September 7, 2010

ASIMO Commutes to Austria

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ASIMO is on the move again. He (and his Honda keepers) have traveled to the Austrian Technology Fair to seek more feedback on his communication abilities. In particular, teamed with the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Honda set up an interactive game 'Deep Harmony' with volunteers to see if his gestures can be easily understood. Having seen ASIMO in action, we know that he is as close as it gets to human/robotic harmony.

Via Honda

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August 30, 2010

Rogun Protects Home, Amuses Tots

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The Korean company KornTech has developed the 1 meter tall Rogun that promises to walk, talk, act as sentry by identifying faces and alert its handlers by cellphone. His cameras and face-tracking software allow the security bot to register unwanted visitors and we guess his 7" LCD display lets his child/owner be reassures that he is a friendly bot. The wireless robot is available for about $5,000.

Via Chinese Engadget (translated)

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August 17, 2010

Aimec 3 is Affordable Companion

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Aimec 3 (Artificially Intelligent Mechanical Electronic Companion 3) is a 4 ft. tall service bot dreamed up by Tony and Judie Ellis of East Sussex, UK. With a camera for finding its way around, the third gen prototype understands verbal instructions and can perform chores such as dimming lights, turning on the TV and even access the Net to read the news. He can also sing, tell jokes and do impressions.

The couple is hoping to find a manufacturer and believes that Aimec will be the real deal in a couple of years at a price of £200 (~$311.00.) Ellis certainly knows what he is doing as he is the creator of the highly successful Cube World.

Via Telegraph

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August 5, 2010

Telenoid Semi-Human Presence

Hiroshi Ishiguro's latest idea is the Telenoid R1, a robot that uses sensors to transmit movement and sound and replicate them in humanoid form. A controller sits beind a computer with webcam and software to cause the effect. Note that the bot is folically challenged so that according to its developers, will look "as both male and female, as both old and young." (Note also that it is limbless.) R1 will go on sale in Japan later this year for about $8,000.

Via ATR

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July 23, 2010

Sex Changing Flobi More Simpatico

Watch this video from Germany's Bielefeld University that features Flobi, a robotic head that can go from male to female. They are hoping that the somewhat comical face will avoid 'uncanny valley,' the theory that humans are repulsed by some humanoid bots. When are roboticists going to learn we just want Rosie?rosie2.jpg

Via Spectrum ieee

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July 16, 2010

Bina48 - A Head in Progress

The Terasem Movement Foundation in Bristol, Vermont is home to Bina48. The humanoid head was modeled after a human named Bina, who spent lots of time teaching her vocabulary and applying personality traits. If she gets any more intelligent, perhaps she will request a torso.

Via NYT

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July 6, 2010

Humanoid Surena 2 Debuts in Iran

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Iran has a new robot, courtesy of Tehran University. Surena 2 is 4.76 ft. tall and weighs about 99 lbs. Unveiled at Saturday's 'Industry and Mine Day,' it took 20 robotic experts over 10,000 hours to develop. The humanoid can walk slowly, but that seems to be the extent of his talent for now as no others were made public. It is believed that engineers are working on vision and sound capabilities.

Via Press TV

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July 1, 2010

Naos Synchronized Dance

The Nao robot from Aldebaran Robotics has been around since 2006, but the humanoid is constantly being updated in design and now has up to 25º of movement. To prove their point, the company released a video of 20 of them practicing a synchronized dance for France's Pavillion Day. The bots also have touch, face and voice recognition ability. Even weirder is this clip that replaced the original tune with Beyonce's "Put a Ring On it." There is something really eerie about their performance and we hope they stick to entertainment when the final robotic takeover occurs.

Via Aldebaran

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June 29, 2010

Yae-Chan Amuses School Children

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Students of the Seibi Elementary School in Nara's Nishi-Kitsuji-cho district in Japan were introduced recently to Yae-chan, a two foot tall robot developed by the Nara National College of Technology. It was part of the elementary school's after school program designed to show how much fun science is. Apparently the introduction was a success as one of the students wanted to build his own in the future after playing with Yae-chan.

Via Mainichi

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June 25, 2010

Myon Carries on Without Limbs

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Myon, a creation of the Neurorobotics Research Laboratory at Humboldt University in Berlin, has a benefit of modular body parts, which equals out to faster, less expensive repair. Equipped with a cyclopic eyepiece and touch screen control, it can still function should one of its limbs fail.

Via Design Boom

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