Remember the 2006 Sony Aibo Robotic Dog? Yeah, me either. Well, Sony has doubled down on this cute little robot dog and released an all-new version today. The AIBO Robotic Dog will set you back $2,899 and it comes with three years of Sony’s AI Cloud service. This service is necessary for the robotic dog to tune its AI with Sony’s servers. Another set of microphones and cameras enters the home. Certainly seems like the gadgets these days with cameras and microphones are on the rise. I will let you ponder that one. ...
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The smart kids at Carnegie Mellon Universities National Robotics Engineering Center (CMU NREC) have reinvented the wheel. They totally went agains the grain and made a circular wheel that can convert to a triangular track. Video of this crazy shape-shifting tire after the break. (more…)
This video from Google’s I/O 2018 developer conference shows off how far the AI voice assistant has come. The AI piece is impressive and works well in these samples, but I am more impressed with the realistic voice and speak disfluencies. Have a listen after the break and prepare to have your mind blown. (more…)
Imagine never having to back up your RV trailer (or any trailer up to 9,000-pounds for that matter) again. Some people make quick work of it while others can’t back a trailer to save their lives. The Trailer Valet RVR makes backing trailers a snap. This robotic tank track RV parking machine is basically a remote control tank with a ball-hitch for your trailers. It has four planetary gear motors, caterpillar treads, 360-degrees of motion, and can traverse most surfaces. More picture sand video after the break. (more…)
When not making cars the engineers at Toyota like to play with robotics. The latest robot to come out of the Toyota Engineering Society is a humanoid robot that has one function, sinking free throw shots on basketball court. The robot is named CUE and it uses artificial intelligence to learn from real players. Video of this basketball shooting robot after the break.
Watch out DJI, there is a new kid on the block. The new kid is Skydio and their autonomous flying camera is the R1 ($2,500). The Skydio R1 flies all by itself with no remote control. It is powered by an Nvidia Jetson AI chip, has 12 navigation cameras for obstacle avoidance, and a main 4k camera for tracking a target. the body is made of carbon fiber and aluminum. One of the best parts is that it is...
This Boston Dynamics robotic dog creature is the stuff of nightmares. This version, the Spot Mini, is smaller, quiter, and works with other
devil robot dogs to solve problems. In other words I will be having nightmares for quite a while.
Watch the video and be prepared to becreeped out. The end is near. Video of the Boston Dynamics Spot Mini after the break.
I have always been a sucker for just about any RC vehicle from planes, helicopter, cars, and boats. The Rover Land & Sea ($99) checks two boxes as it can go on land and in the water. This amphibious rc has a camera that can rotate, headlights, and underwater LED’s. ...
The ever creepy Boston Dynamics robots continue to evolve. Their latest 24-second video shows off the SpotMini Robot. Video of this robotic nightmare after the break. (more…)