Category Archives: robots

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Husqvarna mower is cooler than most cars

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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]

Japan wants robots on the moon

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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.

[via Gizmodo]

Pleo robot to become extinct?

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*

Ten inventions that changed the world

A panel of 20 expert scientists from the British Science Association has come up with a list of the top 10 inventions that changed the world. Included in the list are the Bar Code, trainers and TV dinners. Stuff disagrees, and puts forward this (admittedly gadget-heavy) list of its own:

#10 Polaroid Camera Model 95


The world’s first instant camera, revolutionizing the photography world. It was easy to use, almost completely automatic with only eight shutter and aperture settings, and able to produce a photo print in one minute. Magic.

#9 Google

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So successful it’s now (officially) a word in the English language, the sometime search engine has become an online giant with more services than we’ve got room to mention. Want to know more? Google it!

#8 Compact Discs

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The Compact Disc, or CD, changed digital storage. Originally a breakthrough in digital audio, the idea later spread to video, giving rise to DVD and Blu-ray. But indestructible? We think not.

#7 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

Released in 1985, the NES was the best selling game console of its time. It set the standard for everything gaming, from graphics design to controller layout, and it gave birth to Super Mario Bros.

#6 Apple II

The Apple II was one of the first mass-market home computers. It featured an integrated keyboard, sound, a plastic case and eight internal expansion slots… makes you wonder what else we take for granted.

#5 Sony AIBO


It could walk, see its environment via a built-in camera and recognize spoken commands. Sony’s AIBO brought joy to people of all ages who were allergic to real dogs, or just didn’t have any friends.

#4 Intel Pentium P5

It wasn’t the first home PC chip, but while you had to have at least a drop of geek blood running in your veins to know whether you had a 386 or 486, the 586’s fresh moniker had mass appeal that turned Pentium into a household name.

#3 Nokia 5110

Released in 1998, Nokia’s 5110 was the most popular mobile phone of its time and the first consumer handset to be truly ubiquitous. It was rugged, user-friendly and it had Snake, still among the most addictive phone games ever designed.

#2 Windows 3.1

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Microsoft’s first widely-used operating system introduced a serious desktop publishing platform for the first time. It became the world’s most widely used GUI-based operating system, a title now held by its descendant, Windows XP.

#1 Apple iPod

The ultra-chunky first-gen model had 5GB or 10GB of storage and introduced us to the signature click wheel. With 18 different models released in a mere 8 years, it transformed the music industry, product design and lifestyle.

[Post written by Stuff intern Haziq Ariffin]

Terminator Salvation: new trailer online now

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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.

Paro warms our hearts, empties our wallets

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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?