October 8, 2010

Mini-Exoskeleton Can Wreak Mini-Havoc

While it wasn't really designed for this purpose, your kidlet will really stand out this Halloween when she/he dons this mini-exoskeleton from Sakakibara Kikai. At a height of 5.25 ft. and a weight of 400 lb., it will crush mere mortal toddlers in their plastic faces and flame retardant garb. The $21,000 price tag of the walker doesn't seem to include an adequate seatbelt, however.

Via Sakakibara Kikai (translated)

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October 7, 2010

This Robot Does Windows

Think of it as vertical Roomba. The Korean Windoro window cleaning robot is a combination of two neodymium magnets, with one on each side of the glass. The Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robotics bot uses sensors and obstacle detection for movement, while using spinning pads and detergent to take care of the chore. Unfortunately, it cannot move from one pane to another and ended up costing PIRO about $260,000 to build, so we might stick to the hose for now.

Via Plastic Pals

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October 6, 2010

Robotic Arm Users Prefer Manual

Sometimes even robot researchers can overdo it. A team from the University of Central Florida came up with a way to improve a robot arm for those with physical limitations by a click of a button, the result being that the arm "decides" how to best perform needed tasks. They were surprised to find that users preferred the manual control over automatic because they found the latter "too easy."


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Sheldon Meets the Woz

If you are a fan of the "Big Bang Theory," then you already saw the season premiere that found Sheldon as a telepresence robot that chats it up with the "Great and Powerful Woz." You can get the DVD of last season as well as the first two if you want to catch up with the nerdish humor.


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October 4, 2010

"Endhiran" Finally Premieres

India's big budget movie "Endhiran" ("The Robot") finally made it to the big screen this past weekend. The Indian film stars 60 year-old megastar Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai and, with a budget of $35 million, has all the glitz, glamour and special effects equal to many Hollywood blockbusters. The official trailer shows bots that look midway between Iron Man and Terminator before the music even kicks in. Still, ya gotta love the pomp and circumstance of a premiere.


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October 1, 2010

Volkswagen Ad Speaks to Newspaper Recipients

How spooky would it be to pick up your local newspaper and have it talk back to you? That's exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago to those who grabbed the Times of India. Chips were embedded in the last page in a Volkswagen ad so that when opened, it began to tout the virtues of the car. Pretty kewl, but we hope they don't try this at any local airport.

Via Digital Inspiration

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September 28, 2010

Latest XOS-2 Improves in Strength

Greg Clark, the actor who played agent Phil Coulson in the movie Iron Man, took the latest Raytheon XOS-powered Exoskeleton for a test drive. Engineer Rex Jameson claims that the robotic suit is more fluid and stronger than the first, no matter how much weight is placed upon it. It will be used for carrying heavy weights by the military and disaster rescue teams. Power consumption is reduced by 50% now and eventually they are hoping for an additional 20% when it becomes untethered.

Via Raytheon

BTW, for those of you who believe that cinematic Exoskeletons are better than the real thing, today is the official DVD release date of Iron Man 2.

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September 24, 2010

Core Robot Carries the Most Weight

Japan's Chiba Institute of Technology's Core is a headless bot that can handle heavy loads and knows to bend at the knees while doing so. At a height of 6' 2" and a weight of 507 lbs., he can handle up to 220 lbs. and can function as a helper, eventually working his way to assisting the elderly or disabled in the next couple of years. Oddly enough, Core shares his history with ASIMO as both are descended from Wabot 1.

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September 23, 2010

AMEE is Runaway Star of "Red Planet"

Send Val Kilmer, Carrie Ann Moss, Tom Sizemore and a kickass robot to the moon Mars in the year 2057, and you get the general idea behind the 2000 film "Red Planet". AMEE may not rank up there with HAL, but she is a force to be reckoned with. We don't want to give too much away, but you would think if we were advanced enough to get to Mars, we would be advanced enough to come up with another way to resuscitate a human who stopped breathing. Still, it is worth a viewing.

Via "Red Planet"

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September 22, 2010

New Cartoon Network Series Features Giant Robot

Genndy Tartakovsky, the brains behind such Cartoon Network faves as the 'Powerpuff Girls', 'Dexter's Laboratory' and the 'Star Wars: Clone Wars' miniseriesis is back with a new show, 'Sym-Bionic Titan.' The series features two alien teens who can morph into a giant mecha and a robot that leave their besieged home planet and seek refuge on earth. The humorous show debuted last Friday and we wish it a long run.

Via Sym-Bionic Titan

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