Hallucinating Robots Make the Best Interior Designers

We humans are already kind of afraid of robots, so here's a good idea: what if we make them trip balls and hallucinate imaginary people everywhere? Seems like it would drive them to madness and make them turn on us even faster, but researchers at Cornell University's Robot Learning Lab think it will make them better at … » 6/24/12 12:00pm 6/24/12 12:00pm

Electronic Hogu Measures Just How Hard Your Foe Can Beat You Up

The final project of a team from Cornell University, this electronic hogu, modelled above by a lantern-jawed mannequin called Bob, uses piezoelectric sensors and a microcontroller to measure the kicks and punches between contestants in a Tae Kwan Do bout. Piezoelectric sensors and a microcontroller are implanted in the … » 5/12/08 7:15am 5/12/08 7:15am

Cornell Ranger Breaks Walking 'Bot Distance Record, Falls Over

When a team of Cornell students put Ranger to work tottering around the running track it just kept on walking, eventually achieving 45 laps before its batteries died and the poor thing toppled backwards. This 5.6-mile hike smashed the previous 20-lap record. The kneeless Ranger is designed to investigate aspects of… » 4/08/08 10:40am 4/08/08 10:40am

Transformer Chair Puts Megatron to Shame

We've seen some weird robots before, but this one hits an 8 on the freak factor scale. Created by Raffaello D'Andrea and Max Dean, the Transformer chair looks like your grandmother's ordinary kitchen chair, but say the magic words and it collapses itself and then transforms itself back into a chair. Don't believe us?… » 10/25/06 12:11am 10/25/06 12:11am