Succulent-Saving Six-Legged Robots

Adapted from the robot HEXA, developed by Beijing-based technology company Vincross, this moving flower pot prototype not only holds small succulent plants, it changes locations to address whether a plant has too little or too much sunlight. In addition to scuttling, it dances if the plant needs water and swipes at people passing by. Vincross CEO Tianqi Sun explains that the robot was developed in …

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1. Japanese Robots Capable of Building a Moon Colony Japanese start-up ispace has a lunar rover in flight-ready form. It’s an 8.3-pound machine composed of a durable carbon-fiber body, dynamic wheels and multiple cameras. The machine has been designed to stow equipment, with the end game being development of civilization on the moon. ispace believes they can populate the planet, and build a parallel society …

Robot Chefs at Boston’s Spyce Restaurant

Billed as the world’s first restaurant featuring a robotic kitchen that cooks complex, customizable meals, Boston’s Spyce utilizes seven automated cooking pots in place of chefs. These devices can deliver complicated, primarily vegetarian, meals in roughly three minutes. The system was developed by MIT robotics engineers, including restaurant co-founder Michael Farid. His partner happens to be Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud. It’s worth noting that Spyce …

Japanese Robots Capable of Building a Moon Colony

Japanese start-up ispace has a lunar rover in flight-ready form. It’s an 8.3-pound machine composed of a durable carbon-fiber body, dynamic wheels and multiple cameras. The machine has been designed to stow equipment, with the end game being development of civilization on the moon. ispace believes they can populate the planet, and build a parallel society where people in spacesuits can live. They refer to …

Loomo, the Mobile Robot Sidekick from Segway

On Indiegogo now, an electronic companion with advanced computer vision, carrying capabilities and an expressive personality

A visual analysis of Loomo gives quite a bit away. First, its wheels and connective feet-platform nods to its parent company, Segway Robotics, which makes sense as Loomo is a personal, self-balancing transporter itself. But when you look Loomo in the face, or screen, something else is evident: personality. The robot has an emotion engine, powering lighthearted expressions that are actually quite endearing. Everything in …