February 9, 2010

Proto-2 Walks Better But is No Beauty

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It's Advanced Robotic Systems Laboratories' turn to release our choice for creepy-looking robot of the week. Proto-2 has an "expressive" face (looks pained to us,) and a better waling gait thanks to ARSL's dynamic toe-joint. At a height of 81.3cm, the humanoid bot is made of plastic and aluminum and features a 1.3 megapixel camera, directional microphones, joint positioning, and temperature and load feedback. Future applications may include using Proto-2 for research, in medical facilities and as Diego-San's new best friend.

Via ARS

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February 3, 2010

ASIMO to Show Off Singing Skills

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Is there no end to the talented ASIMO? It seems that a patent is in the works that will allow the Honda humanoid to name that tune and sing it. The patent has been filed by Stamoulis & Weinblatt, admirers of karaoke, no doubt.

Via US Patent Office

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January 27, 2010

Evolta Goes Green

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Evolta has turned green. He isn't nauseous; he is being used to promote Panasonic's new rechargeable batteries. The cellphone charm will come with selected packages of the eco-friendly batteries in Japan.

Via Panasonic

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January 25, 2010

Diego-San's Creator Takes Offense

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After several blogs made derogatory comments about UCSD's Diego-San's creepy face, including us, the team leader decided to vocally fight back on Bot Junkie. Here are some of his comments,

"I am Javier Movellan, the guy in the picture with Diego San and the leader of Project One at the University of California San Diego. What you see in the picture was the finished body of Diego San and the first prototype of the face. The body is an amazing piece of engineering that will challenge the limits of control theory and will help us move towards a better understanding of biological motion.

The face on the other hand was an obvious mistake and we are working on a new design. But remember the face is just a silicon mask that can be easily changed. It is unfortunate that the pictures of the old face were made public. I actually thought that the pictures were going to be for an internal leaflet and not to be made public. Then again that's what robotic research is about. You make mistakes, learn from the experience and make your prototype better the next time."

At the very least, Diego-San is getting attention. Dr. Movellan, we apologize and hope that you release your clever bot with a new face ASAP. We will do our best to circulate those as well. Until then, lighten up.

Via Bot Junkie

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January 20, 2010

I-Fairy Plays Receptionist

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The I-Fairy made an appearance at the recent CES 2010. She can be used for a guide or receptionist as she has voice recognition and goes into her routine when approached by humans. She comes with text-to-speech and motion software and has a limited 9º freedom in her head and arms, although her wrists, fingers, knees, and toes must be moved manually. Perched atop a pedestal, the Tinkerbot costs ¥ 6,500,000 (~$70,000.)

Via Kokoro

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January 18, 2010

Roxxxy - Now Everyone Can Have a Woman

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One of the attractions at the recent Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas was TrueCompanion's Roxxxy, who is so triple X that you need to be 18 just to enter her site. Creator Douglas Hines says she will recognize you and converse with you in addition to her other "duties." Get your sexbot for $7,500 to $10,000 (depending on features) and for those of you that prefer males, note that Rocky is not far behind (no pun intended.)

Via TrueCompanion

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UCSD Creates Ugliest RoboBaby Ever

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This is just wrong on so many levels. Dr. Javier Movellan and the Machine Perception Laboratory at UCSD created "Diego-San." And this is not just an ugly baby head, it's a giant ugly baby head. Apparently it has been designed to study brain development in infants and has 20 moving parts, can stand up and communicates with facial expression. Featured in the Japanese mag Kokoro News, we wonder if the next page showed the evil bot chewing off its maker's head.

Via BotJunkie

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January 12, 2010

ATOM-7x Runs on Atom

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Futurebots ATOM-7x (which stands for Advanced Technology for Optimizing Motion) certainly looks appealing and is powered by 2 Atom processors and runs Windows 7 and XP. After 8 years of development by Dan Mathais and team, the bot is set to make its debut with advanced stereo vision and 49º of movement. Atom seems to be making the rounds on the Interweb, but so far there is no video to prove the claim that he is quite the walker.

Via Futerbots

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January 5, 2010

Fiji Soft Intros Sakura-Chan

Fiji Soft's latest entry in the world of humanoids is Sakura-Chan. Debuting at the All Japan Robot Tournament, it has an LED display for facial recognition, a cam for seeing and speech recognition. The bot runs on Atom CPU, Ubuntu OS and WiFi and should be out sometime this year for what the company says will be a competitive price.

Via Plastic Pals

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January 4, 2010

Aiko Meets the Folks

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Roboticist Le Trung brought his girlfriend Aiko home for the holidays. The Canadian claims that he bought gifts for his $50,000 sweetheart because "Aiko is like any woman, she enjoys getting new clothes." He claims that she helped cook the turkey and hang decorations, a nifty trick considering that although Aiko can speak 13,000 sentences, she cannot walk. Trung has been working on V2 and will combine them and name her Yumecom (which means 'dream robot' in Japanese.)

Via Daily Mail

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