Robots http://www.stuff.tv/robots/all en-GB 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?1405524084" /> </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 Velociraptor robot is faster than Usain Bolt, thankfully doesn't have giant claws (yet) http://www.stuff.tv/velociraptor-robot-faster-usain-bolt-thankfully-doesnt-have-giant-claws-yet/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Come on guys, it&#039;s almost like you&#039;re actively trying to get the human race killed... </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="686" height="515" title="Why. WHY?!" alt="Velociraptor robot is faster than Usain Bolt, thankfully doesn&#039;t have giant claw" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/raptor.jpg?1401497882" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/robot-cheetah-faster-usain-bolt/news" target="_blank">Cheetah</a>? It&#39;s a robot with a top speed of 29.3mph, and its potential for hunting down humans is terrifying. But now there&#39;s a newer, faster robot on the block, and it&#39;s named after everyone&#39;s favourite prehistoric killing machine.</p> <p>Like the Cheetah, the new Raptor robot was created by the robotic maestros at Boston Dynamics, and its design was modelled on the Velociraptor.</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>Boston Dynamics was bought by Google last year, so we could very well see Street View Raptors prowling the streets, once the design has improved enough to allow it to run free of its support rail.</p> <p>When that day comes, the end will truly be near. See you in the bunker...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/we-might-well-surrender-now-robotic-kangaroo-terrifyingly-awesome/news" target="_blank">We might as well surrender now. The Robotic Kangaroo is terrifyingly awesome</a></strong></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.cnet.com/uk/news/velociraptor-robot-nearly-as-fast-as-cheetah/#ftag=CAD590a51e" target="_blank">CNET</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/lPEg83vF_Tw" 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/velociraptor-robot-faster-usain-bolt-thankfully-doesnt-have-giant-claws-yet/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/velociraptor-robot-faster-usain-bolt-thankfully-doesnt-have-giant-claws-yet/news#comments Robots Fri, 30 May 2014 10:08:38 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1438179 at http://www.stuff.tv OutRunner: the slightly freaky robot that can sprint at 20mph http://www.stuff.tv/outrunner-slightly-terrifying-robot-can-sprint-20mph/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Back its Kickstarter campaign and you could bag your very own remote control speedster </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="OutRunner: the slightly terrifying robot that can sprint at 20mph" alt="OutRunner: the slightly terrifying robot that can sprint at 20mph" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/outrunner-robot.jpg?1399965218" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a remote control gadget that&rsquo;ll turn heads, look no further than the OutRunner &ndash; a scary multi-legged robot that can run on almost any surface at speeds of up to 20mph.</p> <p>The robot comes in two versions: the OutRunner Core, a six-legged, 1.5-foot tall model that can hit 10mph and comes with a one-hour rechargeable battery; and the OutRunner Performance, which has 12 legs, is two feet tall and can run at 20mph for up to two hours.</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>Both models can be controlled via remote, but the Performance also offers smartphone control via an app &ndash; and can stream video direct to your phone too with its built-in HD camera. It also has a universal camera mount for third-party cameras.</p> <p>Because the OutRunner has legs, it can tackle most flat-ish terrains: roads, grass and even dirt. The way it moves is inspired by animals, with a similar mass/length distribution, and it steers by shifting its centre of mass.</p> <p>The robot&rsquo;s creators are seeking US$150,000 through Kickstarter. Pledging US$249 (&pound;150) or more can bag you an OutRunner Core, and pledging $799 (&pound;475) an OutRunner Performance. Should they reach their goal, the robot rewards should be sent to you by July 2015.</p> <p>[<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/138364285/outrunner-the-worlds-most-advanced-running-robot">Kickstarter</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/11/outrunner-kickstarter-rc-robot/">Engadget</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/LTIpdtv_AK8" 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/outrunner-slightly-terrifying-robot-can-sprint-20mph/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Robots Mon, 12 May 2014 11:57:07 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436979 at http://www.stuff.tv Zuta’s mini robot printer wanders around your desk, printing as it goes http://www.stuff.tv/zuta-s-mini-robot-printer-can-be-taken-anywhere/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Kickstarter project may well be the death of bulky old-school printers </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="Zuta’s mini robot printer can be taken anywhere" alt="Zuta’s mini robot printer can be taken anywhere" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/robot-printer-main.jpg?1397184658" /> </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/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><strong>A printer? BORING</strong><br />Wait a sec. First, this one&rsquo;s a robot, and second, printers are one area ripe for &ldquo;disruption&rdquo;. In general, they&rsquo;re still ugly, bulky things that are hard to move around and, when not in use, sit on your desk gathering dust and looking ugly.