A bunch of cool robot vids have shown up in the last few days, so I thought I'd toss 'em all up for you to enjoy since it's Friday and you're probably not going to be doing anything especially productive anyway.
Microsoft Surface is one of the coolest interfaces I've ever tried, and it makes one heck of a robot control system:
[ Microsoft Research ] via [ Engadget ]
You may think of research robots as tools (and even as simply a means to an end), but they think of you as a friend:
This film by David Lu, which premiered at the Robot Film Festival last month, reminds us all: be nice to your robots. They love you.
[ Researchin' ]
While celebrities agree that science in general is pretty cool, they also agree robots are by far the coolest. Two things: how do I get this song as a ring tone, and who the heck is this "Justin Bieber" fella?
According to the Facebook page, "i.am. FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll" is a back-to-school special that blends entertainment, science, technology, AND ROBOTS. And also lack of understanding about period use, it looks like. You can tune in on ABC this Sunday at 7, and "Justin Bieber" will apparently also be involved, for whatever that's worth.
[ FIRST Robotics ]
Evan Ackerman is a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. Since 2007, he has written over 6,000 articles on robotics and technology. He has a degree in Martian geology and is excellent at playing bagpipes.