The Rise and Fall of the Machines

The engineers at Boston Dynamics have done it again, and this time with a video that will make you feel sorry for the robots. The new Atlas humanoid robot is “designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings,” Boston Dynamics wrote in a description of the video posted on YouTube. Weighing in at 180 lbs (82 kg) and standing 5’9″ (1.75 m) tall, its a slimmer … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Machines

Cyro – Large Robot Jellyfish

  A robotic jellyfish. Go figure. Cyro is a human-sized jellyfish robot developed by team of researchers at Virginia Tech College of Engineering, headed by Shashank Priya. They modeled it on one of the world’s largest jellyfish, Cyanea capillata (AKA lion’s mane jellyfish). Cyro is a larger version of Virginia Tech’s human hand sized RoboJelly. “Jellyfish make great models for self-powered and autonomous bots partly … Continue reading Cyro – Large Robot Jellyfish

Calling All Disaster Recovery Robots

A few weeks ago, DARPA (the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) announced that it would hold competitions for autonomous robots that would give aid to victims of natural or man-made disasters and conduct evacuation operations.Calling it the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the agency is looking for anyone who can advance current robot technology past existing limits to create an autonomous bot for the DOD’s “disaster … Continue reading Calling All Disaster Recovery Robots

Cybernetics: Bionic Eyes

The bionic eye is an artificial device that gives site to the blind or enhanced sight to those who can see on their own — a cybernetic device.   Currently, bionic eyes for the blind are experimental with some success depending on when the patient was blinded and what cause the blindness. According to Wikipedia, there are at least 11 ongoing bionic eye projects: Argus Retinal … Continue reading Cybernetics: Bionic Eyes

Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) – Part 1

Earlier this week, The Associated Press reported that a paralyzed man remotely controlled a simple robot using only thoughts.  (The images shown here are not from that experiment, but from one done three years ago by Honda.  More on that later.) The robot was a small, simple device that moved on wheels, was equipped with a camera, and had a laptop computer perched on top.  … Continue reading Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) – Part 1