Category archives: Robots

WowWee MiP Looks Like A Robot Mashed Up With Segway!

WowWee MiP Looks Like A Robot Mashed Up With Segway!

When you first see the MiP (Mobile Inverted Pendulum) robot, it is easy to think of it as being the latest toy and so you start off on the wrong footing straight away, even though this assumption is completely wrong, as the MiP is much more than that. The battery powered MiP is an intelligent seven inch tall robot that has the look of the cool RoboSapien just smaller and more fun by the looks of it. The MiP has been designed through a joint partnership between the robotics designer WowWee and the Coordinated Robotics Lab based at the University of California in San Diego. MiP is clever, it balances on those two wheels with ease, while if it falls over it will right itself, but for more user control there is a smartphone app. In order to connect simply open the app and the MiP user screen will appear on the smartphone display where you can take control of the MiP straightaway! It is much better than using Bluetooth etc.

The MiP will be launching this Summer when it’s going to cost you around $120 or £73, hopefully there will be more apps available by them, which will make the MiP more interesting.

Source: Wow Wee

NASA Investigates Mysterious Rock Appearance On Mars!

NASA Investigates Mysterious Rock Appearance On Mars!

As we get to see more images from Mars the more mysterious, the red planet becomes. Instead of proving that there is no life on Mars, the images throw up more questions than they answer. In this case, we have an image taken from the Opportunity Rover as part of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission. One image taken on SOL 3528 shows no rock, whereas a second image taken on SOL 3540 shows a rock. This rock has mysteriously appeared out of nowhere and needless to say has started a mystery that only NASA can solve. Is the rock a meteorite or something that the Rover has disturbed?

Source: Geek

 

Budgee The Robot That Helps You Out With The Chores!

Budgee The Robot That Helps You Out With The Chores!

It is not exactly iRobot, but Five Elements Robotics has developed the Budgee robot to help us humans with those boring and mundane tasks such as fetching and carrying. The robot looks a bit like a trolley but instead of pushing it around, it follows you wherever you go, can carry up to fifty pound in weight and its battery pack can last for up to eight hours! This is clearly a step in the right direction where robotics is concerned; the Budgee is a serviceable machine that is affordable and interesting. Imagine what a trip to the shops is going to be like with the Budgee following you around the stores and carrying your purchases for you. Once its job has been done, the Budgee will fold right down for easy transportation and storage. The robot uses a sensor to connect with the person its following; it can also be remotely controlled through an app on a Smartphone or tablet device. The design team are working on an alert feature so that if the Budgee goes out of sensor range it will alert the user through the app; this is great just in case somebody decides to run off with it why you are not looking.

The Budgee will be launching this summer the full details are not available yet, but this little companion can be pre ordered from around $1300 or £792, it might sound a lot, but remember this is a companion helper not a toy.

Source: Five Elements Robotics

 

The Rolling Robot Sphero Has A Bigger Brother!

The Rolling Robot Sphero Has A Bigger Brother!

The Rolling Robot Sphero Has A Bigger Brother!

Remember the Sphero rolling robot that is controlled from a Smartphone? Well there is an upgraded version on the way; it is still called Sphero, but this time, its version 2B that we are looking at its compatible with iOS and Android devices. The original Sphero could roll at seven feet per second and had a range of up to a hundred feet, so what does the 2B model have to offer the buyer? The Sphero 2B is charged via a USB connection and is able to travel at speeds of up to fourteen feet per second, double that of the previous model. It is customizable with special tyres and hubcaps so all terrains can be conquered with ease. The new device comes with built in infrared so that two Sphero 2B’s are able to interact together for cool fun and games. To make it even more interesting, the user can program the device to carry out tasks and tricks.

The Rolling Robot Sphero Has A Bigger Brother!

The Sphero 2B is expected to be launching later on in the year when the price is expected to be around $100 or £62 and it can be reserved on the Go Sphero 2B website.

Source: Go Sphero

Knightscope Build Life Size R2-D2 Style Robots For Security Work!

Knightscope Build Life Size R2-D2 Style Robots For Security Work!

Knightscope Build Life Size R2-D2 Style Robots For Security Work!

