Japan Accepts America’s Robot Brawl Challenge DIY bots / startups / video

Good luck MegaBots; Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industry just accepted your robot brawl challenge. Suidobashi Heavy Industry, Japan’s company behind the opposing Kuratas robot, recently accepted the challenge via a YouTube video, but they’ve accepted the challenge under one condition — melee combat will be part of the fight. On behalf of Japan, we accept your challenge. But on one condition: That melee combat be a part...

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Audi Production Line Ahead Of Earnings...INGOLSTADT, GERMANY - MARCH 08:  Robots weld the car body of an Audi at the production line on March 8, 2010 in Ingolstadt, Germany. Audi AG is a unit of Volkswagen AG.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images) robots related

On Wednesday, Volkswagen announced that a 22-year-old contractor was killed by a robotic arm in one of their manufacturing plants in Baunatal, Germany on Monday. According to Heiko Hillwig, a VW spokesperson, the robot pinned the worker against a metal plate and crushed him. He later died in the hospital due to his injuries. Other than Hillwig’s announcement, Volkswagen has not released a statement. All...

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Watch BattleBots’ Tombstone Shred Another BattleBot Within 30 Seconds robots related / TL;DR / video

If you tuned in to Sunday night’s episode of BattleBots, then you probably will remember that one brutal match between the legendary Tombstone and Counter Revolution (that dinky, vintage projector-looking robot). Less than 30 seconds into the match, and Tombstone, with its deathly unstoppable blade, was taking metal chunks out of Counter Revolution. The poor robot was critically damaged after the first hit, and it was...

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Giant US Mech Robot Challenges Giant Japanese Mech Robot To Robot Brawl DIY bots / robots related

Well humanity, it was fun while it lasted. The age of the giant mech robot is right around the corner. MegaBots Inc., a US-based maker behind this giant mech robot, just challenged Japan’s KURATAS robot to a giant, kick-ass robot fight. This isn’t like BattleBots, this is Gundam in the flesh. In case you didn’t know, MegaBots Inc. launched a (failed) Kickstarter campaign to build a towering, 6-ton...

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Robo-Mate’s Exoskeleton Will Reduce Compression Forces On The Human Body consumer / startups

Robo-Mate, a Stuttgart, Germany based startup, is developing an exoskeleton made specifically to assist workers in industries that require them to lift heavy loads. According to their research, 25% of Europeans experience workplace back injuries at some point in their life. While automation in the workplace is on the rise, robots still have a ways to go before they are able to perform the variety...

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Evollve Inc.’s Ozobot Evolves Into Ozobot Bit, Get’s Tablet Support With Block-Based Programming consumer / startups

Ozobot is a tiny robotic toy that rolls around chasing colors, but it’s also a robotic toy that kids can “program”. Evollve Inc, the small startup behind the product, showed off their next model, the Ozobot Bit, at CES 2015, but now we have a closer look. Ozobot Bit is the next level in the Ozobot lineup. Emphasizing on STEM and education, Evollve Inc. has...

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7 Awesome Quadcopters For Under $50 consumer / drones

The commercial drone industry is BOOMING. It seems like everyone wants a piece of the action — from aerial videography to manufacturing to innovations in drone technology. But for recreational pilots, the journey usually starts with a cheap rig that will get you in the air and honing your skills. These drones are capable of advanced maneuvers, but they won’t leave you in tears if they crash...

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Robotic Micro-Tubes Are Able To Curl Around Ants and Fish Eggs Without Damaging Them medical / universities

As robots make their way into factories, homes and offices, the array of tasks they will need to be able to perform is expanding. Future robots need to be stronger, yet more safe and versatile at the same time. Researchers at Iowa State University are aiming to address these issues at the micro-scale level. Most state-of-the art manipulation robots cannot handle delicate micro-objects without crushing...

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Nicky Uses Her New “Robot Hand” To Perform Tasks She Never Thought Were Possible consumer / medical

Nicky Ashwell is the first person to be fitted with the latest prosthetic technology from Steeper, the bebionic small. Steeper is a UK-based healthcare company whose latest product features cutting edge technology that will change the field of prosthetics. While Nicky may be technically referred to as a congenital amputee, she never had an amputation. She was born without a right forearm and hand. With...

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Creepy Robot Cockroach Looks And Moves Like The Real Thing DARPA / military / universities

UC Berkeley is at it again with their weird crawling robots. Researchers at UC Berkeley have recently developed a cockroach-inspired robot that scurries around on the floor and squeezes through the tiniest of gaps. Inspired by the real thing, the robot cockroach sports six legs and a rounded shell to scurry around and squeeze through just about anything. In the research video, you’ll see that,...

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