Wall.E (with a kitten)

If you thought Wall.E was cute enough as it is, think again, this version has a kitten and a kid.
Admittedly, the kitten has no idea what is going on!

The future!

Mab Cleaner

Dyson has its own prestigious award for design concepts and the winner was recently announced. Here is Electrolux’s own version of similar thinking, The Mab.
This strikes me as being very ambitious but perhaps the future is nearer than I think. Very clever idea. I want one!

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Aliens (pre-school)

Those peeps over in the far east have finally beaten me to the bullet and designed a commercial Alien-killer robot. Damn, I thought I’d get there first. Following on from Tomy’s Mogwai and Fisher-price’s Ewok vaporizer, I thought my angle on Sigourney Weaver’s franchise was mine to behold! Alas not!

I immediately applaud whoever made this and have added it to my Santa Claus Amazon list as a High Priority item. I must have one. “It will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine!”

Check this ultimate Christmas gift out here.

Autonomous Quadrotor

We are doomed!

You’ve probably seen these gizmos somewhere before now, but engineers and scientists have only gone and given them an upgrade. From what I understand, the components remain virtually the same, but clever programming now allows the flying machines to do some pretty spectacular manoeuvres. For instance, as this video shows, they have the ability to correct themselves from an awkward take off or sudden jolt and return to stable flight – all without human control. Also, and this is cool, they are able to fly through a hoop which has been thrown into the air, calculate where it needs to be and complete the manoeuvre without touching the sides of the hoop.

Pretty cool engineering but does this remind anyone of the Hunter Killers from the Terminator films? Complete with their own intelligence a la Skynet, these things single-handedly spell the end of human civilisation as we know it…but I’d still like one for Christmas.

Real-life Hunter Killer in action.

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