Tagged: robot

Spot robot testing at construction sites

BostonDynamics have begun field testing the Spot robot for commercial usage around the world. After an initial mapping run, Spot autonomously navigated two dynamic construction sites in Tokyo and used a specialized payload for...

Boston Dynamics’ s Atlas can do parkour now

The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace (Step height...

Ace of Spades

Compressorhead is a project of Berlin-based artist Frank Barnes and collaborators Markus Kolb and Stock Plum consisting of a robot “band” that plays on real electric and acoustic instruments. The robots are made from...

Why you should make useless things

In this joyful, heartfelt talk featuring demos of her wonderfully wacky creations, Simone Giertz shares her craft: making useless robots. Her inventions — designed to chop vegetables, cut hair, apply lipstick and more —...

Robot dog will be available soon

Last week, Boston Dynamics’ robot SpotMini starred in a new video. The robot doesn’t open doors for its friends or fight off a human assailant brandishing a hockey stick. It simply traipses down corridors, through...

SpotMini and the rise of creepy robotics

SpotMini is a small four-legged robot that comfortably fits in an office or home. It weighs 30 kg. SpotMini is all-electric and can go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what...

Atlas: the humanoid gymnast

Boston Dynamics has released footage of a humanoid robot that can do box jumps and back flips. This is a significant improvement on robot capabilities – despite what years of sci fi movies have suggested,...

Why Chinese manufacturing wins

An insider’s guide to Shenzhen manufacturing The Chinese have a saying: “It doesn’t matter if the cat is black or white as long as it can catch mice.” While often attributed to the late...

Japanese sumo robots

Robot sumo wrestling has been around for years, but the best-of video compilation is quite an eye-opener for the uninitiated. These robots are fast, furious and brutal. Most of the matches last mere seconds....