Real Life Robots #2: A New Chinese Contender, FutureWise

Credit: MegaBots Inc               A new robot has emerged in the world of giant fighting robots. MegaBots posted a video to their YouTube channel showing the company FutureWise and their robot, xx21. They demonstrate its weapons, maneuverability and moving its arms. I wanted a more thorough demonstration to see how it would work in a battle…

MegaBots Kickstarter Cancelled?

Credit: MegaBots Inc MegaBots has been up to some pretty interesting ventures in the past 2 weeks. They’ve been testing their new weapons, a knife and spear, as well as sparing robots against each other for fun and fans. Credit: MegaBots Inc          Hydraulic fluid for everyone; bring a bucket and tell your friends. But that…

RoboDrill

I found this article on the recent robot duel which had information that I hadn’t heard of before regarding the future of the robot fighting league MegaBots imagines. A modification they want to make to the robots is to standardize the cockpits and make them safer while another is to create modular parts which would…

Eagle Prime vs. Kuratas: Aftermath

I just watched the Eagle Prime vs. Kuratas bout and my feelings are a bit mixed. On the one hand the first round was disappointing but the second round was very engaging. The best way to describe the fighting for those about to watch would be as follows. If you’re expecting fast paced action then…

Eagle Prime vs. Kuratas

Credit: MegaBots Inc The original gentlemanly declaration to engage in mechanized melee.    The time we have all eagerly waited for has finally arrived and the wait has been sweetened with every sneak peak and shot of vehicular carnage. Billed as the “World’s First Giant Robot Fight”, the upcoming bout (will there be rounds?) between…

Automated #2: Self-Driving Delivery – A Mechanical Menagerie Special Issue

Credit: TODAY    Another job may be on its way out at Domino’s. The company collaborated with Ford to produce a self-driving car for the purposes of delivering pizzas without a driver. It’s currently being deployed in Ann Arbor, Michigan where their headquarters are located and is being tested before the program is expanded. When the…

Automation

This is a catalog of all the companies involved in the automation trend as well as the steps they are changing and what they are doing. The steps are divided into 1) ordering food 2) making food 3) giving the food to the customer. Automated is a process where robots do everything, Partial is a…

The Real Life Robots

I will be keeping a running list here of all the robots that I’ve cataloged for easy access if you’d like to see how many there are. The main difference between robotic technologies, which I have separated, is that I’m looking for fully functioning, autonomous machines capable of interacting with the world. That is the…

Real Life Robots – A Mechanical Menagerie Special Series

These are supposed to be only Real Life Robots articles but for the sake of ease these robot related articles will go here. Real Life Robots #2: A New Chinese Contender, FutureWise FutureWise: invented the giant robot xx21 MegaBots Kickstarter Cancelled? Iron Glory vs. Eagle Prime MegaBots Kickstarter, launched and failed Book A Ride RoboDrill…

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #1: New Technology

Voodoo Manufacturing Voodoo Manufacturing is an automated 3-D printing factory. Few humans needed. Imagine shelves and shelves filled with 3-D printing machines. Their website presents the process in the following order: Submit a design or have one made for you 1-10,000 parts will be manufactured within 24 hours Let’s all wait for the inevitable armies…

Voodoo Manufacturing

Voodoo Manufacturing is an automated 3-D printing factory. Few humans needed. Imagine shelves and shelves filled with 3-D printing machines. Their website presents the process in the following order: Submit a design or have one made for you 1-10,000 parts will be manufactured within 24 hours Let’s all wait for the inevitable armies of warrior…