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01.14.15 ANIMAL

It’s only a matter of time before 19-year-old whiz kid and inventor Easton LaChappelle is a household name. At 14, he taught himself how to design a robotic hand out of Legos, fishing line, and servo motors. After learning about how insanely expensive prosthetics were — we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars, here — […]

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07.09.14 Sophie Weiner

Tomi and Kati Hyyppä created a spunky robotic beetle for Berlin’s Coding Da Vinci Hackathon. Their project took the “funniest hack” prize, and it is indeed amusing. Cyberbeetle is based on museum scans of the Chalcosoma atlas. Just like the beetle’s organic cousin, it dwells in a little wooden box. When it’s on the loose, the box tips up […]

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03.21.14 Marina Galperina

This new sculptural sound piece from Moscow-based Dmitry Morozov aka ::vtol:: reads tattoos as sheet music, producing a textured electronic noise track. Reading My Body (2014): this is a special instrument that combines human body and robotic system into a single entity that is designed to automate creative process in an attempt to represent the artist and his instrument […]

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01.10.13 Andy Cush

After we posted about this high-speed, six-legged, cockroach-inspired cardboard robot yesterday, Duncan Haldane, the VELOCIRoACH’s creator, got in touch to share the above image and a few more details about the bot’s construction and inspiration. Haldane points out that though his cockroach isn’t the fastest robot ever–that honor belongs to Boston Dynamics’ LS3, as far […]

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01.09.13 Andy Cush

As if regular cockroaches weren’t awful enough, a professor at University of California, Berkley has created the VELOCIRoACH, a six-legged cardboard robot modeled on roach anatomy that can run at 2.7 meters per second–26 times the length of its body–making it the second-fastest self-propelled robot on record. Check it out, skittering around disgustingly, in the […]

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07.27.12 Jay Smooth

Trying to figure out what goes wrong whenever Mitt Romney interacts with members of the human species. Ill Doctrine is a video blog on music, politics and culture, launched in 2007 by Jay Smooth. We will be premiering two episodes a week on ANIMAL. Older episodes can be found at IllDoctrine.com and you can follow […]

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