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As if the Boston Dynamics Big Dog robots weren’t scary enough, out comes a smaller one that can climb fences, traverse stairs, and open doors (sorta). The end is near. This robot is built by Ghost Robotics and is called the Minitaur ($10,000). Watch the video below while I build a wall around my house and upgrade my bolt locks.

The delivery via drone dream is a cool idea but has many hurdles to overcome. The biggest one is the range of said drones. I don’t imagine we will see drones delivery from warehouse to homes/businesses anytime soon. With that said, UPS’ latest approach seems like a great idea. The plan is to have a drone mounted on the roof of the UPS truck that does out-of-the-way deliveries while the driver continues doing their normal route. When the drone has delivered the package it comes back to the truck and lands for new packages...

  Update as of 1/12/2017. After raising nearly $34-million in funding and pre-orders the Lily Drone Project is dead. Refunds to come for those who placed pre-orders. As much fun as it is flying/controlling your own quadcopter/drone there are times when “follow me” technology is the way to go. I think that is one of the biggest downfalls of the other quadcopter in the market that don’t offer this tech, like the new DJI Phantom 3. The Lily...

Honda showed off their latest motorcycle tech dubbed Riding Assist. Honda Riding Assist has a self-balancing technology that greatly reduces the chance of falling over while the motorcycle is at rest. AKA getting on/off while stopped. It can also articulate the front fork to raise and lower the front of the motorcycle. I assume this is for easier mount/dismounts. If that isn’t enough to impress you, the bike can even follow you around with the touch of a button. Seriously. This self-balancing motorcycle will follow you perfectly...

This beast of a truck has one job, to safely remove mature trees for relocation. No more clear cutting for new construction or using large planters in tree nurseries. This all assumes you have access to a Dutchman Industries 100-Inch Truck Spade. Some serious robotics, engineering, and hydraulics at work here. Video of this tree moving truck after the break (hop to 1:08 for the action). ...

Say hello to Cozmo, a tiny toy robot that behaves like no other. Cozmo ($179) has a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves as you spend more time with him. He gets bored, he gets curious, he goes exploring. He comes with Power Cubes for interactive game play. The Power Cubes are used for games of speed and skill. There is also a charger that Cozmo drives on and off of. Video of Cozmo after the break.

I had no idea that Yamaha was in the UAV business despite the fact that they have been at it for decades. These aren’t your typical play drones, they are built to get work done. The Yamaha Fazer R, and the Fazer RG2, can be used for crop dusting (up to 10 acres), surveying,  photography, or other industrial jobs. These are an evolution from the past version, the RMAX. The latest Yamaha Fazer R makes 20.6kW of power from its two-cylinder engine. There are several attachment options depending on what type of work you plan on using...

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Who knows what Disney has up their sleeve with this one-legged bouncing robot. Clearly it is Tigger, Winnie the Pooh’s pal, but only time will tell how they will use it. (more…)

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Some poor fellow in Norway has a hungry moose that steals apples from his tree. Moose are known for being aggressive and dangerous. So he sends in his robotic lawnmower to handle the business.

Who wins, the moose or the robotic vacuum? Click through to see the quick video of this epic showdown. (more…)

Surfing on waves is tough. Kite surfing is an entirely different type of “tough”. Kite surfers have to be able to manage the board and the kite at the same time. Tricky stuff. Leave it to gadgetry to solve this problem by having a powerful remote controlled octocopter as the engine. This 8-blade RC copter is pulling a board surfer along at some pretty impressive speeds. The copter they are using in this video is a Freefly System Alta 8 ($18,000). Ouch. The Alta 8 is typically used for flying around professional video equipment. Video...