February 17, 2010

Wearable Robot Hangs on Shoulder

Don't look now but there is a robot crawling up your arm. Tsumaki Telerobotics Laboratory at Yamagata University in Japan has developed a wearable Robot that can sit on a co-worker's shoulder during a teleconference and looks where you do, well almost. Watch out for bullies that threaten to knock, smack or otherwise try to remove Telecommunicator T1 off your shoulder.

Via Telerobotics

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February 15, 2010

Texas Alphas Telecommute for Willow Garage

Willow Garage developed Texas Alphas, open-source robots designed for telecommuters. Mostly a computer on wheels, a monitor displays the user's face and a webcam allows her/him see what's going on. Communication is done via Skype. The company has 25 "Texai" that will be used for Human-Robot Interaction research and sent to other companies to study. Best of all, the robots dock themselves at night to be fresh and ready for that morning meeting. Hold the donuts.

Via Willow Garage

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February 12, 2010

Must Have: The New and Improved Pleo

Pleo is back with new improvements and was shown off at the CES 2010 by his new owner, Innvo Labs. Changes include improved skin, a better paint job and a new charger. This is good news for both old and new fans who don't want the dinobot to become extinct.

Via PleoWorld

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February 11, 2010

Palro Runs on Atom Processor

Palro (pal + robot) is 15" tall, has 20ยบ of freedom, an integrated camera and is Fuji Soft's latest entry into robotics. The autonomous bot can carry on conversations and is expected to hit the streets mid-March. Add to that an Atom processor and software with plenty of options and a hefty price tag of about $3,300.

Via FSI (translated)

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February 9, 2010

Robonaut 2 - Building Better Cars in Space

Team GM and NASA together and you end up with Robonaut 2, the second generation of service bots that can be used as both an astronaut and assembly plant worker. Developed at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, it can lift 20 lbs. with each arm and has nimble hands, fingers and opposable thumbs. We don't expect that unemployed auto workers will be cheered by his release, but he will cut down on the amount of Tang needed in space.

Via Robonaut

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February 8, 2010

Super Bowl XLIV Ads Feature Robots

We cannot imagine that anyone missed the 2010 Super Bowl, but for those of you who may have missed a commercial or 2, robots were predominate in several of them. They had cameos in the spot for the Sorento, Intel and Waldos made an appearance in the ad for Vizio Apps. You can catch those and others via the link.

Via Fanhouse

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February 4, 2010

Candy-05 Tees Off

The Hajime Research Institute, with funding from NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization,) developed Candy-05, a 120cm tall robotic caddy on wheels. His cameras help him find a golf ball, determine the location of the hole and putt. Designed for Japanese golfers, maybe we should import one to bring back the fun of the game that seems to have suffered with Tiger's withdrawal from the sport.

Via Plastic Pals

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January 29, 2010

Bioloid, the Wall Climber

Marko Wickrath, student at the Technical University in Dortmund, Germany, Robocup soccer referee and RoboGames Competitor designed Bioloid, a robot that can scale a wall. The robot studies it before it begins and sees it as a grid with an x and y axis. Then it autonomously climbs the randomly placed "rocks."

Via Suicide Bots

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January 26, 2010

Mahru-Z Autonomously Cleans

Rosie the Robot has arrived. The 4 ft. tall Mahru-Z has a rotating head, arms, legs and 6 fingers and can "see" in 3 dimensions. You Bum-jae, the head of the cognitive robot center at Korea's KIST, says "The most distinctive strength of Mahru-Z is its visual ability to observe objects, recognize the tasks needed to be completed, and execute them."

Because she is autonomous, she can work her way through a room, pick up the dirty underwear in the process and toss it into the washing machine. Then she can take some food and toss it in a microwave. Let's hope that KIST instills the quality of cleanliness.

Via ZD Net

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January 25, 2010

Purex Builds Linen Bot

Purex Co., a Japanese company that builds automated machines for the linen supply industry, has devised a bot that can pick up clean pieces with one arm while the other places it on a machine that smooths them out. The company hopes to commercialize the linen bot by 2013 and is improving its prototype now to be able to handle different types of linen at the same time.

Via GetRobo

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