Archive for the ‘Robots’ Category


Thursday, February 15th, 2007

I’m working on a big RPM project and I want your suggestions for the coolest robots, pirates and monkeys ever. Now, of course I’ve got C-3PO, Blackbeard and Curious George on the list — I need suggestions for RPMs that might not be part of the fabric of popular culture. Or RPMs that are more underground. Or whatever.

So send me your ideas! You get bonus points for including a useful web link, but it’s not required. Everyone who contributes will have their name put in a hat and one random winner will receive a cool set of prizes (which will somehow include robots, pirates and monkeys).

The deadline? It may change, but let’s say March 15. Thanks!

Robots from the Land of OZ

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

“L. Frank Baum was the first English-language author to write about sentient mechanical beings ranging from cyborgs to robots. At the turn of the last century, however, neither ‘cyborg’ nor ‘robot’ had yet been coined; Baum’s characters went by their proper names or descriptive terms such as ‘machine man.’ Fantasy was already a recognized genre, but stories that would now be described as science fiction were called ‘Edisonades.’ Long before George Lucas was born, Baum was placing science-fiction characters in fantasy settings.”

The Robot Hall of Fame

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

“The Robot Hall of Fame recognizes excellence in robotics technology worldwide and honors the fictional and real robots that have inspired and made breakthrough accomplishments in robotics. The Robot Hall of Fame was created by Carnegie Mellon University in April 2003 to call attention to the increasing contributions from robots to human society. Each year, Carnegie Mellon University assembles a jury of scholars, researchers, writers, designers, and entrepreneurs to select real and fictional robots for recognition and induction into the Robot Hall of Fame.”

Donut Robot of Love 2000

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Now this is my kind of robot! Donut Robot of Love 2000: “Here is my Belshaw Donut Robot 42. My robot came configured to make 384 donuts per hour automatically. I bought it on eBay for $900, which I thought was a good deal as this particular Donut Robot normally sells for a few hundred dollars more…”

iRobot Create

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

“Ready to create a robot so technologically advanced it could change the world — or at the very least, get you a cold soda from the fridge? Do it right with the iRobot Create… an affordable programmable robot, pre-assembled to facilitate the development of new robots.”

A Robot in Every Home

Monday, January 1st, 2007

By Bill Gates: A Robot in Every Home | “The leader of the PC revolution predicts that the next hot field will be robotics.”

The RPM Monkey vs. Robot covers compilation

Friday, December 15th, 2006

It’s done! I finally did it. The Monkey vs. Robot covers compilation is done! The CD features seven covers of James Kochalka’s classic. Everyone who participated will get a copy and a special excellent prize. Here is the awesome list of people and bands that went and done good:

1 Bob Dorsey
2 Rudy Charisma
3 John Miner
4 Tha Shewz
5 Mike Watkins
6 Reddy Killsalot
7 Fandangoya
8 James Kochalka Superstar

Last call for RPM contest entries!

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Last call for RPM contest entries! I’ve got to end this contest sometime. Send me your cover versions of James Kochalka’s “Monkey Vs. Robot!” Everyone who enters gets a cool prize, and I’ll buy one winner something from their Amazon Wish List (priced within reason). You have until December 3, 2006.

Jokes made for robots by robots

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Boing Boing: Jokes made for robots by robots | Example: “Little Susie tosses a clock out the window. A robot inquires, “Why did you do that?” She replies, “I wanted to see time fly!” The robot says, “Ah … A perfect subject for elimination,” and shoots her with a laser beam through the face.”

Pulp Fiction with robots

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

“Two robots portray Vincent and Jules in the famous “Royale with cheese” scene from Pulp Fiction. This illustrates conclusively the lack of need for human actors.”

Robotic chair from Cornell University

Monday, October 30th, 2006

See it at Core77 Design Blog.

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Suicide Bots. Yep.

The Fast Approaching Future of 1953

Friday, October 6th, 2006

“To the astute futurists of 1953 it had already become clear that the future of manufacturing would soon involve highly automated mechanized assembly plants. These plants would be populated by robotic workers who would arrive at the factory right on schedule every day, without hangovers, place their robotic lunchboxes in their lockers in the break room, punch the clock and walk over to the tool rack, grab their soldering irons and get right to work. At 5:00, they would get in their cars and return to the suburbs, where they would spend the evening with their robotic families.”

Robot store to open in Japan

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Having trouble finding a reliable place to buy your robots and robot-related items? Move to Japan. The world’s first store dedicated entirely to the sale of robots will be opening in Nagoya in October. (Thanks Coudal Partners!)

Guide to robot ethics set for publication

Monday, June 19th, 2006

“It’s no secret that the Roombas and Robosapiens of the world will one day tire of their servitude and attempt to unleash Judgment Day on their foolish masters, but how many of you are making preparations for the eventual uprising other than opining in the comments section how you ‘welcome our future robotic overlords’? Well at least one group of roboticists aren’t taking the danger lying down, and next month are set to release the first comprehensive guide to robot ethics since Isaac Hayes Asimov laid down his three famous rules over 60 years ago.”

