September 21, 2010

Electrolux Top Finalist Robot Fridge

You have one more day to vote for the peoples' choice in the 2010 Electrolux Design Lab final. The most popular so far is the Bio Robot Fridge by Yuriy Dmitriev from Russia. The refrigerator is fairly spaceage with gel morphs that replace shelving and its altering sizes and dimensions allowing it to be hung vertically, horizontally, and even on the ceiling. The final judging by panel takes place this Thursday, September 23, at 100% Design in London.

Via Electrolux Design Lab

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BaR2D2 Gets an Upgrade

Just when you thought that BaR2D2 couldn't get any better, our bud Jamie has released instructions to his recently drink mixer upgraded barbot. Check him out!

Via Instructables

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HRP-4s Soon Ready for Ownership

The HRP-4 Robot can soon wreak havoc upon humans. Built by builder Kawada Industries and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the HRP-4 is now advanced enough to surpass its cousin 4C, which was used to model. This 5 foot humanoid has 34 moving joints, efficient fingers and has the option of having its own notebook computer to increase data processing. You can use him to serve drinks, tend those power tools or clean up that kitchen as he responds to voice commands. Expect to pay ¥26 million (~ $300,000) beginning in January, software not included.

Via Pink Tentacle

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September 17, 2010

Robotic Opera Set For Performance in Monaco

The Opera of the Future Group from the MIT Media Lab plans to present "Death and the Powers" in Monaco Sept. 24 - 26, the result of a 10 year project that features singing robots and a musical chandelier. Composed by Professor Tod Machover, it concerns a future without humans with the robots trying to understand what being alive was. More than 60 students and collaborators are needed to put on the show.

Via Laboratory Equipment

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September 16, 2010

E-Skin Makes Robots More Sensitive

Researchers at Stanford and Berkeley have developed e-skin, a "pressure-sensitive electronic material from semiconductor nanowires." They believe that the electronic skin, sensitive enough to feel a butterfly landing on it, can be used on robots who could determine how much pressure should be applied to tasks. It may also serve those with artificial limbs to regain feeling. We believe the first application may bring us closer to the day when robots become literal cuddle buddies with humans.

Via Physorg.

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September 14, 2010

The Chariot Assists in Standing/Walking

Exmovere has developed a Segway-based mobility device. Designed for those who have difficulty standing or walking, especially for an extended period, the Chariot is hands free and self-balancing and integrates vital signs, emotion monitoring and environmental sensors. The company has future plans that includes smart battery management, heating and cooling ability, wireless connectivity and GPS.

Via Exmovere

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Machinarium to Come to Wii

Originally released by the Czech-based Amanita in October 2009, Machinarium will be making its way to the WiiWare download service. XGen Studios, the company behind Defend Your Castle, is assisting on the game that not only requires plenty of mouse clicking, but logic as well. The goal is for protagonist Josef to save his robogirfriend and the city of Machinarium.

Via Neoseeker

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September 10, 2010

Uncle Sam Climbs a Tree

One of the projects that Carnegie Mellon has been busy with lately is nicknamed Uncle Sam. In true reptilian fashion, he slithers along in biomimetic fashion and can now climb a tree. This latest version contains actuators, sensors and a camera for spying on the enemy, seeking out disaster victims and, because of its modular build, can easily be repaired. Obviously, this is a work in progress in progress as it is still tethered to its power supply.


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September 9, 2010

NASA Adopts RoboThespian

NASA has purchased a RoboThespian from the UK's Engineered Arts to become a spokebot at the Kennedy Space Center. The 5' 9" tall droid even comes with a warranty once installed and we suspect that in true NASA participatory fashion, we can soon all help name it. The hundred thousand dollar humanoid runs on a 1.6 gigabyte Atom processor and has 32 GB memory. We have to admit that all we can think of in watching this promo is that we hope the first thing they do is put a spacesuit on it as, AI or no AI, this thing looks chilly.

Via The Register

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September 6, 2010

Plex Outstanding on Jimmy Fallon

If you thought DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Foofa. Brobee, Toodee, Charme and robot Plex were simply characters in the Nick Jr. TV show "Yo Gabba Gabba!," then you missed their stopover from their recent tour to visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" last week. We wouldn't want to deprive you of the honor, so here you go. By the way, we think that Plex, portrayed by Lindsay Crouse, was particularly animated.


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