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Jan 30, 2013

A Woodworking Robot that Carves Furniture with a Chainsaw

For Passagen 2013 (Interior Design Week in Cologne), Berlin-based company Echtwald has teamed up wit Kkaarrlls to create this: a robot who cuts stackable stools from tree trunks with a chainsaw.

Is there more that needs to be said? Well, yeah, actually...   

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May 09, 2012

How To Spice Up a Dull Landscape Painting: Put a Monster On It

created at: 05/09/2012

Slate reports of an emerging, curious inspiration phenomenon shared among diverse artists. Upon spying dated landscapes gathering dust in stacks in thrift stores and antique shops, likely never being sold but for their frames. A collection of artists have all independently come to the same conclusion about what’s missing: monsters.   

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Apr 02, 2012

The Originals Factory: A Paint-Dripping Robot that Makes Abstract Paintings

The Originals Factory is a work by Tel Aviv-based artists Liat Segal & Assaf Talmudi. It's essentially "a DIY robot, built and programmed to create landscape paintings in the style of American abstract expressionism." This work-in-progress seeks to fuse together and "[question] digital, mechanic and plastic approaches to art, abstraction and originality."

Click play to watch a video of these thing in action:  

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Mar 26, 2012

Video: Artist Builds Drawing Bot Out of Hacked Turntables

created at: 03/26/2012

Robert Howsare, an MFA student in printmaking at Ohio University, built his latest work "Drawing Apparatus" out of two garage sale turntables and an various bits of wood and hardware. The results look like the old

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Aug 23, 2011

Alternate Histories Tell Real Story of Famous Events with Zombies, Aliens, Monsters, and Robots

Pittsburgh, PA-based Alternate Histories have decided to make famous events a bit more interesting by coming clean...about the fact that there were monsters and all sorts of crazy creatures present at the time. That's why they're famous events.

Portraying such events as The Defeat of General Frankenstein at Bunker Hill and The 1932 Zombie Killing Games in Los Angeles, Alernate Histories is a

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Jul 01, 2011

LEGO Breakfast Robot Makes Tasty Pancakes!

If you thought PeeWee Herman's Rube Goldberg breakfast machine was impressive, check this thing out.

The Pancake Bot is built from LEGO bricks and gears, and uses air pressure to deliver pancake batter to the griddle in all kinds of designs.

See it in action in this video:        

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May 10, 2011

Death to All Humans! Robots Violating their Orders (Video)

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Popular culture is filled with killer robots, most famously The Terminator. Unpopular culture, science fiction novels, are filled with all sorts of robots.

Isaac Asimov, in his years of writing science fiction, wrote a lot about robots. He wrote so much about robots he ended up having a series of laws about how robots should and would function. They go a little something like this:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Not too bad. I would have put in a fourth law about robots needing to look super cool, and always have guns for arms, but what do I know? I will say this. So far, deep into the future years of the 2000s, i have not seen one frightening robot... until today.  

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Mar 28, 2011

Tea Robot

created at: 03/28/2011

There are few things in life that just are just so right that you think they were made for you.

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Dec 20, 2010

Steampunk R2-D2 Made from Recycled Materials

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UK artist Amoebaboy has created what's not only my favorite R2D2 DIY project, but my favorite Steampunk one as well!  

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Oct 19, 2010

MakerLegoBot is Made of Lego, and Makes Things Out of Lego

created at: 10/19/2010

Which came first? The Lego-Created MakerLegoBot, or the MakerLegoBot Lego-Creation?

Engadget reports, "The machine takes input from a PC running MLCAD, a sort of industrial design tool for blocknauts, and then churns out anything you like -- so long as it is comprised of 1x2, 2x2, 3x2, 4x2, and 8x2 bricks. These are fed by the machine and methodically placed in exact position, as shown in the video below."  

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Aug 30, 2010

Free Download: Papercraft Robot Skull

For years, Noah from Skull-A-Day has been offering this great free, downloadable papercraft skull . Recently, he gave the outline a fun robot skin that plays with the balance between technology and nature.  

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May 17, 2010

50 Downloadable Papercraft Robots

created at: 05/17/2010

Botropolis has assembled this massive collection of papercraft robots that you can download, print, cut and assemble. I love projects like this because they're active and crafty, but the inspiration is built-in and they don't require tons of materials and time.

created at: 05/17/2010

Bots include everything from retro atomic imagery to characters from classic sci-fi movies to contemporary takes on mechanical mans - there's even one featuring President Obama!

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May 14, 2010

Smartphone-Powered Lego Robot Can Solve Rubik's Cube Faster than Anyone*

*Well, almost anyone, as the current record holder can solve one in under 20 seconds.

Motorola Droid Lego Robot Solves A Rubik's Cube Faster Than You CanBUT, this Motorola Droid-power Lego robot can solve on in 25 seconds, which is less time than it takes me to remember how to SPELL Rubik's Cube (Hint: there's no C...)

"he Mindstorms robot was programmed using a Motorola Droid, which runs on an Arm A8 processor clocked at 550MHz, to show the speed of their chips. A specially-built app takes a photo of the cube's side facing the camera, with the commands being sent to the Mindstorms robot over Bluetooth."

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Feb 24, 2010

Barbots 2010! Cocktail Making Robots for the Classy Geek

ManMade reader Stephen sent in this heads-up on an awesome sound festival that happened last week: BarBot 2010, a cocktail party served by RoboBartenders. Imagine the soundtrack - a little 8-bit bossa nova? Some Switched-On Esquivel! or Moog-y Martin Denny?

"BarBot is a celebration of cocktail culture and man-machine interface. Get a drink from an actual robot. Chat up a snarky electronic bartender. Listen to some graceful tunes being played by robotic music makers. And, after downing your sixth martini, you can finally admit that it’s the geeks who shall inherit the earth."

It seems like the original cocktail making robot fest is Roboexotica in Germany, where the robots above and below - Hobot and Bar2D2-  were featured.http://www.roboexotica.com/images1/Bar2D2--JamiePrice.jpg  

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