This Little Robot Is Designed to Clean Toilets

We’ve seen machines designed to clean bathrooms before, but this one is an actual tiny robot that you lift up and put in your toilet. Altan Robotech’s invention, named “Giddel” has a humanoid shaped head so that you can feel extra weird about putting a small being into a toilet bowl.

Just get this guy out of his charging base and put him in your dirty toilet bowl. It attaches under the seat in the back thanks to a mounting plate that you have to install. Then it scrubs away while you and your wife get it on in front of the bathroom mirror. Don’t believe me? Skip to about 13 seconds into the video below. This couple just loves a robot audience:

Giddel’s big blue eyes are buttons. It’s child and pet-friendly, and it has built-in navigation, whatever the hell that means. I guess it means that it won’t start furiously brushing your kid or dog instead of staying in the toilet bowl.

The Giddel toilet cleaning robot is available now for an introductory price of $399.99. Sure, this little guy cleans your toilet, but who cleans him? You, that’s who. So it still gives you a chore to do. You’re just cleaning a filthy toilet cleaning robot instead of a filthy toilet. So that sucks.

Ford Made a Sweaty Robot Butt to Simulate Sweaty Human Butts

If you’ve ever gotten into your car after a big workout or on a really hot day, you and Ford’s latest robot likely have something in common. A sweaty butt. To make sure that your car seat will stand up to such things, Ford engineers in Europe are going all out.

Ford’s Robutt is designed to mimic a sweaty butt. Taint nothing butt another chance to get crackin’ on quality at Ford. Ford uses the butt to test the effectiveness of their car seats over time. It is basically a butt-shaped cushion attached to a Kuka industrial robot arm, which is repeatedly pressed onto the tester seat to recreate 10 years of sweaty wear and tear.

The sweat test takes three days to complete and by the end of it, Robutt sits in the test seat 7,500 times, and even leans from side to side. In case you are wondering, the Robutt has the butt dimensions of a large man, is heated to body temperature, and soaked with 450 milliliters of water.

So there you go. Robots are getting grosser as they strive to copy humans, showing us just how gross WE really are. At least you know that quality is still job one at Ford, and that those seats are built Ford tough.

[via Techly]

Artie 3000 Robot Teaches Kids to Code by Making Art

This little robot is called Artie 3000, which sounds like a bad 1980s robot movie. Created by Educational Insights, it’s a programmable robot that encourages kids to code through art.

There are plenty of toys for kids that encourage problem-solving, but this one is kind of unique. This new ‘bot is all about art and design. The robot was designed to be easy to use so that kids can create simple or complex drawings with code.  Instead of drawing by themselves, kids can drag and drop code into a digital device and then Artie 3000 will make it happen. Artie draws what has been coded. It’s basically a modern version of those turtle graphics robots.

This little robot is compatible with a range of computers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. You don’t need wi-fi to play with this robot. American Mensa, the society for high-IQ smarty-pants people, has partnered with Educational Insights to bring your kids this robot. In fact, Artie will be the first robot and only one of three characters to receive an honorary Mensa card. The others were Lisa Simpson and Mr. Peabody.

The Artie 3000 Robot is available for pre-order now, and is a bargain at just $67.99. He’s expected to start shipping on 3/14/19.

Starship robots will deliver pizza and coffee to George Mason students

It just became that much easier for students to grab food without interrupting a study break. Starship and Sodexo have launched a robot food delivery service at Virginia's George Mason University, giving students and staff access to food within an av...

Watch a Hexapod Do an ’80s-style Aerobics Routine: Botercise!

Shut the internet down! I have finally seen everything. If you have ever wondered how robots stay in shape, we have the answer. Apparently, it all goes back to the 1980s. This video shows us that robots keep fit by doing aerobics Jane Fonda style, complete with 1980s aerobics studio film set. Who knew? THIS is the reason they will be hard to kill when they come for us in the apocalypse. These bots are fit!

Check out this video of a 3D printed Z6 hexapod robot by Robugtix performing a 1980’s style aerobics show routine. It’s pretty badass. It’s just too bad the robot isn’t wearing one of those silly leotard things that people wore back then. This ‘bot has all the moves, if not the clothes. It works out to a classic ’80s jam that be at home in almost any ’80s action or drama movie, and basically shakes its servos all over the place.

At the beginning of the video, the six-legged robot unfolds itself and starts the routine. It moves surprisingly smoothly. So at least now we know that our future will be filled with agile robots who will dance over our graves.

[via Laughing Squid via Geekologie]

Ubtech’s Walker Robot Butler Gets Arms

Ubtech is once again trotting out its Walker bipedal robot. Pun intended. But this time out, the previously limbless robot has a pair of arms so that it can grab and pass objects to you, like a proper robot servant. The robot stands at 4.75 feet tall, so you can hug it if you want too.

This updated Walker also has improved self-balancing which is a good thing because it got a weight bump from 82 pounds up to 170 pounds. You don’t want this guy falling on you and breaking your frail human body. It uses 36 actuators to handle complex terrain and external impacts and has sensors to help stabilize itself as it walks smoothly. Walker uses Ubtech’s Simultaneous Localization and Mapping technology to plan paths as it avoids obstacles. The robot also has facial recognition tech on board. It sounds like this is a big step up from the previous version.

There’s info yet on how much this robot will cost or a date when we can expect it, but we also hear that the company’s Cruzr service robot also got an upgrade, with better performance, connectivity, and maneuverability. The new and updated Cruzr will be available worldwide for the first time this year. You can check out both robots at CES if you are attending.

[via Engadget]