a haunting scifi short of the robocalypse, created by Big Lazy Robot and on track to become a major Hollywood movie. Combining the innocent voiceover of a child with creepy shots of mannequins who threaten to be something much more, the story erupts into planetary violence and human despair all within less than 3 minutes.
You may have once seen a trailer for a short film called K3loid, but now it’s finished and you must watch it. It’s got robot armies. rampaging mecha, soldiers in power armor, creepy mannequins, an enigmatic AI and it is unbelievably gorgeous.
It’s so awesome that two Hollywood production companies have already partnered with director J.J. Palomo and his six-person VFX team Big Lazy Robot to produce a full feature.
a very futuristic design of swarming microbots that will buzz any place in your house on demand to instantly clean spills and other imperfections. There is something very scifi about this, and yet I can’t help but imagine some couch slob surrounded by a cloud of (artificial) black flies, while sucking down a slurpee and surfing the TV channels. It is one of the first attempts at commercializing miniature robotics I have seen to date though.
Why spend time vacuuming and dustingwhen you could have an army of tiny flying robots clean your house for you! Well, you'll still have to tidy up and do the dishes, but this futuristic MAB Automated Cleaning System could take care of all the dust and dirt. Columbian Adrian Perez Zapata’s flying cleaning system recently won the grand prize in the 2013 Electrolux Design Lab Competition, which received 1,700 designs from students across 60 countries.
- this diminutive specimen of robotkind recently took off to the International Space Station taking its advanced human relations skills to a global audience. Developed by Toyota, the pint sized explorer can be seen in this interview together with his creator, who expands on the aims of the project.
Kirobo, Earth’s first talking robot to go off world, is en route to the International Space Station - and its prime directive is to tackle loneliness.
The tiny humanoid-like machine […] is going to the station ahead of his new friend, astronaut Koichi Wakata. The electronic pal will meet and recognise the ‘naut when he arrives at the space laboratory. Kirobo, whose name is derived from the Japanese for “hope” and “robot”, and Wakata will then conduct the first human-robot discussions in space.
The robot, created by Tomotaka Takahashi of the University of Tokyo along with carmaker Toyota and advertiser Dentsu, is ultimately aimed at curbing loneliness by providing companionship.
"Nowadays, more and more people are living alone," the project’s website says. "It’s not just the elderly - with today’s changing lifestyles, it’s people of all ages. With a new style of robot-human interface, perhaps a way to solve this problem could be found. That is the goal we have in mind fo ...
take man versus dog, throw in some off beat humor, sprinkle a little cyborg on top, and you’ll get the (kick ass!) ending of this scifi short created by the animator who also brought you District 9. The excellent acting and cast doesn’t hurt either. AMP feels like a mini pilot for what could be a seriously entertaining tv series; it definitely left me wanting more.
Adam Marisett is an animator at The Embassy, having worked on District 9, Elysium, the Iron Man movies, and more. In AMP, he plays with his own characters in a cheesy but fun short set in a robot-filled future.
AMP has a proof-of-concept feel, and the best part is watching its titular robot in action. If only we got to watch the short’s final battle play out in full.
Watch this amazing video of a robotic dragonfly in flight. Mimicking the movement of nature’s original, this artificial construct uses a baffling assembly of mechanics and every cutting edge tech you can think of to loft on its wings. The slow motion footage is especially fascinating.
Dragonflies are clever fliers--they can hover, accelerate quickly, stop on a dime, glide, and even fly backwards. As Festo notes, "For the first time, there is a model that can master more flight conditions than a helicopter, plane and glider combined."
The robot is driven by nine servos, a battery, and an ARM microcontroller stowed in a flexible polyamide and terpolymer structure. The head and tail are moved by passing an electrical current through nitinol muscles. The computer controls the frequency (15-20 Hz), twisting (90 deg), and amplitude (50 deg) of its four carbon fiber and foil wings and, by taking in a constant stream of wing data and body position, corrects for vibration for stable flight indoors or out.