Last year at the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences in Las Vegas, a former Air Force cyber security contractor and a former Air Force engineering systems consultant displayed their 14-pound, six-foot-long unmanned aerial vehicle, WASP (Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform).
We’ve seen plenty of quadcopters and plenty of follow-the-leader ‘bots, but this might be our first brush with follow-the-leader ‘bots that work together to build a mobile landing pad for a quadcopter while it’s in flight. But that’s not even the coolest part about this robotic system from the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab.
With the Chinese firmly in charge of the world's supply of rare earth metals, the Japanese have been hard at work trying to devise means to reduce their reliance on rare earths in the manufacture of things like electric car motors.
Here's a heartwarming story about one of our favorite robots, the adorable PR2. We've already seen it performing cute household tasks like folding laundry and baking cookies, but now PR2 is serving a decidedly more useful function: helping a paraplegic man help himself.
One of the most spectacular ways to watch a Shuttle launch (if you're not there in person) is from the video cameras mounted on the booster rockets as it goes up, and then as they fall off and splash down. NASA has just released the footage from the final Shuttle launch ever. Watch it below.
Headphones on, everyone. The moaning mouth 'bot is back, this time to sing you a Japanese nursery rhyme. (Freaking you out is a side effect, not the main goal.) Hideyuki Sawada of Kagawa University in Japan brought the mouthbot to Robotech 2011 to demonstrate its new powers. You can watch it below singing "Kagome Kagome," a children's song.
The quadcopters at the University of Pennsylvania's Grasp Lab have been a particular source of joy for us ever since the lab began posting videos of their flying 'bots' antics. We've seen them maneuvering through tight windows, lifting payloads as a team, and autonomously working together to build towers. What we haven't seen them do is crash.