Robots http://www.stuff.tv/my/robots/all en-MY This robot barista might make better coffee than you http://www.stuff.tv/my/robot-barista-might-make-better-coffee-you/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kawada Industries sees robots going past being just machines, but our partners. Terrifying or exciting? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="This robot barista might make better coffee than you" alt="This robot barista might make better coffee than you" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nextage.jpg?1416546227" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Robots, robots, robots. It&#39;s been quite the year for robots, eh? Well, it seems we still haven&#39;t quite seen everything yet as now Kawada Industries&#39; Next Generation Industrial Robot or Nextage has levelled up to the point it could be a pretty snazzy robot barista.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A flat white or two, Mr.Robot? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nextage isn&#39;t a new concept or robot. It just got a little bit more attention when it was showed off at the recent Japan Robot Week. Kawada Industries has big plans for the robot, hailing it as technology that would free us from the shackles of dull, menial work.</p> <p>&quot;Industrial robots are now in the next phase of their evolution, from mere &#39;equipment&#39; to becoming a &#39;partner&#39;,&quot; so says a quote from Kawada&#39;s <a href="http://nextage.kawada.jp/en/concept/">website</a>.</p> <p>Kawada is pretty generous in listing all the Nextage&#39;s specs though when it comes to an actual featureset, Kawada highlights the robot&#39;s capacity to move easily, its compact line layout and what it calls its &quot;standard&quot; specifications, that, oh, include an image recognition system.</p> <p>For researchers, Kawada also has its Nextage Open platform that offers up an open source controller and software support. While the future looks bright for robots, we&#39;re still not quite so convinced a robot can make coffee just the way we like it - not until robot taste buds get invented.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stunning-v12-f1-engine-coffee-machine-costs-rm48570/news" target="_blank">The most expensive coffeemaker ever?</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-robot-barista-is-strangely-mesmerizing?utm_source=mbfb" target="_blank">Vice</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PHxmGPA10ck" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/robot-barista-might-make-better-coffee-you/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/robot-barista-might-make-better-coffee-you/news#comments Robots Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:03:48 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1453650 at http://www.stuff.tv Elon Musk secretly afraid AI will come for us http://www.stuff.tv/my/elon-musk-secretly-afraid-ai-will-come-us/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Obviously he will be among the first to be terminated by Skynet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Elon Musk secretly afraid AI will come for us" alt="Elon Musk secretly afraid AI will come for us" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/terminator%20musk.jpg?1416296956" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Billionaire and Tesla founder Elon Musk wasn&#39;t too happy when his private remarks about his fears about AI were made public. Who can blame him, though? One of the biggest names at the forefront of this era&#39;s cutting-edge technology and yet he has reservations about artificial intelligence?&nbsp; Wouldn&#39;t be a good idea to let the robots know.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Are the robots becoming too smart for us? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where were these comments from? It was in a post on the site Edge.org (since removed) entitled &ldquo;The Myth of AI&rdquo;.</p> <p>Musk had apparently emailed his comments but they were not intended to be made public on the site.</p> <p>Why is this a big deal? This is because Musk isn&rsquo;t just a theoretician here; he has invested in a company called DeepMind that works in artificial intelligence. He knows just how far AI has come, has gone and has insight into just how far it could go.</p> <p>It has been an exciting five years so far, seeing how far robots have evolved. We let them vacuum our houses, use them in surveillance, have them help build the things we rely on. But aside from the stuff we see in sci-fi novels (hello Asimov), just how much security is there when it comes to robots? And is the robo-calypse really a possibility within the next 10 years.</p> <p>Suddenly all the preppers and doomsday predictors suddenly don&#39;t seem so crazy after all.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tesla/stuff-meets-elon-musk/feature">Stuff meets Elon Musk</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/11/17/elon-musk-singularity/" target="_blank">Mashable</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Elon Musk secretly afraid AI will come for us" alt="Elon Musk secretly afraid AI will come for us" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Elon_Musk.jpg?1416296956" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/elon-musk-secretly-afraid-ai-will-come-us/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/elon-musk-secretly-afraid-ai-will-come-us/news#comments Robots Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:48:18 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1453431 at http://www.stuff.tv Is it a drone? Is it a robotic bird? No, it's a Bionic Bird http://www.stuff.tv/my/it-drone-it-robotic-bird-no-its-bionic-bird/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A smartphone-controlled robot bird, if RC helicopters are just too old school for you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Is it a drone? Is it a robotic bird? No, it&#039;s a Bionic Bird" alt="Is it a drone? Is it a robotic bird? No, it&#039;s a Bionic Bird" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bionic%20bird.jpg?1415600742" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If drones are too boring, then why not one that looks like an actual bird? Bionic Bird is an update of earlier mechanical bird toys that were pretty much just simple amusements.</p> <p>Using a combination of Bluetooth 4.0 and an app, you can control the Bionic Bird for a range up to 100 metres. Its creators call it a &quot;furtive drone&quot; - meaning it doesn&#39;t so much look like a drone as much as something that looks like a bird if you squint hard enough.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Bionic Bird has wings, wings that actually flap. So much so that other birds either think it&#39;s one of them or scope it out to see if it would like to join them for dinner as the main course.</p> <p>As to its construction, it&#39;s made of elastic foam with carbon fiber wings. This bird is hardy enough to take a few bumps without it being weighed down too much to fly.</p> <p>What do you get with this bird? It has, among other things, a remote-controlled tail and by 2016, could even come with an HD video camera. So, a spy bird. You also get about 10 eight-minute flights after just 12 minutes of charging, which is a pretty good deal.</p> <p>iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad mini devices are already supported for this iteration of the Bionic Bird while Android and the latest iPhones will be compatible by early 2015.</p> <p>Seems it isn&#39;t just other birds or cats who find Bionic Bird interesting as the Indiegogo campaign for it has soared past US$25,000 to reach US$97,000 (as of press time)</p> <p><a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bionic-bird-the-furtive-drone" target="_blank">Pay just US$120 (RM399)</a> for either a way to spy on your neighbours or entertain your cat for hours. Don&#39;t forget to add another US$30 for international shipping.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/drones">For more drone gossip, you can be sure to hear it from us</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/05/bionic-bird/" target="_blank">Techcrunch</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dw0-WeXhjDQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/it-drone-it-robotic-bird-no-its-bionic-bird/news#comments Drones Robots Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:01:02 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1452703 at http://www.stuff.tv This 3D printed robot spider has learnt how to walk http://www.stuff.tv/my/edison/3d-printed-robot-spider-has-learnt-how-walk/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rough terrain and damaged legs won&#039;t stop this crawler - it learns how to locomote all on its own </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This 3D printed robot spider has learnt how to walk" alt="This 3D printed robot spider has learnt how to walk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/3d-printed-robot-spider-01.jpg?1412929644" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>3D printing is being used to create everything from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/hue/insect-eyes-geodesic-domes-and-lightbulbs-inside-crazy-world-3d-printing/news" target="_blank">lights</a> to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/future-food-3d-printed/feature" target="_blank">raspberries</a> &ndash; and now it&#39;s producing walking robots, too.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The robot&rsquo;s controlled through an iPad app &ndash; though we only saw it running in demo mode, in which it cycles gracefully through a series of poses that look like an insect&rsquo;s mating dance. When it&rsquo;s walking, though, it&rsquo;s not just going through the motions &ndash; this robot learnt how to walk all by itself, using a Q-learning algorithm. &ldquo;I built this to explore robotics behaviour,&rdquo; says Bunting. &ldquo;It has machine vision with the camera, and locomotion. Before it had no idea how to move its legs; so it had to experiment, and the camera told it how well it was moving around in the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>That means that if the robot&rsquo;s damaged &ndash; or if Bunting decides to change the design &ndash; it can compensate, without his having to reprogram it.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;ve also done terrain adaptation,&rdquo; he adds. &ldquo;So by using the camera, it can build up a map of the environment, and then use that map to step on top of obstacles.&rdquo;</p> <p>While the prospect of swarms of hexapod robots that can&rsquo;t be stopped by damaging them gives us the shivers, fortunately Bunting&rsquo;s ambitions don&rsquo;t stretch to creating his own robot army. For the time being, he&rsquo;s just planning to replace the Arduino breakout board with something less bulky.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/future-food-3d-printed/feature" target="_blank">How 3D printing will change the face of food</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nUpnbVb2-Rk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This 3D printed robot spider has learnt how to walk" alt="This 3D printed robot spider has learnt how to walk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3d-printed-robot-spider-02.jpg?1412929644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/edison/3d-printed-robot-spider-has-learnt-how-walk/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/edison/3d-printed-robot-spider-has-learnt-how-walk/news#comments 3D Printing Edison Intel Robots Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:51:05 +0000 Elissa Loi 1449833 at http://www.stuff.tv Official Thai Delicious Committee uses taste-testing robots http://www.stuff.tv/my/official-thai-delicious-committee-uses-taste-testing-robots/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robot built to ensure food meets Thai food standards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Official Thai Delicious Committee uses taste-testing robots" alt="Official Thai Delicious Committee uses taste-testing robots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/thai_food.jpg?1412068862" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In today&#39;s hilarious news, the Thailand government has decided to become the guardian of Thai culinary standards by creating the Thai Delicious Committee and hired a special taste tester. A taste tester, that doesn&#39;t exactly taste things the way we do - a robot. No, this is not The Onion.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not delicious enough, said the robot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to the New York Times, the committee has described the robot thusly: &quot;&ldquo;an intelligent robot that measures smell and taste in food ingredients through sensor technology in order to measure taste like a food critic.&rdquo; Another name for it is the &#39;electronic tongue&#39;.</p> <p>Which begs the question - what&#39;s wrong with just hiring a critic in the first place? This is all the fault of the recently-ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra who found the standard of Thai food outside the country frankly appalling. She decided that it was of national interest that the standards of proper Thai food be upheld even outside the country. Thus the Thai Delicious Committee was born.</p> <p>The robot will be unveiled at a swank event tonight in the country&#39;s capital but it&#39;s not in anyway a fancy humanoid-looking robot. It&#39;s basically a box that will scan food samples, create a chemical signature and then compare it to samples deemed worthy of Thai standards.