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Little Dog Robot, Kid Sibling of Big Dog Robot

March 28 2008 / by Accel Rose
Category: Technology   Year: General   Rating: 1

Here’s a cool video of the Little Dog Robot, kid sibling of the Big Dog Robot that wowed the blogosphere last week. Also a product of Boston Dynamics “LittleDog is a quadruped robot for research on learning locomotion. Scientists at leading institutions use LittleDog to probe the fundamental relationships among motor learning, dynamic control, perception of the environment, and rough terrain locomotion.”

“LittleDog has four legs, each powered by three electric motors. The legs have a large range of motion and workspace. The motors are strong enough for dynamic locomotion, including climbing. The onboard PC-level computer does sensing, actuator control and communications. LittleDog’s sensors measure joint angles, motor currents, body orientation and foot/ground contact.”

Also be sure to check out this newer Big Bog Robot video (below the fold):

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Video Compilation of Futuristic Car Concepts

March 28 2008 / by Accel Rose
Category: Transportation   Year: General   Rating: 1

Here’s a short and sweet video of some futuristic car designs, many of which we can expect to see on the road, or in the air, in the next decade:

Click below the fold to see a longer 3-minute version of the same video with dozens more prototypes.

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Air-Bag Motorcycle Suit in Action

March 26 2008 / by Accel Rose
Category: Transportation   Year: 2010   Rating: 3

Check out this awesome new airbag-suit by motorcycle gear designer Dainese:

Dainese is set to release the suit by 2010 – a full 10 years after development of the system began.

Just imagine the implications of such a suit for all types of extreme sports – skiing, mountain-biking, hang-gliding – and what such a suit might look like by 2015. I can imagine people surrounded by giant marshmallows or beach balls engaging in all sorts of activities that were previously too risky.

Big Dog Robot Video 2 :)

March 25 2008 / by Accel Rose
Category: Other   Year: General   Rating: 5

If you enjoyed the amazing “Big Dog Robot video”: that stormed the web last week, then perhaps you’ll enjoy this follow-up piece: ;)

I expect we’ll soon see similar parodies on Funny or Die or Saturday Night Live.

Two Cool Window-Washing Robot Prototypes

March 24 2008 / by Accel Rose
Category: Technology   Year: 2008   Rating: 7

Ever since I bought an iRobot vacuum Roomba (it works very well in most rooms), I’d been wondering when someone would build one that works outside buildings as a window washer. Therefore I was psyched to discover not one, but two such prototypes during my latest foray through the wonderful world of YouTube.

The first one is the cooler looking of the two and has been in testing for a few months. It’s an experimental model created at the University of Nebraska and actually sticks itself to the glass. See for yourself (but turn down the volume a little as the sound of the motor is a bit annoying):

The second robot is a more serious industrial machine that appears to be much closer to hitting the commercial market.


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Video Montage: Arthur C. Clarke's Uncanny Space Prediction Accuracy

March 21 2008 / by Accel Rose
Category: Space   Year: General   Rating: 8

Here’s an awesome video montage illustrating the late great Arthur C. Clarke’s uncanny space predictions. It goes to show how much the world needs great sci-fi minds for critical scenario construction so that we may build and live into our dreams.

LED and Electro-Luminescent Signs Will Soon Be Worn By Obnoxious Children in Your Neighborhood

March 20 2008 / by Accel Rose
Category: Culture   Year: 2008   Rating: 5

Along the way to cheaper, energy-efficient Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) surfaces, there’s a window of opportunity for technologies like regular LED and Electro-Luminescent (EL) signage. If mega-rapper Kanye is any indicator, then the flashing LED suit that he wore at this year’s Grammy Awards will become all the rage as it drops in cost.

One company poised to take advantage this technology in the near-term is Australian LED and EL product manufacturer Ozibadge. They’re already selling dynamic EL signage, crazy LED belt buckles, and flashing EL t-shirts. Take a look at this promotional video to get a sense of the items just on the verge of exploding into the environment around you:

Get ready, because all of the obnoxious trend-setting children in your neighborhood will very soon be following in role-model Kanye’s footsteps.

Amazing Video of Car/Pod That Pivots on a Dime

March 20 2008 / by Accel Rose
Category: Transportation   Year: 2008   Rating: 5

Check out this awesome car/pod prototype that carries up to three passengers and can pivot on a dime to change directions. I recall seeing concept drawings of this and thought it was still a year or two in the future, so I was surprised to come across this video of a functional, albeit slow, version of the product.

For the life of me, I can’t recall which company is behind this elegant weird new car. Does anyone know who’s producing this totally new approach to transport and when I’ll be able to rent one in NYC?

List of Major 2008 & 2009 Video Game Releases

March 13 2008 / by Accel Rose
Category: Entertainment   Year: 2009   Rating: 3

Check out this video-list of the hundreds of video games scheduled for release in 2008 and 2009. It really makes you realize just how much bigger an industry gaming is compared to film. Each of these suckers costs tens of millions to make and requires hundreds of producers, developers, artists, actors, lawyers, translators and golfers.

The games on the list that I’m most psyched for include: Spore, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Highlander, Warhammer Online, Grand Theft Auto IV, God of War III and Red Dead Revolver II. As far as I’m concerned, they just can’t produce these fast enough.

Enjoy the list and the funny music that it’s set to.

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Robot Snake Locomotes Using Objects: Future Applications?

March 05 2008 / by Accel Rose
Category: Technology   Year: 2008   Rating: 4

Here’s a borderline creepy image for you: robotic snakes. These twisty machines have already been around for a few years, but only now have researchers created one that can move by pushing itself off objects in its path.

Hailing from Norway’s University of Science and Technology , this snake represents a significant break-through because it’s the first wheel-less one of its kind. (check out the video here) Success at this level will eventually lead to space-based applications or help it successfully root troubling clogged drains.

A snake such as this might also be used as a rodent scourge or even on battlefields that resemble giant versions of the TV Show Robot Wars .

And just imagine what it could do if equipped with lasers. ;) Or poison.

Undoubtedly this type of robot will be useful for a variety of common and odd tasks that we meme-monkeys are just not well-suited for. Once again, bend nature’s design to our will.

What other practical uses could you imagine for a robot snake that can move like a real snake?

(via New Scientist)

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