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.

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

Robots Can Walk Better, Thanks To Coffee (Cool Weird Awesome 317)

Scientists at the University of California - San Diego are trying to help robots walk better on uneven terrain - and, amazingly, coffee is part of the solution. Meanwhile, a robot in Australia is learning how to lay bricks, and it's got a very appropriate name for its job.

By |2020-06-10T07:32:44-04:00June 10th, 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.

By |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.

By |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.

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

Pigs Are On A Mission To Save Hazelnuts (Cool Weird Awesome 176)

The nefarious filbertworm is trying to infest our hazelnut supply! Researchers at the University of Oregon think the solution might lie with pigs. Plus: the Ebo is a little ball-shaped robot that will play with your cat when you're not home.

By |2019-11-21T06:08:10-05:00November 21st, 2019|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.

By |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!

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

Row, Row, Row Your Bot (Cool Weird Awesome 60)

Autonomous robot boats are a thing! Over time, researchers have taught them to row themselves gently down the stream and to connect to each other autonomously - soon they could help clean the water or even turn themselves into temporary footbridges.

By |2019-06-12T10:13:00-04:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |