Robotic Faces are Here! [Michael Jackson]

Now you too can own Michael Jackson’s robotic face! According to DVICE: Michael Jackson’s auctioning off a bunch of movie props and expensive toys this April, including the robotic head, pictured above, that brought robo-Michael to life in his singer-turned-superhero...

Robotic Faces are Coming

Here’s an interesting post from Slashdot today: “New Scientist reports on a patent application that suggests implanting polymer muscles beneath the skin of people suffering paralysis of the face to give them control of their features. The technique has already...

Cylops Pong Robot [Robot Art]

I actually spent a good deal of time today just surfing around and storing up a bit of backlogged robot artwork for you to enjoy in the coming several weeks (see the first in the series here and here)… but it’s not often you come across a robot project that itself...

Robot Art 0002: Robogorilla and the Pugeot

I’ve seen more than a few interesting bits of robotic art and short films come across my radar since I’ve been doing this blog, so I decided to make a regular feature of this. I’m betting we can do this a few times a week at least.  Send me your finds, and I’ll post...

Robot Art 0001: Broken Robot Girl

[via JWZ – Broken Robot Girl] From Tamar Levine: This is the first photograph in a series that Rob Sheridan and I are  collaborating on together. I am shooting the photos and Rob is doing the special effects in Photoshop. There will be four or five in all. Modeling...

Wild Wild … Vermont?

Jaimie Mantzel is a man after my own heart. The guy is into building robots, but he’s not just satisified with the robots most of us have running around our houses. He’s trying to make a twelve foot version of the robot you see pictured here to the right in the wilds...

A Roomba for Cheapskates

Another cool bot forwarded to me by Steven Hodson (he’s been on a roll sending me stuff lately), is a much smaller version of the Roomba for those with limited budgets and small areas to clean called the Mini Robo Vacuum. It runs about $20, it’s powered by only a...

Veronica Belmont Looks at the Spykee

If you recall, just before Christmas I was drooling over the Spykee robot.  Unfortunately Santa didn’t bring me a telepresence bot for Christmas, but that hasn’t stopped my obsession. I was poking around online today, and James Lewin has a clip of Veronica...

Ghost in the Shell: SAC Tachikomas Become Reality

One of my absolute most favorite anime series of all time is Ghost in the Shell. Aside from the groundbreaking first movie, the slightly disappointing sequel and the outstanding series Stand Alone Complex, there are very few other entertaining programs that contain...

Name the Next Mars Rover [Essay Contest]

There’s no denying that the Mars rover was a great success in both raising awareness of interplanetary travel as in scientific numbers. The way NASA promoted the mission via social media avenues like Twitter and displayed their flawless engineering and execution has...

Trossen Robotics is Planning Something Nefarious [Ahh Jou Sarah Connah]

I can definitely relate to the need for boasting whenever you have a whole bunch of new kit to show off to all your other geeky friends, particularly when they’re the parts for a new robot you’re building. [spoiler alert: I’ll probably be doing that soon] One of the...

Chobu 01: 1950’s Era Parallel Time Transportation Unit

You’ve seen the pictures of this somewhat bizarre and interesting looking bot, but you’ve probably not heard the backstory yet. I’ve seen the images on every gadget blog there is, but Evan Ackerman at BotJunkie has translated enough of the original Japanese to make...

CES 2009 Robotics Round-Up

Rather than restate what is an excellent roundup of the 2009 CES robot items, I’ll point you to Andrew’s excellent writeup at Trossen...

Robots and Human Expression

I’ve actually been looking at telepresence robots, in anticipation of the fact that I might actually invest in one.  More on that later, but a couple of bots I saw profiled today has turned my attention to the expressiveness of robots, in human terms. I was...

Breaking the Fourth Wall of Robotics

I’m mainly posting this here because I’m tired of my friend Rich stealing all the rare and cool phrases from Google and monopolizing them. At some point, I’ll write a very scholarly sounding paper under this title. Until then.. enjoy...

Are We Doomed with Inevitable Utopia?

People like me are often accused of being terminally “glass half-full” because we’ve made peace with the fact we’ll be living under robot overlords by the end of our lifetime. I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m a huge fan of Ray Kurzweil and put a lot of stock in his...

iRobot’s Brand Spankin’ New YouTube Channel

iRobot, the maker of the Roomba and the Scooba, have launched a YouTube channel for those of us who just can get enough footage of robots in action. Aside from the generic “here’s my vacuum robot doing something cool,” it also acts as a forum for iRobot product users...

Have a Very Robot Christmas

I’m going to bed now – all the presents are safely under the tree for the kids, and I’m going to bed with visions of Spykees and Roveos dancing in my head. Special thanks to all my readers, new and old – it’s been a great year filled with incredible highs and lows....

Play Robot Soccer Online!

Yet another short and sweet post while I am packing my belongings for the move to Dallas. Remember the i-SOBOT I was raving about the other day? Here’s one you can play soccer with, online, right now.. [Robot Services Group via...