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Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) was a noted American author of fantasy, horror and science fiction. Two of his novels were awarded Hugos and two of his short stories were given Hugos as well. His Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series, written over a period of fifty years, created and defined the "sword and sorcery" genre. He acted in several films, and was an expert fencer and chess player.
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Sophia, The Personable Robot From Hanson Robotics.
'The de luxe model... has fifty different facial expressions...' - Fritz Lieber, 1954.
HAL-5 Exoskeleton To Carry Mountain Climber
Exoskeletons helped humans raised in microgravity over come Earth's gravity in a 1968 novel; now they help people overcome gravity on Earth in real life.
EveR-1 Korean Android And The Mechanical Bride
In his chilling 1954 story The Mechanical Bride, Fritz Leiber wrote about encounter with an extremely realistic female android.
Actroid DER2 Late Model Fembot
This robotic receptionist upgrade has many new features.
Robotic Ankle Exoskeleton Helps Users Regain Limb Function
Research provides a device that both supports the ankle, and helps interpret the brain's signals.
MIT Exoskeleton Shoulders The Weight For You
This nifty exoskeleton from MIT is much lighter and uses less power than other weight-supporting exoskeletons, like the BLEEX.
Zoltan's Fembot Wife
Zoltan says that he is not very good with relationships; that's why he built himself a girlfriend that he could get along with.
Honda Walking Assist Exoskeleton Video
Honda lets you strap on this partial-exoskeleon and walk a bit easier. At least, that's the theory behind this experimental device. With video.
E.M.A. Robot Eternal Maiden Actualization Video
This curvaceous fembot goes on sale soon; take a look at the video.
Robot Fashion Models
Finally, fashion models can be as thin as they need to be; if aluminum is used, they can be lighter, too.
ReWalk Exoskeleton Video
Interesting video shows off the capabilities of this medical exoskeleton; increased mobility is the goal.
Cloud City On Venus?
Interesting ideas from Geoffrey Landis, scientist and sf writer.
Actroid DER2 Gets TV Commercial Gig Video
Another job lost to robots: this is really bad news for American actors who like to scam extra dough by appearing in Japanese commercials that will never be seen in the US.
Palette Super Model Robot
This robot mannequin can react to the people watching and can be programmed with movements taken from human models.
Medical Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed Man To Walk
Nice story about a man who is able to walk again, and the sfnal precursors that put this idea into the minds of roboticists.
Honda Walking Assist Device
Nifty invention from Honda also illustrates some differences between people in the US and people in Japan.
Aiko Fembot No Stepford Wife
She might be more like the original than the Stepford version. Reads everything and does complex math in her head.
Therapeutic Medical Exoskeleton Prototype
Interesting use of robotics to both amplify lost muscle power and assist in rehabilitation when possible.
HULC Exoskeleton From Lockheed Martin
New product from LM lets soldiers carry up to 200 pounds for many hours with less fatigue.
HRP-4C Robot Woman Is A Cybernetic Humanoid
Just wait until the artists supplement the work of engineers; the fact that this robot duplicates humanoid movement within a human form factor is amazing.
HRP-4C Robot In Wedding Dress A Mechanical Bride
'Like the father of a bride, I feel both happy and sad.' So said developer Kazuhito Yokoi as he watched his lifelike robotic creation walk down the runway in a wedding dress. With video.
XOS 2 Raytheon Gen 2 Exoskeleton For Ironman 2
Iron Man, your new suit awaits!
Berkeley Bionics eLEGS Exoskeleton
Exoskeletons will be available in US clinics early next year.
LOPES Robotic Exoskeleton Assists Stroke Victims
This robotic exoskeleton is designed to both assist and assess stroke victims as they walk back from their illness.
Paralyzed Woman In Robotic Exoskeleton Finishes Marathon
Human courage plus technological progress equals science fiction in the news!
3D Printed Exoskeleton Uplifts Little Girl
This remarkable story shows that 3D printer technology is just getting started.
Revisiting A Cloud City On Venus
I've been looking forward to something like this since 1980.
HAVOC Over Venus ala Bespin
'Cloud City is an installation on the planet Bespin...'- George Lucas, 1980.
Robotic Exoskeleton Releases Man From Wheelchair
'This man was standing on two corrugated-soled titanium footplates...'- Fritz Leiber, 1968.
'It Feels Like Robocop - Without A Weapon
SuitX Cheap Medical Exoskeleton
'... standing on two corrugated-soled titanium footplates...' - Fritz Leiber, 1968.
Io's Sulphur Dioxide
'All the water in the air froze first and made a blanket ten feet thick or so...' - Fritz Lieber, 1951.
Medical Exoskeleton From Cyberdyne Gets FDA Approval
It's been a long road for HAL-5; I started writing about it in 2005.