What’s a Robot in 2014? Rodney Brooks and Andrew McAfee Debate-WIRED BizCon 2014 (Video)

Here's a robot video that I found interesting:



What is a robot in 2014? Founder, chairman, and CTO of Rethink Robotics Rodney Brooks and co-author of The Second Machine Age, Andrew McAfee, sit down to discuss the past, present, and future of robotics. Subscribe to the all-new WIRED channel here: http://ift.tt/12adH2s Visit the WIRED channel for more video: http://ift.tt/1lUgynV Visit WIRED Videos for more: http://video.wired.com Connect with WIRED Online: Visit WIRED.com: http://www.WIRED.com Follow WIRED on Facebook: http://ift.tt/1cdejnz Follow WIRED on Google+: http://ift.tt/13NHUkY Follow WIRED on Twitter: http://ift.tt/14MRAuV Follow WIRED on Instagram: http://ift.tt/1lUgynY Follow WIRED on Tumblr: http://WIRED.tumblr.com What's a Robot in 2014? Rodney Brooks and Andrew McAfee Debate-WIRED BizCon 2014 Starring: Jeff Howe, Rodney Brooks, and Andrew McAfee
By WIRED
Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us

Is Wakamaru Alive and Well, or…?

Wakamaru

Wakamaru, the mutil-function service robot developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries close to a decade ago has never seemed to gain much traction or use outside of research labs and universities. While Wakamaru is extremely cute, most observers agreed that it didn’t really address a compelling customer need, especially at it’s USD$14,000 price point.

A tweet earlier today by @rani_chocobreak seems to provide visual confirmation that Wakamaru may have reached the end of its rope. According to the tweet, there are quite a few Wakamaru robots stored in the garbage collection area at an unnamed Japanese university.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us

NTV Set to Repeat Real Robot Battle TV Special (Video)

Real robot battle

No specifics yet, but NTV has posted a promotional banner on their website advertising the 2014 Real Robot Battle competition. Last years event, which resulted in a 2+ hour television special, turned out to be extremely popular, and the company is hoping to repeat that success and perhaps even turn it into an annual event.

Assuming that the rules haven’t changed from 2013, anywhere from six to eight teams will field massive robots over 2 meters tall to battle it out in the ring. Each robot utilizes a wheeled mobility platform of their own design, but from the knees up the competitors are quasi-humanoid and powerful enough to inflict significant damage on each other. 

This should give you an idea of how big these robots really are:

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us

Bay Area Maker Faire 2014: 3D Printed Parrot (Video)

Here's a robot video that I found interesting:



The entire parrot, uncluding the crank mechanism that makes it move, was 3D printed in plastic.
By Robots Dreams
Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us

Bay Area Maker Faire 2014: Game of Drones (Video)

Here's a robot video that I found interesting:



One of the most interesting and exciting events at the Bay Area Maker Faire is the Game of Drones matches. Two drones, typically quad or hexacopters, go head to head with no holds bared. One of them, and sometimes both, end up in pieces spread all over the concrete floor.
By Robots Dreams
Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us

Bay Area Maker Faire 2014: Opening Crowds (Video)

Here's a robot video that I found interesting:



The Bay Area Maker Faire 2014 drew crowds that exceeded 130,000 people over the two day weekend.
By Robots Dreams
Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us

Bay Area Maker Faire 2014: Arc Attack (Video)

Here's a robot video that I found interesting:



Arc Attack is a unique combination of science, performance art, music (kind of), Tesla coils, and robotics. They only put on a half dozen performances a year, but are definitely worth the effort to see. http://ift.tt/KhAi1p
By Robots Dreams
Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us

Tokyo Toy Show 2014: Takara Tomy Hello MiP Robot (Video)

Here's a robot video that I found interesting:



Takara Tomy introduced the new Hello MiP balancing robot, another entry in their well known Omnibot series of robots.
By Robots Dreams
Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us

Tokyo Toy Show 2014: Hello Zoomer Robot Dog (Video)

Here's a robot video that I found interesting:



Takara Tomy demonstrated the Hello Zoomer robot dog, the lastest addition to their Omnibot series of robots.
By Robots Dreams
Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us

V-Sido ASRA C1 Concept Robot (Video)

Here's a robot video that I found interesting:



Asratec, a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank, held a press conference in Tokyo introducing the V-Sido robot operating system; V-Sido Connect - a new robot controller board; and ASRA C1 - a unique humanoid robot designed as a demonstration and test platform for V-Sido and related applications.
By Robots Dreams
Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us