Who Decided a Hexapod With Robot Snakes For Legs Was a Good Idea?

When it comes to mobility and articulation, it turns out that using six robot snakes as legs actually results in a walking hexapod that can easily scramble over almost any terrain. But when it comes to our deep down fears that one day these creations will over throw us, nothing seem as terrifying as this autonomous… » 12/22/14 10:22am 12/22/14 10:22am

A Joystick-Inspired Interface Could Solve Smartwatches' Biggest Problem

The smartwatch revival isn't going away anytime soon, but maybe this time around we can finally figure out a way to make their tiny displays useful for more than just showing notifications. In fact, a group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon might have finally figured out how with a concept watch that can be twisted,… » 4/29/14 12:40pm 4/29/14 12:40pm

Hands-On With the World's First 3D-Printed Teddy Bear

Despite the existence of softer plastics and materials, 3D printers are still primarily designed to create hard, solid objects that don't have much bend or give. But a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University has successfully hacked a machine to create the world's first 3D-printed teddy bear using a technique called… » 4/29/14 9:20am 4/29/14 9:20am

Being Trapped In a Building Seems Less Scary Than This Robot Snake…

We've been pretty harsh on Carnegie Mellon University's artificial snake, which, admittedly, is an impressive piece of robotic engineering. But seeing it randomly writhe around while it tries to make its way across the floor and over obstacles will never not be unsettling. » 4/25/13 4:00pm 4/25/13 4:00pm

No No No. That Creepy Robot Snake Strangles on Contact Now

We've been following the development of Carnegie Mellon's robotic snake for some time now. And as much as it's a brilliant piece of technology, it's also downright scary how realistically it can slither across the ground or up a tree. But it turns out that's no where near as unsettling as its latest trick. » 3/21/13 12:20pm 3/21/13 12:20pm

CMU's CHIMP Will Save Lives Where Humans Can't Monkey Around

The Fukushima Daiichi meltdown and other recent disasters like Deepwater Horizon highlight a very real need for robotic first responders that can operate in inhospitable environments. In response, DARPA recently issued a Robotics Challenge addressing the issue. Here's the design that Carnegie Mellon University's… » 3/13/13 11:30am 3/13/13 11:30am

The Oreo Splitting Wars Escalate with Carnegie Mellon's Brilliant Bot

In what is turning out to be one of the most entertaining marketing stunts of the past few years, Nabisco's Cookie vs. Creme challenge is attracting all kinds of talented minds from across the country. Including robotic researchers from Carnegie Mellon University who've even drafted their advanced bot HERB into Oreo… » 3/11/13 12:45pm 3/11/13 12:45pm

Stabilization Software Turns a Spinning Football Cam Into a Bird's Eye…

If the NFL ever loosens its strict equipment standards, it might one day be able to provide fans with a unique view of the game thanks to research being done at Carnegie Mellon University. Kris Kitani, a postdoctoral research fellow at the school, has developed a clever piece of software that can stabilize footage » 2/21/13 1:40pm 2/21/13 1:40pm

The OmniTouch Makes Any Surface Interactive

For all the power and connectivity that modern mobile devices offer these days, why are we still typing on screens (or, God forbid, numerical pads) barely three fingers wide? A new weareable GUI system aims to turn any surface within arm's reach into an input device. » 10/17/11 10:40pm 10/17/11 10:40pm

Skinput, the Touch-Interface For Your Skin, Brings a Whole Nother…

While resistive touchscreens are being phased out in favor of capacitive screens, Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft are working together on touchscreens for your body, called Skinput. » 3/02/10 8:05am 3/02/10 8:05am

Caterpillar Building 700-Ton, Completely Automatic Mega Dump Truck

Gearheads at Carnegie Mellon University are partnering up with tractor-maker Caterpillar to build the world's largest robotic dump truck, a 700-ton ground mover capable of hauling 240 tons of earth. In case you can't wrap your head around that amount, that's like 33 African bull elephants worth of dirt. The trucks… » 9/10/08 3:30am 9/10/08 3:30am

Robot Snakes Scare the Indy Out of Me

Unlike Indiana Jones, I generally don't hate snakes. But seeing these modular mechanical snakes wriggling up some dude's leg gave me shivers. The video gets scarier still when they start climbing walls and shimmying up the inside of pipes. According to the Carnegie Mellon-based developers, the elaborate "gaits"… » 3/06/08 11:40am 3/06/08 11:40am

Researchers Begin Work on Building Real Life (Microscopic) Transformers

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have begun work on creating tiny groups of robots that utilize electromagnetic forces to alter their shape and function. Ultimately, the team hopes to build a large number of microscopic robots that are able to metamorphose into any conceivable shape. This would be done by… » 2/03/08 9:00am 2/03/08 9:00am