Mark Geary writes:
Robots doing parkour…
The MIT Biomimetics Robotics department unleashes its pack of frisky miniature cheetah quadruped robots – each weighing about 9kg and capable of all manner of not-yet-killing-all-humans-but-let’s-face-it-its-just-a-matter-of-time shenanigans.
Robotics.ovh by Gerard Ferrandez.
Take control of a roomful of adjustably jointed dancing robots, you say?
If you’re feeling especially frisky, you can even muck about with the underlying code here.
Sugar-coated robo-goodness by artist Eric Joyner.
From an exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery in LA this month (if you’re passing).
A short by Michael Marczewski. To wit:
…a group of little autonomous robots performing a range of repetitive functions, driven by mechanical devices. But as the mechanisms mercilessly start getting faster and faster, things take a turn for the worse for the helpless robots.
A Fusion edit of 100 years of robots in the movies from André Deed’s The Mechanical Man (1921) to Chris Nolan’s Interstellar (2014).
Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films’ absurdist clip featuring giant wind-up robots going about their business of the streets of the Argentinian capital.
Music: Going Up In The Country by Canned Heat
Cheaply-purchased robots rebooted to dance in time to Jingle Bells?
The machines are apparently “enhanced with intelligence” inserted by ‘boffins’ [led by Dr Emanuel Popovici and Dr Michele Magno (yes) of University College of Cork’s Electronic Engineering department.
Dr Popovoci and Dr Magno were inspired by the challenge laid down by Joanne O’Riordan at the UN to the scientific community to build better robots.
Tom McCarthy of UCC sez:
Due to the wide variety of disabilities, special customised interfaces are needed for each person based on their individual situation. The complexity of building such systems can vary according to the level of disability, and can become very expensive as a result. These factors can limit drastically the access to toys.
The team is working on developing [affordable] toys that will respond to a range of biosignals, like the movement of eyes or the slight tap of fingers, in collaboration with colleagues from France, Switzerland and Romania.
The ‘Intelligent Interfaces for Interacting with Toys’ (i3-Toys) project is composed of students from Electronics, Applied Psychology, Education, Computer Science and Medicine at UCC and include Fiona Edwards-Murphy, Alex Jaeger, Tadhg Lambe, Andrea Zagoneanu (Occupational Therapy) and Merissa Bradley.
Filmed by Stephen Bean
A short about ‘things we don’t need governed by entities we don’t control’ animated with adorable Japanese robot kits by commercial VFX studio Big Lazy Robot.
More minimalist japery from Fabian Gzlez’s Flickr photostream.
This time it’s robots, androids and mechas. And since the Gzlez hasn’t yet posted the solution, you’ll have to mark your own papers.
Previously: Minimal Villainy