Note: Video is after the jump because I know you're gonna launch the cue ball off the table breaking and I can't have it rolling around loose on the front page.
The PR2 is a robot designed to play pool (read: wait till you're bent over the table lining up a bank-shot and then impaling you with a cue). He's a shark.
The PR2 from Willow Garage might look pleasant enough, but it's a serious pool-playing machine. It doesn't use any fancy human remote-control cameras to play its perfect game of pool. Instead, it uses a set of high-resolution cameras with a "color blob tracker", and special software to plan its shots.
Oh yeah, robot? Well you're not the only one who can plan shots! Check it: bourbon, bourbon, vodka, bourbon, bourbon, vodka, bourbon! Just sayin', I'm already planning eight shots ahead. Robot technology can't f*** with me!
Knokkers (slogan: Knokkers are big fun!) is a giant game of pool with no sticks and bowling balls instead of billiard ones. [Insert 10lb balls joke here] It's the brainchild of Steve Wienecke, who undoubtedly stayed up countless nights trying to think up a better name than Bi... / Continue →
Castrol, best known for keeping my ride lubed (double entendre!), went and created a robot to kick the everliving shit out of a soccer ball? Why? Cause they're a bunch of jerks.
Is there no end to the effort a company will expend on a promotional stunt? Deemed unsafe for tra... / Continue →
Geez, could you have made it any creepier looking? Maybe if it had a bunch of bloody hooks tearing at its flesh or something. God that would be so hot aside, this is Telenoid R1, a humanoid robot that "recreates the physical presence of a remote user."
The Telenoid R1 robot ... / Continue →