It seemed like just another day in the kitchen, until Chefbot spilled a perfectly good pan of hot powertubes all over the patrons and the place just exploded. Wubs EVERYWHERE.
Tag Archive: robots
You know what this day needs? More over-sized combat robots with sudden emotional realizations, in a beautifully shot short film. That’s definitely what today needs more of.
Short by Aaron Sims, and the more support it gets, the more likely it is to turn into a feature length film – good luck, Mr Sims!
Certain caterpillars and lizards have an amazing escape strategy – when startled, they’ll suddenly snap into action, curling into a wheel shape and rolling at proportionally breakneak speeds away from danger. 1G of acceleration, and over 200RPM. Zoom! This unusual movement method (specifically the non-gravity-assisted version) is the one that the above video (of the GoQBot) is designed to imitate.
So once again, science imitates nature, and discovers more amazing secrets – and yet some aspects are still a mystery. How does a mere caterpillar generate as much force as a leaping locust with its soft, flabby body? Yet to be discovered. But GoQBot, by Huai-Ti Lin, Gary G Leisk and Barry Trimmer, is already incredibly impressive.
Hawken, the upcoming indie mech game looks amazing – and yet it makes me sad. Why? Because it’s multiplayer only.
While I might wishfully hope that, as it’s been created using the Unreal engine, there may be some singleplayer mods available for it, I know in my heart of hearts that it is highly unlikely. Epic (last time I checked) charged more for distribution of a moddable version of their engine, and for an indie company, that might just be a cost they cannot justify.
Right now, however, I can ogle the videos – beautifully over-greebled control panels up in my face, while each mechanized step is gloriously stompy and jaw-clenchingly solid. To watch the ballet of several tonnes of metal, punctuated by brilliant yellow explosions, and the beep, beep, beep, of weapons overheating – all the while in a world that is infinite shades of grey and splattered with eye searingly colorful ads for nonsensical made up products – that, is what I must settle for just now. Oh well, it’s a tough life.