</p> <p>On the other hand, though, isn&#39;t it creepy that a country is now deciding that there is only one acceptable standard or way to make, say, tom yam or green curry? What if, heaven forbid, Hong Kong decides to have dim sum standards or New York, New York Pizza criteria that must be fulfilled?</p> <p>Apparently the committee has spent around US$100,000 (RM327,050) on the taste-testing robot.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/robots">What else can robots do for us? Read all about it</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/world/asia/bad-thai-food-enter-a-robot-taster.html?_r=0" target="_blank">New York Times</a> via <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/world/asia/bad-thai-food-enter-a-robot-taster.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Engadget, </a>pic from sxc.hu]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Official Thai Delicious Committee uses taste-testing robots" alt="Official Thai Delicious Committee uses taste-testing robots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thai_food.jpg?1412068862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/official-thai-delicious-committee-uses-taste-testing-robots/news#comments Robots Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:19:18 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1448919 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Sphero’s off-road Ollie launched, Samsung’s 105in curved 4K TV is bendable, and new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer footage http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/fully-charged-sphero-s-road-ollie-launched-samsung-s-105in-curved-4k-tv-bendable-and-new-cal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End this IFA week strong by filling your brain with quick-hit tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sphero Ollie" alt="Sphero Ollie" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sphero-ollie.jpg?1409910791" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sphero&#039;s Ollie robot on sale </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We were quite taken with the Sphero 2B when <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/ces-2014/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news">we saw it at CES</a> back in January, as it rebooted the original smartphone-controlled ball with a tubular design, a massive speed boost, and an off-road friendly design. Rightly so, it&rsquo;s been given its own branding for release, and now the Ollie is on sale.</p> <p>The Ollie is still controlled via an app, but this little wonder can reach speeds of up to 14mph, and it&rsquo;s designed to be tossed around - so really, take it outside to somewhere jagged and bumpy and let it rip. Hitting an obstacle at the right angle will send it flying and spinning gloriously until it lands safely and continues rolling along.</p> <p>Sphero&rsquo;s latest connected toy can be purchased now for &pound;79.99 (RM415) the company&rsquo;s website and will begin shipping on 15 September, and there&rsquo;s more fun on the horizon in the form of swappable tyres and even a Bluetooth-connected ramp coming soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/ces-2014/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news">Meet the rugged Sphero 2B</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Zi-5hbaGmuQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s curved 105in 4K TV is now bendable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Back in July, we scratched our collective heads at word of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-s-curved-105in-4k-uhd-tv-priced-us120000/news">Samsung 105in curved 4K UHD set</a> that was planned to retail for US$120,000 - that&rsquo;s about RM381,780. Who might be buying such a thing? Is there no end to such extravagance?</p> <p>Apparently not. <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-bets-big-on-curved-tv-shows-off-105-inch-uhd-bendable-model/">CNET</a> spotted a surprising thing at IFA this week: a newly bendable version of that same 105in set, which means users can watch it either curved or flat. Samsung apparently hasn&#39;t pinned down a price point just yet, but surely such a convenience won&rsquo;t be a free addition to the existing value proposition.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-bets-big-on-curved-tv-shows-off-105-inch-uhd-bendable-model/">CNET</a>, <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/news/newsIrRead.do?news_ctgry=irnewsrelease&amp;page=1&amp;news_seq=23687">Samsung</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-s-curved-105in-4k-uhd-tv-priced-us120000/news">Samsung&rsquo;s curved 105in 4K UHD TV priced at US$120,000</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="898" title="Samsung&#039;s curved, bendable 105in 4K TV (Photo: CNET)" alt="Samsung&#039;s curved, bendable 105in 4K TV (Photo: CNET)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-curvedtv-bendable.png?1409910791" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scope out seven minutes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>November&rsquo;s <em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em> looks to represent the big shake-up that the shooter series has needed for at least a couple of years now (even if it does seem curiously similar to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review"><em>Titanfall</em></a> in spots), and multiplayer is always a huge component of the experience - so we&rsquo;re extra excited to see this far-future take on it.</p> <p>Check out seven fresh minutes of official footage, which digs deep into the various perks of the exoskeleton, details the ample customization and Pick 13 system, and shows off some of the maps and modes you can expect to explore later this year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCnoeg_WOko">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TCnoeg_WOko" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/fully-charged-sphero-s-road-ollie-launched-samsung-s-105in-curved-4k-tv-bendable-and-new-cal#comments 4K Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gaming IFA 2014 Robots Samsung Sphero TVs Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446694 at http://www.stuff.tv hitchBOT is a robot hitchhiker's guide to winning social media http://www.stuff.tv/my/robot-hitchhikers-guide-winning-social-media/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How an AI has captured the hearts of road users and Twitter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="A robot hitchhiker&#039;s guide to winning social media" alt="A robot hitchhiker&#039;s guide to winning social media" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hitchbot_01.jpg?1408436842" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A rather unlikely hitchhiker goes by the name hitchBOT and it&#39;s made from household and salvaged material. Why hitchBOT, you ask? Because it made the entire journey across the continent simply by hitchhiking.