All fans of science fiction believe that one day robots will be used more and more in all sorts of industries. However, it is the design that varies, while some think of the Terminator, others are thinking of R2-D2 style robots. The Knightscope follows the later and the idea is that eventually it will be carrying out patrols, making reports and at some taking measures to prevent crime.

Knightscope Build Life Size R2-D2 Style Robots For Security Work!

To get an idea of its size, the Knightscope measures up at 60 Inches (1524 mm) high x 36 Inches (914 mm) long x 32 inches (813 mm) wide and it weighs in at a hefty 300 pounds (136 kg), so this is a real size robot that has the potential to serve and protect. The Knightscope will be equipped with cameras, sensors and will be able to analyze the behaviour of the humans around it.

Knightscope Build Life Size R2-D2 Style Robots For Security Work!

There are no details yet, on how much the Knightscope is likely to cost or even when it will become available. The question should be how far are these robots going to go and how will governments and business use these robots to prevent crimes.

Source: Knightscope

Kids Learn To Program Robots With The Play-i System!

Kids Learn To Program Robots With The Play-i System!

Kids Learn To Program Robots With The Play-i System!

Robots are nothing like what we had to play with as kids, the robots of today are clever and interactive just like they were in the science fiction movies. Thanks to Play-i, there comes a new era in programmable robots, Bo and Yana can work together or on their own, but the child will be learning through play all the time and this is a valuable commodity at such a crucial time in the child’s development.

Kids Learn To Program Robots With The Play-i System!

There are two robots in the Play-i range the first is; Bo, this is a single ball shaped robot that is like a little independent rover that goes around exploring new situations. It learns as it goes and will soon become a friend. While Yana, on the other hand is the wise old storyteller that not only entertains it teaches the child, while bringing the power of imagination to life through play and games.

Kids Learn To Program Robots With The Play-i System!

The cost of these devices vary according to the robot chosen, Yana starts from $59 or £36 and Bo starts from $169 or £103, so there is plenty of scope available to build a nice collection of robots and accessories over a period of time.

Source: Play-i

Kids Get To Learn About Programming Early With Primo!

Kids Get To Learn About Programming Early With Primo!

We all know that learning to swim or a language is easier when you are young and the same goes for basic programming! Primo have hit on the idea that in order for kids to get a head start in the IT learning the basics early can be very useful and so they are about to launch a series of kits that teach the basics of programming at an early age.

Kids Get To Learn About Programming Early With Primo!

The Primo set consists of the Cubetto robot, the board where the actual programming takes place and then there is the code, which is made up of four coloured blocks. The fun part is in the programming, the board has a variety of slots that match the shape of the coloured blocks! In order to make the robot move across the board the blocks are placed into the slots directing it to move forward, left, right and function.

Kids Get To Learn About Programming Early With Primo!

This is a brilliant way to get kids interested in building, designing and programming. After all everyone loves a friendly robot! As it turns out Cubetto is just that and much more besides, it is like a modern day version of those chemistry and electronics sets that kids used to love in the seventies. Primo has the potential to teach kids while they are having fun and it does not get much better than that.

The Primo comes in kits starting from $90 or £55 for the Robot kit. Expect to see these going on sale in the summer of next year!

Source: Primo

Moss Provides An Easy Way To Build Robots!

Here is something for all robot fans, it is a kit that requires little knowledge of robotics, coding or engineering and yet from even the very basic kit you will be able to put together a robot that is not only impressive, it could be very useful too. This is Moss a robotic construction system that uses magnets for easy connects and provides the user with the ability to build a robot from simple blocks and ball joints. It looks like it is going to be seriously addictive, you have been warned, and one set will definitely not be enough.

Moss Provides An Easy Way To Build Robots!

Each set has a battery module, it is a different colour from the other blocks and it contains a rechargeable lithium polymer style battery pack. Once installed the battery pack can be charged with the included micro USB cable connection and these batteries last for a long time. Robot fans can pre-order the simple starter kit from just $59 or £38; alternatively, they could go for the more advanced builder kit for $379 or £239, so it is possible to build up a cool collection of robot parts for a reasonable amount of cash.

Moss Provides An Easy Way To Build Robots!

