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(Photo: Courtesy of Chris Atkeson)
(Photo: Courtesy of Chris Atkeson)

Most robots, when their creators are done with them, meet one of two fates. Either they’re stashed away, in some corner of a lab, closet or basement, or they’re cannibalized to make another robot. A robot part can cost tens of thousand of dollars, and some robotics researchers, who tend to be focused on the future, rather than the past, do not hesitate to eviscerate an old robot to create a new one.

by   -   April 8, 2016
Source: The Next Rembrandt/YouTube
Source: The Next Rembrandt/YouTube

From the Smithsonian comes news – and a must-see fascinating video – about a painting created using data from more than 168,000 fragments of Rembrandt’s work, trained to paint in Rembrandt’s signature style.

Copyright: Wanda Tuerlinckx
Copyright: Wanda Tuerlinckx

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 lens, an authentic 19th century ‘camera obscura’ (Latin for “dark chamber”).

Initially, she began by taking portraits of people. Now she concentrates her artistic endeavours photographing robots, cleverly juxtaposing these unlikely high/low tech companions, to create visually stunning black and white images.

The fast and ideal scribbler helper. Source: Robotiq
The fast and ideal scribbler helper. Source: Robotiq

Lots of companies have been promoting hilarious robot news pranks. Here are a few that caught our eye. What are some of your favourites?

Source: nycdronefilmfestival.com
Source: nycdronefilmfestival.com

The New York City Drone Film Festival’s mission is to help progress the art of aerial cinematography using drones. The 2016 festival had a very successful sophomore year.

Check out all the NYCDFF winning videos below.

by   -   March 7, 2016
 Photo source: 2016 NYCDFF
Welby Altidor, Executive Creative Director of Creation, Cirque du Soleil (L) and Benjamin Dupont (R). Source: 2016 NYCDFF

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 to celebrating the art of drone cinematography. The festival offers an international platform for filmmakers from every corner of the globe to exhibit their work in front of industry professionals and the drone cinema fan community. 

by   -   March 4, 2016
Photo courtesy We Robot 2015.
Photo courtesy We Robot 2015.

UPDATED 4 Mar: We’re sad to report that Professor Tony Dyson, who built the original Star Wars R2-D2 droid, has died. We’re reposting this excellent video of his keynote at WeRobot to highlight his contribution to the field of robotics and culture.

by   -   December 23, 2015

zen_Robotics_HolidaYRobot_Video_2015From Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, ZenRobotics, and Artiminds. Have a holiday robot video of your own that you’d like to share? Send your submissions to info [at] robohub.org!

by   -   December 22, 2015

Cargo_Copter_KU_Leuven_Holiday_Robot_Video_2015New videos from the Bristol Robotics Lab and KU Leuven. Have a holiday robot video of your own that you’d like to share? Send your submissions to info [at] robohub.org!

by   -   December 21, 2015

IIT_Holiday_Robot_Video_2015_iCubHave a holiday robot video of your own that you’d like to share? Send your submissions to info [at] robohub.org!

by   -   December 14, 2015

We’ve heard of drones for good, and drones for journalism, but this is the cheekiest use of drones we’ve seen yet.

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 possibility. If you make some allowances for their limited artificial intelligence, we’re pretty close to making fiction a reality. Let’s look at some of the iconic movie robots that could now be possible thanks to current robotic technologies …

by   -   November 6, 2015

For the first time, Pittsburgh will celebrate local robotics innovation and creativity with a film festival themed Robots at Work.

by   -   October 8, 2015

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. Schlaepfer and Flyability, and filmed without special effects, the movie shows how robots can transform onscreen into living creatures.

by   -   September 18, 2015

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 intelligence are fundamentally changing the way that music is created and performed.”

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