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Top Ten Weird yet Cool Robot Stories in the Past Year

Posted 9 Jul 2008 at 00:48 UTC (updated 9 Jul 2008 at 10:44 UTC) by The Swirling Brain Share This

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The Swirling Brain's Top ten really weird yet cool robot stories in the past year.

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10. Oral Rehabilitition Robot
Everyone knows you don't take the mask off the Lone ranger and you don't mess around with Jim. But what happens if you mess around with Jim? You might need to go to an orthodontist for some more teeth, but then you might also have to get an appointment with the Waseda Asahi Oral Rehabilitation Robot. Of course, if your mouth is OK, you may just want to get an appointment with the WAO-1 for your regular facial beauty massage.

9. Are RoboDragonflies Monitoring Political Events?
Could it be that the government is using aerial dragonfly robots to spy on you? Probably not, but could be! Some people think so. Should we be worried? Naw! ...or should we?

8. Electronic Nose Update
You smell! No really, most of us do. Robots on the other hand usually can't smell anything unless they have an electronic nose. Developments now allow conducting polymers to differentiate between several classes of odors. Although probably not as good as a human nose, or an oyster or a dog, it does at least smell and probably detects some odors too.

7. Origami using Surgery Robot
How much would you pay for a surgical robot? But wait! Now, how much would you pay if that surgical robot could make tiny origami swans no bigger than a penny? Me neither but hey, it's cool! It's unclear if the robot is autonomous (I don't think it is) but it's really amazing. Check out the video.

6. Talk To The Swami For Only 75 Grand!
I've heard it said that the first lady Mrs. Reagan used to talk to a wacko psychic before Ron's every big presidential decision. No telling how much she paid for that service, but I'm guessing it wasn't cheap. She could have gotten off relatively cheap by purchasing and using a robotic Swami for only $75k! No really, a robotic Swami! I didn't make it up. Truth is stranger than fiction.

5. Machine Vision Based on a Cat Brain
Why someone would want machine vision based on a cat's brain rather than a human brain is beyond me, but that's what these guys are trying to do! It's probably the precursor to human vision but it just seems a weird precursor to human vision. Like how do they sense what cat brains see? No, never mind, don't tell me.

4. French Robot Gives Birth
I suppose a birthing simulator is not all that weird but what's weird is the detail to which this birthing simulator recreates a woman's pelvis and a baby. This simulator is like the ultimate simulator, like a really expensive one you would see designed for a jumbo jet aircraft (no similarities to jumbo ladies)! It even moves the baby along the ahem canal just as a real baby would move. It also senses and records the pressure on the baby presumably to tell if the doctor operating the simulator is doing the birthing procedure correctly. It's really mind blowing to think someone went to this extreme to make a birthing simulator robot. It's probably one really sick dude.

3. Dicing Arthur Dent's Brain
Is it possible to reverse engineer the human brain? No, I didn't think so either, but that's the goal of this ambitious project. Already, they've found out some really cool stuff about the human brain by looking at thin icky slices but still they have their jobs cut out. What if someone could reverse engineer your brain? Would you want that? Probably not, unless you were already dead. Just think about it.

2. David Byrne Teams up with Hanson's Talking Head
What happens when you get two beautiful minds and you put them together? One makes strange uncanny heads and creepy Philip K. Dick androids. The other is a strange music spewing head. Hey, I think they're a little strange from what they do but I also think they're cool for what they do. You may disagree. But, what do you get when you bring android maker and music maker together? Singing androids of course! Then they call it art. They say it's non-traditional art. Really, shrug.

1. Zoltan and His Robot Girlfriend
I'm not sure this can be categorized as cool, more like creepy, but this guy named Zoltan (creepy name) actually married a robot. Is this a first? Is this legal in California or wherever he lives? We do know he lives with his parents. That's got to tell you something. Imagine what kind of parents let their son named Zoltan be married to a girlfriend robot. Well, yes, tis weird, and since it's probably a first, it's sort of cool, not that I'd do it or anything. Blech!


Trapped Zoltan dicer is French..., posted 9 Jul 2008 at 02:41 UTC by Rog-a-matic » (Master)

Nice list Mr Brain. And I like they 'engadget' way you have pointed back to ourselves invoking temporary trapped browser syndrome :) At least at Robots.net you can actually click on to another site eventually!

Award for stupidest goes to #1, for sure, good call.

Award for possible usefulness would be #3, the brain slicer/dicer. Maybe by Christmas they will have the Brain-Shooter!

And, leave it to the French for #4!

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