</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>Wait&hellip; did you say &ldquo;robot&rdquo;?</strong><br />Yes, Israeli company Zuta have come up with a novel idea: a tiny, almost pocket-sized printer that moves itself over a sheet of paper via two pairs of wheels. A robot, in other words.</p> <p><strong>How does it work?</strong><br />There&rsquo;s an inkjet printer head inside, and as the robot rolls over your crisp piece of A4 this touches down where necessary to print. Documents can be loaded direct (and wirelessly) from smartphones, tablets and laptops and a USB connection is used to top up the battery, which is good for around an hour of use per charge. One print cartridge is able to provide around 1,000 pages.</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="The printer is verging on pocketable" alt="The printer is verging on pocketable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/robot-printer-scale.jpg?1397184658" /> </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" title="Print direct from phones, computers and tablets" alt="Print direct from phones, computers and tablets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/robot-printer-app.jpg?1397184658" /> </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><strong>There must be limitations?</strong><br />Yes. For one thing, it takes over a minute to print a page (that&rsquo;s about 10 times slower than a desktop printer). It only supports a maximum resolution of 92 x 192 dpi. And, of course, you&rsquo;ll need a totally flat surface to print on. Any kinks and bumps are likely to muck up your print job.</p> <p><strong>You said it was a Kickstarter project?</strong><br />Yes, Zuta is seeking US$400,000 in funding, and at the time of writing the total pledged has nudged just above $20,000. But there&rsquo;s plenty of time left, and early birds who back to the tune of $180 (&pound;110) or more will receive a printer &ndash; but most likely not until January of next year.</p> <p>Oh, and it&rsquo;ll come in black or white finishes.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">More office-astonishing Hot Stuff stories</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/Ybrhomrv4Hk" 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="Zuta&#039;s robot printer could be yours by next January" alt="Zuta&#039;s robot printer could be yours by next January" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/robot-printer-colours.jpg?1397184658" /> </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> Hot Stuff Robots Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:17:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435219 at http://www.stuff.tv We might as well surrender now. The Robotic Kangaroo is terrifyingly awesome http://www.stuff.tv/we-might-well-surrender-now-robotic-kangaroo-terrifyingly-awesome/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Joey-1000 is here, and it’s got a murderous blank stare </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="620" height="479" title="It&#039;s adorable, in an &quot;I&#039;m going to beat you to a bloody pulp&quot; kind of way." alt="We might as well surrender now: Robotic Kangaroo is terrifyingly awesome" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/robot-kangaroo-hot-stuff.jpg?1396920261" /> </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/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><strong>Aww</strong><br />What&rsquo;s wrong with you? Have your survival instincts completely evaporated? &nbsp;This isn&rsquo;t the sort of cute marsupial that graces the Blue Peter couch with big dopey eyes and a cute nose wiggle you know.</p> <p>Hell, even real kangaroos shouldn&rsquo;t be messed with. They&rsquo;ll box you half to death on a whim, and won&rsquo;t even break a sweat while doing it.</p> <p>And forging one from metal? That&rsquo;s just asking for trouble.</p> <p><strong>You had a bad experience at the zoo as a child, didn&rsquo;t you?</strong><br />Apart from dropping our Cornetto in the penguin tank, no. We&rsquo;ve just accepted that the robots will take over one day, because organisations like German automation company Festo insist on birthing giant killer robots which require no food, no water, and no rest. Our doom is inevitable.</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>Enough with the tin foil hat lecture. More kangaroo info.</strong><br />Fine. But don&rsquo;t say we didn&rsquo;t warn you. The BionicKangaroo, to give it its proper name, is a one metre tall, 7kg robot that&rsquo;s quite clearly modelled after one of nature&rsquo;s greatest jumpers.</p> <p>Real kangaroos excel at bounding around because they&rsquo;re able to efficiently recover energy from one jump and utilise it in the next, thanks to their elasticated tendons which store energy in between jumps. If they couldn&rsquo;t, they&rsquo;d get tired very quickly and become dingo food in no time.</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="620" height="440" title="Definitely doesn&#039;t skip leg day" alt="We might as well surrender now: Robotic Kangaroo is terrifyingly awesome" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/robot-kangaroo-2.jpg?1396920261" /> </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><strong>I don&#39;t care about real kangaroos. I want to know more about the shiny metal one.