Where did the word robot come from? Let’s travel back to 1920, when Czech writer Karel Čapek wrote a sci-fi play about hard-working, human-like machines. Wait, first let’s go back farther: more than 1000 years. Jessica Oreck, Rachael Teel, and TEDEd will explain.
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It might not always be completely clear as to what’s going on in this 2012 vid, but the final result is awesome, so stick with it and maybe watch more than once. It’s titled Walking Paper.
via The Automata Blog.
Something every Mars Rover might need in the future: Snake robots that wiggle and roll to propel themselves around on passive wheels, gathering visual information with a camera along the way. This snake-bot is called Wheeko, and it’s designed to get into inaccessible spaces — tight spots between rocks or under ledges, or on more sandy terrain — that your average mini-truck-sized rover might have a hard time with.
Wheeko is being developed by teams at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and SINTEF, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, as a part of a European Space Agency-assigned study.
There are a few more Pixar-related videos in the archives.
This Feb 2013 promo video for the Kibo Robot Project really builds the excitement for having a 13.4 inch tall robot astronaut in space… just in case that didn’t already sound exciting. (Turn on the translated captions!)
On August 9, 2013, an Astro Boy-inspired, talking robot named Kirobo — a mix of Kibo, "hope" in Japanese, and robot — will arrive at the International Space Station on a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) supply ship.
Kirobo will work directly with JAXA engineer, astronaut, and human Koichi Wakata, who will take command of the ISS in November. The robot’s presence will also explore “how machines can lend emotional support to people isolated over long periods.” Among other functions, it is built with voice-, face-, and emotion- recognition technologies.
From PC Mag:
Of course, it’s not as easy as it sounds for a robot to become an astronaut. Researchers had to subject Kirobo to a number of different tests to determine whether the robot would be suitable for its weightless mission, including thermal analysis testing, electromagnetic compatibility testing, and a test to determine whether the general background noise on board the Internal Space Station might otherwise interfere with the robot’s voice-recognition capabilities.