Workers pull “Longlong”, a 21-foot robot crocodile from a truck at the Crocodile Park in Pasay City, the Philippines, July 5, 2014. The robot crocodile, costing around 80,000 pesos, or 1,818 U.S. dollars, is inspired by a giant saltwater crocodile, the longest crocodile on the earth, which died while in captivity in southern Philippines in 2013. (Photo: Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)
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A two-meter-tall robot named Titan walks around a market in Moscow, Russia, May 12, 2014. Titan the Robot arrived in Moscow for the Robot Ball festival that will be held from May 15 to June 15. (Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA) Continue reading »
In a restaurant down an alley in one of Tokyo’s best-known red light districts, four massive female robots wink and wave as they lumber to the beat of traditional Japanese drums and a Lady Gaga dance tune. It’s show time at the “Robot Restaurant,” a high-tech take on the city’s decades-old cabaret scene that puts a friendly, if unusual, face on the robot technology in which Japan is a world leader.
More than half the world’s industrial robots are used here, but the featured performers at the brand-new venue, which owners say cost 10 billion yen (US$125.8 million) and took three years to build, are 3.6 meter-high, custom-made female robots with facial features controlled by the club’s women dancers.
The lower half of each robot resembles the iconic Japanese character Gundam on wheels, while its curvaceous human-like upper body is clad in a futuristic gladiator outfit. They have blonde, brown or red hair with blue or green eyes. Each is controlled by two bikini-clad women, who perch in a high seat attached to the robot’s stomach and control the facial features and legs using joysticks attached to the seats for the hour-long “Fighting Females” performance. (Photos by Yuriko Nakao / Reuters / Tokyo Scum Brigade) Continue reading »
A restaurant in downtown Harbin, China, employs 20 robots instead of humans that cook, serve and entertain its guests. The restaurant opened in June 2012 and has since become a novelty spot in Heilongjiang province’s capital.
When a diner walks in, an usher robot extends their mechanic arm to the side and says “Earth person hello. Welcome to the Robot Restaurant”. Patrons can then place their order, which is relayed by humans to one of the four robot chefs who are able to cook various styles of dumplings and noodles. Once the dish is prepared, a robot waiter, which runs along tracks on the floor, carries it from kitchen to table. Prepared dishes are placed on a suspended conveyor belt and when the plate reaches the right table the mechanical arms lift it off and set it down. As they eat, a singing robot entertains diners. (Sheng Li/Reuters/CNET) Continue reading »
A large beetle-shaped robot “Kabutom RX-03”, made by Japanese engineer Hitoshi Takahashi, is demonstrated in Higashi Ibaraki province, Japan, on August 15, 2013. The robot is 11-meters in length and weighing 17-tonnes, can walk with its six legs and can also blow smoke from its nose. (Photos by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP Photo) Continue reading »
Chinese inventor Tao Xiangli modifies the circuits of his homemade robot at his house in Beijing. Tao, 37, spent about 150,000 yuan ($24,407 ) and more than 11 months to build the robot out of recycled scrap metals and electric wires that he bought from a second-hand market. The robot is 2.1-metre-tall and around 480 kilograms (529 lbs) in weight. (REUTERS/Suzie Wong)
Trinkits, a husband and wife start-up company successfully funded their design project, Grabit Robot. Grabit Robot is a multi-purpose holder in the form of a robot that can be used in the home or office . Their campaign raised over $12,000 in just 40 days. That’s 174% of their original $7,000 goal. The money they raised is going towards the production, materials and shipping of their product.
Inspired by minimalist design and the world of art toys, Leo created the Grabit Robot using simple geometric shapes. Grabit is a work of art that will be sure to put a smile on your face when you walk into any room. It is made of durable ABS plastic, standing at 5 inches tall. The robot comes in 5 different colors: mango, bright blue, lime green, bright red, and white.
Grabit Robot is now available for pre-order through their website http://www.trinkitsdesign.com for $25.
Japanese electronics company Suidobashi Heavy Industry unveils its latest robot “Kuratas” as a crowd of people take photographs at the Wonder Festival in Chiba, suburban Tokyo on July 29, 2012. The Kuratas robot, which will go on sale with a price tag of one million USD, measures four meters in height, weighs four tons and has four wheeled legs that can either be controlled remotely through the 3G network or by a human seated within the cockpit. (Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP Photo) Continue reading »
Picasso’s Guernica painting turns 75 years old this year, and in order to have it restored, Madrid’s Reina Sofia museum has designed a robot capable of scanning the entire painting for signs of wear and places where restoration is needed the most. The museum teamed up with Spanish telecommunication company Telefonica to build Pablito, as it’s now called, and the robot goes to work every night taking thousands of high-resolution pictures of the famous black and white anti-war painting.
Normally, when a painting the size of Guernica needs to be restored, it is taken down and worked on in a laboratory. But, because Guernica has been moved so many times, and even altered, curators thought it would be best to leave it hanging in the museum, and turn the first part of the job over to a technological master. The oil-on-canvas painting depicts tormented and distorted human and animal figures, a representation of the horror of modern warfare. It was inspired by the Italian and German bombing of a Spanish town in the Basque region during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. Start the slideshow to see Pablito hard at work.
Technician Humberto Duran checks pictures taken by a camera mounted on a mobile robot-like structure as its moves across Pablo Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ painting at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid February 28, 2012. Experts have long been concerned about the health of Picasso’s “Guernica,” one of the world’s most iconic paintings but one which is diagnosed as extremely delicate after a hectic life. A mobile, robot-like structure, using advanced infrared and ultraviolet photographic technology, is taking thousands of microscopic shots of the painting to allow analysts to penetrate the work like never before and see its real condition. The mechanism has been constructed precisely so that the “Guernica” is not endangered in any way by having to be moved to a conservation laboratory, where normally such investigative work would be done.(Reuters) Continue reading »
Robot guards with sensors to detect abnormal behaviour will soon begin patrolling South Korean prisons to ease the burden on their human counterparts. A group of scientists has developed the robot warders which can connect prisoners with officers through a remote conversation function. The robots – 1.5 metres (five feet) high and running on four wheels – will mostly be used at night. The robots’ sensors will enable them to detect abnormalities such as suicidal behaviour and violence and report it to officers in charge. (EPA/YONHAP)
After scaling the cliff walls of the Grand Canyon and driving the Le Mans racetrack for 24 hours, a tiny Japanese robot is set for a new challenge — Hawaii’s grueling Ironman Triathlon course. Fitted with three different bodies and three rechargeable batteries, the hand-sized “Evolta” from electronics firm Panasonic will swim, bicycle and run its way through one of the world’s toughest triathlon routes.
Panasonic’s “Evolta” swim robot, powered by the company’s Evolta rechargeable batteries, is demonstrated at a pool during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan. The company said three types of Evolta robots, developed to swim, bike and run, will attempt to complete an ironman triathlon course in Hawaii on October 24, 2011. (Reuters) Continue reading »
Satsuko Yatsuzaka (84) holds a therapeutic robot named Paro at the Suisyoen retirement home. (Reuters)
It’s cuddly, cute and responds to your affection. Following a two-month evacuation from their home, residents are embracing a small white robotic seal. Reuters reports that the furry friends are being treated as pets by the residents, many of whom are dealing with memories of the quake. The residents currently have two Paro seals, which they’ve named “Love” and “Peace.”
Animals are often used for therapy for the elderly, and aside from its anti-bacterial coat the seals give the elderly residents the same companionship that a pet gives. Continue reading »
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