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The Secret Life of Robots… is Actually More Normal Than You’d Expect

Monday 03.24.2014 , Posted by
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I know, I know… we’ve all grown up thinking robots are SOooo cool. They’re always shooting laser beams out of their eyes or “transforming” into fast cars. But do you want to know a secret? According to artist Toby Fraley, they’re a lot like us. His latest solo show The Secret Life of Robots features a host of normal robots going about their often hilariously mundane lives. [Read more…]

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Tangled Graffiti Paintings Depict Erotica and War

Monday 01.20.2014 , Posted by
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What is the relationship between sex and war? Chicago painter CJ Hungerman explores this question using erotic imagery as vehicles for destruction. As ‘silly’ as these complex narratives visually appear the artist intelligently offers an approachable context, sex and humor, from which to dissect important contemporary issues like technology, politics, and freedom. [Read more…]

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Only in Japan: Man Spends 11 Years Building Gigantic “Robot” Beetle

Thursday 09.05.2013 , Posted by

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When Hitoshi Takahashi was 50 years old, he decided he was old enough to do whatever he wanted… the result wasn’t your average “buy an RV and hit the road,” instead he spent the next 11 years creating a frightening 36 foot long, 12 foot tall mechanical beetle. Takahashi is the owner of a machine shop in Ibaraki Prefecture’s planned city of Tsukuba. The area is known for it’s many engineering colleges and scientific research centers… so perhaps that all had an influence on him. [Read more…]

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Simon Stålenhag Paints a Fantastic Yet Familiar Future of Machines in Nature

Tuesday 08.20.2013 , Posted by

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The odd thing about the future is, once it arrives it never seems so futuristic. I mean, how many times have you heard, “Wow, I can’t believe it’s already 2013…”? But look around and it all seems pretty normal. That’s the feeling I get when looking at these seriously impressive paintings by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag. His paintings show a universe much like our own, but beside the everyday humans carrying out everyday activities are massive buildings and machines running on technologies currently unknown. [Read more…]

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Modular Robots that Self-Assemble, Coordinate and Fly

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Quadrotors are all the rage right now, from a series of robots that precisely create buildings out of blocks, to an artist who turned his deceased cat into a flying machine (yes really); but what about robotic flying machines that need to self-assemble and cooperate in order to take flight? That was the dream of Professor Raffaello D’Andrea at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich. In 2008 he conceptualized the Distributed Flight Array, a self-assembling modular robot, and today it has become a reality. He and his team of researchers/students have spent the past 5 years conceptualizing, prototyping and testing a series of one-rotor flying machines that can’t fly on their own… but together form an unlimited array of flying potential. It’s seriously cool how well these machines operate; just check out the video below! [Read more…]

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The Robot Revolution is Upon Us

Wednesday 10.17.2012 , Posted by

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…]

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The Warped Digital World of Jordan Speer

Tuesday 05.15.2012 , Posted by

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…]

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Visual Bits #188> Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto

Friday 05.11.2012 , Posted by

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Robots and Ray Guns from the Retro Future

Tuesday 05.01.2012 , Posted by

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…]

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The Robot With a Human Structure

Thursday 04.05.2012 , Posted by

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…]

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