August 5, 2008

BeRobot - World's Smallest?

Taiwan's GeStream BeRobot makes a claim to being the smallest humanoid robot on the planet, even smaller than the I-SOBOT. Standing only 15cm tall, it can perform push-ups, (although we don't know why it would want to,) kick mini-footballs, and gets back up after falling down. Run by remote control, it has an AI-Mg alloy skeleton, is programmable and, as the site says, is "much funny." Look for the 2008 models in September.

Via GeStream

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August 4, 2008

Robotan Toilet Paper Holder


Don't have a robot in your bathroom yet? Airyusha has come up with this Robotan Toilet Paper Holder. Made of heavy-duty ceramic in your choice of colors, it actually comes with a roll of 100% of environmentally safe recycled paper. We guess that makes up for the hefty $49.99 price tag.

Via Audio Cubes

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Toyota to Release Winglet PRTs

Toyota has unveiled their line of personal transportation robots they call Winglets. All three models are about 18 x 10" and the smallest is foldable and weighs a mere 22 lbs. Looking at the video, we think we need a bit of balance to master the Type S, while the M and L PTRs appear to be more of the Segway ilk. We still find them environmentally correct modes of transportation and would love to give them a spin.

Via crave

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July 31, 2008

Author Murasaki Shikibu Immortalized

"The Tale of Genji," a famous novel in Japan, was written by Murasaki Shikibu. Kyoto University's Robo-Garage has honored her with a robotic replica. Standing 31 cm high and weighing 1.5kg, the bot wears a kimono similar to those worn in the 11th century, the time that the book was written. She has a built-in MP3 player, runs on NiMH batteries and moves with an 8-axis system. Murasaki is so far only a prototype, but Robo-Garage is planning a limited edition of the robotic author.

Via CrunchGear

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Japanese Comic Zenjiro Partners with PaPeRo


This has to be a really strange partner for a comedian. Zenjiro has teamed with one of NEC's PaPeRos, bots that speaks Japanese and English. Apparently they perform a skit that makes fun of Japan's English language teaching with the robot as the instructor. While this does not sound like an outstanding performance idea to us, NEC must be thrilled to be getting free advertising under the guise of humor. While we couldn't find any video of the two and their act, we did find about 10 seconds of blue humor on YouTube.

Via Metropolis

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July 24, 2008

GigaPan Creates Incredible Panoramas


Carnegie Mellon University Researchers have come up with the GigaPan, a gadget that can capture over 1 billion high-res pixels. You simply attach it to your digital camera and tripod and it automatically clicks the shutter with a robotic finger to create overlapping images. The result is a very kewl panorama of up to 90 minutes. CMU is hoping to release the GigaPan later this year for a price of $150.00 - $300.00. Check out the results on

(Thanks, Susan)

Via Picture Snob

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Manekin Robotto Walks the Runway


Talk about skinny! The Hyogo Prefectural Institute of Technology has unveiled its Manekin Robotto which is, in essence, a fashion model robot. At a height of 160cm and a weight of 30kg, the robot has 16 joints and motorized cylinders that allows it to cross and bend its legs. It is controlled by an SDcard with instructions, via a cell phone, or by PC. Made with an aluminum frame, the Manekin Robboto can grace your runway for a cool $940.00. We wonder if they make them in a healthier looking model.

Via CrunchGear

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July 21, 2008

Beware of Robot Stickers


Those who have guard robots instead of dogs will have to get at least one of these for their front door. Created by Mister Robotics at Suicide Bots, the sticker is an updated re-release of their original and will only set you back $3.00.

Via Suicide Bots

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July 7, 2008

San Jose Art Museum Features a Summer of Robots

If you are fortunate enough to be in the San Jose area this summer, you should try to catch the Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon exhibit at their Musuem of Art. Running until October 19, the show features the development of robot iconography in the last 50 years. There are sculptures, paintings, photographs, digital media, and installations created by over 20 artists. Included in the exhibit are "Video Labels" by various artists, including this one from Clayton Bailey, who explains where he gets his materials and why he is into robots. Sit through the whole video and you can see some of his incredible creations.

Via San Jose Museum of Art

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July 3, 2008

R2-D2 USB 4-Port Hub


One can never have enough Star Wars robots around. Plug the R2-D2 USB 4-port Hub into your computer and he lights up, moves his head, and speaks in that animated language we have all grown to love, even if we can't understand it. The hub will be out in August, but you can pre-order now at Geek Stuff 4U for $67.72 if the force is with you.

Via Akihabara News

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