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robotics Archive

  • Drones in Cirque du Soleil!

    When household objects come to life onscreen (think candlesticks and teacups in Beauty and the Beast, books and brooms in Harry Potter, the cast of practically every Pixar film), it’s the result of careful animation or painstaking CGI. Done well, it’s magic. But computer-generated imagery doesn’t translate well into live theater, so researchers in Zurich have concocted an enchanting alternative: dancing drones.

  • Robotics + Social + Incentive = Win.

    Well, I’ve always been a huge fan of this combination, and anything to do with robotics, really, so I thought I’d share a couple that I think have done really well for themselves (in a purely tactical sense at least!) :) Auckland City Mission Text messaging service + live stream + donation. Not sure how this went down without the competition element, but still a cool idea. Not bad for 2010. “A mammoth, two-tonne block of ice. Four high security safes holding $40,000 in total. Three state of the art robots shooting fire, water and steam in the hope of […]

  • Science alert! Geometry + reactive material + energy = self assembled ANYTHING (almost)

    Here is a freaking cool piece of sciencey goodness for your Friday afternoon! The self assembly lab at MIT are composed of designers, scientists and engineers who have been busy working away at inventing self assembly technologies. The self assembly team have been working with other departments such as mechanical engineering, computer science, media lab and architecture. These guys have been designing specific geometries with specific materials to respond to energy and change state – which can be anything from heat, shaking, gravity, pneumatics, electronics, ANYTHING! The research and the practise has only become possible with the cross-disciplinary collaborations between designers, scientists and engineers. […]

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    Robotic arm + Facebook connect = all kinds of awesome

    It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I just love this! Okay, so you remember these arcade coin games? WELL! Intel have created this awesome engagement piece based around this coin machine concept. But with the use of robotics.. Because who doesn’t love robotics?! Users can connect via Facebook, and be bought into a live streaming environment where a sweet ass robotic arm spells out their name with blocks (share to get an extra block of course!). Users are placed in a queue to push the prize to the end of the dispenser. Anywho, check it out at […]