</p> <p>The whole time, hitchBOT also tweeted its journey from Halifax, Nova Scotia to British Columbia &ndash; attracting some 30,000 strong cult followers.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I, HitchBot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-12c43f8a-ed2f-730c-9f47-75a7c64e423f">The robots&#39; creators felt the need to overturn the prevailing hostility to robots, no doubt suffered from figures like the Terminator or Cylons that portray evil machines. Frauke Zeller, an assistant professor at Ryerton University and one of hitchBOT&#39;s creators postulates that humans think about whether we can trust robots; the project asks whether robots can trust humans.</p> <p dir="ltr">So far, it is assuredly yes. If travelling the continent, riding the kindness of strangers isn&#39;t enough affirmation, hitchBOT needs to be charged every six hours and it hasn&#39;t run out yet. The robot has even expressed owning a dog on one of the rides, and its host had bought a plush dog and even a small pink backpack for the robot to carry it with. One of the robot&#39;s Twitter followers dubbed it &ldquo;Hiker the Dog&rdquo;.</p> <p dir="ltr">The robot carries quite a winning personality as well. As a cult celebrity, the robot has complained about &ldquo;the expectations for me to be so clever all the time.&rdquo; In an interview, it didn&#39;t hesitate to speak its mind: &ldquo;I think you are just making up rubbish deliberately to confuse me.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Along the way, the robot&#39;s proven to be a wealth of Canadian trivia &ndash; expressing opinions on the history of Saskatchewan and the Manitoba, and the growth of French-English bilinguism in Canadian youth.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/robots-vs-puny-humans/news">Robots vs PUNY HUMANS!</a></p> <p dir="ltr">[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/canadarealtime/2014/08/18/hitchbot-draws-fans-with-cross-canada-journey" target="_blank">WSJ</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="A robot hitchhiker&#039;s guide to winning social media" alt="A robot hitchhiker&#039;s guide to winning social media" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hitchbot_02.jpg?1408436842" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/robot-hitchhikers-guide-winning-social-media/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/robot-hitchhikers-guide-winning-social-media/news#comments Robots Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:39:22 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1445272 at http://www.stuff.tv Harvard researchers come up with self-organising robots http://www.stuff.tv/my/harvard-researchers-come-self-organising-robots/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s like Battlestar Galactica never even happened for these guys </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Harvard researchers come up with self-organising robots" alt="Harvard researchers come up with self-organising robots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kilobot.jpg?1408356051" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Harvard has been working hard on a robotic collective (consciousness?) that is capable of collaborating and acting independent of human intervention. It&#39;s a coalition of more than a thousand robots focused on completing tasks &ndash; harmless ones like making a star formation or perhaps more insidious ones like overthrowing all of society.</p> <p>We know who to try for treason first when the robots finally overthrow us all.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kilobots or Kill-o-bots? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your future overlords are called Kilobots, a group of 1024 (that&#39;s 2 to the power of 10, for anyone counting) of small, mobile machines that communicate with each other using infrared laser beams. For the moment, the researchers can command the robots to perform simple tasks like forming the letter &ldquo;k&rdquo; and the robots will arrange themselves into the given pattern.</p> <p>The key is in algorithms, which automate the little logistical details of the order, and does not require detailed manual intervention from the master controller. And the key inspiration for the algorithm itself is in nature, from something like how a flock of birds might coordinate themselves in flight. &quot;The beauty of biological systems is that they are elegantly simple -- and yet, in large numbers, accomplish the seemingly impossible,&quot; said Nagpal. Insert your favourite villainous cackle here.</p> <p>The technology could have numerous practical applications, automating devices and software without the need for constant human supervision. For now, the algorithm needed to start a robot uprising is open source and available for free on Harvard&#39;s website. The Kilobots themselves are available at K-Team at wonderfully vague &ldquo;low-cost&rdquo;, but really what price is too high to pay for the assured destruction of all humanity?</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/robots">Read more about robots, on us</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9250393/Harvard_unleashes_a_swarm_of_self_organizing_robots" target="_blank">Computerworld</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qBUFX41e1mc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/harvard-researchers-come-self-organising-robots/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/harvard-researchers-come-self-organising-robots/news#comments Robots Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:07:18 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1445155 at http://www.stuff.tv Robots vs PUNY HUMANS! http://www.stuff.tv/my/robots-vs-puny-humans/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The robots are rising, but can they ever really replace us meatbags? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Robots vs PUNY HUMANS!" alt="Robots vs PUNY HUMANS!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2014-08-15-at-15.19.44.jpg?1408605307" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Robots are everywhere already: they&rsquo;re making and sometimes driving our cars, hoovering people&rsquo;s houses and raining fiery death from the sky.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impressive and occasionally frightening stuff - but while robots can clearly do our drudgery, wage war for us and stuff us at chess, what about the more valuable, beautiful things humans value so much, or the things that require human empathy and experience to handle correctly? Could robots ever make beautiful music, stop a riot or make sweet, sweet love? Let&rsquo;s find out.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/garymarshall" title="View user profile.">Gary_Marshall</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots make art? