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The ADA Project by Conrad Shawcross
In the darkness of an indoor car park in London’s Soho, a crowd of people is gathered around a dancing industrial robot. In front of it, soprano Teresa Duddy stands singing her heart out, willing the robot to fall in love with her, as it moves...
DESIGN
Dyson's First Ever Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Intelligent, powerful and effective—these are the qualities customers look for in a robot vacuum cleaner for it to surpass novelty gadget level. After 16 years (and millions of dollars) spent in research and development, the just-announced Dyson...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: 27 Robots
Not unlike the laboratory of a mad scientist, Josue Maldonaldo's gadget-filled studio on the outskirts of Detroit is full of odd and fascinating creations. By day, Maldonaldo sculpts life-sized model cars for Ford, but by night, he creates his very...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Truth Facts First World problems become permissibly hilarious when shown in satirical charts and graphs. "Truth Facts" are the brainchild of Danish duo Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler, the writers and artists behind the comic strip "Wumo...
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Cool Hunting Video: NYU Fluid Dynamics Lab
The concept of flight has always held humankind's imagination captive—yet making that concept a reality continues to baffle even the most ingenious innovators. We recently got a few insights and a lesson in aerodynamics from NYU Professor of Mathematics...
DESIGN
Piperoid Robots
When it came to Lego starships, friendship bracelets and sandcastles, there was nothing like getting your hands a little dirty and creating daily, back when we were kids. It's a shame that for so many adults—even for many of us working in creative...
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Moss Robot Construction Kit
A far cry from Stretch Armstrong, Moss is a new dynamic robot construction kit that allows kids to build their own controllable toys. After over two years of prototyping, Colorado's Modular Robotics developed the module-based system to be as approachable...
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Winbot
We've all heard of Roomba, the frisbee-sized vacuum robot. Until recently we thought this slightly egregious piece of technology was the end-all-be-all of home cleaning innovation. Then we met Winbot. Made by Ecovacs Robotics—a company boasting...
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Tango E5 Autonomous Mower
Mowing the lawn ranks among the most onerous of weekend tasks. Seeking to provide respite to landscapers everywhere, industry giant John Deere has introduced an autonomous lawn mower called the Tango E5—a sleek and quiet machine designed for...
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Nanobot Music
Professor Vijay Kumar from GRASP, the robotics laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, just wrapped up a fantastic TED Talk on his robotics work. Using custom-built quad rotor nano-copters, Kumar's team demonstrated the agility, versatility...
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Olly and Molly
When a creative brief tasked them to "make something connected to the Internet that doesn't live on the screen," Foundry, a small research team at Mint Digital, came up with Olly, a scent-based system rewarding social media activity or, as they describe...
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iRobot Ava
While scoping out the developments at CES in Las Vegas, we were delighted to meet Ava, a new mobile robotics platform prototype from the minds over at iRobot. Most will recognize iRobot's past work on the low-profile automated robotic cleaners Roomba...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video Presents: Lou Nasti
For our latest video we trucked deep into Brooklyn, NY to explore Mechanical Displays, Lou Nasti's fantastic studio. Nasti is the animatronic mastermind responsible for installations around the globe, most notably some of the most iconic Christmas...
DESIGN
Curiosities
For the last few years artist Cathy McClure has been applying her background in metal design to her obsession with mechanical toys in a variety of shows around the country. McClure's process, centralized around taking different motorized children...
DESIGN
An Interview with Dirk Vander Kooij
Dutch designer Dirk van der Kooij is obsessed with rapid prototyping. Best known for his Endless Chair, made from a continuous string of recycled plastic using a 3D printer, the design has grown into a range of products all with the goal of making...
TECH
iPong
Playing with yourself isn't always socially acceptable but the new and improved iPong from Joola is a great way to practice your ping pong even when you don't have a partner. The cylindrical ping pong robot has a super slim design and a simple mechanism...
CULTURE
Gundam RX78 Mobile Suit
Japan certainly takes its giant robots seriously. As reported by Moe Passion , a blog by an American sailor stationed in Japan, a life-sized replica of a Gundam RX78 Mobile Suit was recently built on the artificial island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay...
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OWIKits: A Bright Way to Teach Solar Power and Robotics to Kids
Most kids hate science, but that is about to end with OWIKits, which are award winning, educational products that teach the basics of robotics, electronics, and alternative energy to kids. The kits, which range from beginner to advanced level, are...
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BigDog: The Most Advanced Quadruped Robot on Earth
by Passa Chattra Take a cursory look at BigDog and you might think you're watching an agile, newly-discovered species of deer. On closer inspection, you'll realize the animal is in fact a robot that mimics the movement of several animals both...
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Camerautomata Charlie: Image Digesting Robotic Duck
by Scott J Lachut If documenting trips to faraway lands is beginning to take time away from actually enjoying them, then a robotic picture-taking duck may be just what you need. In an effort to "to liberate cameras from human operation,"...
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