Archivio per giugno, 2009


domenica, giugno 28th, 2009

Ecco una vera auto robot transformer

periodo di Transformers (al cinema impazzerà ‘la vendetta del caduto’)
ecco come si muovono nella vita reale le auto robot trasformabili.

Eccovi il breve video del WR-07, un
prototipo realizzato per gareggiare in una competizione di robot
artigianali: ci sembra già in grado di compiere il prossimo passo (con
le opportune modifiche).

Che ne dite? E, che vi piaccia o no, ne vedete una possibile utilità?

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teaching robots

domenica, giugno 28th, 2009

Tone-deaf robots teach each other to sing, passionately butcher a Happy Birthday rendition

da Engadget di Paul Miller

After what must’ve been a few painful minutes of rehearsal, a few
robots built by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music
Research have preformed what we assume to be their first and last paid
gig: a rendition of Happy Birthday to celebrate the 100th of the
Science Museum in the UK. What’s interesting about these bots —
outside of their horrible ear for music and laughable singing voices is
the fact that they’ve actually been programmed to communicate and teach
each other to sing through the process of singing to each other. Videos
of both painful acts are after the break, and while we wouldn’t call it
art, we shouldn’t throw stones: we’ve been in plenty of garage bands
that sounded quite a bit worse.


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FANUC’s M-430iA

giovedì, giugno 11th, 2009

Chef Robot makes sushi even more dangerous

da Engadget di Thomas Ricker

If you’re squeamish about eating sushi then we doubt this is going to
help. Chef Robot, on display at the International Food Machinery and
Technology Exhibition in Tokyo, is really just FANUC’s M-430iA
sanitary food and pharmaceutical robot with a fleshy appendage — guess
the rest of the human is right there on the serving tray. Soylent Green
is people!

[Via TokyoMango]


martedì, giugno 9th, 2009

Life-sized Tachikoma loose on the streets of Tokyo (update: video!)

da Engadget di Joseph L. Flatley

You know, we see a lot of kick-ass vehicles ‘round Engadget HQ, so it’s easy to grow a little jaded. Who can forget that Batman Tumbler we saw tearing up the asphalt last summer? Or the Halo Warthog
— complete with UN Space Command BDUs? Sure, either of those would
make for a fun-filled weekend (or a lifetime of weekends), but what
about something a little more suited to urban environs? Next time
you’re in Tokyo, make sure you look up a gentleman named San Kougei,
who put together a joystick-piloted replica Tachikoma (of Ghost In The Shell
fame). Who knows? Maybe he’ll even let you take it for a spin. We’re
looking forward to seeing some YouTube video of this bad boy, but in
the meantime we present you with one more pic (after the break).

Update: Video found… from 2006. Hey, it’s new to (most of) you!

[Via Tokyo Mango]

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The JAST robots

martedì, giugno 9th, 2009

Researchers develop a robot that reads your intentions, says you’re ‘thick’

da Engadget di Joseph L. Flatley

Robots won’t be able to wrest control of the planet from us silly humans until they learn how to collaborate. Sure, they can mow the lawn or mix a drink,
but only when you give ‘em explicit instructions. Luckily for our
future robot overlords, The EU’s JAST project is studying the ways that
humans work together, in the hope that it can someday teach robots to
anticipate the actions and intentions of a human partner. "In our
experiments the robot is not observing to learn a task," explains
Wolfram Erlhagen from the University of Minho. "The JAST robots already
know the task, but they observe behavior, map it against the task, and
quickly learn to anticipate [partner actions] or spot errors when the
partner does not follow the correct or expected procedure." This bad
boy has a neural architecture that mimics what happens when two people
interact, and the video below shows the rather melancholy automaton
trying to convince his human partner to pick up the right pieces to
complete a simple task. Watch it in action after the break.

