March 22, 2010

Cody Learns to Handle Hardware

Georgia Tech's Healthcare Robotics Lab is developing a humanoid that can open doors, cabinets and drawers. Controllable by joystick or physical interaction, Cody has vision via stereo cameras, a laser range finder and Meka Robotics' 7 DOF arms. His body sits on a Segway RMP 50 Omni mobile base with Mecanum wheels. While he only has hooks for hands so far, Meka Robotics is working on one with 3 fingers and a thumb.

Via Plastic Pals

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March 18, 2010

Kompai Assists the Elderly

Robosoft's Kompai is a service bot that understands instructions and responds to its owner. The robot is intended for the elderly and disabled and can navigate autonomously. He takes notes, keeps a shopping list, plays music, video conferences and is a verbal calendar for his keeper. He made his formal debut at the ILTCI Conference in New Orleans last week.

Via Robosoft

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March 16, 2010

MeBot Gets Involved

MIT has been working on MeBot, a semi-autonomous robotic avatar that duplicates the user's facial expressions. Arms are controlled by a second set of controls. The team found that people were more involved when the telebot was more involved. That pretty much seems like a no brainer to us.

Via MIT

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March 4, 2010

Wii Remotes Contro Robo-Band Percussionist

Patrick Flanagan took two Nintendo Wiimotes and created a percussionist for the robo-band Jazari. When one plays, it can create a response from other ones to create a drum circle. The buttons control the tones and volume, while tilting can change the pace of the beat. The band was named for Al-Jazari, a man that supposedly created the planet's first robotic band in the 13th century.

Via Popsci

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March 3, 2010

Cheeky Monkey Debuts at NY Toy Fair

One of the participants in the recent NY Toy Fair was the "Cheeky Monkey," designed by Nick Donaldson of Got Robots?. It can perform 16 actions via remote and should have a price of around $20 when released this summer from MechRC.

Via Robot Dreams

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February 26, 2010

Feeny Almost Attends the Olympics

LG's mascot now has a name. Feeney, chosen after a recent contest, is not only a Whisen air conditioner spokesbot in print, he has his own Olympic commercial in all his CGI splendor.

Via Tech Fever

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February 23, 2010

UK Plans Drones for 2012 Olympics

The UK is developing a fleet of modified military aircraft drones for surveillance. Including miniature tactical crafts like the AirRobot and the HERTI drone, already in Afghanistan, they will be used on bad motorists with road rage, protesters and others that wreak havoc. Look for them to be in place by the 2012 Olympics and to be equipped with tasers, disorienting strobe lights and non-lethal projectiles.

Via Wired

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February 22, 2010

TIROL-CHOCO Robots Compete

Witness the 4th annual TIROL-CHOCO Robot Competition that pits bipedal robots made with candy boxes. The bots race on a 2m track, compete in chocolate target practice at paper cups and carry chocolate. And you thought bon bons were just for eating.

Via Biped Robot News

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"Surrogates" Vs. Bruce Willis

We are not big Bruce Willis fans but we screened "Surrogates" last weekend anyway because we never miss an opportunity to see a film that even hints at robotic takeover. The plot concerns a future that finds robots appearing for humans in public so that the perpetually lazy can remain couch potatoes. Willis gets involved in that world when it is found out that when a surrogate is destroyed, its human suffers the same fate. Not a great flick, but worth a 90 minute investment for those who dig action and robots.

By the way, you can create your own surrogate on a Virtual Self Industries' site.

Via "Surrogates" Official Site

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February 19, 2010

Second Gen ApriAttenda More Flexible

Toshiba recently released a second version of their ApriAttenda. The newest bot has two arms with 3-fingered hands that can hold simple objects and a head cam for navigation and recognition. While the original was designed to follow its user around, this one is designed to take a more active role. The company is also testing the iArm, a super-waldo designed to assist in grabbing, eating and other "handy" duties.

Via Plastic Pals

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