Archivio per ottobre, 2008

The Assistant Robot cleans almost all that you soil

mercoledì, ottobre 29th, 2008
di Thomas Ricker

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Sure, it looks like a friendly robot strapped to a mobile toilet, but
this robo-maid developed by Tokyo University’s Information and Robot
Technology (IRT) center won’t be assisting with the after birth of your
Turducken dinner. Assistant Robot is domestic enough to do the laundry,
sweep, and clean up the kitchen… but there are limits what its 3D
sensors will respond to. Its creators claim that it can recognize when
there’s more laundry to do and won’t be distracted from completing its
task by the roar of the crowd from the television. That gives men about
10 – 20 years to get their act together before this robot could
conceivably go production. Hot domestic cleaning action in the video
posted after the break.

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giovedì, ottobre 23rd, 2008

Now robots hope to put dogs out of work too

da Engadget di Thomas Ricker

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Nothing fulfills the need for companionship like the cold hard steel of
a robot. The gentle whooshing of gears and servos floats misty lavender
doughnuts of joy into the hearts of even the most severely disabled
farmers. So we’re stoked to see that researchers at the Georgia
Institute of Technology have taken the best attributes of our canine
helpers and applied them to the EI-E helper robot. Like a service dog
trained to grab hold of a towel to manipulate doors and drawers, the
domestic robot can navigate the complexities of your home decor and
respond to laser pointed or voice-commands such as push, pull, and a
variety of hot tugging actions. Drape that thing in a plush, doughboy suit and we’ll be singing Ee i Ee i Oh! all the way home.

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NET Tansor web bot

mercoledì, ottobre 15th, 2008

Bandai’s Net Tansor Web bot steals blogger jobs from filthy humans

da Engadget di Paul Miller

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We always figured this day would come, but so soon? We’re obsolete, ladies and gentlemen. It’s been a great ride, and we’re glad we got to do just one more Stevenote
with y’all before we fade into the night, but the robots have arrived,
and they’re going to blog harder, better, faster and stronger. We
cannot compete. Bandai just announced the Net Tansor Web, a
WiFi-equipped robot with a built-in camera for snapping his
soon-to-be-award-winning exposés and posting them to the web at regular
intervals alongside witty commentary. The bot can react to reader
comments like "a little to the right," or "you suck, why don’t you just
call it Applegadget?" and adjust accordingly. Net Tansor also can
handle live video, reads RSS feeds out loud and knows no fatigue.
Bandai’s going to be selling this for 50,000 Yen (about $490 US)
whenever it’s ready.


mercoledì, ottobre 15th, 2008

WowWee’s Mr. Personality reviewed, found to like long walks on the beach

da Engadget di Darren Murph

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It’s beginning to sound like a broken record, but WowWee has hit yet another homer with Mr. Personality.
The latest from the firm to jockey for your hard earned dollars
includes an LCD face and enough jokes / stories to keep you engrossed
for hours. Max and Simon — this creature’s very own Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde — kept critics guessing, and each character was said to be "well
developed and play off each other perfectly." Continuing on, reviewers
noted that the omnidirectional wheels were "incredible," the remote was
"simple and intuitive" and the sensor array was equally impressive.
‘Tis a shame — we bet you were really looking forward to holding onto
that $300 of yours


martedì, ottobre 14th, 2008

Mahru the robot dances to mask its emotional insecurities

da Engadget di Samuel Axon

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We’ve enjoyed watching KIST‘s Hubo do crazy things like wear the face of Albert Einstein and ride a Segway,
but we haven’t given as much attention to its brother Mahru. Feeling
left out, the biped learned to dance with its upper body whilst walking
around — an impressive feat, considering it wasn’t all that long ago
that scientists first managed to get these things to take five steps
without falling flat on their faces. Mahru also releases scents to
express its artificial emotions, so you should be able to smell
something fishy when it achieves sentience and begins angrily plotting
to destroy its creators. Take a gander at a South Korean TV news report
after the break.

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venerdì, ottobre 10th, 2008

WowWee’s Mr. Personality robot is now ready to charm you out of $300

da Engadget di Donald Melanson

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WowWee’s Mr. Personality bot made its debut way back at CES in January but, like some other WowWee products
announced at the show, it’s only just now made its way into
availability. As you can see above, the bot’s a close relative of
WowWee’s Tri-Bot, with it boasting the notable addition of an LCD screen for a face, which promises to "display his personality with animated and synchronized facial features."
The bot also includes an SD card slot than can be used to add
additional personalities, plus 64MB of internal memory, a remote
control, all the usual sensors and, of course, plenty of fortune and
joke-telling features that promise endless hours of fun / annoyance.
Just be prepared to shell out for that robot companionship, as Mr.
Personality’s company will cost you a hefty $300.

[Via Robo Community]

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HAL robotic

mercoledì, ottobre 8th, 2008
da Engadget di Samuel Axon

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If you’ll recall, Tsukuba University professor Yoshiyuki Sankai designed a robotic suit called HAL-5 a few years ago. Production of this handicap-overcomer began back in 2006,
and as promised, manufacturer Cyberdyne (not to be confused with
Cyberdyne Systems, best known for its genocidal Skynet AI and army of
Terminator robots) is finally ready to crank it out in large numbers.
Starting this Friday, HAL will be available for rent in Japan at the
modest rate of $2,200 per month. Sankai hopes it will prove useful to
the elderly and folks with disabilities by providing super-strength
mechanical assistance when they send brain signals to move their limbs.
HAL may be used for good but it won’t be used for awesome; Sankai has
turned down military-types who’ve expressed interest.


mercoledì, ottobre 8th, 2008

Japan Is Creating Your Future Cyborg Overlords Right Now

I don’t know what’s crazier — that there’s a Japanese company called
Cyberdyne, or the fact that it’s creating cyborg limbs that look sort
of like 1960s Cybermen. Or maybe the fact that its cyborg limbs are
called "Human Assistive Limb," or HAL for short. What’s next? The
Brilliant Organ Replacement Group? It’s like they’re announcing that we’re doomed. It’s bad enough that Skynet already exists. More pics below the fold.

Cyberdyne showed off these HAL robot suits today at the company’s new R&D center in Tsukuba City. Mass production of our new overlords
the suits will begin Oct. 10. The suits actually read brain signals and
figure out how you’re going to move, then they assist with motion, for
people with gait disorders or seniors. The suits will go for U.S.
$2,200 a month, or $1,500 for just one leg. Top image by AP/Kasahara. Other images by Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP/Getty.