2012[ News Blog of Survive2012 ]
2012, September 29, 2006 at 1:24:00 PM AEST
Wakamaru - looks after elderly Japanese
2012, September 2, 2006 at 12:02:00 PM AEST
Man makes robot clone of himself
2012, July 6, 2006 at 3:54:00 AM AEST
Robot Cops to Patrol Korea
"Patrol bots will guard the streets at night, and even chase criminals, while horse-shaped combat bots will augment the country's fighting force. In both cases, the bots will communicate via Korea's vast mobile network."
Amazingly, RoboCop, and all the problems highlighted in the movies, could be reality real soon!
2012, July 2, 2006 at 5:31:00 PM AEST
Fastest robot on two legs!
2012, December 15, 2005 at 9:12:00 PM AEDT
World's First Robot Receptionist
2012, September 16, 2005 at 12:29:00 AM AEST
Meet and Greet Robot
2012, August 17, 2005 at 11:49:00 PM AEST
Robot with Coordinated Movement
A shape-shifting robot comprised of many independently moving components has been demonstrated walking, rolling and slithering for the first time.
2012, May 22, 2005 at 3:19:00 PM AEST
Rise of the Machines!
2012, March 1, 2005 at 3:48:00 PM AEDT
2012, December 2, 2004 at 7:59:00 AM AEDT
Killer Robots are coming
Next March or April the US Army will have some of these robots operating in Iraq:
It is a black, 2-foot-six-inch robot rolling on twin treads, with an M249 machine gun cradled in its mechanical grip. Basically it is the same Talon robot they currently use for bomb-disposal duties.
2012, October 20, 2004 at 2:51:00 PM AEST
Follow the link below if you want to see video footage of the robot fighting!
2012, September 10, 2004 at 8:01:00 AM AEST
Self-sustaining killer robot
Killer - it kills flies
Self-sustaining - it eats flies
The only limit to this idea is things they can eat. Nobody really minds if a few robots eat a few flies. I'd like to see a robot that ate seagulls and cleaned our beaches, but not everyone hates seagulls as much as I do....
2012, September 6, 2004 at 11:39:00 PM AEST
A Climbing Robot
At present it doesn't have any skills that supercede humans, and it cannot see (the route needs to be pre-programmed)... BUT, one day it will be super-human, and coupled with its relatively expendable nature, highly useful for search and rescue, exploration, and, dare I say, warfare.
2012, August 12, 2004 at 10:41:00 AM AEST
Security Robots are here!
Secom has introduced the "Secom Robot X," a six-wheeled security robot.
It operates remotely, and according the the manufacturers, at around $3,000 per month it is half the price of a human security guard. And this is serious, and it will affect our lives, for they say 500 robots will be produced in the first year!
longshot, February 23, 2004 at 3:53:00 AM AEDT
FDA Clears Implantable Chip for Market in United States
(i KNEW this would happen.)
FDA Clears Implantable Chip for Market in United States The Associated Press Apr 4, 2002 13:40 EST
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Dow Jones/AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the way for Applied Digital Solutions Inc. to begin selling an implantable chip that would contain personal identification and medical data, the company said Thursday. Applied Digital, Palm Beach, said it had received a letter indicating that the FDA does not consider the chip a medical device under its jurisdiction. VeriChip, a small device about the size of a grain of rice, emits a radio signal and has been derided by some for its "Big Brother" implications. Applied Digital has said it could prove invaluable in emergency situations when a patient is either unconscious or can't otherwise reveal information. VeriChip is expected to sell for about $200. A scanner used to read information contained in the chip would cost between $1,000 and $3,000. Shares of Applied Digital rose 4 cents, or 8 percent, to 52 cents in Thursday midday trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
RobertBast, January 11, 2004 at 3:54:00 PM AEDT
NS-5 Personal Assistant Robot
If it wasn't for a couple of subtle giveaways, I'd be running around town telling folk about this amazing new product. Worth visiting for the skills of the site designers alone:
RobertBast, January 9, 2004 at 11:52:00 AM AEDT
The US army has hired two robotics firms to design robot dogs, for the purpose of carrying equipment.
"Today's soldiers carry as much as 100 pounds of equipment. That's exhausting, even for the toughest grunt. In the future, the Army wants to dump up to half that gear onto the back of a drone"
"We're at the bottom of the pyramid right now," said Ben Krupp, president of Yobotics, which won a $750,000, two-year TACOM grant to build a Great Dane-sized drone. "It's tough just to get a four-legged robot to run across the parking lot without falling down."
(meanwhile the Navy is investing in robo-lobsters)
RobertBast, December 27, 2003 at 7:39:00 PM AEDT
Mini-copters now exist
Australian made, this 1.5 metre long and 0.5 metre high helicopter can fly on its own without the help of humans of GPS.
"The robot's eyes work using two cameras and software that detects where objects are and how fast the Mantis is moving relative to objects around it."
Apart from all the good uses such a machine can be put to, it doesn't take much to think of what it could be used for in the wrong hands...
RobertBast, December 19, 2003 at 7:27:00 AM AEDT
Leaps and bounds in Robotics
Sony have made a robot called QRIO, and it can:
I say fight because "If pushed by someone, QRIO will take a step in the direction it was pushed to keep from falling over." We all know that push and shove can lead to an all out brawl.
Prediction: within 10 years people will be mugged by robots.
RobertBast, October 18, 2003 at 10:01:00 AM AEST
Kung Fu robots!
Humanoid robots capable of performing somersaults and complex martial arts moves were demonstrated at CEATEC in Tokyo on Saturday.
Morph3 (above), is 30-centimetres tall, and can perform back flips and karate moves thanks to 138 pressure sensors, 30 different onboard motors and 14 computer processors.
Also on display was Fujitsu's HOAP-2. The little droid can perform moves from the Chinese martial art taijiquan, as well as Japanese Sumo wrestling stances.
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