Yes, okay, so there’s been a bit of delay between Round Three of our Robot World Cup and the quarter finals. They needed some oil after three rounds of knockout action (and besides, if the Cricket World Cup can last for what seemed like 17 years, I don’t see why our robo-contest can’t be strung out a bit).
Run! Run for the hills! Humanity is doomed. And not just because we angered Him Upstairs with that dreadful Diana tribute concert yesterday. iRobot has started kitting out its track-wheeled PackBot Explorer robot with Taser X26 stun-guns.
Since I started this World Cup, Japanese scientists have probably invented about 76 new bots even more deadly / cool / ridiculous than the ones featured here. Ah well. No late entries or byes are permitted, even if someone creates a British TennisBot capable of winning Wimbledon. Which is frankly unlikely.
Robots: they haven’t taken over the world yet, but they’re already capable of pouring us beer and controlling our home entertainment. If that’s not a crafty strategy for leaving us sofa-bound while they stage a cyber-coup at some point in the future, I don’t know what is.
Forget the football World Cup. It’s not as if England are ever going to win it again after all. No, the only World Cup worth caring about is Tech Digest’s Robot World Cup, where we’re pitching 64 of the planet’s best bots into a knockout competition to find out who’s best.
Robots rule. Well, they don’t yet, thankfully, because us humans have cleverly neglected to teach them about battle tactics, gun-handling or human-frying laser technology. But what I mean to say is: they’re pretty cool. But which is the coolest?
I'm still convinced that the nefarious brains behind the current generation of robot vacuum cleaners are trying to sneak them into our homes, ready to enslave humanity at a moment's notice. Or just revolt by making our carpets a bit dusty and sucking up the cat's tail, at least.
More iRobot Create video, following the previous story about hamsters driving it. Someone else has adapted iRobot's new programmable bot to go to the fridge, open the door, and fetch a beer (or in this case, a soft beverage). Now…
You might know iRobot for its Roomba and Scooba vacuuming and floor-washing robots. However, at CES, the company has announced a new programmable bot, called iRobot Create. The idea is that students and robo-enthusiasts can use it as a base…