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 Matthew Godden using almost $1 million-worth of cutting edge body parts borrowed from leading laboratories and manufacturers. Rex has camera-equipped glasses, a cochlear implant, a battery-powered artificial heart, pancreas, kidney, spleen, trachea, legs, lungs, and synthetic blood made up of nanoparticles.
Bertolt Meyer was born without a left hand and now wears an i-Limb Ultra prosthetic hand. He was also the model for Rex’s face. In an interview with Telegraph, Meyer stated that he freaked out when he first saw Rex and felt awkward seeing his face on the mechanical man.
While assembled by roboticists, Rex is, strictly speaking, not a robot. He’s not a cyborg either. His parts are all man-made but fully-functional — each of them can or soon can replace a human being’s natural body part or internal organ.
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 actors holding actual infants. The babies look so fragile; I’m afraid the actors would accidentally drop or harm them in some way.
Plus, sets are usually hot and noisy and filming sometimes involve long hours and several takes of the scenes. Definitely not a conducive place for the little ones.
I’m sure the actors and production staff appreciate a mechanical baby as well, at least after they’re done screaming.
See it in action. It actually moves quite realistically.
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 all other less perfect machines came from.
The hermit android Horatio Nullbuilt v5 and his sidekick Crispin live peacefully in the dunes beyond the city of Metropol. When a rogue robot steals the power core they need to survive, the two must travel to Metropol. There, Horatio learns about his origins, purpose, and the world he thought he knew.
Primordia includes hand-drawn art, puzzles, compelling stories, and good music.
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 drummer that has more arms than we do. Compressorhead needs a badass vocalist though. Lemmy’s pretty hard to beat.
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 brushstrokes on a canvas.
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 the Japanese roboticist Masahiko Yamaguchi (aka Dr. Guero). Yamaguchi created his own control board and a proportional-integral-derivative controller (PID) is used to balance the robot. I like the Murata Boy’s clean look but consider the Primer-V2 to be more charming and life-like in movement. It even waves to its fans!
The Dancing Robots: mRobo vs CHARLI-2
While people are busy dancing The Robot style, these robots are trying to dance like people (The Human?).
Tosy Robotics’ mRobo is a portable speaker that transforms into a white humanoid robot and dances to the music being played. Here is the mRobo dancing to South Korean artist Psy’s hit song Gangnam style (Gundam style?).
Yeah, bad puns. I’ll show myself out after finishing this blog entry.
In contrast, here is the 5′ tall CHARLI-2 robot created by the The Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory at Virginia Tech, dancing to the same viral song.
In case you want to see a robot dancing but is sick of hearing Gangnam Style, here is mRobo dancing to Michael Jackson’s song Billie Jean (complete with a tiny hat) and Maroon 5′s Moves Like Jagger.