Source: Mod Robotics

 

Robots Vs Humans In The Short Movie Keloid!

We love a good robots versus human’s movie here and in the case of Keloid, we are not disappointed at all! The story takes place in the future, where robots have been created to make life better and easier for the humans. However, with wars and violence still occurring the authorities decide that robots could be the answer to a peaceful new world order. Keloid examines this theory and puts it to the test. It sounds like a classic science fiction robots taking over the world in to save the human race from destroying itself and the planet!

Robots Vs Humans In The Short Movie Keloid!

According the team behind Big Lazy Robot, this is why they made Keloid;

Keloid is not about robots, it is about men. Big Lazy Robot created this spec film — more than two years in the making — with the purpose of giving free reign to the creative aspects of production that many times are so much missed during profit work. And yes, we enjoyed the ride!

Robots Vs Humans In The Short Movie Keloid!

Apparently, there is talk that this story could become a movie, with interest from Hollywood no less! Could this become a cool new science fiction story or will it just be considered the same old story that we have seen time and time again, let’s hope not!

Robots Vs Humans In The Short Movie Keloid!

Source: Big Lazy Robot

 

Boston Dynamics Demonstrates The WildCat Four Legged Robot!

There are a few ways of looking at the WildCat robot designed and tested by Boston Dynamics, one is that it could be a really useful tool for transported much needed supplies to unsafe areas such as those affected by natural disasters etc.

Boston Dynamics Demonstrates The WildCat Four Legged Robot!

The other is that it will be adopted by the military, armed to the teeth and let loose, where it will become aware and realise that the human race is the enemy! We know the rest of the story as the machines start giving themselves numbers preceded by a T!

Boston Dynamics Demonstrates The WildCat Four Legged Robot!

The WildCat being tested here was able to reach speeds of 16 mph on an even surface, it is quite fast on rough terrain too and as such a robot like this one can do a lot of good in the right situations.

Boston Dynamics Demonstrates The WildCat Four Legged Robot!

Source: Boston Dynamics

Moti Puts The Power Into Your Robots!

Building a small remote controlled robot might sound like something that a child could do, but when you consider that in order to make the robot actually do something there is a need for coding and electronics skills, which is something that a lot of us do not have.

Moti Puts The Power Into Your Robots!

Fortunately, there is the Moti smart motor that is controlled straight from your computers browser. The great thing about the Moti is that it will turn anything into a robot that you can control; check at the video below to see the Moti robotic blanket in action!

The Moti is an Arduino compatible microcontroller with built in sensors, encoding and full rotation. This is combined with an internet enabled API, networking with other modules and a Bluetooth connection for smooth communications between devices.

Moti Puts The Power Into Your Robots!

So, there you have it the Moti device that could turn just about anything into a robot that is controlled from a browser. What could be used for? Well it is all about being creative and using your imagination. What would you be turning into a robot with the Moti?

Moti Puts The Power Into Your Robots!

The Moti is not yet available in the stores, but it can be pre-ordered for just $115 or £71 for the Moti starter pack that is made up with the Moti Smart Motor, Bluetooth Shield, 7.4V LiPo battery and battery charger.

Source: Moti

 

The New Sphero 2.0 Part Toy Part Robot!

 

This is the next generation Sphero; it is the same as the old Sphero only better! This is one of those devices that become part of your life and then like a Smartphone or the internet, life without it would be unbearable. If you do not believe us, check out the video to see it in action travelling at an amazing seven feet per second, which is almost twice as fast as the original version. What ’s more, there are those special all terrain Nubby covers for when only off road adventures will do!

This is what the Sphero device will be offering the buyer;

Choose from over 25 apps and launch a whole new world of mobile game play. Drive circles around your friends with Sphero’s new engine, turn your living room into a video game with augmented reality apps like The Rolling Dead, and upgrade family game night with multiplayer apps like ColorGrab. You can even get a crash course in programming Sphero with MacroLab. And that’s just the beginning. There’s a whole new world of game play ready for you to discover. What are you waiting for? Get rolling!

The Sphero 2.0 is priced from $130 (£84) or with a cool all terrain Nubby cover the total price is $145 (£93).

Source: Go Sphero