Robotics

Manufacture It Yourself

Evan Malone's open source Fab@home project to "freely distribute designs and software that allow anyone to build and operate their own open-architecture, multimaterial desktop Standard Freeform Fabricator" (SFF)

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Roll Your Own Droid

You can find a wealth of robot kits and parts on the Internet, as well as pre-assembled robots including a working model of C3PO's famous companion R2-D2. Hasbro's Industrial Automation claims to be “One of the largest droid manufacturing corporations in the galaxy,”

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Don’t Tase Me RoBro

You might be stunned to discover that iRobot is not a movie starring Will Smith, but is actually a Massachusetts-based company founded in 1990 that struck a deal last year with Taser International to mount stun weapons on its military robots. (Remember the plaintive cry, “Don’t tase me, bro” during a 2007 John Kerry speech?) But you might be even more shocked to learn that the De...

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Technological Oddities: Lonely Flyers & Social Warblers

Mac Montandon's Jetpack Dreams (Da Capo, $25.00, 272 pages) centers its propulsive pursuits around the solipsistic question, “Where's my jetpack?” An answer, no doubt unsatisfactory to those who also long for the flying car, can be found between the crevices of our cultural touchstones.

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Akhentek’s Music For Mind States

A moment of speculation, rooted in a study of universal trends: human history can be defined as development along any of numerous axes, but my preferred storyfor- our-species is of an advance in mind control technologies.

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Warren Ellis Takes It Past The Limit

Warren Ellis will, if pushed, write about ordinary people. Take “Crecy.” It’s a novella that details every horrible technique ordinary British people used to give two fingers to the French nobility -- especially the longbow.

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I Am Ironman!

Cyberdyne Corporation of Japan, in conjunction with Daiwa House, has begun mass production of a cybernetic bodysuit that augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold.

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Open Source Robotics Looks Better Than Ever

Where’s C3PO when we need him? Compared to many other aspects of advanced technology -- even compared to AI software technology, which isn’t exactly zooming along -- humanoid robotics seems to be advancing at a snail’s pace.

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