We’ve been in love with Team Skeletonics’ human-powered exoskeleton for years, and all throughout, it’s pretty much been the same mechanical and aesthetic configuration. But it now looks like they’ve been refining in the background, and might be bringing something new out to play.
When a giant Japanese company that makes robots starts collaborating with a giant Japanese company that makes houses at the same time the Japanese government begins funding public robotics, awesomeness seems likely to follow.
Japan’s got the best robot exoskeletons, and the best among them is Cyberdyne’s HAL. But there’s a new Power Loader in town, and HAL better stay on it’s game – which is also presented here as a wildly generalizing analogy for Japan’s floppy electronics industry.
Prosthetic maker RSLSteeper has been around for over 90 years, but marketing seems to be a relatively recent endeavor. Their Bebionic3 super awesome robotic hand is all over the tubes right now, but nobody knows from whence it came!
NASA is finally letting Robonaut 2 do some stuff and sharing it with the public – there’s actually a steady feed of news, only mildly cheesy 1st-person commentary, and some decent R2 photos & video beaming down from the ISS.
A new device gives the blind 576 pixels of vision, and that’s awesome. But this and other developments herald the infancy of something much more profound: Having your healthy, functional eyes removed and replaced with something far better. HOT DAMN!
Obviously this makes zombies seem a lot more doable and calls into question the effectiveness of the “You just gotta destroy the brain” contingency, but of equal importance is the possibility of novel treatments for those with traumatic spinal injuries.
Went looking for one robot, found research on hundreds. Anthrobotic interviews the creator of Cyberneticzoo.com, the best online robotics & cybernetics archive you’ve never heard of until just now you did. Read it!
The goddamn wheelchair has gone essentially unimproved upon for more than 100 years. But now, AMS Mekatronik, surprisingly not a Kraftwerk tribute band, has dropped the Tek RMD. Wheelchairs are running scared. I mean rolling scared.