The stealth-like Automower 260 ACX automatically trims your garden, sending progress updates via text message. The lawn-lover is battery powered (although a solar powered one is coming soon) and can trim half an acre of unkempt grass in around 45 minutes. It will even hunt down moles, slugs and other dastardly creatures, texting you before your garden comes to harm.
[via Crunch Gear]
That’s according to Japan’s Strategic Headquarters for Space Development. It hopes to have a bipedal humanoid robot on the moon’s surface by 2020 as a part of a bigger Deathstar space plan. The mission will be robot-only at first, but follow up launches will be manned (with robot helpers, of course). I’m sure we don’t need to explain the seriousness of putting ruthless robot overlords in a position where they might build an enormous laser and fry us all, but we will anyway. It’s very serious. Unless it’s just going to be Keepon, our favourite dancing robot, on board for some Fly me to the moon action.
Engadget is stirring the rumour pot about Stuff’s favourite robot dinosaur – Pleo. Apparently his maker, Ugobe, could be in pretty serious trouble, spelling the end of the little green monster’s production days. The robosaurus has been a good friend to us, appearing on our radio show and in the magazine (he’s number four in our More Stuff Top 10 list). We hope the gadget site is wrong. Sadly, that’s looking increasingly unlikely. If it’s true, we’ll miss our Jurassic robot chum. Another casualty of the credit crunch. *sniff*
Even though it does not star Megan Fox, and even though the scriptwriters’ paycheques may have been eaten by the giant effects budget, we’re not ruling out Terminator Salvation for next year’s Stuff blog Oscars. The new trailer is online now. Go. Watch.
Meet Paro. He’s a robot dressed as an adorable baby harp seal. Invented for those who love animals, but hate pets, Paro imitates animal behavior with none of the downsides (growing, feeding, pooping, etc). He responds to light, sound, temperature, touch, posture, and even develops his own character over time. He’s an expensive seal pup at US$3,500, but the bond between synthetic animal and human is priceless. Stroke his belly and he’ll roll over squealing in delight. Tickle his nose, and he’ll let loose a little seal sneeze. Wonder how Paro would react if we pulled out a club?