DIY Robots

  • Bots_Alive Brings Sophisticated Brains to Cheap Robots

    we were introduced to Bots_Alive, a small company of roboticists who have managed to develop a robotic critter with a carefully thought-out animal-like personality. And by hacking an existing robot toy and using your phone as a brain, they’re ready to sell it to you for 35 bucks. Bots_Alive...
  • The Robot Revival

    Robots have long been a manufacturing mainstay—tasked with doing the heavy lifting on the assembly line or taking over tedious repetitive motions. Up until recently, however, they’ve been limited to basic activities, typically on the automotive factory floor. But advancements in the form of small, light-weight collaborative robots, cloud...
  • Will Sci-Fi Bots Write the Next Great Dystopian Novel?

    OAKLAND, Calif. — William Faulkner kept the words flowing with a steady drip of whiskey. Laurence Sterne conquered writer’s block by shaving his beard. Ernest Hemingway stopped writing just when the story got good, so he’d always know where to pick up the next day. But perhaps the next...
  • Researchers build first tetherless hopping robot

    The researchers believe theirs is the first one-legged hopper that does not require a connection to an external motor or power source. Though one-legged robots can only move by hopping, freeing them of tethers would open up new, non-research uses, said Joohyung Kim, associate research scientist at Disney Research....