November 17, 2009

AWE Adjusts to its User

Clemson University's School of Architecture has been working on a robotic wall. The AWE (Animated Workplace Environment) rearranges to fit its users needs with eight degrees of freedom. With a touchscreen display and powered by motors, 6 configurations are offered when someone makes a move towards its motion sensors.


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October 27, 2009

Witness the Blob With Attitude

The ChemBot, being developed by DARPA, can shape shift between semi-liquid and semi-solid states by injecting air into a membrane that's filled with particulate matter. The plan here is to take the odd robot and place it where others can't since it can get larger or smaller, roll around, or pass through cracks in a wall. iRobot is in charge of the project to create the prototype after receiving a $3.3 million grant.

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September 2, 2009

Butl-R-Bot Conquers the Kitchen


Tim Leeding's entry into Electrolux's Design Lab Competition was good enough to make it to the finals. His Butl-R-Bot does everything you have to with arms, fan arrays for movement, cameras and sensors. The result is that it can fly around and "cook meals, order and collect food, manipulate all tasks a human can around the kitchen and interact with all available kitchen utensils and appliances."

Leeding foresees his creation as coming true in 90 years. We want one now.

Via Yanko

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January 6, 2009

G-shock Robots Celebrate Casio Anniversary


In order to promote their 25th anniversary, Casio came up with G-shock Robots. Designed by Shiro Nakano, they seem to appear at various retailers in Japan. We expect that if enough bot-freaks pay attention and respond, we will see more of them in the States in commercials and maybe even real-life models.


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i-SOBOT Named Robot of the Year 2008


The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) was established in 2006 in Japan to encourage the development of robotics. In December, they announced that the 2008 robot of the year was Takara Tomy's i-SOBOT because of its decent price, advanced technology and entertainment value. We have heard some vague rumors that Tomy was thinking of discontinuing the diminutive bot, but suspect they will now rethink this.


Other awards went to Book Time, an auto-page turning bot and a rice planting robot developed by the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization.


Via Pink Tentacle

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January 5, 2009

Clear Cut Assists Firefighters


Jordan Guelde and Daniel Shankland II have designed a robot that just may become more popular than Smokey the Bear. The Clear Cut clears large areas around a fire to keep it from spreading. The prototype has hubless motors and an integrated fuel system to make it work. We think that if the pair can develop it even further, they might consider equipping it with a very large hose.

Via Yanko

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December 31, 2008

KAR Does Your Dishes

Panasonic and the University of Tokyo have teamed to make KAR, a prototype kitchen bot designed to rinse dishes in the sink and then put them in the dishwasher. It even manages to start the washing process. It has 18 sensors so that it can handle the most delicate China without breakage. The team is hoping to make them affordable, smaller, lighter, and capable of loading a family of four's dishes in minutes. We hope they remember to program KAR to add the detergent.

Via Gadgetlite

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July 7, 2008

Seascout Prototype Saves Swimmers


Next time you hit the beach, you might come across New Zealander Andre Harley's Seascout Aquatic Rescue Robot. It features a GPS tracker and EIPIRB technology, and works manually or with pre-programming. There is internal lighting, a sunroof, and a radio system onboard for communications. You can see more pix and details on the designer's site.

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