Jotun HullSkater Cleaning Robot

Things in the water tend to get algae, barnacles, mussels, etc… growing on them. With boats, this biofouling is a problem because it makes ships less efficient. A less efficient boat goes slower, uses more fuel, and expels more exhaust. Not good.

Additionally, some of these hitchhiking organisms end up traveling with the boat to non-native areas where they cause other issues.

Enter Jotun, a Norwegian company, who collaborated with a Swedish company, Semcon, to develop the HullSkater robot. The HullSkater is designed to work with a proprietary silyl acrylate-based hull coating. Once a ship has this coating the hull scrubbing robot can get to work using its four magnetized wheels. Each wheel has its own motor.

The craziest part of this robot is that it isn’t autonomous or ship controlled – instead, it is controlled remotely by Jotun staff. The remote staff use the HullSkater’s three cameras and four spotlights.

Video of the HullSkater in action after the break. (more…)

Too far away from April Fools to be a joke and way to elaborate. This yard robot autonomously patrols the yard looking for dog poop piles to scoop up. About time!

This cool robot is from Beetl Robotics and looks like a little green and white tractor. The Beetl Poop Robot uses computer vision and sensors to locate poop in your yard, hovers over the top and deploys its jaws and shears to scoop the poop. Pretty cool stuff. Video of the poop-bot after the break. (more…)

Bosstown Dynamics Robot Fights Back

You have likely seen the Boston Dynamics robotic videos on the interwebs. They are getting better at performing all kinds of tasks. There are videos of them being kicked while walking to show off their stability and adaptability. Pretty amazing stuff.

Well, it was only a matter of time before another spoof video made its way online. This one is dubbed Bosstown Dynamics and shows a robot fighting back. Video after the break. (more…)

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. ...

Trailer Valet RVR Airstream

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…)

Toyota CUE Basketball Shooting Robot 1

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.

Toyota CUE Basketball Shooting Robot 2

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Boston Dynamics Spot Mini Robot

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.

The End Is Near

Watch the video and be prepared to becreeped out. The end is near. Video of the Boston Dynamics Spot Mini after the break.

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SpotMini

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…)

Robotic vacuum cleaners have been around for quite some time. There are ones for the house and pool, and now… one for your large boat or yacht. The KeelCrab is the first R.O.V for the autonomous cleaning of your boats hull and keel. A clean hull is a big deal. It can reduce...

Posted on Jul 13 2017 - 10:14am by drakaal
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A Junior at Stanford University, Joshua Browder, has developed a chatbot called DoNotPay that uses artificial intelligence to dispense free legal assistance. While I am not sure I would call this AI, more like a templated search engine, it is pretty neat. Joshua claims that DoNotPay has helped people defeat more than 375,000 parking tickets in about two years. Not sure how he knows this information. ...