Archivio per marzo, 2009

Honda’s Army Of Brain Controlled Bots

martedì, marzo 31st, 2009

Honda Links Your Thoughts Directly To ASIMO Robot

By Meredith Woerner,

12:00 PM on Tue Mar 31 2009,


has found a way to connect your brain directly to its ASIMO bot, by
directing the patterns of electric currents and cerebral blood flow.
What’s next: hands-free driving?

In an astounding
presentation this Tuesday at the Honda Tokyo headquarters, the car
manufacturer debuted this video presentation where a subject, donning
the heavily monitored helmet, made the ASIMO robot move, using his


According to Britebart
the robot can respond to commands to move its right hand or left hand,
trot and mimic eating – all through the power of mind control. The
project’s still in the heavy research mode and isn’t ready for a live
trial, as the helmet wearer could be too easily distracted. Also, since
brain patterns are not universally the same, each subject needs two to
three hours of study before linking up to ASIMO.

But I’m even more curious as to what happens when the sexy lab
instructor shows up? All kidding aside, this truly is a jaw-dropping
feat. This technology could enable millions of disabled people to
control robotic avatars or wheelchairs, along with numerous other
possibilities. It’s hard not to think that somewhere Ronald D. Moore is
rubbing his hands together in delight, muttering "I warned you all."

Photo from AP/Koji Sasahara



lunedì, marzo 16th, 2009

Japan’s HRP-4C ‘fashion model robot’ unveiled, already harassed

da Engadget di Thomas Ricker

While that perv in the back is busy shooting HRP-4C’s firm buttocks
shaped from a glossy Stormtrooper alloy, the rest of us can marvel at
the fact that Japan has produced a walking, talking fashion robot.
Standing at just over 5-feet tall and 95-pounds, HRP-4C, developed by
Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and
Technology, will make its catwalk debut next week at the Tokyo fashion
show. The she-bot features 30 motors spread throughout its body with an
additional eight motors in its face for expressing general boredom and disgust with the help.
Its main purpose is entertainment and to attract crowds much like its
fleshy counterparts — so don’t expect home cooked meals and laundry
service should you take the $200,000 robot home. Unfortunately, HRP-4C
didn’t function as planned today. Reports say that the robot, "kept
looking surprised, opening its mouth and eyes in a stunned expression,
when the demonstrator had asked it to smile or look angry." Hmm, sounds
like a fully functional model-slash-actress to us.

[Via Straits Times]


giovedì, marzo 12th, 2009
Cartoon Robot Is Plotting Its Three-Fingered Bloody Uprising

Toshiba’s new household robot, the ApriAttenda, may have a
humiliatingly cute cartoon face, but its robot brain plots murder. Its
three-fingered hands long to shred your flesh, while its palm-cameras
record every detail. Gallery below. More »

Rollin’ Justin and DESIRE robots

giovedì, marzo 5th, 2009

Video: Rollin’ Justin and DESIRE robots take out trash, follow commands

da Engadget di Darren Murph

Future Parc Hall, an out-of-the-way palace where we spotted Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s iPoint 3D yesterday,
was also home to two of the baddest, most sophisticated robots we’ve
ever had the pleasure of watching. Tattooed DESIRE (the orange guy) and
Rollin’ Justin (the blue fellow), these two humanoids were built with
the hope of one day being available for sale to elderly and single
individuals who need another being around the house to take care of
things. DESIRE seemed mighty great at picking up random cans and
tossing ‘em in the garbage, while Rollin’ Justin listened intently to
commands from his master, spoke aloud to confirm them, and then obeyed.
We captured everything on video for those who couldn’t make it to CeBIT, so hop on past the break to have a look.

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