September 4, 2009

RIBA Bear, Nursing Assistant

RIBA (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance) was created by Japan's RIKEN and Tokai Rubber as a nursing assistant. Weighing about 400 lbs., he can pick up patients who weigh as much as 135 lbs. and has a soft skin made of urethane foam for comfort. An upgraded version of RI-MAN that could only pick up 40 lbs., the robobear can process data 15 times faster than its predecessor. Look for one in the next five years in a hospital near you.

Via RIKEN (Japanese)

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September 3, 2009

Ecceribit Designed to Ape Human Body

The Eccerobot is (Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot) designed to mimic a human's skeleton, joints and tendons. Made of a "springy, bone-like, thermoplastic polymer," the anthropomimetic bot has sensors that allow it to interact with its environment. We would be grateful if in lieu of skin, they at least give him a shirt to wear.

Via Eccerobot

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September 1, 2009

Dell Uses Oldie to Sell New Inspiron

This Dell commercial for their colorful Inspiron laptops, with the Chordettes song "Lollipop," almost makes us want to get one, but only if they prove they were made by robots. But we are seriously considering downloading the tune released in 1958.

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August 31, 2009

MIT Creates Robo-Fish

MIT engineers Kamal Youcef-Toumi and Pablo Valdivia Y Alvarado have created robotic fish to be used for monitoring pollution, pipelines and sunken ships. Each is less than 12", are autonomous and made with less then 10 parts. The polymer casing is flexible and makes them water resistant and low cost. The fish move with the help of a motor that starts a wave-like motion to push them forward. MIT has plans to create robotics manta rays and salamanders in the future, undoubtedly to keep their robofish company.


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August 28, 2009

Must Have: Panasonic's Evolta

We mentioned recently how the Evolta, Panasonic's battery mascot, broke the record at LeMans and now he has his own YouTube channel. You can see his performances as well as some behind-the-scenes footage. We can't wait until they decide to make them for the masses, although we understand they they are going to release some mini-cell phone straps in Japan for those who purchase the batteries.

Via Evolta YouTube Channel

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August 21, 2009

Guardian Robot Tweets

Ken Lim obviously loves to tweet but just didn't have all the time for it he wanted. So he built the Guardian Robot for the chore. When the bot gets a positive tweet, he raises his head and arm and holds it until he gets a high five (hitting a switch.) A negative tweet results in a head lowering. Give it a hug and it forwards a reply. GR cost Ken about £60 (~$99.00) and you can follow him on his Twitter account. Send him a "#high five" or "#ineedahug" if you don't feel too foolish.

Via Guardian

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August 19, 2009

KITRO is Ecologically Friendly

Yura Sugiura, a student at Keio University's Graduate School of Media and Design, decided to build a bot that is eco friendly. The 200mm KITRO is certainly people oriented and weighs in at 450g, including his batteries. Made of 90% wood, he is partially named for the Japanese word for wood which is "ki."

Via Robots Dreams

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August 18, 2009

Jin Sato Creates Inexpensive DIY Kit

Jin Sato, JS-Robotics' founder, was asked to develop a robot kit by educators for those who could not afford much or had limited resources. He came up with one that can be programmed without a computer. It runs on an inexpensive cell phone vibrator, has tooth brush heads instead of wheels and programming that allows it to sense pencil marks on a page. It can follow a line and play robot sumo, among other capabilities.

Via JS-Robotics

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August 13, 2009

ASIMO Learns Navigation

Part of the charm of ASIMO is lost once you know that he is still being guided by someone behind the red curtain, but he continues to make headway in the intelligence department. He can now navigate around objects in his path thanks to researchers at Carnegie Mellon. The system uses algorithms and a camera that views both hazards and robot. We expect that eventually every family will have its own ASIMO once he reaches that totally independent stage.


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August 11, 2009

iCub Learns a New Trick

The 5 year project RobotCub, funded by the European Commission, is a work in progress. The purpose is to study cognition in an open source platform and they are hoping to share the knowledge and work with other humanoid creators. Not only does the iCub, designed to resemble a 3 1/2 year old, play the drums, he has learned to recognize objects a second time once he sees them.

Via RobotCub

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