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How to drink coffee in space: tech&sci news #1

EarthSky tells us that drinking coffee in space is darn hard and scientists needed to actually invent a space coffee machine in order to allow astronauts to drink coffee in space. In microgravity the coffee does not simply fall “down” somewhere so you have to drink it using a special plastic bag and then sip […]

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Terminator era: from PETMAN to ATLAS

Space.com reports that in December 20-21 2013 The DARPA Robotics Challenge will take place at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. There, several teams will have to guide their robots through difficult obstacles where the robots will have to climb stairs, to walk around obstacles and to even work with a fire hose. If that not […]

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Here is your robot cat. Premium price, since it has no head

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne’s (EPFL) four-legged “cheetah-cub robot” is an amazing robot, albeit not something new in the world of robots. From the looks of it this robot can run quite fast and it is robust (ca walk over minor obstacles). They observed the leg s a cat and tried to rpelicate it using […]

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Robots from another age: behold the automaton called The Ethiopian Caterpillar

The Ethiopian Caterpillar is an automaton from 1820 created by Henri Maillardet. It costs between $350,000-$450,000 and has very small mechanisms inside it. Maybe way too small to think that they could have done that in the 19th century, but hey, today’s world might have been different if they would have continued to create such […]

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Oldies, but goodies: RoboChess with 100 000 LEGO pieces

In 2010 Steve Hassenplug lead a team that created the robochess you see in the video above. Using LEGO MINDSTORMS for each piece they used, in fact, around 100 000 LEGO pieces to create the whole thing in a year (the board, the robot bases, bodies, mosaics ). On a board that is 156ft2 (14.5m2) […]

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True Skin – you in freaky cyberfuture

TRUE SKIN was created by n1on and depincts a world were normal, biological humans are almost history. That world promotes augmentations and robot limbs are the new normal. The corporations sell the dream of infinite life and health by promoting these augmentations. Still, in that world we will know one thing> no matter how technologically […]

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Evolution of dance by a NAO Robot

Have you ever seen the Evolution of Dance show made by Judson Laipply? You will like this top performance of a NAO robot 😀 It is true that this robot dances folowing a preset of moves and pre-programming and not by looking at the world around, but it still does a wonderful job. Go, robots. […]

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The Ninja Turtles Uncovered [video]

All Effects Company created almost two decades ago the Ninja Turtles 3, I mean the robots. When I first saw the movie I couldn’t figure out how could those costumes be so vivid. It turns out they had some very clever mechanism behind the faces and the bodies of those robots. With two main joysticks […]

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Quadrotors and RHex – the robots are getting better [video]

The guys from GRASP – General Robotics Automation, Sensing and Perception have done a pretty darn good job with those swarmers. Could you belive this a few years ago? Me neither. Yer, here they are making fun of your military parades these quadrotors know how and when to work in groups. Precious. It seems thare […]

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Asimo beats you at soccer – not yet [video]

Japan almost lost the robot race once NAO surfaced and took over universities, development departments and other areas. That little bugger is freaking awesome and cute, I must admit. Recently, on 9th november 2011, Honda just jumped back on track and presented to the whole the all new Asimo, human size bipedal autonmous robot. It […]

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