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Wine Robot, Tend the Grapes

It’s wine grape season! And what does that mean? Of course, it means that we have robots to do the manual labor of picking grapes, pruning, and recording data! And that’s exactly what Wall-Ye does. Specifically built for work in the vineyards, Wall-Ye uses two robotic arms and six cameras to pick over 600 vines per […]

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Film Technology

Technology in the film industry keeps improving all the time, as most of us have seen in many recent films and animations. It’s been used to superimpose images, duplicate faces, create monsters, and even to animate more realistic hair. So, let’s take a look at a few interesting uses for technology on the set! +80 […]

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MaKey MaKey: Creative Open Hardware Project

Check out this cool open hardware project developed by two MIT alums! The MaKey MaKey is a “simple invention kit for beginners, experts, and everything in between.” It works like a circuit board that allows the user to create devices through simple alligator clipping, but can also be used as an Arduino. This video demonstrates […]

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Roomba Pacman

Roombo Robot vacuum cleaners are back, and they’re playing one of the most classical games in the history of video games: Pac-Man. Several students from Colorado University programmed five robots to efficiently play a game of Pac-Man. They play on a virtual maze, with position tracking that eliminates the need of any sensors for walls. […]

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Rolling Caterpillar Robot

Biological robots are pretty common for what they’re worth, but this is perhaps one of the cooler ones. It’s a robot that can react similarly to a certain kind of caterpillar, which rolls itself into a loop and can roll and launch itself at incredible speeds. The caterpillar is truly is an example of nature’s […]

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Keepon Cute Robot

The simple bloblike shape of “Keepon” belies its subtle complexity. Inside the dancing blob are 4 motors that control its side-to-side and forward and back head bobbing, the rotation, and the up and down motion as Keepon interacts with people. Using cameras located in the eyes, Keepon is able to recognize faces and actively interact with people […]

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Cute Robot Interviewer

Imagine a cardboard version of Pixar’s Wall-e character, but with added über-cute human voice, and you’ve got a fair picture of Boxie, Alexander Reben’s documentary-video-making robot. “The idea was to create a robot that was interesting enough for people to engage with it and offer to help it, carrying it around and up and down […]

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