December 28, 2009

Yotaro Babybot Cries With Aid of PC

Humanoid robots get scarier-looking all the time. Yotaro can make facial expressions, moves and features an emotion control system run by computer to allow it to cry real tears on its 2D face. Created in Japan at the University of Tsukuba's Uchiyamalab, the interactive bot also displays physiological characteristics of a real baby.

Via Uchiyamalab (Japanese)

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December 23, 2009

Pingo, Your Swiss Desktop Buddy

Arimaz's Pingo can live on your desktop and responds to voice commands, rolls around on your desk and lets you know when you have email. Compatible with both PC and Mac, the robotic penguin from Switzerland will read you news, weather and market information from RSS feeds and can hook up with other Pingo owners through Arimaz's Facebook app. Own your own for $149.00.

Via Arimaz

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December 22, 2009

ProDigits and Tengion Make Headlines

Touch Bionics ProDigits are now available to the public. The bionic fingers can grab and pick up objects as they are controlled with myoelectric sensors that register muscle signals from the palm or other finger. They can alternately be used with a pressure sensitive switch from a force resistive sensor. The company also developed Bluetooth technology so that the motor functions can be fine tuned.

At the same time, Tengion has been working on making organs by using a person's cells and grows them in about 5 to 7 weeks over scaffold that biodegrades after it has been implanted. We caught Tengion at work during a recent episode of 60 Minutes that showed not only a Neo-bladder and an artificial heart, but a finger as well. Pretty cool stuff.

Via Touch Bionics

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December 21, 2009

Letterman Wreaks Havoc on Robotic Pets

On Dec. 17, David Letterman had his annual "Late Night" holiday toy segment. The fascinating thing about this was that although 2 of the hot toys were the manually used Zyclone Blaster and the $25,000 Motorized Cupcake Car, the others were robotic in nature, FurReal Lulu, Hexbug Nanos, Zhu Zhu Pets and a very cool Blue Vectron Wave, a flying saucer from Air Hogs that you control with your palm. They are taking over, folks.

(Thanks, Mike)

Via The Late Show

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December 17, 2009

Mario Brothers Strictly For Adults

Little kids have their Mario game and now big kids have theirs. At Austria's Roboexotica, "Adult Mario" was displayed. Run around and you get a fan in your face. Break blocks, destroy the bad guys or come to the end of the level and you get rewarded with a rum and Coke. Jimmy Fallon, your Beer Pong is so yesterday.

Via Digital Tools

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DROID Ad Searches for Humans

You gotta appreciate a commercial that features a product named Droid featuring robotic arms that is searching for "humans." 'Nuff said.

Via Verizon

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December 16, 2009

Eureqa Uses Data to Calculate Equations

Eureqa, developed by the Computational Synthesis Lab at Cornell University, is a descendant of the starfish robot that was able to repair itself. This artificial intelligence program examines any data on a spreadsheet, then suggests equations to fit them. Amazingly enough, it calculated some of Newton's equations in mere hours rather than years. Head of the team, Dr. Hod Lipson, hopes to use it for figuring out interactions between proteins, genomes and cell signals in mathematical terms. By the way, Cornell has generously offered Eureqa in the form of a free download.

Via Cornell

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December 15, 2009

MOTOMAN Identifies Colors

Displayed at the recent IREX 2009, Yaskawa's MOTOMAN was shown to possess more freedom of movement with elbows that bend while building with Legos. It also has color recognition (!) and 3D vision. Looking more human-like, we cannot help but wonder if an SDA5D interior designerbot is in the works.

Via Robots Dreams

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December 8, 2009

IREX Holds Dance-Off

The 2009 International Robot Exhibition took place last week in Tokyo. Hundreds of them invaded the IREX including robotic receptionists, eco-bots and the break dancing Manoit AT01. The dance-off must have been either very kewl or very scary, depending on your personal robotic perspective. Ryuki II came in first place.

Via Huffington Post

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December 4, 2009

Sanuki Shokunin Super Noodle Server

The Sanuki Shokunin robot can make up to 700 servings of noodles in about an hour. Its settings can be altered to make different kinds, from Japanese soba to Chinese lo mein. While it is being used as an enticement for possible customers, maybe they could pair it up with Momozono for a complete ramen meal.

Via Dvice

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