1

This Robot Will Clean Your Windows Before Taking Over The World

fb share tweet share

I don’t need an infomercial’s incessant problem-listing to know that cleaning windows can be a son of a bitch. Depending on the height and location, some windows are just begging to be left as grimy portals that are lucky to get a hose spray every now and again. I don’t understand who needs to see in or out of that part of the attic anyway.

Taking away the toil and sweat of what used to be normal window-washing is the Winbot 7, which will use its “Don’t Call It a Vertical Roomba” technology to wash your windows while you divert your attention to other things. (Like possibly waiting for the Winbot 7 to finish one window so you can manually lift it and place it on the next window.) The device sticks to the window using a dual-suction system while it maps its way between your window panes. The actual cleaning is accomplished with a wet pad wiping up the endless amount of fingerprints, while a squeegee pushes aside excess moisture so a cloth can wipe the glass dry, leaving it spotlessly clean.

0

Robot Roaches Inspire Robots Of My Nightmares

fb share tweet share

Let me get this out of the way right up top. Bugs don’t scare me. As in, “I may shriek if one lands on me, but I’m chasing after it to the death.” On the other hand, bugs freak me out, because they look like that, all buggy and not according to human anatomy and all.

Which brings me to the VelociRoACH, the University of California, Berkeley’s 10-cm-long millirobot, which mimics the rapid leg motions of a real cockroach in order to attain speeds that make it, when adjusted for size, one of the fastest robots in the world. It weighs 30 grams and has legs that hit the ground about 15 times a second, during which time it has already traveled 2.7 meters.

0

This Robotic Spider Dress Will Almost Certainly Kill Us All

fb share tweet share

As you might expect from our masthead, we like robots here at GFR. But even our love for the most adorable and harmless robots is tempered by the weary certainty that they will eventually rise up and turn us all into livestock. A scary prospect in and of itself, but that much more terrifying now that the horror below is a thing. I give you the robotic spider dress. No, seriously, take it, I don’t want it.

4

Diego-San Is One Creepy Robot Baby

fb share tweet share

We would like to apologize in advance for the horrific nightmares this next video will give you. If you would rather not watch the creepy, emotionally dead face of a robot child as it cries silently, and you want to sleep through the night, you should probably skip what’s next because that’s exactly what it is. This video features the first footage of the University of California San Diego’s Machine Perception Lab’s spooky new robot baby, named Diego-san, in action. The results are terrifying. Watch for yourself below.

0

Vote For The Robot As One Of Monopoly’s New Game Pieces

fb share tweet share

I haven’t played Monopoly in years, and I think the last time I did, it was the NFL version. So, in all honesty, the game pieces remain a part of my nostalgia rather than something I currently find myself involved with in any real way. But now that such an iconic set of pieces is getting shaken up, I’ve found myself suddenly reinvigorated with interest. Because, by golly, a robot is involved!

Hasbro is finally changing one of the game’s iconic silver gamepieces, instead of one of the seemingly endless number of other ways they’ve changed the game in the last 20 years. But the trick here is in its use of social media to allow the public to vote on both which new piece gets in and which classic piece it will replace. In that respect, I give them due credit for adding some buzz to the change. Popular opinion suggests the wheelbarrow will be the one getting the axe, because it just isn’t the “It” transporting vehicle of this day and age. Although the thimble and flat iron are just as irrelevant in a world that still uses such things. If the dog, car, or battleship bow out, then i will throw my own personal dog, car, or battleship away.

Bring on the robot!

Bring on the robot!

2

DARPA’s New Robot Will Follow You Into The Woods

fb share tweet share

We’re now one step closer to being mauled by a giant robotic animal controlled by a nerdy warlord. Thanks to Boston Dynamics, with a funding assist from DARPA and the US Marines, for fueling my upcoming nightmares. Back in September we previously reported on the Legged Squad Supporter (LS3), which essentially a big, mechanical pack mule. Designed to carry 400 pounds of supplies over rough, uneven terrain, it is intended to serve as troop support, and as an additional power outlet for soldiers in the field.

Because of the planned use, LS3 requires a very specific set of skills. It must be able to remain stable on rugged ground, as well as be dexterous enough to maneuver through tight situations, in both urban and wilderness settings. Not an easy feat to accomplish, the Boston Dynamics folks are constantly working to improve on these abilities. Compare the first video to this new one, and you can definitely see the strides they’ve made in that regard. The prototype is much more nimble, and so much more surefooted on the unstable ground. Great, now it’s even faster, has better traction, and is more nimble.