Bad Bots is currently available on Steam for PC and Mac. For a limited time you can pick it up at a 25% discount, making Bad Bots $7.49 down from its usual cost of $9.99.
The retro indie Bad Bots will have you running and gunning through 170 exciting rooms, including the Evacuation Bay, Mechanical Shafts and Robot Workshops. Battle against over 2,000 psychotic robots made up of various types of bots, all with the intent to kill you. This includes 7 Bosses all with distinctive attacks including the fire-spitting Flamebot, electrified orbs and the death grip of the Spider.
Fight against your enemies with 8 different weapons such as an axe, rifle, shotgun and a grenade launcher. Bad Bots also serves up a variety of gameplay options such as the challenge mode where you must survive 60 seconds against endless enemies as well as the Sci-Fi story based campaign.
For gaming sessions from the couch, Bad Bots offers full controller and Steam’s Big Picture support. Bad Bots was developed by Vanni Del Moral (Point Five Projects) and published by Digital Tribe.
In an attempt to protect the shores of the United States, Homeland Security has created the ultimate weapon in the war on terror. Dubbed BioSwimmer, the robotic fish is modeled after a tuna, which is said to have the perfect shape for an underwater, unmanned vehicle.
Developed by Boston Engineering Corporation’s Advanced Systems Group the robot sports great maneuverability, which allows it to get into places that something bigger or less nimble wouldn’t be able to reach. However, rather than only act like one of those bomb-diffusing robots but underwater, the robotic fish can also go out on underwater patrol and perform searches, or make inspections of underwater equipment.
Program manager for the project David Taylor explains why BioSwimmer was based off the seemingly innocuous tuna — biomimetics. Biomimetics is the study of basing the designs of machines on the designs of nature, following the notion that biological creatures that have survived in nature must be doing something right. The tuna has had millions of years to adapt to an underwater environment, and provide a worthwhile blueprint for an underwater surveillance drone.
Unlike the tuna, BioSwimmer is capable of swimming around in high viscosity fluids, such as oil, and can be controlled via a laptop, or operate on its own. The fish also comes equipped with a long-lasting battery, as well as sensors and communications equipment to report findings back to home base.
If Homeland Security gets its way — and we here in the US hope they do — we can sleep safe at night knowing the war on terror is being fought away from our shores and not on our beaches.
via Daily Mail
The next time you have to go under the knife, you might want to ask the doctor if he’s played any good video games lately. According to a new medical study, gamers have are more likely to have the strong hand-eye coordination skills required for robotic surgery than non-gaming medical residents.
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston took a sample of high school sophomores as well as college students, all of whom said they played video games for multiple hours every day, and then tested their skills in a robotic surgery simulator. The same tests were also given to a sampling of the medical school’s residents.
Their performance was rated across 20 different parameters. Surprisingly (but perhaps not), the high school students — average age 16 — had the best average scores. The college students had the second best scores, while the UTMB residents were at the bottom of group.
As if that wasn’t evidence enough, the entire idea for the study was sparked when lead author Dr. Sami Kilic took was with his son, an “avid gamer,” at a medical convention. Kilic said he was amazed when he saw his son try out a robotic surgery simulator that was on display. He was “immediately at ease with the technology,” Kilic said.
Robotic surgery is quickly becoming a highly practiced form of medicine. From robotic prostate removal to incredibly precise eye surgery, this emerging form of medical technology is safer, and drastically cuts back on patient recovery time.
It is not that surprising that gamers would be able to grasp the controls and have the precision required for such a task. And in fact, there are actually video games that simulate surgery. So if games can teach people how to drive, why not surgery too?
via Eureka Alert