Section A is our editor being furiously angry at robotics coverage and the corpsifying institution of journalism in general. Section B is some very interesting robotics news from Japan (telepresence robotic heavy equipment operation!). Section C is the bow on this wild ride robotics feature. Choose your own adventure(s)!
Sharp even added a "MOE" feature to this vacuum cleaner. From Sharp's home cleaning robot series, COCOROBO, a premium model called COCOROBO Imouto Ver. RX-CLV1-P will be out for sale for a limited time. Imouto means younger sister in Japanese.
Reno J. Tibke's insight:
Sharp has decided that an anime/manga flavor will move more cleaning robots. Hmmmm...maybe?
Okay, what really matters is that these guys are very bright, and what they're doing is very cool. We've seen this robot before, but today's video is the first demonstration of an untethered Cheetah, i.e., there are no power or support cables attached whilst Cheetah frolics in the quad.
Featuring drones, rovers, quadrupeds, robot fish, and a few completely novel forms of mechanical mobility, Autonomous Christmas proves that SuperRoboDorky science people actually do have senses of humor and plenty of Christmas spirit.
The video featured here, ‘robot's sole was made small,’ which we sincerely wish was a pun, is actually an agility demo. In the demo, frostydesign’s robot uses a close-to-human-feet-size-ratio of 302mm x 88mm, and clearly it works quite well.
in addition to the most visible and flashy robotics projects, there is a burgeoning world of robotics development out there set to spark the imaginations of another generation of nerd and engineering culture and beyond. This year, we will see some truly amazing things - things the media have barely touched on, and not all of it revolves around Google.
In the garages and open spaces of the Homestead Miami Speedway, 17 teams have gathered for the latest round in the first-ever global competition for practical humanoid rescue & response robots: the penultimate competition in the DARPA Robotics Challenge(DRC) is underway!