Robots

THROWBACK THURSDAY: 1940s-Era Domestic Robots

April 5, 2012
1940s-Era Domestic Robots

Rollo The Robut: A 1940s-era vision of the future where domestic robots were large, clumsy, and controlled by push-buttons and women were stupid.

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Product Design

January 15, 2012
Product Design

PBS explores three aspects of product design: build quality and engineering fundamentals, humanism and sustainability, and speculation on the future of the product experience.

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Foambot

November 12, 2011
Foambot - A Self-Assembling Robot

The Modular Robotics Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania has created a self-assembling robot from off-the-shelf insulation foam & modular components.

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Will Robots Take Our Jobs?

October 26, 2011

Dr. Michio Kaku speculates that in the near future, robots will be our fiercest competitors in the workplace. As more employers use artificial intelligence, any position involving repetition or rote memorization is at risk of extinction.

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Robonaut 2

August 23, 2011

Cutting-edge robots, recently unveiled by NASA and General Motors, will work next to humans on Earth and in space. Jorge Ribas reports on the twin machines dubbed Robonaut 2.

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Robotic Flight

August 9, 2011
Robotic Flight

Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot that flies like a seagull by, get this, flapping its wings. Amazing.

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