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Hitchhiking Robot

Researchers have created a hitchhiking robot named hitchBOT that will be making its way across Canada this summer. If all goes well (and no one steals or destroys the thing) it will make its way from Halifax to Victoria. When people pick it up, it'll make "regionally relevant conversation using a combination of GPS and Wikipedia."

More details: hitchBOT website,

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jun 21, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Robots, Travel

You Be the Electronic Man!

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 30, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Robots, Toys, 1950's

Robot Carol

Nothing sparks the Xmas feelings like hearing an animated tin can perform a semi-rap song.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 12, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Holidays, Movies, Music, Robots

Double Robotics

I think all WUvies need to get these to communicate with each other.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Nov 30, 2013 | Comments (0)
Category: Robots

Patrick Rizzo’s Dancing Robot

When Patrick Rizzo built his "walking and dancing" robot back in 1948, he said it was the only robot in the world able to perform such feats without wires and cables trailing behind it. It could walk unaccompanied into a room and then dance a jig. He valued it at $100,000. [Telegraph-Herald - Oct 22 1948]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Oct 29, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Robots, 1940's

Terminator Self-Regenerating Polymer

Is this the beginning or the "Rise of the Machines"?

Maybe just a rubberized T-1000?
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sat Oct 12, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Robots

Self Assembling Robots—Are We Next?

Once this technology is perfected, new body parts could assemble themselves inside our bodies.

The best part is these robots can jump!! (See 3:06)

What other uses can you think of?
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Wed Oct 09, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Robots


Their homepage here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 16, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Music, Robots

Miss Honeywell

Miss Honeywell, advertised as being the world's first robotic woman, was a fake, but not in the obvious way. Reportedly, she was actually a he — actor Jeremy Sebastian.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 01, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Robots, 1960's

The Shark From Jaws

Actually, it's the shark from Jaws 2, but I assume Spielberg used something similar for Jaws. For full body shots of the shark, he used an animatronic model called Bruce.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jan 13, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Robots, 1970's
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