Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme

Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme

Autonomous robot quadrotors perform an impressive rendition of the “James Bond Theme” in this video released today by the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab. The video premiered earlier today at a TED2012 talk presented by roboticist and GRASP Lab member Vijay Kumar. The video was directed by Kurtis Sensenig.

via Boing Boing

(Via Laughing Squid.)

Model rocket launches when fish bites the hook

Model rocket launches when fish bites the hook


Mayor Mike says:

This week, I outfitted my ice fishing sledge with a rattle-reel, a super-sketchy homebrew detonator (the trigger involves a guitar pick) and a launch pad. Now, I know when a fish bites because a rocket launches.

No one lost a hand today, but we did lose 2 rockets.

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(Via Boing Boing.)

Dust Ball Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Dust Ball Robot Vacuum Cleaner

The Dust Ball by Dave Hakkens takes robotic vacuums to the next level. Punt your vacuum and clean at the same time.

Dust Ball is a robot vacuum cleaner designed for public spaces. There are a lot of robot vacuum cleaners on the market designed for households. However they are fragile and not made to go over any cables, thresholds etc. This one had to be strong, industrial, flexible. However I did not want to give it an industrial/robot appearance.

Inspired by a hamster ball, I came up with Dust Ball. Usually there is no interaction with a robot vacuum. I created a little friend just rolling around and which you could push or kick in a direction to clean. It’s had no trouble with cables or anything like that. It’s strong and when it rolls before your feet you just kick it out of the way.

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The Dust Ball comes complete with its very own charging dock.

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Enjoy wireless charging for added convenience.

via Yanko Design

(Via Laughing Squid.)