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A collection of hands to inspire your Halloween animatronics

A collection of hands to inspire your Halloween animatronics

Jump scares are a lot of fun, but if you want to hold the attention of all those trick-or-treaters we’d suggest a creepy prop. One of the best choices in that category is a ghoulishly lifelike hand.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.11.08 at 12:04

DARPA funded Robot Ninja Warrior?

Fans of the game show Ninja Warrior will immediately recognize the similarity of this test apparatus as the Spider Climb. Of course that’s not a human contestant, but a humanoid robot developed by Boston Dynamics.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.11.08 at 11:29

Battling most useless machine gets an expressive upgrade

We suppose the only thing more useless than a most useless machine is giving it an emoticon face. But that’s exactly what has happened with this project.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.26 at 12:31

Tank tread robot build aims for a smooth ride

Tank tread robot build aims for a smooth ride

There’s all kinds of interesting things going into this tank robot build, but that beautiful suspension system immediately caught our eye. It helps to protect the body of the robot from being shaken apart when traveling over rough surfaces.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.26 at 12:14

Robot performing a tightrope act

Robot performing a tightrope act

This robot is able walk the tightrope (translated). Well, it’s more of a shuffle than a walk, but still a lot better than we could do. In the video after the break you can see the bot starting on the platform to the right.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.26 at 11:50

Controlling a robot with your mind

Controlling a robot with your mind

For [Ern]‘s MEng group project, his group had to develop a robotics platform capable of achieving some end goal. Because innovation is a large part of the grade, [Ern] convinced his team members to work with a brain controlled interface and build a mind controlled robotics platform.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.26 at 11:24

Have a baby? Build another one!

Have a baby? Build another one!

Ever since his daughter was born, [Markus] has been keeping logs full of observations of human behavior. Despite how it sounds, this sort of occurrence isn’t terribly odd; the field of developmental psychology is filled with research of this sort.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.14 at 17:10

Using UAVs to find mannequins lost in the outback

Using UAVs to find mannequins lost in the outback

Every other year the Australian Research Center for Aerospace Automation, the government of Queensland, Australia  and other government and research institutions hold a contest to develop technology for unmanned aerial vehicles for the wastes of central Australia.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.07 at 15:38

200 pound, WiFi deploying robot ran over my foot

200 pound, WiFi deploying robot ran over my foot

[Adam Bercu] and [Dan Landers] from Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville, MA brought a very, very cool toy to Maker Faire this year. It’s a two hundred pound WiFi repeater deploying robot able to amble across unforgiving terrain and my foot.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.04 at 02:14

Intelligent autonomous vehicle makes it to Maker Faire

Intelligent autonomous vehicle makes it to Maker Faire

A few guys from Rutgers showed up at Maker Faire with Navi, their vehicle for the 2012 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. Powered by two huge lead acid batteries, Navi features enough high-end hardware to hopefully make it through or around just about any terrain.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.03 at 10:56


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