Continue reading Researchers develop a robot that reads your intentions, says you’re ‘thick’


martedì, giugno 9th, 2009

Dustbot takes out the Eurotrash

da Engadget di Thomas Ricker

Push up those Armani shades and tighten your white trousers, the
Dustbot is coming to wash the scum off the streets like a Segway riding
Travis Bickle. Give him a call from your mobile and the Dustbot will
come to your house and dispose of the rubbish. At least that’s the plan
for this Italian disposal-bot fitted with GPS navigation, gyroscope,
and a bevy of sensors meant to keep it from crushing the innocents.
Look, we get that it’s a prototype and is meant to traverse the narrow
streets of ancient cities, but a trash collecting robot with the
capacity of just two kitchen cans seems like a serious limitation.
Watch the long slow ride after the break.

[Thanks, Craig]

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martedì, giugno 9th, 2009

humanoid robot packs full range of emotions to creep you out

da Engadget di Donald Melanson

Japan’s Tmsuk and Waseda University
have certainly proven themselves capable of pushing the boundaries of
robotics on their own, but few could have been prepared for what they
were able devise when they teamed up, their creation itself included.
That somewhat startled face you see above is the KOBIAN Emotional
Humanoid Robot, which is not only able to walk about and interact with
humans, but use its entire body in addition to its facial expressions
to display a full range of emotions. That’s apparently possible in part
thanks to a new double-jointed neck that lets it achieve some more
expressive postures and, of course, a slew of motors in its face that
lets it move its lips, eyelids and those all-important eyebrows. Still
sleeping a little too comfortably? Then head on past the break for the
video. There’s always a video.

[Via Pink Tentacle]

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martedì, giugno 9th, 2009

Gundam turns 30, celebrates with the most awesome statue ever

da Engadget di Tim Stevens

Statue of Liberty? Striking, but a bit demure. Trenchcoat-clad Stalin
statue in Gori, Georgia? Iconic, but disheartening. Giant RX-78-2
Gundam statue at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo, Japan? Unquestionably badass.
The massive biped is currently under construction, part of a
celebration for the 30 year anniversary of the original Mobile Suit
Gundam series. When completed it will be full-scale, standing 59-feet
tall, weighing 35 tons, and even shooting "light or mist" from 50
different points along its structure. All systems should be fully
operational by July 11 — hopefully soon enough to stop the forthcoming
Zeon armada.


martedì, giugno 9th, 2009

"world’s largest robot competition," in SF June 12-14

da Boing Boing di Xeni Jardin

The annual DIY robotics event is just a week away. Anyone can participate — and that means you.

This years attendees come from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada,
Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Mexico,
Peru, Russia, South Korea, UK, and the United States. Can the UK’s
5-time gold medalist "Ziggy" retain it’s lead for an amazing 6th year?
Will Brazil finally sweep the combat classes? Can Team USA regain the
top spot in humanoid soccer, having lost a heartbreaking defeat to

The event will host over 70 different
competitions, including 18 different events just for walking humanoids.
Large scale combat robots will fight to the death behind bulletproof
glass, thrilling the crowd with crashing, smashing, flame-throwing, and
miscellaneous wanton destruction. The combat robots, weighing as much
as 340 pounds, are what draws most people to the event, but many stay
for the AI based sumo robots, soccer bots, and kinetic art that fills
out the venue.

But that’s not all – other events include kung-fu humanoids, hockey
bots, fire fighting competitions, autonomous explorer bots (like the
Mars Rovers!), art bots, bartending robots, and mechanical marvels that
defy description! The newest event is "Mech Warfare." Humanoid robots
with bb cannons and rockets with try to take each other down, while the
pilots control them remotely via in-robot cameras, with no look at the
field from above.

Friday-Sunday, June 12-14, 2009, Fort Mason, San Francisco. Kids under
7 get in free, tickets for everyone else range from $15-20 per day.
I’ve witnessed their events before, and the Robogames folks always put
on an amazing show. Well worth the modest ticket price. (Image courtesy Robogames)