</strong><br />We&rsquo;re getting there alright? You need to know how this stuff works in nature before we dive straight in. Do you even science bro?</p> <p><strong>What?</strong><br />Never mind. Where were we? Ah yes &ndash; the BionicKangaroo is able to jump around like its natural counterpart, reaching 0.4 metres vertically and 0.8 metres horizontally with each leap. It&rsquo;s able to do so thanks to an elastic spring which replicates a kangaroo&rsquo;s tendons.</p> <p>The pneumatic &lsquo;muscle&rsquo; which powers the jump itself uses high pressure air to get the job done, and it&rsquo;s powered by lightweight batteries. Presumably not AAAs.&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="620" height="448" title="Pure power" alt="We might as well surrender now: Robotic Kangaroo is terrifyingly awesome" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/robot-kangaro-3.jpg?1396920261" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How does it balance?</strong><br />It uses a kinematic control system made up of various sensors which make constant adjustments with each jump. We&rsquo;d imagine that the tail helps a lot too, just like in nature. Controls are taken care of by a gesture-based Thalmic Labs armband, which is in impressive bit of kit in its own right.</p> <p>It has built-in sensors which measure the electrical potential generated by your muscle cells in addition to an accelerometer, so you can pilot the killer kangaroo without ever having to pick up a remote control.</p> <p>When it becomes self-aware (you&rsquo;ll be able to tell when its white eyes glow red), then not a single fancy armband in the world can save you.</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/ciStQpxoR-A" 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="620" height="446" title="Who needs a Power Glove?" alt="We might as well surrender now: Robotic Kangaroo is terrifyingly awesome" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thalmic-armband.jpg?1396920261" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I don&rsquo;t care. I want to ride one to work</strong><br />Thankfully, you can&rsquo;t. This is just a proof of concept to show off how energy can be recovered in industrial automation. But who knows, your new car in ten years&rsquo; time could very well be bouncing around on space hopper tires. Something to look forward to, eh?</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/13704.htm" target="_blank">Festo</a> via <a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/festo-newest-robot-is-a-hopping-bionic-kangaroo?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ieeespectrum%2Fautomaton+%28Automaton+-+IEEE+Spectrum%29" target="_blank">IEEE Spectrum</a>, <a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/thalmic-myo-armband-provides-effortless-gesture-control-of-robots" target="_blank">(1)</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p>&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="598" height="448" title="Impressive, isn&#039;t it?" alt="We might as well surrender now: Robotic Kangaroo is terrifyingly awesome" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/robot-kangaroo-diagram.jpg?1396920261" /> </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/we-might-well-surrender-now-robotic-kangaroo-terrifyingly-awesome/news#comments Hot Stuff Robots Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:03:38 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434781 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch a robot solve a Rubik’s Cube in three seconds http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/watch-robot-solve-rubik-s-cube-three-seconds/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Samsung Galaxy S4-powered, Lego-constructed machine can spin the cube faster than your eyes can follow </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="Watch a robot solve a Rubik’s Cube in three seconds" alt="Watch a robot solve a Rubik’s Cube in three seconds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cubestormer-3-robot.jpg?1395196306" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world speed record for the solving of a Rubik&rsquo;s Cube was just smashed &ndash; and of course it was by a robot. A British-built robot at that.</p> <p>Cubestormer 3 is the robot in question, and this past weekend it managed to solve a Rubik&rsquo;s Cube in just 3.253 seconds, smashing the previous record (which was also set by the same team) of 5.27 seconds. You can see it doing just that below &ndash; but don&rsquo;t blink or you&rsquo;ll miss it.</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>Cubestormer 3 is the work of British engineers Mike Dobson and David Gilday and uses an octa-core Samsung Galaxy S4 as its &ldquo;brain&rdquo;. Using the smartphone&rsquo;s camera, the robot analyses the current state of the Rubik&rsquo;s Cube and passes the info onto eight Lego Mindstorms EV3 bricks (also controlled by an ARM processor).</p> <p>Even if you could out-think an octa-core Exynos CPU (you couldn&rsquo;t, but at least you have a soul, so don&rsquo;t feel bad), you wouldn&rsquo;t be able to twist the cube as quickly as Cubestormer 3. The world record attempt was performed on a speed cube, which can be twisted before the edges are fully aligned.