In less than ten years we will have full fledged androids moving about in our society. For those who can afford one, they will be helping with the tasks that have to be done so that they can spend more time doing the things they love to do. They will allow the elderly to stay in their homes; offering them companionship and assistance. They could even work alongside humans, taking factory jobs back from China and thus boosting our economy. The possibilities are truly endless and it is imperative, as we figure out new applications, that all of the ethical implications are considered. In this fascinating video clip, Reporter Carolyn Jarvis of the 16:9 show on Global News Canada meets with some of the leading experts in Robotics, showing how far the technology has already come and what the future will hold. [Read more...]
Welcome to the warped digital world of Jordan Speer. His illustrations create a surreal environment full of robots and strange machinery with a distinctly humanistic twist… mostly, everything from drum sets to rockets and drilling machines come to life and grows gigantic eyes. It’s as if we have traveled to some alternate universe or distant future where technology is alive and aware of its environment. [Read more...]
Ladies and gentlemen, the future is here, full of exciting advancements in technology, designed to make life better and fighting fiercer… and all of it is decidedly retro. From flame blasting rocket ships, to Atomic Freeze blasting ray guns and helpful autonomous robots, the future is looking pretty exciting… especially if you’re the adventurous Buck Rogers type. [Read more...]
The field of robotics is exploding with new innovation, from the recent hydrogen powered jellyfish robot to a jumping sand flea, but what happened to the idea of creating humanoid robots that look, act, and move like us? Besides a few shining examples of good design, most humanoid robots have been decidedly lacking in realistic human-like movement, placing them a bit at odds with a world designed around humans and making them far less familiar for us to interact with. [Read more...]
Robots have come such a long way in recent years, it seems like it won’t be long before they’re helping out in every household. The idea of having a helper around is pretty intriguing, but we don’t want then to always do the same thing, like a dishwasher or a toaster; we want something smarter, far more helpful and talented. While robots have long been doing things that humans can do by following a set of strictly defined programs, it hasn’t been until recently that they began doing tasks using their own senses and choices. [Read more...]
A robot built with a series of springs along the length of its body has the flexibility to move like a worm around obstacles. The super-sized “worm-bot” is modeled on the C. elegans nematode, a tiny free-living worm that uses an ultra-simple nervous system to control the way that it moves. [Read more...]
Freelance Japanese artist Naochika Morishita (森下 直親/ もりした なおちか) uses delicate brush strokes to paint bleak futures of warring mech robots. His book of collected works, Hagane Bito, is filled with epic battle scenes of anime mechs in locations from outer space to the Jurassic period. Here is a small sample of his large collection. Prepare for battle!