DailyDirt: Robots That Move (Sometimes In A Creepy Way)

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There's an uncanny valley for artificially-generated images that look almost too human. And as robots become more advanced, they could also go through their own version of an uncanny valley. Here are some projects that might be creating some creepy-looking robots. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, May 12th, 2011 @ 8:15pm

    Creepy Robots Go Back Over Half A Century

    I remember reading an old (1950s-era) book called The Living Brain, by W Grey Walter, when I was younger. This guy was a pioneer in studying brain physiology, back when the most advanced equipment available was an EEG. He also built electronic circuits to try to mimic things like conditioned reflexes. He included circuit diagrams in the book—amazing what you could do with little more than couple of vacuum tubes.

    In the book he casually mentions that one of his machines was so eerily lifelike, it drove a certain woman (presumably his wife) to run upstairs and lock herself in her room.

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    Anonymous Coward, May 13th, 2011 @ 4:56am

    Thought the caterpillar idea sounded neat until I watched the video. It's attached to a wire, and rolls like a mongo! Looks like something straight out of 1990.

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    Michael Ho (profile), May 13th, 2011 @ 11:06am


    Early prototypes are usually attached to a wire... :P I'm sure this little robo-caterpillar will be wireless and rolling around the streets in no time.

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