</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/X0pFZG7j5cE" 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"> You and whose arm-y? </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>One area, however, where humanity still holds an edge over lightning-brained robots is table tennis. Industrial robotics company Kuka last week hosted the world&rsquo;s first ever man versus robot ping-pong, in which former world number one table tennis player Timo Boll took on an Agilus arm (which Kuka claims is the world&rsquo;s fastest robotic arm) and won &ndash; just. Given that the tournament is a promotional video for Kuka, we&rsquo;re not quite sure if we trust its results to the same degree as the Guinness-officiated Rubik&rsquo;s Cube solving, mind you.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140315005008/en/ARM-Powered%C2%AE-Robot-Breaks-World-Speed-Record-Solving#.UySreVFdURr">Businesswire</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/15/5512554/lego-mindstorms-robot-sets-rubiks-cube-world-record">The Verge</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/tIIJME8-au8" 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> Galaxy S4 Robots Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:54:07 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433815 at http://www.stuff.tv DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter drone http://www.stuff.tv/dji/dji-phantom-2-vision-quadcopter-drone/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We could “drone on” about the Phantom 2 Vision forever - this is the hottest camera-toting quadcopter on the block </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="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/dji-phantom-2-vision-in-flight-3.jpg?1400700821" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>DJI&rsquo;s Phantom 2 Vision is a revolutionary product.</p> <p>This powerful, easy to fly quadcopter sports not only a built-in anti-vibration camera, but also smartphone compatibility. That means you can view, in real time, what the camera&rsquo;s looking at when it&rsquo;s soaring 300 feet above your head. And all at a relatively affordable price. So does it deserve to sit atop the drone throne, or is it a UAV you should avoid?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £830.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Incredibly easy to fly </div> <div class="field-item even"> Brilliant first-person view via smartphone </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Simple, all-in-one solution </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disappointing image quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Shaky images in windy conditions </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review 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"> Flying made simple (and smart) </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>You don&rsquo;t have to be a polymath, possess lightning reactions or have 20/20 vision to fly the Phantom 2 Vision.</p> <p>The quadcopter is designed to be easy to fly: it self-stabilises, and if you take your hands off the controls it&rsquo;ll simply hover in its current position. Lose sight of it or move it out of its control range and, thanks to built-in GPS, it&rsquo;ll automagically fly back to where it took off from and land - that&#39;s some smart self-preservation right there. It also has a generous 25 minutes of flight time per charge &ndash; about 10 minutes longer than previous DJI quadcopters.</p> <p>The controls are sensitive (you can adjust them using the desktop app), but we never came close to crashing the Phantom. Manual landing is a piece of cake, too. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U8iHn_2l0U" target="_blank">There are plenty of YouTube clips that demonstrate that these things can be crashed</a>, but it&#39;s far from easy to do. Do avoid tight confines if possible, though - the body&nbsp;seems tough enough to withstand plenty of punishment but the rotor blades are more easily shattered.</p> <p>DJI&rsquo;s manual also specifies that the drone should be kept below 400 feet at all times, as above that it can pose a hazard to low-level aircraft. Yes, really.</p> <p>The responsiveness of the controls and the zippiness of the quadcopter (it can climb at 6m/s and travel forwards at up to 15m/s) make it a joy to fly.</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="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-in-flight-2.jpg?1400700821" /> </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" title="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-battery.jpg?1400700821" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-controller.jpg?1400700821" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DJI Phantom 2 Vision tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Flight time</strong> - 25 minutes</p> <p><strong>Communication range</strong> - 300m</p> <p><strong>Still resolution</strong> - 14MP (RAW or JPG)</p> <p><strong>Video quality</strong> - 1080p/30fps/25fps; 1080i/60fps; 960p/30fps/25fps; 720p/60fps/30fps; 480p/30fps</p> <p><strong>App compatibility</strong> -&nbsp;iOS 6.1 and above; Android 4.0 and above</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 1160g</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"> 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"> App’s the way to do it </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 main thing that sets the Phantom 2 Vision apart from previous DJI quadcopters is its app compatibility and the first-person vision feature that opens up (previously, you&rsquo;d need to mod a Phantom with third-party gear for FPV).