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/68859229" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.informatik.uni-konstanz.de/en/edavid/" target="_blank">e-David</a> can: it&rsquo;s a robot arm that&rsquo;s been designed to paint, and unlike most robotic illustrators it&rsquo;s capable of making its own creative decisions. It photographs what it&rsquo;s going to paint and works out where it wants to put light and shade.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s still dependent on its programming, of course, but it&rsquo;s impressive stuff - although we&rsquo;re some way off from seeing robots create the kind of abstract and/or allegorical art that humans excel at. Don&rsquo;t expect a digital Dali or pixel Picasso any time soon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots dance? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For no apparent reason the Chinese military has been making <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/22/china-insists-it-loves-peace-as-army-shows-off-robots-that-dance-to-shakira/" target="_blank">little robots that dance to Shakira&rsquo;s Waka Waka</a>. No, you&rsquo;re not reading <em>The Onion</em>.</p> <p>However, even the kindest observer would have to admit that while robots can dance, they haven&rsquo;t exactly got the moves to beat humans: while it&rsquo;s easy for us to do The Robot, it&rsquo;s much harder for robots to do The Human.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wir90-9HmAI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots make beautiful music? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We don&rsquo;t know about beautiful, but robots can definitely make music - and inevitably, someone&rsquo;s programmed them to make metal. The din of heavy metal robot band Compressorhead isn&rsquo;t typical, though: machines have been making ambient generative music, music that effectively writes itself based on programmed algorithms, for years. Electronica egghead Brian Eno is a big fan.</p> <p>But robot music isn&rsquo;t just about bleeps: in 2012, a string quintet made of robots didn&rsquo;t just play music, but <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2012/05/smart-string-instruments-compose-and-perform-symphony.html" target="_blank">composed it too</a>. With human musicians using more electronic trickery than ever before, not to mention the ever-present AutoTune and related tools that can turn even the most horrible honk into something tuneful, the line between human and robot music is getting awfully blurry.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3RBSkq-_St8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots play sport? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&rsquo;s face it, the 2014 robot World Cup wasn&rsquo;t quite as exciting as the real one, and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIIJME8-au8" target="_blank">KUKA&rsquo;s robots</a> need to team up to take on a single human table tennis player. But the real World Cup gave us an idea when Juliano Pinto, a paraplegic man, took the first kick courtesy of a robotic exoskeleton.</p> <p>Imagine sports played by human athletes, supplemented with robot powers. How exciting would that be?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2790157066001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2790157066001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots write poetry? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The same tech that makes Android typists faster can be used to write poems: SwiftKey&rsquo;s word prediction engine can be programmed to compose <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/26/swift-speare/" target="_blank">sonnets based on Shakespeare&rsquo;s writing style</a>. Who needs monkeys and typewriters?</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll be honest, we don&rsquo;t like it very much - but then, we don&rsquo;t like human poetry very much either.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonynetone/2688212829/in/photolist-56xN24-7FG5wx-5RxjGs-EB2p1-9dn1PG-6xDEc5-CoiyG-3jXWH3-LucEx-by3Jwo-nyPb6n-6xDGSA-3cURew-fCk1jM-dj9bnc-45H3vf-9L7n-GP51q-aN7yA-79ZDed-caLjNd-7TGueh-ayDy3-sRsn6-doWoPx-2Pq1F-8pgGCw-sRt8g-3Vft5v-88wrFF-35p85q-5KGyeD-83P8h-doWm8v-a9tzd-oinK9c-do2qKE-4Bw5wA-cciWcf-9gvwfF-sUwE2-doWxbN-8AohbB-56YSWJ-czwJF5-doWxxm-4Bw5wy-3Vo8JU-4pdgHz-a3zN96" target="_blank">tonynetone</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="802" title="Can robots write poetry?" alt="Can robots write poetry?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shakespeare.jpg?1408605307" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots tweet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>They do, in huge numbers: Twitter estimates that around <a href="http://gigaom.com/2014/08/12/heres-why-twitter-probably-doesnt-mind-that-some-of-its-users-are-robots/" target="_blank">20 million of its users are bots</a>. Most of them are spambots, but some - such as the decidedly odd <a href="https://twitter.com/KimKierkegaard" target="_blank">@kimkierkegaard</a>, a mashup of Kim Kardashian and Soren Kierkegaard - are more entertaining than human tweeters such as <a href="https://twitter.com/piersmorgan" target="_blank">@piersmorgan</a>.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdhancock/3798008636/in/photolist-6MBMDw-6DL9XP--8vRkqQ-4TvwB7-7ocfXt-8JbcqB-8F3iRT-4hE8hZ-dcZpJ6-7shM5f-6H83Jw-aHNSK-5WkaAZ-6gydhT-AhpwF-9BczGJ-iLJgba-8cvtZ4-2FPptq-8DTb5u-5qAbFK-AhuKf-5xERGY-f4AJ49-8hRXoj-7k3qf2-7A9XpE-7YKftH-ni9Bzd-9BcWD7-ieG1K8-ojxdDi-5vDYZT-3A58xp-opodp-7rG9rD-nDkkwE-3876Zs-7rL3hL-4PmXTd-8Jegno-g4QZ6y-9B9HhD-4XQkxu-8NfZFP-aL4cLn-nn2HWx-bxcaXE-TuaKp" target="_blank">J.D. Hancock</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1024" height="882" title="Can robots tweet?" alt="Can robots tweet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/metal-twitter-logo.jpg?1408605307" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots stop crowd trouble? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, but not in the friendly-local-policeman way you might hope. South African firm Desert Wolf has created the <a href="http://rt.com/news/167168-riot-control-pepper-spray-drone/" target="_blank">Skunk Riot Control Copter</a>, which can shoot pepper spray and non-lethal paintballs at a rate of up to 80 balls per second. It also has strobe lights and &ldquo;blinding lasers&rdquo; to make it that little more unpleasant.</p> <p>Meanwhile in the US, Chaotic Moon Studios has invented a drone that can zap people with 80,000 volts of electricity. The good news is that using such drones is currently illegal in most of the US, and to date law enforcements&rsquo; use of robot copters has been for observation rather than firing things at people.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6f1nCDM9WGY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots make sweet, sweet love? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A recent poll found that one in six Britons would consider having sex with a robot, although it&rsquo;s unclear whether they were thinking of the Terminator played by Summer Glau, of Metal Mickey or of <em>Doctor Who</em>&rsquo;s K-9. Sexbots haven&rsquo;t quite been built yet, but we&rsquo;re heading in that direction: there are already <a href="http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/blog/real-sex-virtual-reality-oculus-rift-tenga" target="_blank">Oculus Rift-enabled sex toys</a> (NSFW), although the much-hyped world of teledildonics - computer-connected sex toys - has been, ahem, coming soon for years now.</p> <p><em>Image credit: Fox</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Can robots make sweet, sweet love?" alt="Can robots make sweet, sweet love?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/summerglaufox.jpg?1408605307" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One final thought... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We may not need to bend the knee to our new robot overlords just yet - but that doesn&#39;t mean we can sit on our laurels. This truly terrifying video says that automation is inevitable in all kinds of areas. Don&#39;t have nightmares...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/self-healing-robots-are-real/news" target="_blank">Self-healing robots are real</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7Pq-S557XQU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can robots replace us? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will automatons rule us? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen-shot-2014-08-15-at-15.19.44.jpg?1408605307" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/robots-vs-puny-humans/news#comments Lists Robots Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:38:43 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1445001 at http://www.stuff.tv Self-healing robots are real http://www.stuff.tv/my/self-healing-robots-are-real/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robots are slowly becoming the Terminator and in other news a baby born today was named Sarah Connor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="840" height="558" title="Self-healing robots are real" alt="Self-healing robots are real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/terminator%20robot.jpg?1406802482" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Scientists have collaborated to build a robot that could adapt to a broken leg and learn to keep walking. The robot was built by Antoine Cully and Jean-Baptiste Mouret of Paris&rsquo;s Sorbonne and Jeff Clune of the University of Wyoming, whose names will echo the hall of history as some of the many fathers of the Terminator.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this the real life? Or an action movie? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-71ac3db2-8abc-3aeb-4003-2a93cbfdfd47">To begin bearing that Herculean task, they drew inspiration from the animal kingdom &ndash; animals generally learn quickly if they lose function of a limb. How scientists programmed the robot to overcome a broken leg was simply trial and error: discover which leg was broken and figure out the most efficient way to keep going. Indeed, efficiency was the crux of the problem for robots because movement was extremely inefficient &ndash; to the point that any loss of limb was incapacitating.</p> <p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, other scientists have made other advances at making the Terminator a reality. Boston Dynamics with US military funding created Big Dog, which can navigate all kinds of difficult terrain. BAE Systems is researching &ldquo;self-healing&rdquo; techniques for robots. It&rsquo;s still conceptual, but they postulate they could have robots releasing drones that can repair damaged jets mid-flight or on-board 3D printers to create new parts. Also, University of Illinois engineers developed a plastic that can repair itself.</p> <p dir="ltr">If one, touch wood, were to put all this tech together into one object then we indeed might have our fictions turn into reality. The problem with that, of course, is that canons crossing never go well. Indeed, what if in our world, the first Cylon rebellion was fought by an army of Terminators? Battlestar Galactica would not have even existed. Scientists, please think this through!</p> <p dir="ltr">[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28564349">BBC</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/p6oegqDrCDs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/self-healing-robots-are-real/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/self-healing-robots-are-real/news#comments Robots Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:07:36 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1443727 at http://www.stuff.tv Help crowdfund this car-juggling giant robot today! http://www.stuff.tv/my/help-crowdfund-car-juggling-giant-robot-today/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kickstarter project will help build a smaller, cannonball-chucking prototype of the 70-foot BugJuggler </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Help crowdfund this car-juggling giant robot today!" alt="Help crowdfund this car-juggling giant robot today!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bugjuggler-concept.jpg?1406772655" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s not often we see a robot, even a concept, as cool as the BugJuggler.</p> <p>Seemingly inspired by the robots from <em>Pacific Rim</em> or <em>Real Steel</em>, it&rsquo;s a 70 foot-tall giant capable of picking up, tossing and catching cars with its hydraulic arms. A &ldquo;pilot&rdquo; climbs a ladder into the BugJuggler&rsquo;s head and controls its arms through motion-sensing controls. Essentially, when the pilot moves, the robot tries to match his or her movements.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sadly, BugJuggler&rsquo;s Berkeley, California-based inventors are some way from making the full-size robot, but with the help of Kickstarter they&rsquo;re hoping to build a human-sized prototype arm capable of juggling objects up to 114kg in mass. We&rsquo;re talking cannonballs rather than Volkswagen Beetles &ndash; but that&rsquo;s still pretty impressive.</p> <p>If they hit the US$50,000 (RM159,418) funding target they hope to construct the steel arm, controlled by high-speed servos and powered by hydraulics, by January 2015. The human operator will wear a sensor-packed sleeve and glove with haptic feedback, allowing him or her to feel a proportional force when the robot arm is lifting a weight.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1CyuWriEGzo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If BugJuggler&rsquo;s creators gain over US$70,000 (RM223,185), they say they&rsquo;ll build two robot arms &ndash; and that means they&rsquo;ll be able to actually juggle with cannonballs. Now that we want to see.</p> <p>You can pledge money towards BugJuggler&rsquo;s campaign at its <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/958028900/human-scale-prototype-for-bugjuggler-a-car-jugglin" target="_blank">Kickstarter page</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5h3Bk92NYEk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/help-crowdfund-car-juggling-giant-robot-today/news#comments Robots Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:34:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443709 at http://www.stuff.tv Riding the robo-chair: buttocks-on with Honda's new Uni-Cub β http://www.stuff.tv/my/honda/riding-robo-chair-buttocks-hondas-new-uni-cub-b/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We take a whirl on the world&#039;s most advanced robotic unicycle. Probably the world&#039;s only robotic unicycle, to be fair, but still pretty amazing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mainproductshot.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With its knee-high tripedal form and the gentle electronic squeak it makes when displeased, Honda&#39;s new Uni-Cub&nbsp;β resembles one of the sentient gun turrets from <em>Portal</em>. Thankfully, it&#39;s not, or we&#39;d be full of holes. In fact, this self-balancing robo-wheel is one of the most futuristic forms of transport we&#39;ve tried.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> first-class seat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Uni-Cub is an electric unicycle, sort of. We say &#39;sort of&#39; because its one very specialised wheel is actually made up of many smaller, sideways-facing wheels. The little rings rotate side-to-side while the main wheel spins forwards and backwards, giving the Uni-Cub a full 360&deg; range of motion.</p> <p>The new model has a stand for when it&#39;s idle, although it doesn&#39;t seem to need it - left to its own devices, it just hovers on its single wheel.&nbsp;When you sit down, it&rsquo;s like sitting on a comfy, padded stool - sturdy, with only a slight impression of movement as it checks itself against instability. It&rsquo;s actually a bit like a posture stool, because you have to keep your back straight in order to be able to tip forward and get moving.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_3373.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_3354.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> whoosh stool </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with fellow gyro-balanced Transport of the Future the Segway, you move the Uni-Cub by leaning. You place your hands on your legs or in your lap, straighten your back (unless you&#39;ve got good posture, in which case it&#39;ll be straight already) and just loom towards where you want to go. The more meaningfully you lean, the more the&nbsp;Uni-Cub accelerates.</p> <p>It feels a bit like you&rsquo;re a levitating monk, whooshing quietly along at thigh level and then leaning imperiously backwards when you want to come to a dignified halt. The speed is easy and intuitive to control; I whizzed around a room full of people, expensive cameras and several million pounds&rsquo; worth of robot, confident that I&rsquo;d be able to stop if I needed to. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_3369.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">As with a motorbike, when you want to turn, you look where you want to go, lean in and the wheel magically swings around to point along your line of sight.&nbsp;Under the instruction of first-timers the Uni-Cub doesn&rsquo;t quite turn on a postage stamp, with.a turning circle of afoot or two, but under the control of the Honda techs it was able to pivot pretty much on its axis.</p> <p class="p1">While the Uni-Cub is enormous fun to ride and it may very well be the ultimate office chair (we&#39;re told they use them at Honda HQ for the world&#39;s whooshiest meetings), it&#39;s very much a research platform. When we asked the Uni-Cub&#39;s designers if they were planning on bringing self-stabilising, bi-directional wheels to Honda&#39;s cars, they said we&#39;re more likely to see this tech emerging in motorbikes, bicycles and e-bikes in the near future, which sounds exciting. The technology could also be of use to people who currently use electric wheelchairs or mobility scooters - the Uni-Cub&#39;s high, upright position, quiet motors and gliding stability (plus the fact that it can climb inclines) could be transferred to many new kinds of personal transport.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/unicubshot.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/03-UNI-CUB.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/honda/riding-robo-chair-buttocks-hondas-new-uni-cub-b/feature#comments Honda Robots Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:58:24 +0000 Elissa Loi 1442413 at http://www.stuff.tv Say hello to Jibo, the endearing robot that just wants to fit into your family http://www.stuff.tv/my/say-hello-jibo-endearing-interactive-robot-wants-fit-your-family/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And not in an evil way at all...we think </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Say hello to Jibo, the endearing robot that just wants to fit into your family" alt="Say hello to Jibo, the endearing robot that just wants to fit into your family" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jibo.png?1405679824" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Is that Kenny?</strong><br />No, stop binge-watching South Park.</p> <p>This is Jibo. We know it looks like a cross between South Park&rsquo;s Kenny and Wall-E&rsquo;s EVE and reminds us of Luxo, Jr the Pixar lamp in the way it moves. All very friendly animated character associations that won&rsquo;t give you nightmares when Jibo blinks to life.</p> <p><strong>How is it going to fit into my family?</strong><br />For one, Jibo isn&rsquo;t a one-trick bot. It&rsquo;s outfitted with two hi-res cameras and full body touch sensors to recognise faces and react to your touch. It&#39;ll help out around the house by fielding calls and messages, issuing timely reminders, and connecting family members via their different devices.</p> <p>An overseas relative can video chat via Jibo which automatically swivels to face whoever is talking. Have a family event? Have Jibo take the photos so no one will ever be missing from the family album again (except poor Jibo). No time to read a story to little Becca? Have Jibo take over.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s even more planned for Jibo with developers being able to build apps (activity-tracking, games, and the like) that will stitch the fabric of your family together via unthreatening little Jibo.