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Giant Spider in Yokohama May 19, 2009

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Built by French group La Machine, it can be seen in Yokohama as part of Expo Y150 commemorating the 150th anniversary of Yokohama port. I like how it farts out some kind of mist out of its spider butt and that 3 benign looking people operate it.Also seen in the background is Bastiaan Maris Large Hot Pipe Organ a MIDI-controlled propane-powered fire organ.

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Someone really should build a giant Godzilla to stomp around Japan though.

Via Shaun Fogarty!

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Tweenbots April 13, 2009

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Via Eric Paulos: An example of where cuteness may be better than intelligence in robot navigation strategies…

“ITP student Kacie Kinzer created a 10-inch smiling robot called a Tweenbot that can only go straight. For each journey Kacie would give the robot a destination and clearly label it. Given the obstacles in its way and lack of navigation or steering systems the expectation was that the robot would not make it. However the robot’s avoidance of the uncanny valley and clearly written goal helped it out. Humans would redirect the Tweenbot so it successfully reached its destination.”

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Sex Life of Robots April 8, 2009

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Still from The Sex Life of Robots

I am off gallivanting in NYC this week, hence my recent silence on the blog. I saw something at the museum of sex the other day that was just wonderfully dorky. Artist Michael Sullivan has created an awesomely creepy stop motion animation called The Sex Life of Robots. It is reminiscent of Svankmeyer or The Brothers Quay. There is also a short interview with him. Interestingly enough, according to Wired, youtube decided that his video was definitely NSFW, and booted it off. It seems like there are a few clips out there, still, and Wired was kind enough to repost it for the rest of us. Here are some stills from the movie plus explanations of his process and some great artist comments. Check it out.

CB2 – Emotional Robot April 7, 2009

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CB2 is a humanoid biomimetic robot with soft white skin can learn human emotions through observing facial expressions. It has also *learned* to walk pneumatically. They expect it to get up to the level of a chimp or baby in a few years. Pretty impressive and creepy at the same time though traditionally animistic Japan has less of an uncanny valley thing to get over believing things have ‘souls’.

Paparazzi Robots March 21, 2009

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Artist Ken Rinaldo‘s latest, Paparazzi Bots are three human-sized autonomous robots that know which people to take pictures of and which ones to ignore. Now the Internet famous have more opportunities to be taken down a notch or two when ignored by humans AND robots.

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Exoskeletons March 18, 2009

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Lockheed has come out with an exoskeleton based on Berkeley Bionics HULC.

Via SRL crew.