Hopping Robot

This fun little viral is making the rounds recently. Maybe you have seen it? It's a tiny robot that can hop up to 25 feet in the air.
This flapping wing robot from AeroVironment is really amazing. Dubbed Mercury, the robot is able to hover in mid-air like a real hummingbird and will eventually be made to look like a hummingbird. Don't miss 0:50 and 1:15 in the video. (via engadget).
Artist Kacie Kinzer placed small robots in a park in New York. Instead of stealing or damaging the robots, people were very helpful to them and kept the robots going.
Festo shows us what they have been up to lately. Quite impressive. Though I have seen swimming robots, flying robots, responding walls and 3D printing before.
Honda Motors announced it will begin real-world testing of its second experimental walking assist device designed to reduce the strain on a users leg muscles and joints such as hips, knees and ankles.It is meant to help physically weakened people and workers who would need to reduce the stress on their bodies from heavy work or postural conditions that are unsafe.
Friday. Time for some fun. What about a robot that looks like a sheep and mows your lawn? If you like that idea this video is for you. via swissmiss
Toyota developed the "Winglet". A personal transport assistance robot which you can ride in the standing position. The robot is light enough to be carried and it is controlled with sensors that constantly detect the rider's position.
These days new robots are introduced on a daily basis. For instance: Heart. A robot that kids seem to like a lot because it responds to them like a pet would. No display, no buttons, a simple touch or look will do. Thanks to Piet for the tip!
This robotic horse is crazy. It looks like someone found loads of stuff at the car graveyard and put it together in the shape of a horse. The horse blows fire through his nose and seems to be better at scaring kids than at entertaining them. Have a good weekend!
Nearly weekend. Time for some... origami. This video shows a Japanese surgeon making origami with a DaVinci robot. At the end of the clip you see just how small the origami bird is when they show it next to a coin. Who said surgery can't be fun? Have a good weekend! Thanks to Linton for the tip!
Robotics researchers are increasingly turning to nature for inspiration. Watch a robotic salamander, a water strider robot, mechanical cockroaches and some cool self-configuring robots.

SWARM

"SWARM is a kinetic art work consisting of multiple semi-autonomous spherical robots ("Orbs") that roll under their own power. Each has a spherical shell 30 inches in diameter: roughly waist high to an adult." Currently SWARMs are radio controlled but the plan is that they will start receiving commands from a 'mother node'. Watch the video to see them do their rolling. via make
Rexona shows us what Future Ready Protection looks like. Several interesting concepts regarding gaming, transport, robots, virtual reality and information are seamlessly integrated into five commercials. The Rexona robot visits Fresh Creation regularly, so I heard. ;-) via plantao
MIT Media Lab has made a new robot: Nexi. Nexi is a MDS robot, which stands for "Mobile/Dexterous/Social". Considering the humanoid moves, sound and look, Nexi could be a view into our robotic future. via gizmowatch

Meet Wall-E

On June 27, 2008 the new Pixar movie Wall-E will be released. The movie is about a robot that lived alone for 700 years. But one day all of that changes. Pixar did a great job by making Wall-E a character that is very curious and not so smart. Besides the trailer I also added a short Wall-E animation. Wall-E Trailer
image A trip to the gas station of the future may no longer require the driver to leave the car. TankPitstop will do it all for you. Watch the video for a demo. Anyway, in the future we probably don't need petrol. Instead we simply swap batteries. via bright

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image Toyota shows off a violin playing robot and a two-wheeled human transporter - the latest products of its robots program that seeks to develop a practical human assistance robot by the early part of the 2010s. via techeblog

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