Boston Dynamics has released an updated model of the Atlas Robot, and it’s impressive! The robot is untethered and can navigate a diverse, snowy terrain with relative ease. Once they get some good artificial intelligence algorithms loaded on this machine, it will be force to be reckoned with. It can even stand back up when it gets knocked down by evil humans!
Google owns Boston Dynamics, and I am sure they have some exciting plans in store for the ATLAS. Stay tuned!
Rube Goldberg machines are all about taking as many steps as possible to do something really simple. In this clip from the Japanese educational television program, PythagoraSwitch, a small red ball called Biisuke travels through a Rube Goldberg machine to rescue his yellow and green-colored brothers from the ball prison. It’s a pretty neat idea to turn the classic RG machine into an epic quest.
You can find more small machines on the program’s YouTube page.
Youtuber, James Risner, has built this mesmerizing spiral train setup that looks pretty amazing to view in endless GIF format. I’d like to see a similar video with different colored trains that could synch up in different ways through the train’s passage.
This impressive robot is named “Hadrian” after the ancient Roman emperor who built a wall in Northern Britain. Mark Pivac is the Australian aeronautical and mechanical engineer who has been designing the machine, which is expected to hit the market sometime around 2017. Reportedly, the robot can lay up to 1,000 bricks per hour and build the brick frame of a standard house in one to two days, 20 times faster than a human brick layer.
Well, enough with the build-up, here’s the machine in simulated action:
I guess if you are thinking about going into bricklaying for a career, you’re out of luck. Otherwise, it seems like great news all around.
Check out this 360° video made as a demo by Samsung. If your internet speed can handle it, I recommend watching it in the full 4K resolution. It will be pretty amazing to hook up the Oculus Rift to video like this and get the fully immersive experience.
Use the ‘W, A, S, D’ keys to control direction on a computer.
Use the + and – keys to zoom.
I think you have to move your phone around if you are watching on mobile. But again, the real experience is to watch this type of video with an immersive virtual reality headset. FYI: you can cheaply get this experience with something like Google Cardboard and your mobile phone.