The walking wounded
November 17, 2006, 12:27 pm
Filed under: Robotics

Science is reporting the development of a walking robot capable of reassessing its own physiology and adjusting its gait in response to damage (see also ScienceDaily, Scientific American and Physorg).

Wounded Robot

The research has been done at Cornell university by Hod Lipson and Victor Zykov.

Zykov was involved in an earlier demonstration of self-assembling and self-repairing robots called, MolecubesTM.


There is a video of the MolecubesTM in action on Zykov’s homepage.


Tetra Vaal: Robot Police
November 16, 2006, 7:37 pm
Filed under: Information Tech, Robotics

Thought I’d upload the links to this great short film before I forgot them. The film is directed by Neill Blomkamp and is a great hybrid of cgi and real footage.

Tetra Vaal Robot

There is a short review and a link to a quicktime movie version on Analogik. A version was also uploaded to YouTube.


Emotional Expression Upgrade
November 16, 2006, 2:52 am
Filed under: Robotics

Ever-2 korean robotKorean roboticists have produced a successor to the humanoid robot, Ever-1. Where Ever-1‘s complement of 35 servos controlling facial expressions allowed it to ‘express the four emotions of happiness, sadness, excitement and anger’ Ever-2 has 60 motors driving facial expressions and has added ‘fright, discomfort, interest and boredom’ to its repertoire [source].

If you’re interested in emotional expression in robotics see Cynthia Breazeal’s Kismet at the MIT Humanoid Robotics Group for pioneering work.

Armed Robots Guard Korean Border
November 15, 2006, 10:24 pm
Filed under: Robotics

I cannot remember where I first heard this story. However, ABC News are carrying a post-nuclear test update . The plan seems to be for autonomous robots to guard the no-man’s land between North and South Korea. A video has been posted on YouTube.

The Guardian collected some of the recent comment about this amongst strategic Web sites and bloggers.