October 5, 2009

Introducing Vstone's Robovie-nano


Vstone has a new set of bots to play with that they have dubbed Robovie-nano. At a height of 23 cm, they have 15 moving joints and hands that grip, can be programmed to perform lots of tasks and movements, are cutesy to the max and will set you back ¥53,500 (~$596.00.)

Via Vstone (translated)

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October 1, 2009

Soccer Playing Hajime 33

Hajime Sakamoto usually designs smaller humanoid combatants, but this time has come up with Hajime 33 who is almost 2 meters tall. He walks, stands on one leg and plays soccer. The inventor has plans to build a full size Gundam in the next few years. Check out his site for his previous creations.

Via Hajime Robot

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September 30, 2009

Toyota Releases Running Bot

Toyota's R&D has a bot designed for speed. It can do 100m in under a minute which makes it a 7km run. We are not sure why they felt it necessary to make this one, but maybe the company wants to warn us to continue to be very afraid.

Via Pocket-lint

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September 29, 2009

JingJing and BeiBei Can Wup Ass, Then Apologize

The Beijing Institute of Technology have two new robotic family members. JingJing and BeiBei are life-size humanoids that can perform in the area of martial arts. Standing 5′4″ tall and weighing 143 lbs. apiece, this latest generation of BHR-1 and BHR-2 robots can also carry on a conversation. We assume that comes after the match. Creator Professor Duan Xingguang claims that current robotics is in a place that PCs were 30 years ago, but expects rapid advancement in the future.

Via Plastic Pals

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September 28, 2009

Taizo Motivates Exercisers with Cuteness

Japan spends a lot of its time warning us about the size of their centenarian population (last report has it at 40,000.) The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) built Taizo (based on the word "taisou," which means "calisthenics,") to motivate their senior citizens to exercise more. With 26 joints, the 28" tall robo-instructor has up to 30 different moves. Taizo can go for about 2 hours on a charge, understands simple commands, can lead a group and will work for you at a price of ¥800,000 (~$8,000.00.)

Via Pink Tentacle

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September 25, 2009

Must Have: Spokesmodel FemiSapien


Sometimes a TV commercial inadvertently promotes another product, such as a download of the background music or clothing on a model. So when we see the USPS ad for Priority Mail that features the FemiSapien, we are impressed enough to make her our Must Have this week. Not only does she come loaded with 36 functions, 20 routines and 59 hidden functions, she can sing, dance and blow kisses. We bet WowWee is proud as punch of their spokesrobot, even if was only a cameo appearance.

Via WowWee Bots

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Doka Harumi Joins the Robot Ranks

Doka Harumi has been programmed with the motto, "I will sing, dance, and work to be helpful for people." Standing 130 cm tall, the Robo-One member was recently put through her paces in a 2 meter dash and then made to perform in a Bottle Traction event (shoving water bottles across a designated space.) Now, if her humans could get her to run to the nearest store to purchase those bottles, this would be a wondrous thing.

Via Robo-One (Japanese)

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September 9, 2009

Nao Works the MS Surface

Aldebaran Robotics' Nao was put to a test by playing with the Microsoft Surface. Watch as he zooms in and out on the tiger and shuffles around other photos. We have to admit that he is rather cute and doesn't seem to notice that he can play with the electronic table with no need of human intervention.

Via Technomaniac (translated)

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September 3, 2009

Ecceribit Designed to Ape Human Body

The Eccerobot is (Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot) designed to mimic a human's skeleton, joints and tendons. Made of a "springy, bone-like, thermoplastic polymer," the anthropomimetic bot has sensors that allow it to interact with its environment. We would be grateful if in lieu of skin, they at least give him a shirt to wear.

Via Eccerobot

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August 19, 2009

KITRO is Ecologically Friendly

Yura Sugiura, a student at Keio University's Graduate School of Media and Design, decided to build a bot that is eco friendly. The 200mm KITRO is certainly people oriented and weighs in at 450g, including his batteries. Made of 90% wood, he is partially named for the Japanese word for wood which is "ki."

Via Robots Dreams

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