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 »

“Chess Terminator” plays blitz chess with Vladimir Kramnik

Fans of the game of chess surely remember former world champion Vladimir Kramnik, who held the title back in 2006, but the most recent news regarding the Russian gross-master comes from the world of robotics. Kramnik was the sparring partner for a chess-playing robot called “Chess Terminator”, designed by Konstantin Kosteniuk, who is the father… Read More »

Geminoid F takes up acting

The highly realistic android called Geminoid F has been placed in a Japanese play called “Good-bye” and presented at a Tokyo Art Festival. The robot, which costs around $1.2 million, can mostly just sit, but she can also move her head and change her facial expressions. Another actress stands behind the stage feeding her her… Read More »

Japan’s Yume Robo climbing robot

The Shanghai Expo in Japan presented three new humanoid robots that have been designed for one function only – to climb walls like nobody’s business. Called “Yume Robo”, the 140cm, 30kg bots have been climbing up and down a 15-meter wall every 20 minutes for the past half a year. It is not precisely clear… Read More »

Honda ASIMO’s 10th birthday

Many of the modern day robots owe their inspiration and basic design to Honda’s ASIMO, the humanoid bot which marked his 10 year anniversary on October 31st, Halloween night. Unlike Frankenstein, this inanimate creation that was powered to life a decade ago has gone on to be a guiding light for success in its entire… Read More »

Robot cooks make pancakes

Cooking is an art sometimes forgotten in the robotics world, but James, the PR2 robot, and Rosie, another robot from CoTeSys (Cognition for Technical Systems) in Munich have joined forces to show that robots can be of great use in the kitchen as well. They made some pretty successful-looking pancakes and used various tools around… Read More »

The first-ever all-robotic surgery

It’s been coming for quite some time now, and it’s finally here. The world’s first all-robotic surgery was performed on a Canadian man at Montreal General Hospital, who had his prostate successfully removed. The operation was performed by two main robots – McSleepy, which, as the name suggests, provides anesthesia to the patient, while the… Read More »

Robotic Jetpack takes to the skies

Robots have taken our jetpacks that we never got to wear, or at least we have turned these jetpacks into autonomous devices. The Martin Aircraft Company shared a video of its newest jetpack prototype, the Martin Skyhook UAV, which can fly as high as 10,000 feet, and lift 220 pounds. Basically, it’s like a mini… Read More »

Turkey’s scientists unveil their own humanoid robot

This might come as a surprise to some, but it’s not just the far east, Europe and the US that are involved in the humanoid-building industry. Proof of that is Turkey’s brand new SURALP (Sabanci University Robot Research Laboratory Platform) robot, which was unveiled after an eight year development process. The robot is rather straight-forward… Read More »