Bibo, wonderful animated short film about a lonely robot, a year in the making – a sort of modern-day, sadder version of Pixar’s groundbreaking 1986 classic Luxo Jr.

(thanks/via: explore-blog)

Atlas Update (by BostonDynamics)

Atlas is an anthropomorphic robot designed to operate on rough terrain. The video shows Atlas balancing as it walks on rocky terrain and when pushed from the side. The balance and control system places the feet and swings the arms and upper body to stay upright. The controller uses inertial, kinematic and load data from Atlas’s sensors. Atlas is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA’s M3 program. For more information visit www.BostonDynamics.com

Tech fashion from Canadian designer Ying Gao.  Read more: Fashion X Technology: Ying Gao from Cool Hunting

"I like to think that my garments are not gadgets, but rather design objects that have been extensively reflected upon and have a conceptual and aesthetic ‘life’ corresponding to their technological mission."
For one of her latest creations, “Incertitudes 2,” Gao was inspired by the sounds a dressmaker’s pins make when moved on a fitting mannequin. The technology-driven garments were the result of a collaboration with interactive artist Simon Laroche, who came on to design the robotics. The sound-activated garments are comprised of metallic pins that move with a curious sense of fluidly in response to ambient noise or voices.

(thanks/via: Cool Hunting)

Tech fashion from Canadian designer Ying Gao.  Read more: Fashion X Technology: Ying Gao from Cool Hunting

"I like to think that my garments are not gadgets, but rather design objects that have been extensively reflected upon and have a conceptual and aesthetic ‘life’ corresponding to their technological mission."

For one of her latest creations, “Incertitudes 2,” Gao was inspired by the sounds a dressmaker’s pins make when moved on a fitting mannequin. The technology-driven garments were the result of a collaboration with interactive artist Simon Laroche, who came on to design the robotics. The sound-activated garments are comprised of metallic pins that move with a curious sense of fluidly in response to ambient noise or voices.

(thanks/via: Cool Hunting)

Bonobo - ‘Cirrus’ (Official Video) (by Ninja Tune)

This is a trip-happy video with a backward glace toward mid-century advertising.  It includes robots too.

When Mannequins Move

A department store in Japan used Kinect technology to create a new kind of marionette: one directed not (just) by strings and human will, but by strings and human will and interactive technology. 

Robotic window display.  Cool.

(thanks/via: theatlanticvideo)

(via theatlantic)

(thanks/via: theatlantic)

(thanks/via: theatlantic)

'Penguin-cam' gets up close and personal, A Sneak Peak Of The 'Penguin Cam' (by 13jaipals13)

Wildlife producer John Downer demonstrates how he and his team went about making a documentary about penguins.

In order to get close to them he deployed 50 special cameras disguised as rocks, eggs and penguins.

Pretty cool robotics including penguins capable of swimming with penguins for up close and personal shots.

(thanks/via: Petapixel)

Eric Smalls: Dear Mr. President video from Obama for America

Robotics can motivate!  Forward to the polls.

(thanks/via BarackObama.com and YouTube)

DARPA’s goal is to build a robot capable of completing an obstacle course that would challenge an able-bodied human, says Will Oremus at Slate. Although Pet-Proto completes the tasks successfully, he ambles over impediments kind of like “a drunken sailor.”

Meet the Pet-Proto: The U.S. military’s clumsy humanoid rescue robot

(thanks/via: theweekmagazine)


The Curiosity Rover Spins Its Wheel
[Image: NASA]

NASA and JPL are so good for a robotics fix!
(thanks/via: theatlantic)

The Curiosity Rover Spins Its Wheel

[Image: NASA]

NASA and JPL are so good for a robotics fix!

(thanks/via: theatlantic)

Movement synchronization of a group of Nao’s (by AldebaranRobotics)

MIT Researchers programmed a group of humanoid robots from Aldebaran Robotics to dance in unison to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” by sensing their environment and coordinating their movements through a central server — rather than trying to awkwardly follow one another directly. This way, even if a robot gets out of step, it can catch up with its peers by communicating with the hub. Bacteria and some insects employ a similar technique called quorum sensing.  (source)

(thanks/via: The Week

Passive Walking Robot Propelled By Its Own Weight (by Diginfonews)

(thanks/via: CubeMe)