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Robots

Man Builds Scarlett Johansson Robot

Man spends $50,000 to build a lifelike Scarlett Johansson robot

April 3rd, 2016

Plenty of guys out there have the hots for Scarlett Johansson, but most of them haven’t taken their obsessions to a level that’s this unhealthy. Mirror.co.uk brings us the story of Ricky Ma, a 42-year-old product designer from Hong Kong who spent $50,000 to create a creepily lifelike robot that looks like actress Scarlett Johansson. Yes, this is real and it’s …

Stanford Mini Robots

Watch six mini-robots that weigh less than 100 grams pull a 3,900 pound car

March 14th, 2016

Looking to the insect world for inspiration, researchers at Stanford’s Biomimetic Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory over the past few months have made a number of strides in developing miniaturized robots designed to mimic strength of ants. Ants of course may not look terribly strong, but they’re capable of lifting and carrying objects that weigh more than 100 …

IBM Watson AI Robot Hilton Hotels

Watson-powered robot mans concierge position at Hilton Hotel

March 11th, 2016

Remember Watson? It’s the artificially intelligent computer from IBM that can beat Jeopardy champions and is used in cancer-related research. Well, it turns out the computer is smart enough to also man the concierge station at a Hilton Hotels, where a tiny robot will give guests directions and make recommendations to improve their stays.

Robot Dog Video

Watch Google’s robot dog play with a real dog

March 1st, 2016

To be perfectly frank, we have very mixed emotions about the video you’re about to watch. Is this how it begins? The robots trick us into letting our guard down by acting all cute and playful. Then the next thing you know, bam! Skynet becomes sentient and we’re battling real-life Terminators. OK, maybe we’re getting ahead …

Broken Android Phone Robot Video

Guy shows how to make a toy robot out of a broken Android phone

February 19th, 2016

Even people who are talented at making repairs sometimes break things so bad that they’re impossible to fix. The man who runs the YouTube account ElectroBOOM recently had this happen when he blew out its integrated power-management circuit. After concluding that the phone was completely broken beyond all repair, he and his daughter tried to come up with some …

Robot Doing Chores

Incredible video shows ATLAS robot doing household chores with ease

January 17th, 2016

The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) didn’t let their second place finish at the DARPA Robotics Challenge slow them down in the slightest. Recently, the team has been busy giving its million-dollar robot ATLAS some new and practical skills: The ability to do chores.

Disney Robot Drives Walls

Disney’s gravity-defying rolling robot can drive vertically up walls

December 29th, 2015

Most four-wheeled robots would probably be stopped in their tracks by a high vertical obstacle like a wall, but that’s not the case for a recent Disney creation that can drive vertically up a wall. Called VertiGo and developed by Disney and ETH Zurich, the robot can roll on vertical surfaces just as easily as it does …