April 30, 2010

Must Have: Lost in Space

We were watching "Lost in Space" last weekend and had forgotten how cheesy the show was. The show we saw (season 2, episode 7) featured not only Lyle Waggoner of "Carol Burnett Show" fame, it had a female robot that "spread terror throughout the universe." You gotta love that and the fact that the producers managed to dress the crew, including the males, in pastel.

Via Lost in Space

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BeetleCam Shoots in the Wild

How do you get closer to camera shy (or overly aggressive) African wildlife? If you are Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas, you attach a Canon 400D DSLR to a wheeled robotic platform. BeetleCam has managed to capture shots of elephants, lions and other animals from 150 ft. away. Unfortunately, it was mauled by the lions, but the photographers managed to recover the memory card and will rebuild.

Via Burrard-Lucas

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April 27, 2010

Creepy Mouth Aids Hearing Impaired

Japan's Kagawa University engineers built a robot to assist the hearing impaired to speak. Made up of an an air pump, a resonance tube, a nasal cavity and a microphone, the artificial vocal chords talks and uses an algorithm to mimic human speech. Once it compares the user's speech to its own, it suggests pronunciation adjustment. Check out the creeped out video. It kind of reminds us of one of Señor Wences' creations.


Via Popsci

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April 23, 2010

Schütte's RoboSpider Feigns Death

Germany's Steffen Schütte came up with this clever RoboSpider. The insectobot has a Javelin Stamp for the micro controller brain and an ultrasonic range sensor for its eyes. The bot can go forward, dodge, escape and, if all else fails, feigns death. Since the first one was created, Schütte has gone on to create RoboSpider II and III.

Via Steffen Schütte

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April 22, 2010

Robotic Orchestrion Goes on Tour

It's been a while since we found any musicbots but the Orchestrion Project certainly belongs in that category. Run by musician Pat Metheny, various instruments come up with some creative results. The acoustic and acoustoelectric musical instruments are controlled by solenoids and pneumatics. Check out Metheny's site for more details and tour dates.

Via Pat Metheny

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April 21, 2010

Interactive Guest Assistants Swarm CGS Center

The Ciudad Grupo Santander in Madrid utilizes cute headless robots to usher around visitors and probably the 5,500 employees in its 9 buildings by swarm interactions. Made by YDreams, the "Interactive Guest Assistants" are joined by a giant virtual wall and map in case the humans want to seek information on their own.

Via Y Dreams

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Punk Wreaks Havoc in Kitchen

Jason Bradbury came up with an idea to promote his children's book "Dot Robot: Atomic Swarm." He built Punk, based on one of the characters, but it seems that the spiked bot had ideas of his own beyond being a simple mascot and taking a tour around Jason's kitchen.

Via Jason Bradbury

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April 16, 2010

Hajime Restaurant Staffed By Robowaiters

If you plan a trip to Thailand, stop by the Hajime Japanese Restaurant, where you can be served by robots. Customers order on a touchscreen and the robots fetch their order. They also dance and bus tables. The eatery's owner, Lapassarad Thanaphant, spent about 30 million baht ($927,600) to build it and equip it with 4 bots.

Via DJ Mick Travel

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April 14, 2010

Robosoft Creates CTS

Robosoft, the maker of the elder care robot Kompai, created the Cynbernetic Transport System with a hybrid satellite navigation system. The electric vehicle, made with partners M3S, LCPC, SkyLAB and Cité de l'Espace (Toulouse) is autonomous and can move along a pre-recorded path. The CTS system features a laser scanner and ultrasonic sensors to avoid objects and keep a consistent speed.

Via Robot Living

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April 13, 2010

Geminoid F Exhibits Facial Expressions

Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, who previously made his own doppelganger, unveiled his latest project named Geminoid F. Made in the image of a woman in her 20's, she mimics the facial movements of the human sitting in front of a computer with camera and face-tracking software. She smiles, laughs and exhibits other facial expressions. With a new design, the cost has been reduced to about ¥10 million (~$110,000.) Start saving your pennies.

Via IEEE Spectrum

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