June 17, 2009

Rock-afire Explosion Not for Tots

Forget the G-rated animatronics at Country Bear Jamboree or Showbiz Pizza. We hear that Rock-afire Explosion had so much demand from acid rock fans that they came up with new models that can perform hip hop, rock and indie music. We dig that they are currently playing tunes like the Nine Inch Nails' "1,000,000," and we will surely try to catch them if they are in our area.

Via Trendhunter

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June 12, 2009

Must Have: Phoenix Hexapod - Outplay All Others

If you are thinking of entering the Robogames this weekend in San Francisco, Trossen claims that their Phoenix Hexapod is one of their best sellers and a fine contender. Looking at the video, we would agree. Too late for this year? That will give you a 365 days edge on the other guys as you practice with your Phoenix.

Via Trossen


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Dancing Manoi Go!

Robotic experts Dr. GIY and Okamoto got together to make this hybrid breakdancing MANOI GO! Because we don't speak Japanese, we needed Robots Dreams to alert us to the fact that "go" means "5" and may suggest that the bot costs about 4 times the amount of the original. Be that as it may, this is one fine example of humanoid robot capability, even if his mother dresses him funny.

Via Robots Dreams


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June 9, 2009

Milo, the AI of Xbox 360

At the recent E3 Video Game Conference, Peter Molyneux introduced Milo. This AI reacts with real people and will be featured in future Xbox 360 Games. He works with Microsoft's Project Natal, a full body controller. The demo certainly looks good, but we are not sure we are ready to relegate that kind of power to a video game.

Via Live Science

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June 8, 2009

DustBot Takes Out the Trash

Shades of Wall-E! A group of European scientists got together to design and develop the DustBot over the past 3 years to help clean up narrow streets. Have a bag of trash? Summon one and he will come to take your refuse away, hopefully to a place that will either recycle or turn it back into the earth. They also monitor pollutant levels with onboard sensors. It pretty much resembles a glorified Segway but hey, anything that cleans up is okay in our book. Turn a few loose on the streets of NY and the residents will probably yell, Huzzah!"

Via Dustbot

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June 5, 2009

MIT To Apply Robotic Theraphy to Kids With CP

A group of MIT engineers are working on robotic therapy that they feel can "help reduce impairment and facilitate neuro-development of youngsters with cerebral palsy." The team's robot collection of shoulder-and-elbow, wrist, hand and ankle robots have been in trial for over 15 years in stroke victims and say that the same principal can be applied to those with CP to help rebuild brain connections.

Via MIT

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June 3, 2009

Nurse Kobian, the Emotional Bot

Waseda University researchers have created Kobian, a Kyushu based robot that can express emotions. The bot can walk around, is aware of its environment and can perform tasks. He can show seven different feelings such as surprise, sadness and dislike and poses to match the mood as well as moving his facial features. The team claims that its expressiveness makes for better interaction and they may put him to work in nursing.

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June 2, 2009

Shigeo Hirose's Robot Recues Earthquake Victims

Professor Shigeo Hirose, who won the prestigious Engelberger Robotics Award, is working on a robot at the Tokyo Institute of Technology that can help rescue earthquake survivors. The BBC recently checked that out as well as some of Hirose's other slinking, walking and crawling creations.

Via BBC

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June 1, 2009

Soldiers Bond With Robots

Defense analyst at the Brookings Institution Peter (aka P.W.) Singer recently wrote the book "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century." In it he claims that soldiers tend to bond with robots such as Packbots and Talon robots. He says that some will risk their own lives for their bots and that some have given them promotions, Purple Hearts and military funerals. We thought all this sounded a bit farfetched until we saw him on the "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson last week.

Via P.W. Singer


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May 26, 2009

Robochan Powered by iPod touch

Take a look at this KHR-2HV that is powered by an iPod touch. "ogutti" has programmed Robochan's arms, legs and its head through its brain, sensors and interface. Connected through serial ports, Robochan can also memorize its movements to repeat them and can speak Japanese. We bet if he could, he would ask his maker to quit poking him for a bit.

Via Gizmodo

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