being a Robot

    12/13/2013 5:19:12 PM PST · by Duke of Milan · 28 replies
    Time news feed ^ | Dec 10,2013 | Zeke Miller and Denver Nicks
    Meet the Robot Telemarketer Who Denies She’s A Robot
  • World’s First Robot Suicide? Android ‘Rebels’ Against Monotonous Housework

    11/12/2013 11:20:54 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 85 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Tuesday 12 Nov 2013
    Has the world just witnessed its first ever robot suicide? Tedious housework was seemingly too much for one cleaning robot to take, when it apparently rebelled and decided to end it all. The android was given the tiresome task of cleaning up some spilt cereal before it climbed on to a kitchen hotplate where it was destroyed, according to reports in Austria. It had reportedly grown weary of being forced to clean the same house every day and decided to become a martyr to the robot cause. ‘Somehow it seems to have reactivated itself and made its way along the...
  • ‘Bionic man’ walks, breathes with artificial parts

    10/11/2013 1:25:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 11, 2013 3:03 PM EDT | Barbara Ortutay
    Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, after all. We have the technology. The term “bionic man” was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called “The Six Million Dollar Man” chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using artificial parts after he nearly died. Now, a team of engineers has assembled a robot using artificial organs, limbs and other body parts that comes tantalizingly close to a true “bionic man.” For real, this time. The artificial “man” is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct....
  • Introducing WildCat (robot)

    10/04/2013 9:48:17 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 3, 2013 | BostonDynamics
    WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain.