Robots http://www.stuff.tv/robots/all en-GB Ex Machina: Just how close to reality is Alex Garland’s robo-thriller? http://www.stuff.tv/ex-machina-just-how-close-reality-alex-garland-s-robo-thriller/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Garland’s directorial debut imagines a world with artificial intelligence as advanced as our brains. But how far away is it, and will it spell the end for humanity? </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="Alex Garland&#039;s Ex Machina" alt="Ex Machina: Just how close to reality is Alex Garland’s robo-thriller?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ExMachina_main.jpg?1422108181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk recently warning the world of the dangers of artificial intelligence, <em>28 Days Later</em> writer Alex Garland couldn&rsquo;t have picked a better time to release his directorial debut.</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="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</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"> Ava little thing she does is magic </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>Nathan&rsquo;s latest invention is Ava &ndash; a walking, talking robot with artificial intelligence that he hopes is indistinguishable from that of a human, even when the tester can see she&rsquo;s an android with his very own eyes.</p> <p>&ldquo;I want people to forget that Ava is a robot, while seeing that she&#39;s a robot,&rdquo; Garland tells <em>Stuff</em> when we meet in London.</p> <p>&ldquo;Humans find it really easy to project emotion onto inanimate objects, let alone animate objects. It&#39;s very easy to find a child that believes their teddy bear has sentience; the tricky thing would be finding one that says it&#39;s just a bit of old cloth and some stuffing.&rdquo;</p> <p>And it works. Ava is so convincing as a human largely due to the way she&rsquo;s depicted on screen. While Andy Serkis has done incredible things creating fully computer-generated characters within live-action films, such as primate-in-chief Caesar in <em>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</em>, Ava is a real blend of practical and visual effects.</p> <p>Garland explains how actress Alicia Vikander wore a prosthetic that created a kind of mask face so there&#39;s something to map the CGI on to, plus a bodysuit, which is the mesh you see over her chest and shoulders.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you actually made Ava in the way that she&#39;s constructed she&#39;d probably just fall over,&rdquo; he admits, but in the film the effect is one of the most convincing combinations of CGI and live action <em>Stuff</em> has ever seen.</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="2048" height="858" title="Ava little thing she does is magic" alt="Ex Machina: Just how close to reality is Alex Garland’s robo-thriller?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ExMachina_FTR-ProRes_MPS.jpg?1422108181" /> </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="4256" height="2832" title="Caleb and Nathan" alt="Ex Machina: Just how close to reality is Alex Garland’s robo-thriller?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ExMachina_Domhnall%20Gleeson%20and%20Oscar%20Isaac.jpg?1422108181" /> </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"> Dr Robotics </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>In an attempt to strike a balance between pure sci-fi and a believable, present-day reality, Garland employed the expertise offered by Murray Shanahan, a professor of cognitive robotics at Imperial College London, and Adam Rutherford, a scientist, writer and broadcaster. So how far from Ava is Honda&#39;s famed Asimo &#39;bot?</p> <p>&ldquo;In many ways Asimo&rsquo;s pretty primitive,&rdquo; says Shanahan, probably recalling <a href="http://youtu.be/VdydGVtncGE?t=50s">that video of Honda&rsquo;s pride and joy tumbling down a set of stairs</a>. &ldquo;If you&#39;ve ever seen Boston Dynamics&rsquo; Big Dog, that&#39;s a much more realistic way of walking. Asimo calculates every single step, which is very biologically unrealistic.&rdquo;</p> <p>But Ava isn&rsquo;t. She can dress herself, draw and move pretty much like a human being. She&rsquo;s a triumph of soft robotics, albeit one that&rsquo;s not possible just yet. &ldquo;When it comes to the hardware it&#39;s a matter of engineering,&rdquo; Shanahan says. &ldquo;Most robotics these days is made using very hard materials, whereas the stuff we&#39;re made of is soft, pliable and compliant. But eventually we are going to be able to produce humanoid robots that are really very sophisticated and Ava-like.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Don&rsquo;t forget we have a four-billion-year advantage over designing robots because we&#39;ve evolved to be like this,&rdquo; adds Rutherford. &ldquo;We are such fluid machines and our mechanics are really sophisticated. I did some stuff with a company based in San Francisco that can get robots to drive cars, walk and jump, but they cannot make them get into cars. I thought that was really striking because it says something about the complexity of physicality.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things on Netflix right now</a></strong></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="4256" height="2832" title="Dr Robotics" alt="Ex Machina: Just how close to reality is Alex Garland’s robo-thriller?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/EXM_D018_02784.jpg?1422108181" /> </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"> 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"> Knowledge is power </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>But what about the stuff inside Ava&rsquo;s head? The development of hardware and AI isn&rsquo;t necessarily linked, so just because Asimo handles stairs like a drunk, doesn&rsquo;t mean he and his robo-buddies must have the mental capacity of one too, right?</p> <p>&ldquo;We&#39;re in need of a few conceptual breakthroughs before we get anything that resembles human-level artificial intelligence,&rdquo; reveals Shanahan, &ldquo;and I can&#39;t see that happening in the next 10 years. I think it probably will happen in the next 100 years.&rdquo;</p> <p>In that case we&rsquo;ve got plenty of time to work out how these AIs will work, and in&nbsp;<em>Ex Machina</em>&nbsp;Nathan uses methods to teach Ava about the world that Shanahan and Rutherford see as being perfectly viable. After all, there are plenty of mundane examples of AI in action in our everyday lives already: Google&rsquo;s search predictions, targeted online adverts and Twitter bots. Sure, they&rsquo;re not likely to power an android&rsquo;s brain anytime soon but using the internet to inform an AI isn&rsquo;t pure science-fiction.</p> <p>&ldquo;There&#39;s a truly enormous repository of data out there about human behaviour,&rdquo; explains Shanahan. &ldquo;Not just textual but videos and pictures, and a sophisticated machine learning algorithm can learn a huge amount from that.&rdquo;</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="4256" height="2832" title="Knowledge is power" alt="Ex Machina: Just how close to reality is Alex Garland’s robo-thriller?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brain_concept_v009.jpg?1422108181" /> </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"> The spy who tweets me </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>Of course, there are also negative implications to that sort of data farming and they&rsquo;re not lost on Garland. &ldquo;I&#39;m not on Twitter and I&#39;ve never been on Facebook or MySpace or anything like that. It has never occurred to me that I would want to tweet something,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p>&ldquo;I do feel concerned about it though. I think we were correctly worried about Snowden and the NSA, and what he did was brilliant. But ultimately in that instance we were talking about governments, and governments are elected. As citizens, although we may or may not exercise the power, we do have the power to vote them out and that&#39;s important.</p> <p>&ldquo;You don&#39;t have that power with private corporations, you really don&#39;t. It&#39;s disingenuous to say you&#39;ve got a capitalist power as a consumer to choose to not buy those things, because if they&#39;re all doing it, that means not having a phone, not having a credit card, not having a computer, not having a television and it goes on.&rdquo;</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="4256" height="2832" title="Alex Garland on the set of Ex Machina" alt="Ex Machina: Just how close to reality is Alex Garland’s robo-thriller?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/EXM_D018_02918.jpg?1422108181" /> </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="4256" height="2832" title="Alex Garland on the set of Ex Machina" alt="Ex Machina: Just how close to reality is Alex Garland’s robo-thriller?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/EXM_D009_01378.jpg?1422108181" /> </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"> 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"> Law and order </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>Obviously that&rsquo;s just one of many issues surrounding artificial intelligence and how its development might affect us as humans. Robots have been breaking Isaac Asimov&rsquo;s Laws of Robotics in films for years, but do they even stand up more than 80 years after they were first published? Or are there new rules that real-life robotics experts follow in hope of keeping us safe from our potential new overlords?</p> <p>&ldquo;The thing about those laws is that you&#39;re presupposing that you&#39;ve got something capable of actually interpreting them and reasoning through the ambiguity of them. We&#39;re not at the point that they&#39;re even relevant yet,&rdquo; Shanahan explains.</p> <p>Rutherford compares them with the Ten Commandments. While plenty of people follow them to the letter there are plenty of others who use them as a guideline. &ldquo;We use various religious and philosophical models as frameworks for behaviour because life is complex,&rdquo; he says before adding: &ldquo;Don&#39;t destroy humanity is, I think, a basic premise in all science.&rdquo;</p> </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"> The imitation blame </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>Stephen Hawking recently suggested that artificial intelligence could be the cause of a real-life Judgement Day for the human race. Do <em>Ex Machina</em>&rsquo;s experts agree? &ldquo;The one thing the media hates is a balanced message,&rdquo; Shanahan says. &ldquo;If things go a particular way things could be bad and we have to be careful to avoid that, but there&rsquo;s a lot of sophisticated thinking behind those views that Stephen Hawking expressed. When it gets encapsulated in a 20-second soundbite all of the intellectual nuance underneath it is lost.&rdquo;</p> <p>Garland agrees: &ldquo;If we&#39;re talking about AI as a conscious self-aware machine with an emotional life in the same way we have one, what you&#39;re saying is that the creation of a new consciousness is something innately problematic.</p> <p>&quot;I would say that every time people have a child they create a new consciousness, so I don&#39;t feel necessarily alarmed by it. I also think that it&#39;s perfectly possible that the new consciousness might be better than us in various sorts of ways &ndash; if that&#39;s the case why on earth would I want to stop it?&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/best-movies-watch-2015/feature">The movies to be excited about in 2015</a></strong></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="4256" height="2832" title="The imitation blame" alt="Ex Machina: Just how close to reality is Alex Garland’s robo-thriller?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/EXM_D018_02799.jpg?1422108181" /> </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/ex-machina-just-how-close-reality-alex-garland-s-robo-thriller/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ex-machina-just-how-close-reality-alex-garland-s-robo-thriller/feature#comments Film and TV Interviews Robots Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:07:05 +0000 Tom Wiggins 1458245 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Grand Theft Auto V delayed again on PC, Tesla’s Model X out this summer, and Disney’s new robot turtle makes sand drawings http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/fully-charged-grand-theft-auto-v-delayed-again-pc-tesla-s-model-x-out-summer-and- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Load up on the latest tech news with our handy morning roundup </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="Grand Theft Auto V" alt="Grand Theft Auto V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/grandtheftauto5-pc.jpg?1421285648" /> </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="/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"> Grand Theft Auto V hits PC in March </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 class="p1">If you&rsquo;ve been counting the days for <em>Grand Theft Auto V</em>&rsquo;s long-awaited PC release later this month, you&rsquo;ll have to add a few dozen more to the tally. Rockstar announced yesterday that the Windows release will now launch on 27 March instead of 27 January, which was already beyond the initial autumn window (alongside the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review">Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions</a>).</p> <p class="p1">The publisher says it&rsquo;s the usual need for more polish that&rsquo;s behind the delay, which is all well and good. If there&rsquo;s any game that&rsquo;s worth waiting a little longer for, it&rsquo;s certainly this one, with an amazing, massive campaign and 30-player online antics. And if you&rsquo;ve got the rig for it, you&rsquo;ll be able to run it in 4K come late March. If not, you&rsquo;ve now got about two months to sort it out.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52374/gtav-pc-new-release-date-first-screens-and-system-specs">Rockstar Games</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review">Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review</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-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"> Tesla Model X finally out this summer </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 class="p1">Tesla Motors&rsquo; next big electric vehicle - and we do mean big: it&rsquo;s an SUV - was supposed to launch early in the year, but <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-tesla-s-model-x-delayed-another-classic-zelda-being-remade-3ds-and-nest-learning-t">got pushed back</a> to an unspecified timeframe later in 2015. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says it&rsquo;ll launch this summer, and that the first year&#39;s worth of production models are already spoken for.</p> <p class="p1">The Model X has futuristic-looking falcon doors and should drive like a dream, thanks to the dual motor all-wheel drive powertrain. It&rsquo;ll also surely be pricey, estimated to start at &pound;50,000, but that&rsquo;s expected for a vehicle of Tesla&rsquo;s caliber. Here&rsquo;s hoping Musk&rsquo;s latest release promise pans out.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/13/us-autoshow-tesla-musk-idUSKBN0KM2FH20150113">Reuters</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/most-exciting-cars-2015/feature">The most exciting cars of 2015</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="1201" height="900" title="Tesla Motors Model X" alt="Tesla Motors Model X" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla-modelx-photo.JPG?1421285648" /> </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"> Disney’s autonomous sand-sketching 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 class="p1">Here&rsquo;s something that is probably marginally useful, but looks cool all the same. Disney Research dreamed up this idea for an autonomous beach robot that etches patterns into the sand, and worked with engineering students at ETH Zurich to bring it to life.</p> <p class="p1">The three-wheeled adorable &lsquo;bot has a laser scanner that works in concert with reflective poles that border the target destination, letting it place the inputted artwork exactly as desired. The team has been demonstrating BeachBot at various events over the past several months, but it&rsquo;s unclear if there will be any kind of production model here, or if the technology and experience will just be banked for something else down the line.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://beachbot.ch/">BeachBot</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/12/disney-research-beachbot-art/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-first-uncharted-4-footage-amazon-s-getting-takeaway-meals-and-new-god-war-confi">Disney figured out how to do CG eyes right</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/eBRrQBPtdak" 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"> How to ruin your PC </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 class="p1">And finally, here&rsquo;s a fun read - and a cautionary tale, for sure. How-To Geek decided to see what happens when you grab all of Download.com&rsquo;s top 10 free apps and install everything with default settings and an uncritical eye. Sure enough, chaos ensued, thanks largely to all of the bundled software, browser plug-ins, and other fun malware. Read, enjoy, but do <em>not</em> repeat.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.howtogeek.com/198622/heres-what-happens-when-you-install-the-top-10-download.com-apps/">How-To Geek</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature">6 things we love about Windows 10 - and 3 we hate</a></strong></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="706" title="Freeware calamity" alt="Freeware calamity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/downloadcom-freeware.png?1421285648" /> </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/grand-theft-auto-5/fully-charged-grand-theft-auto-v-delayed-again-pc-tesla-s-model-x-out-summer-and-#comments Cars Electric cars Gaming Grand Theft Auto 5 Robots Tesla Wed, 14 Jan 2015 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1457576 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Next Google Glass powered by Intel, Amazon’s shipping robots unveiled, and on-demand smartphone repair services hit UK http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-next-google-glass-powered-intel-amazon-s-shipping-robots-unveiled-and-demand-sm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our roundup offers a quick-hit recap of the morning’s notable 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="Google Glass" alt="Google Glass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-glass_4.jpg?1417595234" /> </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="/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"> Next Google Glass has Intel inside </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>With its high price, limited apps, and&hellip; let&rsquo;s call it a societal learning curve, the early adopter-targeting Explorer edition of Google Glass hasn&rsquo;t exactly been embraced by the wider public. In fact, we weren&rsquo;t totally sure if there would be a new revision, but the Wall Street Journal says that Google has plans afoot for 2015 - thanks to a new partner.</p> <p>According to the report, Intel will be a big player in the next big revision of the wearable device, providing the chipset within that should lead to improved performance and enhanced battery life. Intel will also help target the device towards professional work settings in which it might be useful, such as manufacturing and health care.</p> <p>Glass will have to come down from its four-figure price to reach any level of mainstream acceptance beyond very specialized fields, if that&rsquo;s even attainable, so we&rsquo;ll be curious to see how things shape up on that front.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/google-glass-deal-thrusts-intel-deeper-into-wearable-devices-1417395598-lMyQjAxMTA0MjMwMDEzMDA4Wj">The Wall Street Journal</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-glass/review">Google Glass 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="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"> Behind the scenes of Amazon’s fulfillment centers </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>How on earth does Amazon keep up with the crush of holiday orders, especially right now with the effects of Black Friday and Cyber Monday still being felt? With robots - lots of robots. But also with people - yes, lots and lots of people.</p> <p>The online retailer decided to pull back the curtain a bit on its new eighth-generation fulfillment centers, 10 of which are up and running in the United States now. Amazon has more than 15,000 Kiva robots moving product around the facilities, plus the massive robotic arm is called the Robo-Stow. And &ldquo;new vision systems&rdquo; can check in a trailer of product in as little as 30 minutes.</p> <p>But robots aren&rsquo;t running the show quite yet: Amazon is hiring some 80,000 temporary, seasonal employees to deal with the extra spending in the coming weeks, and that&rsquo;s in addition to the existing workforce. Discomforting as it might seem to see robots doing what once was a human&rsquo;s job, this is how you get your packages so quickly - and cheaply.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1993497">Amazon</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/01/amazon-fulfillment-robots/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review">Amazon Fire TV Stick review</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/tMpsMt7ETi8" 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"> On-demand smartphone repair services launch </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>Got a damaged iPhone, iPad, or Samsung smartphone that&rsquo;s not covered under manufacturer warranty, and want the service to come to you? Luckily, both <a href="https://www.icracked.com">iCracked</a> and <a href="http://www.imend.com">iMend</a> have just launched in the UK, providing access to certified tech specialists that make house calls (or can meet in a public place).</p> <p>iCracked has strong roots in the States, having repaired more than 100,000 devices, and it offers a lifetime warranty on work. iMend, meanwhile, appears to be UK-exclusive and offers same day service, but the warranty only extends out a year from repair. As for pricing, you&rsquo;ll have to enter your specific device and needs to compare and contrast, but competition is rarely a bad thing for consumers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news">Gorilla Glass 4 arrives to better protect your phone screen from direct drops</a></strong></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" title="Cracked iPhone screen" alt="Cracked iPhone screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cracked-screen_0.jpg?1417505581" /> </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"> Flawed Amiibo figurine sells for US$2,500 </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 you&rsquo;re shopping anywhere that sells Nintendo&rsquo;s new NFC-enabled Amiibo figurines anytime soon, might we suggest looking very closely at their features? A defective version of Metroid heroine Samus was purportedly found with cannons on both arms (instead of just one), and was just <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nintendo-Factory-Sealed-Defect-Samus-Amiibo-Dual-Cannons-RARE-/171555687750?afsrc=1">sold on eBay</a> for US$2,500 (nearly &pound;1,600) - more than 190x the retail price. Good luck finding another!</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/1/7316277/samus-aran-amiibo-ebay-nintendo">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/super-smash-bros-wii-u/review">Super Smash Bros. for Wii U preview</a></strong></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" title="Defective Amiibo figurine" alt="Defective Amiibo figurine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-amiibo-samus-defective.jpg?1417595234" /> </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/amazon/fully-charged-next-google-glass-powered-intel-amazon-s-shipping-robots-unveiled-and-demand-sm#comments Amazon Gaming Glass Google Intel Nintendo Robots Smartphones Tue, 02 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454430 at http://www.stuff.tv This 3D printed robot spider has learnt how to walk http://www.stuff.tv/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/hue/insect-eyes-geodesic-domes-and-lightbulbs-inside-crazy-world-3d-printing/news" target="_blank">lights</a> to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/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="/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/future-food-3d-printed/feature" target="_blank">How 3D printing will change the face of food</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/edison/3d-printed-robot-spider-has-learnt-how-walk/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/edison/3d-printed-robot-spider-has-learnt-how-walk/news#comments 3D Printing Edison Intel Robots Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:51:05 +0000 Stephen Graves 1449809 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/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="/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/android/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 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/android/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 &pound;73,500. 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/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/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 Andrew Hayward 1446653 at http://www.stuff.tv Robots vs PUNY HUMANS! http://www.stuff.tv/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="/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/self-healing-robots-are-real/news" target="_blank">Self-healing robots are real</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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> </fieldset> </fieldset> Lists Robots Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:38:43 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1444944 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Explore Tate Britain at night (via a web-controlled robot), the next Tomb Raider is an Xbox exclusive, and Kojima’s Silent Hill surprise http://www.stuff.tv/activision/fully-charged-control-robot-exploring-tate-britain-night-web-next-tomb-raider-xbox-exclus <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Games and art-admiring robots drive our latest morning news roundup </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="After Dark" alt="After Dark" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tate-britain-afterdark.jpg?1407911582" /> </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="/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"> Wander the Tate at night as a robot - through your browser </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>Tate Britain has a fun proposition for you beginning tonight: Want to control a robot wandering through 500 years of British art, all through your browser? That is what&rsquo;s on offer through <a href="http://afterdark.tate.org.uk">After Dark</a>, a five-night promotion beginning this evening.</p> <p>Four roaming robots will be exploring the museum for several hours each night, and every few minutes, each will select a new master to control it via the web through a Chrome browser.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to see all four feeds live on the website, and art historian commentary will pipe in when nearing a piece. Check out a behind-the-scenes clip above, and tune in tonight for a chance to do some virtual nighttime wandering in the Tate.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://afterdark.tate.org.uk">After Dark</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/help-crowdfund-car-juggling-giant-robot-today/news">Help crowdfund this car-juggling giant robot today!</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/N9aeg4PUxZI" 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"> Rise of the Tomb Raider is an Xbox exclusive </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>In a surprising twist, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics announced yesterday at Microsoft&rsquo;s pre-Gamescom briefing that next year&rsquo;s <em>Rise of the Tomb Raider</em> will be an Xbox exclusive. It&rsquo;s due out in the holiday season of 2015, and will surely be on Xbox One, but perhaps also Xbox 360.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s quite possible that this will end up being a &ldquo;timed exclusive,&rdquo; which means it will eventually also hit platforms like PlayStation 4 and PC once an agreed-upon window passes, but at least in 2015, it sounds like Lara Croft&rsquo;s next big adventure will only be on Xbox consoles.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://tombraider.tumblr.com/post/94529480860/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-update">Tomb Raider Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomb-raider/review">Tomb Raider review</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/IDUwiu4tmtg" 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"> New Silent Hill revealed through seemingly unrelated demo </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>During Sony&rsquo;s Gamescom briefing yesterday, it was announced that an &ldquo;interactive teaser&rdquo; for a mysterious new horror game called <em>P.T.</em> would be available immediately for download on PlayStation 4. Players that worked through its challenges were rewarded with a surprising result: turns out it&rsquo;s actually a demo for a brand new <em>Silent Hill</em> game.</p> <p>Not only that, but Konami has put <em>Metal Gear</em> creator Hideo Kojima and film director Guillermo del Toro (<em>Pan&rsquo;s Labyrinth</em>) on the project, and it features <em>The Walking Dead</em>&rsquo;s Norman Reedus in the main role. Despite the awkward title of <em>Silent Hills</em> shown in the demo, it&rsquo;s nice to see Konami putting some serious talent behind the series again.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/12/5996537/silent-hill-ps4-hideo-kojima-guillermo-del-toro">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-nerve-shredding-games/feature">10 of the best nerve-shredding games</a></strong></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="671" title="Silent Hills" alt="Silent Hills" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/silent-hills.png?1407911582" /> </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"> Sierra Games returns with King’s Quest, Geometry Wars </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 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/fully-charged-windows-phone-surpasses-300k-apps-sierra-getting-back-gaming-biz-and-lg-g3-gets-144">hinted a few days back</a>, Activision has revived the classic Sierra Games label - and will be using it to publish games that don&rsquo;t fit within the parent publisher&rsquo;s AAA-centric philosophy.</p> <p>First to debut will be a couple of very welcome faces: arcade-style shooter <em>Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions</em>, which hails from experienced mobile game developer Lucid Games, as well as a reboot of the <em>King&rsquo;s Quest</em> adventure series from The Odd Gentlemen, who created the wonderfully twisted <em>The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom</em>.</p> <p><em>Geometry Wars 3</em> will come first, launching this holiday season for &ldquo;more platforms than ever&rdquo; says Sierra, while <em>King&rsquo;s Quest</em> will follow sometime in 2015, also for multiple unspecified platforms. Unfortunately, no images were released of either game, but it shouldn&rsquo;t be long before we get a glimpse of both.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2014/08/12/die-triangles-sierra-is-back-with-new-kings-quest-and-geometry-wars/">VentureBeat</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/these-are-35-most-influential-video-games-all-time/feature">These are the 35 most influential video games of all time</a></strong></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="783" title="Geometry Wars" alt="Geometry Wars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/geometry-wars.png?1407911582" /> </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/activision/fully-charged-control-robot-exploring-tate-britain-night-web-next-tomb-raider-xbox-exclus#comments Activision Gaming Robots Xbox One Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444703 at http://www.stuff.tv Self-healing robots are real http://www.stuff.tv/self-healing-robots-are-real/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scientists build a robot that can adapt to broken legs, bringing us one step closer to the creation of a real-life Terminator </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. Possibly.</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="/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. 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 advances towards making the Terminator a reality. Boston Dynamics, with US military funding, created Big Dog, which can navigate all kinds of difficult terrain (as well as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bigdog-robot-starts-throwing-bricks/news">throw bricks</a>). Meanwhile, 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 have developed a plastic that can repair itself.</p> <p dir="ltr">If one were to put all this tech together into a single 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: <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28564349">BBC</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/end-nigh-google-acquiring-ai-company-deepmind-technologies/news">The end is nigh: Google is acquiring AI company DeepMind Technologies</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/self-healing-robots-are-real/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Robots Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:01:04 +0000 Stephen Graves 1443743 at http://www.stuff.tv Help crowdfund this car-juggling giant robot today! http://www.stuff.tv/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="/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 (&pound;30,000) 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, 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><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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> Robots Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:24:24 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443656 at http://www.stuff.tv Jibo is Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun To Be With http://www.stuff.tv/say-hello-jibo-endearing-robot-just-wants-fit-your-family/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This Pixar-esque robot just wants to fit into your family and love them forever and ever and ever and ever </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="Jibo is Your Plastic Pal Who&#039;s Fun To Be With" alt="Jibo is Your Plastic Pal Who&#039;s Fun To Be With" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jibo1.jpg?1405680015" /> </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="/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. 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 so it can 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.</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/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 and can be easily carried 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.</p> <p class="p1">Right now, the Jibo is still available for US$499 (&pound;290). If you&rsquo;re located outside of the US and Canada you&rsquo;ll have to add US$50 (&pound;30) for postage. 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. You know, just in case Jibo goes rogue.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff">CLICK HERE FOR MORE COOL HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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> <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-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Pixar-esque robot companion that&#039;s not at all creepy, oh no </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/say-hello-jibo-endearing-robot-just-wants-fit-your-family/news#comments Home Hot Stuff Robots Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:13:23 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442379 at http://www.stuff.tv Riding the robo-chair: buttocks-on with Honda's new Uni-Cub β http://www.stuff.tv/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="/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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><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"> Riding the robo-chair </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"> Buttocks-on with Honda&#039;s Uni-Cub β </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/honda/riding-robo-chair-buttocks-hondas-new-uni-cub-b/feature#comments Honda Robots Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:04:17 +0000 Will Dunn 1442376 at http://www.stuff.tv Honda’s Asimo robot becomes faster and smarter http://www.stuff.tv/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="/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><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/honda/honda-s-asimo-robot-becomes-faster-and-smarter/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/honda/honda-s-asimo-robot-becomes-faster-and-smarter/news#comments Honda Robots Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:17:50 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1442278 at http://www.stuff.tv We want this delicious chocolate quadrotor to fly straight into our mouths http://www.stuff.tv/we-want-delicious-chocolate-quadrotor-fly-straight-our-mouths/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minus the blades of course </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="943" height="707" title="High speed calories" alt="We want this delicious chocolate quadrotor to fly straight into our mouths" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chocolate-quadrotor.jpg?1402108695" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We love quadrotors as much as the next gadgeteer, but we&#39;ve always felt they were missing something. They&#39;ve never been edible. Until now.</p> <p>For no reason other than the fact that they could, a sweet-toothed YouTube couple took it upon themselves to create the world&#39;s first fully flying, edible quadrotor, made almost entirely of chocolate.</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="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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>Now all that&#39;s left to do is to patiently waiting for the chocodrone version 2.0, in which strawberry shoelaces replace the wires, while Curly Wurlys are used for the blades.</p> <p>We&#39;re extensively researching the&nbsp;d̶e̶l̶i̶c̶i̶o̶u̶s̶n̶e̶s̶s̶&nbsp;structural integrity of these materials now, and will report back shortly with our findings.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motion-controlled-quadrotor-swarm-terrifyingly-amazing/news" target="_blank">This motion-controlled quadrotor swarm is terrifyingly amazing</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6lRbiHswho" target="_blank">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://hackaday.com/2014/06/03/chocolate-quadrotor-proves-you-can-make-anything-fly/" target="_blank">Hackaday</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/e6lRbiHswho" 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/we-want-delicious-chocolate-quadrotor-fly-straight-our-mouths/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/we-want-delicious-chocolate-quadrotor-fly-straight-our-mouths/news#comments Robots Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:22:59 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1438698 at http://www.stuff.tv MIT is building Doctor Octopus' robot arms http://www.stuff.tv/mit-building-doctor-octopus-robot-arms/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shoulder-mounted robotic arms track your movements and help you heft heavy loads </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="&quot;Nothing will stand in our way! NOTHING!&quot;" alt="&quot;Nothing will stand in our way! NOTHING!&quot;" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mit-robot-arms-01.jpg?1402013919" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>MIT seems determined to bring Spider-Man&#39;s rogues&#39; gallery of villains to life.</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="/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>Of course, you need to be able to control your extra arms without using, well, your arms. Instead, the SRLs base their movement on the position of your limbs, using a pair of inertial measurement units mounted on your wrists. Using gyro and accelerometer data, the limbs can predict what action will be the most helpful; if you raise your arms above your hair, the SRLs assume you&#39;re trying to hold something up.</p> <p>If you&#39;ve watched Sam Raimi&#39;s Spider-Man 2, you&#39;ll recall that Doc Ock&#39;s intelligent robot limbs did exactly the same thing, before taking control of his mind and turning him into a supervillain. We&#39;re just saying.</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/klkGDKKRPYU" 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="MIT Supernumerary Robotic Limbs" alt="MIT Supernumerary Robotic Limbs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mit-robot-arms-02.jpg?1402013919" /> </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>MIT and funding partners Boeing envisage the arms being used by factory workers, either as arm or leg supports, to avoid excessive strain when working with heavy loads &ndash; for example, a worker carrying a box could use the robot limbs to open a door, or use the waist-mounted limbs as a bracing support for their legs. Impressive, and practical too.</p> <p>Mind you, if MIT&#39;s next announcement is talking up its exciting new achievements in the fields of pumpkin bombs and Goblin Gliders, we&#39;ll start getting really worried.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/heres-that-extra-pair-of-robot-arms-youve-always-wanted" target="_blank">IEEE Spectrum</a> via <a href="http://www.psfk.com/2014/06/robotic-arms-mit.html" target="_blank">PSFK</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mit-develops-technology-make-your-selfies-studio-quality/news" target="_blank">MIT develops technology to make your selfies studio quality</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/LkXpldrhRm4" 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/mit-building-doctor-octopus-robot-arms/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/mit-building-doctor-octopus-robot-arms/news#comments Robots Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:57:13 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438625 at http://www.stuff.tv We're not sure why a robot with human emotions needs to exist, but we're too terrified to question it http://www.stuff.tv/irobot/were-not-sure-why-robot-human-emotions-needs-exist-were-too-terrified-question-it/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Out of all the emotions it&#039;s learned, fear is its favourite by far... </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="1073" height="805" title="I swear to you human, next time it is you who will be bowing to me..." alt="We&#039;re not sure why a robot with human emotions needs to exist, but we&#039;re too ter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pepper-robot.jpg?1402012809" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Why Japan? Why? Are diseases not enough? Are wild animals with claws and natural disasters not quite reaching your expectations? Do you <em>want </em>us to die?&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="320" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/PortlyPalatableFritillarybutterfly" width="600"></iframe></p> <p>That, friends, is Pepper, a robot created by Japanese telecom company Softbank, using technology acquired from French robotics company Aldebaran.</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="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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>If you&#39;re still not convinced, check out Pepper in action above and make up your own mind.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now if you&#39;ll excuse us, we&#39;ve got a fort to build.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/05/japanese-phone-company-softbank-shows-off-its-new-robot-customer/" 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/osD6O4LAcpo" 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/irobot/were-not-sure-why-robot-human-emotions-needs-exist-were-too-terrified-question-it/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/irobot/were-not-sure-why-robot-human-emotions-needs-exist-were-too-terrified-question-it/news#comments iRobot Robots Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:15:33 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1438614 at http://www.stuff.tv