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Drone shows: Creative potential and best practices

Drone shows, such as the ones shown above, are a new and rapidly evolving sector of the entertainment industry....
25 January 2017, by , and

RoboThespian gets its own YouTube channel

The team behind RoboThespian, a life-sized humanoid robot designed for human interaction in a public environment, have launched a new YouTube channel: Robot's World. The robot is very much real an...
24 June 2016, by

15 robot portraits taken with an 1880s camera

Amsterdam-based photographer Wanda Tuerlinckx feels inspired by the slow style of classic photography. So influenced, in fact, you can find her observing all her subjects through an old-fashioned...
05 April 2016, by

SPARKED wins at New York City Drone Film Festival

SPARKED: A Live Interaction Between Humans and Quadcopters won the 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival (NYCDFF) Featuring Drones category. NYCDFF is the world's first event exclusively dedicated ...
07 March 2016, by

Four classic movie robots that are no longer far fetched

Cinemagoers have long been fascinated by fictional robots, but they're not usually realistic -- until now. Thanks to technological advancements, some of the classic movie robots are now a realistic p...
18 November 2015, by and

Courtship of the drone fireflies: A short movie with flying robots and lights

Drones, lights and nature combine in Drone Courtship, a short movie about a magical encounter between two flying robots set in a forest of centennial trees. A collaboration between Atelier D. Schlae...
08 October 2015, by

Documentary of a cyborg drummer

[focus08] Beautiful short documentary by The Atlantic about amputee drummer Jason Barnes and Georgia Tech professor of music technology Gil Weinberg that explores "how robotics and artificial int...
18 September 2015, by

The making of sci-fi adventure Robot Overlords

In the low-budget British sci-fi adventure, Robot Overlords, alien automatons rule the streets and ordinary citizens are locked under curfew in their homes. Just by stepping outside, you risk being v...
03 July 2015, by and

The robots in Ex Machina: VFX Q&A with Andrew Whitehurst

Ever since Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis, the concept of a robot with artificial intelligence has held movie audiences in thrall. Now, as the science fiction dream of AI becomes ever-more plaus...
26 June 2015, by and

Human-robot emotional and musical interactions: Lecture by Massimiliano Zecca

In this video lecture, Massimiliano Zecca from the Healthcare Technology and Head of the Healthcare Technology group at Loughborough University discusses emotional robotics, musical robotics and...

The real soft robots that inspired Baymax, with Chris Atkeson

Baymax, the lovable, inflatable robot star of Disney’s recent hit, Big Hero 6, is far from a movie fantasy. With their soft cushiony bodies, robots like Baymax have very real prospects as future car...
28 April 2015, by

A bionic model is born

The personalisation of healthcare devices has been a growing trend in the maker-sphere. From gold-plated hearing aids, neon walking sticks, and sparkling blade prosthetics to 3D printed arm casts, peo...
17 March 2015, by

From sideshow to main event, drones are making their mark in entertainment

[tweetquote]What do you get when you cross hundreds of drones with an indoor football stadium equipped with GPS?[/tweetquote] Quite possibly the world's largest drone entertainment show the world has ...
12 February 2015, by



Looney the Robot, with Hunter Lloyd

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Hunter Lloyd, who is a Professor of Robotics at Montana State University and a comedian. Hunter performs a comedy act for all ages with partner Looney, a NAO ...
23 January 2015, by



Robotics in Theatre, Film, and Television, with Grant Imahara and Richard McKenna

NEW: Transcript below. In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Mythbusters‘ Grant Imahara, and Richard McKenna from The Creature Technology Company about robotics in the film, television and th...
13 December 2014, by

Quadrotors vs CGI: A Q&A with the makers of Sparked

If you thought "SPARKED" - the new short film by Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and Verity Studios - is too real-looking to be CGI, you were right. But why go to all the trouble of using quadrotors to ...
24 September 2014, by

New quadrocopter video points to a future for flying machines in entertainment

We've seen robots on stage before: Humanoids have been featured in theater productions in Switzerland, Austria, and Japan, and industrial robots have played parts in dance performances and other stage...
22 September 2014, by

Automata: The new “sci-fi” blockbuster set to put robot ethics under a spotlight

A major new sci-fi movie, Automata, promises to not only provide a feast for the eyes (see below for a clip from the film), but an overdue opportunity to spotlight some of the ethical dilemmas arising...
19 September 2014, by

Project Hieroglyph: Science fiction for better futures

It seems like our most popular visions of the future always end with environmental collapse, authoritarian oppression … and the ever-popular zombie apocalypse. Science fiction, what Clive Thompson c...
16 September 2014, by

Robots reborn: Upcycled illuminated robot sculptures by +Brauer

Bruno Lefevre-Brauer (known as +Brauer), is a graphic designer living in Paris. Over the past 20 years he has designed numerous album covers for French and international artists and pursued his person...
15 September 2014, by

“Drone Art” – an excerpt from The Drone Primer

This is an excerpt from The Drone Primer: A Compendium of the Key Issues, a free, one-stop, handbook addressing the basic and fundamental questions around drones in all their contexts, from foreign th...

If your avatar could talk, what would it say?

Image © Dito Von Tease / ditology. When I was in high school I was a big fan of graphic novels. In art class I used to splash out paintings – portraits mostly – and would write on them, givin...
05 September 2014, by



Birdly, with Max Rheiner

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Max Rheiner from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK) about his  project Birdly. Birdly explores the experience of a bird in flight with several methods. Unl...
22 August 2014, by

Why do people love robots? Find out in this Botscar-winning Robot Film Festival short

"Why We Love Robots" is a 5-minute short documentary film co-directed by UC Berkeley Prof. Ken Goldberg and his wife, award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain. The film was nominated for an Emmy Award a...
11 August 2014, by and

Mind of life: An excerpt from Daniel Wilson’s new sci-fi novel, Robogenesis

This excerpt is from my novel Robogenesis, in which humankind is trying to put together the pieces of a shattered civilization after a war between men and machines. In the aftermath of the robopocalyp...
29 July 2014, by

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