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Sadists at the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics are showing off their latest development in anthropomorphic appendages: a robotic hand that can take a beating from a baseball bat and still give you the middle finger (or a thumbs-up, we suppose).

Researchers apparently designed the limb to function like only a human hand can, and it seems they’ve done a decent job: it’s got five independently functioning fingers, sports 19 degrees of freedom (one less than the real deal), and can even snap them phalanges — oh no they didn’t! It’s also got the ability to exert a force of 30 newtons from its fingertips. Read the rest of this entry »


10 Of The Fastest, Biggest and Coolest RC Vehicles On The Planet

  • Author: admin
  • Filed under: Robots
  • Date: Mar 17,2010

I know we generally tend to think of Radio Controlled (RC) cars as simply toys, ultimately designed for kids to play with.

Well some people take their RC vehicles pretty seriously, and they definitely have some cool vehicles to change the way you think of RC.

Today we are taking a look at some of the Fastest, Biggest and Coolest RC vehicles on the planet. Read the rest of this entry »


Talk about specialised: the Asahi Beerbot aka the Robocco

Looking like a mix between good ol’ R2D2, a lamp and a golf ball, here comes the Robocco from Asahi.
As you might have guessed from the title, this robot’s only task is related to beer: it should take one out of its belly, open it, and pour it in a mug. And this is what it does.

Initially only available as a prize for a contest, it is now on sale at CScout Japan.

It can hold a sixpack (of standard cans) in its refrigerating belly.
At the press of a button, a can will be lifted, opened and poured into the mug.
The whole operation will be accompanied by incessant nagging and lots of text on its display.

Click on for some more data and for a video of it in action.

The ‘used, but in perfect condition’ robots are available for $800 (add $100 for insured delivery). The price is steep, for a device that only does one thing (and it doesn’t even do it good), but think of how rare it is.

Here are some features:

  1. can be loaded with 6 cans
  2. programmable voices (really, the one in the video is SO annoying)
  3. child protection (funny, this whole robot is here to cater for your inner child)
  4. auto-cleaning mode

You’ll see by the length of the video that it takes an eternity to get your beer poured. As if this wasn’t enough, the operation is accompanied by robot sounds, lights and that incessant voice.. And to top all of it, the beer will get a huge head.

No, not good.. I’d rather see the beer launching fridge available for sale.