Robots were so plentiful on the big screen during the 1990s, we had to break the decade into two slideshows. The first runs through 1994 and includes classics such as Terminator 2, Alien 3, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
With this collection, the debate intensifies on just what is considered a robot. How about an android? Is a part-human, part-machine concoction a robot? How about Edward Scissorhands, a creature cobbled together à la Frankenstein’s monster? We took the wide view, giving you the whole range and letting you decide whether the movie depicts a robot or some other kind of manmade contraption.
Click the image below to see some of our favorite 90s robots.
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day: The second film in the series is set 11 years after the first film. It opens with the 1997 nuclear holocaust event. Then the time frame shifts to the year 2029 in Los Angeles where a silvery, skeletal, humanoid machine holds a massive battle rifle. It scans the black horizon of the war-torn terrain, revealing its red, glowing eyes. A battle is in progress between human guerrilla troops and the robot terminators. The sleek, more modern android is composed of poly-mimetic metal, meaning it can take on the shape, color, and texture of anything it touches. It can also mimic human behavior, such as imitating the voices of its victims. (Source: roundtree7.com)
Rob--these slides do bring back memories. The thing that fascinates me about the robotic characters is the computer graphics used to develop the story line. My dream job would to work for PIXAR or some other motion picture concern to develop these 'bots virtually. I think that would be really fun. Great slide show.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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