BigDog dynamic manipulation: It throws a cement block!

Boston Dynamics have amazed us more than once over the years having created some of the most incredible and, at times, scariest (not in the uncanny valley sense but more on the Terminator is real sense) robots. Their creations range from the jumping Precision Urban Hopper, the incredibly realistic dynamically balanced humanoid PETMAN, and, of… Read More »

Multi-user spatial collaboration using augmented reality on mobile devices

Augmented reality for mobile devices has grown in popularity in recent years partly because of the proliferation of smart phones and tablet computers equipped with exceptional cameras and partly because of developments in computer vision algorithms that make implementing such technologies on embedded systems possible. Said augmented reality applications have always been limited to a… Read More »

Quadrocopter inverted pendulum acrobatics

Quadrocopters are all the rage these day but nobody gets them to more impressive acrobatics than the machine learning and control team, led by Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea, at ETH. Whereas just last year the team demonstrated a single quadrocopter balancing an inverted pendulum, just recently they demonstrated how two flying machines not only can individually… Read More »

UK’s Oxford robot car is here

I guess English scientists and engineers don’t like to be outdone by their American counterparts so after many years of hearing constantly about Google’s rapid development of self-driving cars, a team from Oxford university recently unveiled their very own robot car. And they make some very big claims about the new vehicle’s capabilities compared to… Read More »

Sir James Dyson on robot vacuums: Not good enough!

Sir James Dyson, the man whose name is synonymous with vacuum cleaners that work (among other wonderful inventions) recently expressed his opinion on the robot vacuums available in the market today. He is not impressed considering them just a gimmick! It was iRobot just a few years ago that created the Roomba essentially the first… Read More »

Robotic prosthetic arm that can feel

The year 2013 has started brilliantly, even more so than 2012 ended. If you recall, it was in late 2012, when it was announced scientists and engineers had developed a robotic arm that a quadriplegic woman was capable of controlling using her thoughts to the effect of manipulating objects and gesturing to other people. That… Read More »

Chainsaw robot makes furniture for your home

Yes, you have read the title correctly! Some interior design students have a pretty wild imagination (and very likely some friends with robotics expertise and access to some cool hardware:) ) as they actually designed and programmed a robot that can make a couple of stools out of a piece of wood. The robot is… Read More »

MABEL two-legged robot fastest in the world

It would appear that we have a new champion in the “what robot can run fastest race”. The two-legged robot MABEL under development for several years at the University of Michigan was recently revealed to reach a top running speed of 6.8 miles per hour or roughly 11 kilometers per hour. This means that MABEL… Read More »

Robotic seagull takes flight in Europe

Festo are once more impressing everybody with the unveiling of their new SmartBird (or robotic seagull) technology (see also their incredible Elephant-inspired robot arm and AirJelly). The new flying robot which is inspired by the herring gull was shown autonomously flying both indoors and outdoors. This is what the company has to say about their… Read More »

The Land Crawler eXtreme robot

Vagabond Works sure have some interesting home-made robots, and the Land Crawler eXtreme will line up as one of their coolest. It is a twelve-legged metallic bot that moves a lot like an insect of some sort (a centipede?) and is designed to carry a human that weighs up to 170 pounds. There is no… Read More »