Pigs Can Be Video Gamers (Cool Weird Awesome 481)

It's true, a researcher at Purdue University and her team trained four pigs on how to use a joystick and play a video game. Pigs are pretty smart, after all. Plus: if you're in need of hugs these days but aren't able to get them safely from other humans, the robot named HuggieBot 2.0 might be able to help.

2021-02-22T08:32:02-05:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Robot Car That Can Walk As Well As It Drives (Cool Weird Awesome 432)

Hyundai is now working to develop what it calls "ultimate mobility vehicles." When they encounter rough terrain the wheels can't pass through, these cars will be able to stand up on robotic legs and walk through. Plus: a guy on TikTok is winning fans with his four-wheel-drive off-road lawn mower.

2020-12-02T08:07:27-05:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

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.

2021-02-18T10:24:01-05:00May 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: , , |
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