In The Future, Roadside Assistance Could Come From Robots (Cool Weird Awesome 423)

Robot roadside assistance? Toyota has applied for a patent for a system where self-driving drones could pull up to vehicles and give them some gas - or, if it runs on electricity, give it a charge. Plus: when you need to get a donor organ from one part of Italy to another, what do you do? Turn to a Lamborghini, of course.

2020-11-19T08:14:22-05:00November 19th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Robot That Can Help People Put In Their Contact Lenses (Cool Weird Awesome 416)

An inventor in Florida has invented a robot that can put contact lenses in human eyes safety and effectively. This could be a big help to people with neurological disorders or tremors who might not otherwise be able to put those lenses in themselves. Plus: meet an online fluid simulator that's like watching really trippy ripples in a groovy pond.

2020-11-10T08:36:24-05:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Robots And Soap Bubbles Might Help Pollinate Crops (Cool Weird Awesome 326)

Bees are running into a lot of challenges lately, and while there are efforts to help the bees get their buzz back, scientists are testing out systems that might give us other ways to pollinate. One, at the Washington State University, involves cameras and robot hands - while another, in Japan, involves soap bubbles.

2020-06-23T10:19:46-04:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Can Robots Get Dogs To Sit? (Cool Weird Awesome 304)

Our world is filling up with artificial intelligence, and now, so is the world of dogs. Researchers at Yale University have been testing whether dogs will take commands from robot voices. Plus: someone, somehow, posted a video that appears to show a motorized Porta-Potty. We just report these things, we can't always explain them.

2020-05-22T07:51:45-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Underwater Cleaning Robots Can Lower Cargo Ships’ Emissions (Cool Weird Awesome 263)

This sounds bonkers, but apparently a robotic cleaning system called HullSkater can remove bio-gunk off the hulls of ships, helping them reduce their carbon footprints. Plus: Freeman, South Dakota was to have SchmeckFest this weekend. It will be back, so until then keep the spirit of SchmeckFest going.

2020-03-20T08:18:17-04:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Robot That Sorts Your Trash From Your Recyclables (Cool Weird Awesome 240)

Toss an item into TrashBot and the system’s internal sensors figure out what the item is, and whether to recycle it or toss it out. No more recyclables in the trash, no more trash in the recyclables. Plus: officials in Prichard, Alabama missed a typo when sending out their new trash bins for residents.

2020-02-18T09:34:54-05:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Little Robot That Cleans Up After Your Dog (Cool Weird Awesome 156)

A startup called Beetl is developing an autonomous device that’s ready to clean up after our dogs on demand, thanks to a large scooper on its underside. If they’re willing to do this job, maybe robots aren’t trying to conquer us after all. Plus: "dogfishing" is a problem for online dating.

2019-10-25T06:37:28-04:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Drones Can Go Through Windows Now. That’s Good, Right? (Cool Weird Awesome 90)

There’s a quadcopter drone that uses spring-loaded arms and a process called "rapid aerial morphing" to fold itself up as it flies. So we’re a step closer to real-life Transformers. Plus: the story of the all-robot band Compressorhead, whose members twist and turn their mechanical parts so they can ROCK!

2019-08-06T13:55:25-04:00July 24th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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