Monthly Archives: January 2013

The best robots drawings.

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Today’s edition of best robot photos of the week is the Robot Graffiti Edition. Robot artwork has been popping up on buildings around the world with increasing frequency and our readers have posted some fun and amazing examples for your consideration. Did we miss some robot graffiti in your city? If you see some, be sure to photograph it and post the photo to our flickr group! Every week (well, almost every week!) we post a collection of the best robot photos submitted by our readers to our flickr group. Why? Because everyone likes to see cool new robots! Want to see your robot here? Post it to flickr and add it to the flickr group. It’s easy! If you’re not already a flickr member, it’s free and easy to sign up. Read on to see the best robot photos of the week!

Robot Space Creature Mural
Robot Space Creature Mural – photo by flickr user nikkijw
West Grace: Foushee/Adams

Roboter – photo by flickr user rot ist die farbe der hoffnung
Dresden-Neustadt, Germany

Finishing off latest Origami Eater...
Finishing off latest Origami Eater… – photo by flickr user Airborne Mark
Such a great day painting with the boys at Leake St. Thank you 2Rise, Onion, Piano and Sky High for making it happen. Photo by Nick Burby

Robots Have Feelings Too
Robots Have Feelings Too – photo by flickr user deanlk

donut-eating robots
donut-eating robots – photo by flickr user gentleman james
really, how cool is that?

"Nanoo nanoo"
“Nanoo nanoo” – photo by flickr user Sa//y
Banksy robot.

Parlee ERZ / Eska - Free Noir
Parlee ERZ / Eska – Free Noir – photo by flickr user surreyblonde

Untitled – photo by flickr user Sa//y
Bedminster, Bristol.

A tale of robots and dinosaurs
A tale of robots and dinosaurs – photo by flickr user dangr.dave
Frank Campagna wall mural in Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX

Robots Wrestling Smackdown
Robots Wrestling Smackdown – photo by flickr user toomuchrock4onehand
I love the 404 error!

8047 – photo by flickr user benbobjr
Floodgate Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands.

Mural--Robot Laundry
Mural–Robot Laundry – photo by flickr user richardzx

Want to see more cool robots? Check out last week’s best photos!

A tiny quadrotor will come from MeCam @ $50

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At first glance, MeCam looks like it belongs in a research lab. It’s a palm-sized quadrotor packing enough sensors to make it capable of autonomous flight, as well as a camera that can stream video to your smartphone. It can follow you around all by itself, shooting video of your life (or anything else you tell it to), and supposedly, it’ll be available as soon as 2014 for as little as $50.

MeCam comes from a company called Always Innovating, well known for… Uh… I guess they make HDMI dongles and some slightly off-the-wall computer hardware? Anyway, they’ve made this little quadrotor, or have it at the prototype stage or something, and they’re claiming that it can do some very impressive things:

More specifically, MeCam features:

  • 14 sensors including side object detectors that enable “perfect and safe hovering.”
  • Voice control
  • Autonomous person following
  • Two (?) autopilots and a video stabilization system
  • Autonomous panoramas
  • Real-time streaming to mobile devices
  • $50 MSRP, potential availability “by the beginning of 2014″

So MeCam would be pretty awesome. If it ever actually happens.

Strictly speaking, there isn’t any specific reason why something like this couldn’t exist. At least, I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. All of the tech is out there: we’ve seen quadrotors that small, you can put sensors on ‘em, they could be made autonomous, carry cameras, all that stuff. However, that we’re questioning is the ability to integrate all of these things into a consumer-ready package for $50.

What worries us is the similarity between the MeCam and LumenLabs’ eye3 camera drone. OBbviously, the platform is very different, but in both cases, we’ve got a company without a lot of robotics experience (that we know of) saying that it’ll be able to produce an amazing product for very, very cheap. It’s hard to say that it’s impossible, which is what’s so exciting about these projects, but the eye3 was quickly shown to be at least partially fraudulent, which just reinforces our belief that most things that sound too good to be true, are.

Most things.

If Always Innovating successfully licenses the MeCam and it shows up in 2014 doing everything that it’s supposed to be able to do for $50, we’ll be super excited. Just thinking about what we could do with one of these is already getting us excited. All we’re saying is, maybe don’t put any money down on one of these until you see one in action.


Always Innovating MeCam


Always Innovating MeCam

MeCam (in the palm of a hand)

Always Innovating Module

MeCam core: Always Innovating Cortex-A9 module (top)

Always Innovating Module

MeCam core: Always Innovating Cortex-A9 module (top)