Archive for Robotics

These two Super Bowl robot ads make me sad

depressing GM robot ad in Super Bowl 2007

Ah, bittersweet Super Bowl ads. This Super Bowl 2010 commercial by Intel makes me sad. Poor Jeffrey! He looks dejected and that bespectacled guy looks like a jerk. Let me hug you, Jeffrey. Now this one by GM in 2007 is downright depressing and is one of my favorite advertisements of all time. Many people don’t seem to like it, […]

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Robocop (2014) trailer

In the remake or reboot to be released in 2014, Robocop has a new look: black not silver

Robocop was a worldwide cyborg phenomenon in the 80s and 90s. Some of us may not be thrilled with the idea of Hollywood remaking Robocop but at this point, well, resistance is futile. The new Robocop film is set to begin showing on February 7, 2014 and will star Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, […]

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The bionic man named Rex and the man he is modeled after

Rex the bionic man has fully-functional artificial organs

A recent Channel 4 documentary titled How to Build a Bionic Man demonstrated the most advanced synthetic organs, limbs, and blood, through the construction of a 6.5-foot tall bionic man named Rex (short for ‘robotic exoskeleton’). The program featured the social psychologist Bertolt Meyer and Rex — the first complete bionic man created by Shadow Robot Company’s Richard Walker and […]

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As much as this animatronic baby scares the crap out of me, I’m glad it exists

this animatronic baby for a TV reminds me of Eraserhead

This animatronic baby reminds me of Eraserhead. Nevertheless, it’s good that we have something like this. The mechanical infant was built by Chris Clarke for CNFX Workshop, for use in an unnamed TV series. Gone are the days of using dolls (which did not move) and real babies (which could be dangerous). I’ve always been uncomfortable watching movie/TV scenes of […]

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Primordia: a cyberpunk adventure game

Primordia cyberpunk point-and-click adventure game for PC

Primordia is a cyberpunk point-and-click adventure PC game that was launched last December by Wormwood Studios and Wadjet Eye Games. Primordia takes place in a post-apocalyptic world populated by robots. Humans have been non-existent for thousands of years. The machines know very little about humans and highly revere them, believing that Man was the first and perfect machine from which […]

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Compressorhead: a heavy metal band (musically and literally)

Compressorhead is a curious metal band. Members consist of robots that play heavy metal music. Watch their cover of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades:   Here’s Motorhead’s version, for comparison:   Previously, Compressor Head also covered Pantera:   As of now, I still prefer my flesh-and-blood musicians, but we’ll see in the future. After all, it’s hard to compete with a […]

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Ibis Sleep Art robot turned sleep into paintings

Ibis hotels Sleep Art robot arm paints sleep

The Ibis international chain of hotels had an attention-getting marketing gimmick last October-December 2012: the Sleep Art robot, an industrial robot arm that painted people’s sleep patterns. Selected guests were given the chance to sleep on a special bed that had 80 sensors. These sensors picked up the sleeper’s movements, sounds, and temperature and an algorithm translated the data into […]

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Dancing robot vs dancing robot, biking robot vs biking robot

Man, these humanoid robots are entertaining to watch. The Cycling Robots: Murata Boy and Murata Girl vs Primer-V2 Both the Murata Boy and the Murata Girl cycling robots use gyro sensor technology and can be controlled wirelessly through a so-called “magic stick”. Murata Boy rides a bicycle while Murata Girl rides a unicycle. The Primer-V2 robot, meanwhile, was created by […]

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Project CompanionAble and Hector the Robot

Hector the mobile robot

The four-year project Integrated Cognitive Assistive & Domotic Companion Robotic Systems for Ability & Security (aka CompanionAble) ended recently. Its aim was to integrate robotics and ambient intelligence to help elderly people afflicted with early dementia to live more independently. The project received € 7.8M in funding and began in January 1, 2008. Hector (official name: Scitos G3), a mobile […]

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