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Friday Video: Robot does Travolta? Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Stayin’ Alive

This short video shows an anthropomorphic robot named PETMAN, a DARPA project from Boston Dynamics, with a soundtrack added by a YouTube user. Fun! By the way, I saw a preview of the movie “Robot and Frank” last weekend. Also … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Think you have nothing to fear from robots? This one cheats at Rock, Paper, Scissors

Thanks to Isaac Asimov, a lot of people think that robots are actually infused with his Three Laws of Robotics:   A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Three minutes of robot mahem from the NRL National 15-pound Battlebots Championship

From experience, I know there’s nothing engineers like better than to see some carefully designed, lovingly assembled, and finely tuned hardware beat the stuffing out of someone else’s equally loved creation. Hence the perennial popularity of the Battlebots. Here then … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Hex-footed robot transforms from beach ball to crab, insect, or battle droid and back.

Watching the MorpHex robot transform from one movement mode to the next is a study in mechanical ballet. I’ve never seen a robot with so may modes of movement. It looks like it’s partly inspired by one of George Lucas’ … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Intel realizes 2001 musical CGI tour de force—“Pipe Dream”—with Atom-powered Industrial Controllers

Last week for Friday Videos, I posted several musical videos based on “musique concrete” performances by floppy drives and other hardware. Little did I know that I’d run into a live example at this week’s Design West (the conference formerly … Continue reading

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Friday Video: OK, I’m not sure even I believe this. Flying mini robots play the James Bond theme

I am not sure that I’m not seeing and perpetuating an elaborate hoax here, but this video is just too good to pass up for a Friday. A squadron of quad-rotor flying mini robots has been programmed to plat the … Continue reading

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Friday Video: New, improved Honda Asimo proves as agile and dexterous as C3PO, without the annoying chatter

Honda Robotics has just released a video of a new version of the company’s Asimo humanoid robot. New capabilities include hopping on one foot and serving a drink after unscrewing a Thermos bottle. In all, it’s a very impressive display … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Willow Garage PR2 Robot participates in Hot Chips 23 keynote, demonstrates how tough a design problem autonomous robotics will be

Last week at the Hot Chips 23 conference held at Stanford, Willow Garage President and CEO Steve Cousins gave attendees a 1-hour taste for the difficulties associated with designing autonomous robots that can freely interact with people without hurting them. … Continue reading

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Friday Video (late): Fully operational “Lost in Space” B9 Robot, $24500

Last week, I wrote a blog about the Maker Faire for Low-PowerDesign.com. One of the interesting things I saw at the Faire was a full-sized replica of the B9 Robot from the old, old, old TV show “Lost in Space.” That … Continue reading

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