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The Trackbot by Inspectorbots is a powerful surveillance robot capable of navigating very rough terrain riddled with debris. Its small size makes it particularly suitable for crawling into small tunnels, pipes, and generally inaccessible places for humans. Thanks to its camera and headlights, the human operator can see what the robot sees. The video below demonstrates the robots’ capabilities. If you already wanted […]

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Inspectorbot Trackbot

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Humanoid robots are becoming larger and more capable, and the prices are dropping every year, contributing to the dramatic increase in popularity. Since we are privileged to have access to the most popular ones, including the Bioloid, DARwIn OP, Nao, and Robokind, we created the picture below so you can see them side-by-side in a police-style lineup. […]

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The Usual Humanoids

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Students from Victoria University (Toronto, Canada) created a real-life version of the Disney Pixar lamp and called it “Pinokio”. This playful robot can detect and track faces and also express emotions using its movements and reactions. It uses servo motors to actuate its segments and OpenCV for the vision processing. The only thing missing is probably an […]

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Pinokio Face Tracking Lamp

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Lynxmotion, the popular robotic kit manufacturer, just made all of their  robotic applications available via the MyRobots App Store. Their applications are mainly used for controlling servo motors using their popular SSC-32 servo motor controller, and for making their robotic arms and hexapods come to life. You can take a look at their app offering by visiting […]

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New Apps on the MyRobots App Store

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The Korean Institute of Science and Technology had the very good (read “terrible”) idea of giving a very sharp kitchen knife to a robot and teaching it how to use it. Fortunately until now, CIROR, the knife-wielding humanoid robot, can only cut cucumbers with its new tool. It is nice to see how robots evolve and become […]

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CIROS Robot Cuts Cucumber

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Nigel Ackland had the misfortune of losing his hand in an accident. He is now the proud owner (and tester) of a BeBionic3 robot hand.  This bionic prosthesis senses the electrical activity in his arm muscles and activates gripping or wrist rotating actions accordingly, allowing the user to move the hand “naturally”. As the video below illustrates, this hand […]

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Nigel Ackland uses bionic hand to pour beer

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We reported on the DARPA Humanoid Challenge before, but now we finally have a video that shows what would be the ideal winner of the contest, as imagined by the Universities behind the HUBO humanoid robot. Of course this is just an animation showing a perfect scenario, but as far as what is publicly known, […]

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HUBO holding a powertool

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As we reported before, DARPA issued its latest challenge where they will require a humanoid robot to complete a series of tasks (worthy of an action movie) which include driving a car, breaking down a wall, and using tools – all with the goal of “saving the day” during a mock industrial accident. The challenge officially started today, […]

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