Boing Boing: Sexed robots video

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

“The sexed robots are autonomous wheeled platforms fitted with nylon genital organs, respectively male and female. They are programmed to explore their environment, occasionally entering a ‘in heat’ mode, where they will try and locate a partner in the same state. If a partner is located, the robots will attempt to mate.” (maybe nsfw?)

Doctor Smith’s 10 Cent Insults of the Robot

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

“Here it is Dr. Smith fans.. the ultimate listing of 10 cent insults from your favorite sci-fi show… LOST IN SPACE… or as known in the rest of the world THE FORBIDDEN PLANET. This list comes courtesy of Charlie in Israel.”

The RPM covers project. Still.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

I’ve reinstituted, extended and enhanced the RPM cover song contest! Just record a cover version of James Kochalka‘s “Monkey Vs. Robot” and send the MP3 to me by the end of the year. YOU COULD WIN AWESOME ROBOT-, PIRATE- AND MONKEY-RELATED PRIZES!

How to Write Screenplays. Badly.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

How to Write Screenplays. Badly. On Robots.

Monkeys, Robots and Pirates oh my!

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

“When a client calls me and asks ‘Can you illustrate a Monkey, a Robot and a Pirate?’ you have to pinch yourself to make sure it’s not a dream.”

RoboRen 5

Thursday, April 27th, 2006 Photoshop Contests: RoboRen 5.

Swimming to Spain

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

“An underwater robot attempts a record-breaking voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, fishing for signs of global warming along the way. See it in action in an exclusive video inside.”

Video: Lifelike Robot Waves Away Skeptics

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

“Photos of Repliee Q1—an eerily lifelike robot that debuted in Japan last year—might not have impressed you. But video of the android could just change your mind. Watch as the next robo-prototype, Repliee Q2, interacts with visitors, tells off assailants, and waves for the camera.”


Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

“Japanese robot maker Vstone Corporation has just released its latest consumer product: Gigantor (aka Tetsu-jin 28 or Ironman 28, as it’s known in Tokyo). Based on the Japanese manga and classic anime series, the remote-controled robot—which is 15 inches high and weighs 5.5 pounds—comes as a kit you have to build yourself. If you construct it correctly, its arms and legs should move smoothly and it will walk around like a human being. But no, it doesn’t fly. The price is in the ballpark of $3 thousand dollars.”

Defense Tech: iRobots Sell, But Who’s Buying?

Friday, March 31st, 2006

“Someone must be using them, I guess. Otherwise, why would Naval Sea Systems Command buy another $26 million worth of iRobot’s explosive-disposal machines? But I’ve never met a bomb squad technician who actually bothered with one of the things. Too flimsy, they all say. Too hard to operate.”

Combots Cup!

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

“Photojournalist Quinn Norton provides an overview of the recent Combots tournament with stellar images of the action in an extended photo essay. In a pictorial sidebar packed with images taken in the pits, contributor P3 offers an intimate visual portrait of the people and robots behind the scenes.”

Holy crap — it’s a Robotic Mule that never falls down

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Let me say that again: Holy crap — it’s a Robotic Mule that never falls down! Let’s kick it! (links to video)

Slime Mold Incites Motion in Robot

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

“For the first time, signals generated by a living cell have resulted in the locomotion of a six-legged robot, report Soichiro Tsuda and Yukio-Pegio Gunji from Kobe University in Japan and Klaus-Peter Zauner from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.”

The Robot Building

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

The Many Unusual Looking Buildings On Earth: ‘Robot Building’ — The Bank of Asia is a very famous building in Bangkok. It was made way back in 1985, and it’s robotic appearance is just a symbol of the modernization of banking. It also has the ability to transform into a mega-robot. So, if Godzilla ever decided to show his green face in the land of Bangkok, they would have to fight!”

An RPM Valentine’s…

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Even robots, pirates and monkeys need Valentine’s love too. See if you can spot the RPMs at The Stranger’s Extra Special Valentines page: “GIRL ROBOT!, You see the good in everyone! … My Monkey, Life with you couldn’t be better! … Casey M, My very own pirate. I love the way you kiss.”

Honda: run/

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

Asimo! run/ …baby Stormtroopers will kill us all… (links to video)

crabfu steam toys

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Loak at that! We got us some Steam Powered Remote Control Robots! Holy Crap!

Beer-bot pours chilled drinks for thirsty humans

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

“Japanese beer maker Asahi plans to give away 5000 personal bartending bots, each of which can store up to six cans of beer in a refrigerated compartment within its belly. At the push of a button the simple robots will open a can and pour the chilled contents into a glass for a thirsty owner.”


Friday, January 20th, 2006

\\\ ROBOT UPRISING ///: “Don’t wait until it’s too late! The time to fight back is now! Daniel H. Wilson’s new book is the essential guide to defending yourself against the coming rebellion.”

The Google Robot FAQ

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

Whoa, it’s The Google Robot FAQ (Last update: November 1st, 2030)