Robotics, robots, bots – a pictorial

Robotics research continues unabashedly as the human race strives to capture their essence in machinery, or at least put together a C-3PO! has a great photo essay of all kinds of robots from the recent past, although there seems to be a preponderance of androids.

My favorite is of course, the soccer-playing bot!

Hint: maximize your browser and use the ‘j’ and ‘k’ keys to go back and forth between photos.

SkyNet Research Needs You!


Heard the news? SkyNet has just gone public with their new advanced robotic systems that they’ve been working on for many years, and are now open to the general public’s viewing for feedback! Check it out!

Okay, sorry, it’s not true; it’s actually a promotion for Terminator Salvation due to be released this year – but it’s something we thought we’d share with you. Get your fix of laughter for the day!

Six-legged robot can climb walls

RiSE six-legged robot

Ok, this is pretty amazing and somewhat scary in how much Sci-Fi today’s scientists and engineers are turning into reality. RiSE is a robot that can literally climb walls. RiSe adjusts its shape to deal with the curvature of the surface it’s on, and has multiple sensors on each of its six feet as well body to sense and compensate for inertia and surface material.

Boston Dynamics is developing RiSe with funding from DARPA in conjunction with a number of universities. Take a look at the amazing video over at the Boston Dynamics website.

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