</p> <p>Install the app on your iOS or Android device and its screen becomes your eye in the sky &ndash; as well as the controller for the &lsquo;copter&rsquo;s camera, which can be tilted up and down. The app also allows you to fiddle with camera settings including field-of-view, video and still quality, metering mode and more.</p> <p>DJI claims the Wi-Fi extender unit on the remote control boosts the range of the signal to 300m, although your environment can affect this and you may find it shorter &ndash; or sometimes longer.</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="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-app.jpg?1400700821" /> </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" title="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-camera.jpg?1400700821" /> </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"> Blurred Vision </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, we found the integrated camera&rsquo;s image quality to be a hit-and-miss affair, with more emphasis on the latter.</p> <p>The 14MP stills are on par with a decent smartphone camera&rsquo;s, but we noticed a soft, unfocussed area on the left side of all our shots (we suspect that&rsquo;s a fault in the review sample, not a widespread issue) and glare and other effects creep in at times. The camera shoots in RAW or JPG, but at the time of writing our version of Photoshop couldn&rsquo;t open DJI&rsquo;s RAW format.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE 07/02/14:</strong> It turns out that in order to use the RAW format, all you need do is download DJI&#39;s desktop app for PC or Mac and use it update the Phantom 2 Vision&#39;s firmware.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/12235167453/in/set-72157640350944284/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>Videos are impressive, particularly in 1080p &ndash; but a new GoPro model offers more options (4K, or 720p at 120fps for super slo-mo) and DJI&rsquo;s camera mount doesn&rsquo;t dampen vibration and shake to the degree you&rsquo;d get from a decent third-party gimbal.</p> <p>Both photos and videos are highly distorted due to the fisheye nature of the lens - some will like that style of shot, but DJI has released a lens profile for Photoshop that allows you to correct this without too much fuss.</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/GquwpyIVQHo" 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="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-test-shot-4.jpg?1400700821" /> </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"> Verdict </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>Those seeking smooth, well-stabilised video straight out of the camera would probably be better suited with the <a href="http://www.dji.com/product/phantom-2/" target="_blank">cam-less standard Phantom 2</a>, kitted out with third-party gear from GoPro or the like.</p> <p>That said, for an all-in-one option it&rsquo;s tough to see anything out there that beats the Vision: as long as you&rsquo;ve got a compatible smartphone or tablet, this package offers everything you need to soar off into the wonderful world of aerial photography and videography - and have an absolute blast while you&#39;re at it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/it-bird-no-its-terrifying-robo-pigeon-military-drone/news" target="_blank">the terrifying robot falcon drone</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/watch-out-amazon-s-drone-army-might-soon-invade-your-home/news" target="_blank">the friendly Amazon delivery drone</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="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-in-flight-1.jpg?1400700821" /> </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-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While there&rsquo;s plenty of room for improvement, the Vision is an amazingly cool tool for amateur videographers and photographers</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dji/dji-phantom-2-vision-quadcopter-drone/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/dji/dji-phantom-2-vision-quadcopter-drone/review#comments Camcorders DJI Geek accessories Phantom 2 Vision Robots UAVs Sat, 01 Feb 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1431868 at http://www.stuff.tv The end is nigh - Google is acquiring A.I. company DeepMind Technologies http://www.stuff.tv/google/end-nigh-google-acquiring-ai-company-deepmind-technologies/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get ready, our future A.I. overlord will soon turn on Google and enslave us </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The end is nigh - Google is acquiring A.I. company DeepMind Technologies" alt="The end is nigh - Google is acquiring A.I. company DeepMind Technologies" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DeepMind.jpg?1390870969" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">We&rsquo;ve seen enough sci-fi movies to know what Google is planning. Hello, Skynet.</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/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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-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> <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"> Google A.I. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DeepMind.jpg?1390870969" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/end-nigh-google-acquiring-ai-company-deepmind-technologies/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/end-nigh-google-acquiring-ai-company-deepmind-technologies/news#comments Google Robots Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:57:50 +0000 Will Findlater 1431709 at http://www.stuff.tv EmoSpark is an AI robot that exists only to make you happy http://www.stuff.tv/emospark-ai-robot-exists-only-make-you-happy/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s like a real-life Samantha from &#039;Her&#039;. If only people could be half as sensitive as this artificial intelligence console </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="396" height="297" title="EmoSpark is a real life Samantha that exists only to make you happy" alt="EmoSpark is a real life Samantha that exists only to make you happy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/emospark.jpg?1390820910" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good news, lonelyhearts. There&rsquo;s someone, or rather something, out there for you.</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/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 class="p1">At the beginning of your relationship, the EmoSpark can only offer up perfunctory gestures like sharing generic content via platforms like YouTube or Facebook to cheer you up. As it reads your reactions to its suggestions, it learns to comfort you better in time. It&rsquo;s not just about the feels too; the EmoSpark is well-versed in over 39 million topics courtesy of Freebase, Google&rsquo;s collection of online knowledge, so ask it anything at all. Except to hand you that book over there because, well, it&rsquo;s a limbless cube.</p> <p class="p1">Even when you&rsquo;re apart, you can still interact with it via your mobile devices. It also has the ability to interact with other digital toys like the Sphero, all in the name of your happiness, or the future robot revolution.</p> <p class="p1">If a compliant cube-like partner is what you&#39;ve always seeked, a lifetime of self-serving companionship could be yours from US$249 (S$320). And should your relationship not work out, you can always dump it - literally.</p> <p class="p3">Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/emospark-first-a-i-home-console" target="_blank">Indiegogo</a></p> <p class="p3"><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/crowdfunding">The latest crowdfunding news, features and tests</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/odQw5BDnCRs" 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/emospark-ai-robot-exists-only-make-you-happy/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/emospark-ai-robot-exists-only-make-you-happy/news#comments Crowdfunding Geek accessories Hot Stuff Robots Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:47:26 +0000 Will Findlater 1431566 at http://www.stuff.tv Keecker is a robot entertainment centre, butler and security guard http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/keecker-robot-entertainment-centre-butler-and-security-guard/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This friendly Dalek packs a projector, sound system and security cam </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="Keecker" alt="Keecker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/keecker-01.jpg?1390199134" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The rise of the machines is upon us &ndash; the robots are invading our homes.</p> <p>If robot vacuum cleaners are a little too limited for you, <a href="http://www.keecker.com/v2/" target="_blank">Keecker</a> may be more your sort of thing. The brainchild of former Google product manager Pierre Lebeau, it&#39;s a do-everything robot that packs a 1200x800 projector with 1000-lumen brightness, 360-degree sound with six speakers, and 1TB of onboard storage.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your plastic pal who&#039;s fun to be with </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 took a look at Keecker at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014</a>, and while it&#39;s an interesting idea, it also seems to be a niche one for the time being. Few people are likely to have the luxury of a house with multiple walls that&#39;ll support a projected image &ndash; and those that can afford one will probably want a higher-res projector.</p> <p>Keecker&#39;s also quite bulky, at 16in wide and 25in tall, though the final production version will reportedly be smaller.</p> <p>Still, it&#39;s an interesting step toward making household robots a reality. If you want a robot butler of your very own, Keecker will be available later this year, with a target price of US$4000-US$5000.</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="Keecker" alt="Keecker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/keecker-02.jpg?1390199134" /> </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" title="Keecker" alt="Keecker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/keecker-ces-01.jpg?1390199134" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Keecker" alt="Keecker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/keecker-ces-03.jpg?1390199134" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Keecker" alt="Keecker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/keecker-ces-02.jpg?1390199134" /> </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/ces-2014/keecker-robot-entertainment-centre-butler-and-security-guard/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/keecker-robot-entertainment-centre-butler-and-security-guard/news#comments CES 2014 Robots Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:28:09 +0000 Stephen Graves 1431402 at http://www.stuff.tv