A three piece Japanese band featuring robots called Z-machines has teamed up with composer Squarepusher to create a five track album of songs only playable by the bands 78 fingered guitarist MACH, keyboard player COSMO and 22 armed drummer ASHURA.
MIT engineers John Romanishin and Kyle Gilpin have invented a new type of modular cube robot – the M-block – that can propel itself forward with the aid of a spinning internal 20,000rpm flywheel, leap, climb and snap using magnets onto other similar bots to form larger arrays. MIT News sez:
Inside each M-Block is a flywheel that can reach speeds of 20,000 revolutions per minute; when the flywheel is braked, it imparts its angular momentum to the cube. On each edge of an M-Block, and on every face, are cleverly arranged permanent magnets that allow any two cubes to attach to each other.
The most successful performance to date of Boston Dynamics’ Wildcat robot – funded by US military tech developer DARPA’s M3 programme – a wireless, free-roaming version of the headless Cheetah (which can run faster than Usain Bolt).
The prototype, which can bound, gallop, corner and reach a top speed of 16mph (25.7km/h), has a few minor teething troubles to sort out but should be ready to hunt down and kill all humans any day now.
If so, you may like one or both of these robo-related sci-fi shorts currently on the Vimeo staff picks list:
Tonight I Strike by Dan Gaud in which a big brother desperately tries to find his abducted little sister.
And Dr Easy by Shynola (the prologue of a planned feature film based on the novel ‘The Red Men’ by Matthew De Abaitua) in which a holed-up man with a gun is approached by a medical robot sent in to negotiate with him.