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We’ve all seen articles detailing remote controling insects via electric pulse systems on their nervous centers. A paper that we uncovered from last year (thanks NVDH), however, details the beginnings of a new kind of remote controlled moth. Hold on to your hats, because this is about to get complicated. Basically, it all started when…

Festo is officially my new favorite company, supplanting Gama-Go even with their squid wallets. With a seemingly limitless budget to create non-commercially viable robots, Festo is run by Morgan Freeman, who now goes exclusively by the moniker Lucius Fox. As if flying death jellyfish weren’t enough, Festo now brings us flying death penguins… Death March…

Built by the French performing arts group “La Machine” for Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture program a few weeks back, the giant arachnid reaches 15 meters tall and weighs 37 tons. Built from both steel and wood, it utlizes a hydraulic system to move all spider-like and is operated by 12 people all sitting atop…

Robotic Lobster

This is old but Oysters Garter reminded me of it and I still think it’s pretty cool. Also, I love lobsters (see below below).

StickyBot and Directional Adhesion

StickyBot is a robot designed by researchers at Stanford Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab as part of the Robots in Scansorial Environments project (RiSE). The robotic gecko tests their hypotheses about the “requirements for mobility on vertical surfaces using dry adhesion. The main point is that we don’t need more adhesion, we need controllable adhesion.”…

Order Electrus

Documentary on “new obscure insects” by Floris Kaayk. Was first shown at Paradise by the Laptop Light in 2005. While fascinating, a world infested with these guys would pretty much suck. Thanks to Maria Haanpaa for forwarding along.

Festo, a German engineering firm known for finding inspiration in biology, recently unveiled its two newest robots at the Hannover Festival. Picture courtesy of Gizmodo The AquaJelly and AirJelly share the same basic form – a sphere surrounded by eight mechanical tentacles run off lithium-ion batteries. In the case of the AquaJelly which functions underwater,…

Robotic Climbing Insect

Climbing Insect Robot Official roboty info: RiSE is a small six-legged robot that climbs vertical terrain such as walls, trees and fences. RiSE’s feet have claws, micro-claws or sticky material, depending on the climbing surface. RiSE changes posture to conform to the curvature of the climbing surface and a fixed tail helps RiSE balance on…

Robotic Hunting Trophies

“Hunting Trophies” is an art project designed as a sort-of protest against hunting while also raising “questionings on the relation between Human and Animal and Human and Non-Human.” The aptly named French artist, France Cadet, states that she is also trying to “grant them back for a moment the right to life, to free expression…