Jan 172013
Activelink Power Loader Gives HAL Some Competition, but Who's Going to Fukushima?

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.

Nov 092012
Robot Hand is Pouring Beer, Argument is Valid.

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!

Aug 282012
Robonaut 2: Alive and Suddenly Super Busy

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.

Jul 312012
TRANSHUMANISM TEST PILOTS: 576 Pixels is 576 Times Better than Blind (GALLERY)

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!

Jun 042012
TRANSHUMANISM TEST PILOTS: Your Spinal Cord Might Have its Own Agenda

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.

May 232012
Robot Treasure Discovered Online:  an Interview with the Creator of Cyberneticzoo.com

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!