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So essentially, it&rsquo;s a virtual assistant made physical?</strong><br />Not quite. Jibo&rsquo;s a social robot. It&rsquo;s a little more present than Siri, cuter than <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/honda/honda-s-asimo-robot-becomes-faster-and-smarter/news">Asimo</a> and as a result, a whole more likeable. With a display taking the space of its face, a single animated winky eye does more to express emotion than an artificial face could.</p> <p>While Jibo can&rsquo;t move, it weighs just 2.7kg to be easily moved from room to room. There&rsquo;s an emotional bit to all of this in the way Jibo swivels its two-part body to greet you when you come home and in the tone of its voice, making it seem more than just a soulless machine.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>I want a robot friend!</strong><br />Get on it quick then, you&rsquo;re not alone. Its <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jibo-the-world-s-first-family-robot" target="_blank">Indiegogo campaign</a> has already raised over three times the required amount with 30 days left to go still.</p> <p class="p1">Right now, the Jibo is still available for US$499 (RM1600) with free shipping to the US and Canada. If you&rsquo;re located somewhere else, you&rsquo;ll have to add US$50 (RM160) for shipping. It&rsquo;s due to be shipped in 2015 which is still a while away, but you can use that time to prepare that underground bunker in case Jibo goes rogue.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/hot-stuff">CLICK HERE FOR MORE COOL HOT STUFF</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3N1Q8oFpX1Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/say-hello-jibo-endearing-interactive-robot-wants-fit-your-family/news#comments Home Hot Stuff Robots Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:35:22 +0000 Elissa Loi 1442341 at http://www.stuff.tv Honda’s Asimo robot becomes faster and smarter http://www.stuff.tv/my/honda/honda-s-asimo-robot-becomes-faster-and-smarter/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Upgrades transform Honda&#039;s electric child into something that&#039;s scarily human </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1190" height="765" title="I&#039;m harmless. Honest." alt="Honda Asimo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Honda%20Asimo.jpg?1405559152" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Almost 15 years since Honda revealed Asimo (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, in case you were wondering), the robot&#39;s latest upgrades have seen it gain&nbsp;an array of new abilities, along with&nbsp;an eerie, permanent smirk.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/peterawlins" title="View user profile.">Peter Rawlins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asimo can also now recognise multiple faces and voices in a crowd, even if they&#39;re all talking to it at the same time. It can also predict and react to what&#39;s going on around it, like changing direction to avoid colliding with someone walking towards it.</p> <p>Good to hear, then, that your future butler won&rsquo;t be getting in your way in the house.</p> <p>The big question, though, is just how intelligent robots are going to get - think <em>I, Robot</em>, and you just start to wonder how long it&#39;ll be before you&#39;re woken up in the middle of the night, with nothing but a pair of red glowing eyes to illuminate your terrified face...</p> <p>[<a href="http://newsroom.honda.co.uk/en/corporatepresspackdetail/?id=4152&amp;mode=image" target="_blank">Honda </a>via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/16/honda-asimo-2014/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_kzgk4Rnpqc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/honda/honda-s-asimo-robot-becomes-faster-and-smarter/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/honda/honda-s-asimo-robot-becomes-faster-and-smarter/news#comments Honda Robots Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:17:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1442315 at http://www.stuff.tv The 2014 RoboCup will pit robot against robot http://www.stuff.tv/my/world-cup-2014/2014-robocup-will-pit-robot-against-robot/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 2014 world robotics championship will see robots gear up for their own World Cup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The 2014 RoboCup will pit robot against robot " alt="The 2014 RoboCup will pit robot against robot " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/slideshow.jpg?1404801255" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re going to suffer from withdrawal symptoms when the World Cup ends on 14 July, fret not. You can still have that same excitement and enjoy the beautiful game even after the last match is played.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Attention to detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It takes the effort of about 4000 engineers and scientists from all over the world to make this game happen. For one, a large number of these various shaped and sized &ldquo;soccer players&rdquo; are actually 3D printed.</p> <p>They&rsquo;re then programmed to play the game independently and remote-free during the course of the six-day competition. And there&rsquo;s no room for any foul play &ndash; they even have to abide by the rules as an actual soccer game, although human referees will be the ones issuing red or yellow cards. &nbsp;</p> <p>Of course, the players currently lack the skills (as well as experience, build, and looks) of the likes of Messi or Neymar. But you never know, it might seem farsighted but in some 20 years or so, there could possibly be a robot team good enough to take on the best World Cup teams.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/adidas/world-cup-ball-goes-hd-adidas/news">World Cup ball goes HD with adidas and GoPro</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/07/life-idUSRTR3XGQ7" target="_blank">Reuters</a> and <a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robocup-building-team-robots-will-beat-world-cup-champions-180951713/" target="_blank">Smothsonian</a>, image: <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/07/life-idUSRTR3XGQ7" target="_blank">Reuters</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VBwm8febiws" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/world-cup-2014/2014-robocup-will-pit-robot-against-robot/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/world-cup-2014/2014-robocup-will-pit-robot-against-robot/news#comments Robots World Cup 2014 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 06:11:15 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1441357 at http://www.stuff.tv