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speed

martedì, agosto 25th, 2009

Video: Robot hand shows off amazing dexterity, speed

da Engadget di Vladislav Savov


So you want something to look forward to in your fast approaching old age, eh? If robots playing baseball
doesn’t quite cut it, how’s about a robohand that redefines what we
understand by the word "dexterity"? The Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory is at it again, this time demonstrating robotic appendages with a reaction time of a single millisecond.
Using harmonic drive gears and a (really) high-speed actuator, the
three-fingered hands can tie your shoelaces, tweezer your brow, and
even perform some kung fu pen spinning for the ladies. Video after the
break — skip ahead if you must, but don’t miss out on the slow-mo
action at 2:40 in the demo, it’s pure kinetic poetry.

[Via Hizook; Thanks, Thomas B]

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robot KISS

martedì, agosto 25th, 2009

Video: The first (televised) kiss between robots

da Engadget di Vladislav Savov


Theatrical bots "Thomas" and "Janet" — who look complex enough to do non-theatrical work too — have been smacking lips since a December 2008 production of Phantom of the Opera
in Taiwan, but only now has video evidence of their deviant activities
surfaced on the interwebs. Causing equal measures of dread, horror and
subconscious freaky thoughts, it’s a tour de force of science going down a very dark (and probably moist) path.
Technically, it’s a fine exhibition of complex multidimensional
coordination and intrinsic self-balancing mechanisms, an excuse you’re
at liberty to use if someone catches you watching the videos after the
break.

SIMON robot

martedì, agosto 25th, 2009

Simon the robot wins award, is super cute, seems pretty boring to hang out with

da Engadget di Laura June

Simon — the creation of Georgia Tech labs and Dr. Andrea Thomaz — is a robot
with an articulated torso and anthropomorphic hands — and a head that
will stop you in your tracks. This handsome little fellow was designed
to help study human – robot interactions, and he will be learning
different social skills over the coming weeks and months. We don’t have
many details as to what Simon spends his time doing, other than hanging
out looking insanely cute, but check the video of him in action after
the break — and by "in action," we definitely mean putting a blue
block into a little blue bucket super, super slowly.

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