July 31, 2008

Author Murasaki Shikibu Immortalized

"The Tale of Genji," a famous novel in Japan, was written by Murasaki Shikibu. Kyoto University's Robo-Garage has honored her with a robotic replica. Standing 31 cm high and weighing 1.5kg, the bot wears a kimono similar to those worn in the 11th century, the time that the book was written. She has a built-in MP3 player, runs on NiMH batteries and moves with an 8-axis system. Murasaki is so far only a prototype, but Robo-Garage is planning a limited edition of the robotic author.

Via CrunchGear

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July 30, 2008

Flight of the Wall-E Bee

Our bud at RobotsRule is at it again, this time with a new video entitled "Flight of the Wall-E Bee." Created mostly with the iDance Wall-E, look for guest appearances by the U-Command Wall-E, Femisapien, and the WowWee Alive Chimp head.

(Thanks, Robert)

Via Robots Rule

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Robot Taught Auzu Bandaisan Dance

A research team from Tokyo University has taught a bot to imitate dance steps. Produced by Kawada Industries, the 1.5 meter tall dancebot named HRP-2 or Promet can imitate auzu bandaisan, a Japanese folk dance. It learns with a video capture technique that records the steps. The reasoning behind this is that they want to record and preserve traditional dances that may be lost once the original humans that performed die. Wouldn't it just be easier to teach another human?

Via Guardian

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July 29, 2008

Mr. Pitiful Sings Praises of Roomba

Mr. Pitiful, one of YouTube's most popular musicians, has just completed his newest tune. Entitled "Brand New Friend (the Roomba Song,)" it is too funny for words. Maybe iRobot will make it a commercial success. If you like it, visit his MySpace Page, listed below, for more of his work.

Via Mr. Pitiful

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July 28, 2008

PutterBot Golfs for You

For those who need a golfing buddy, Crabfu has yet another new bot to add to his already impressive collection. The PutterBot has 2 servos for tracks, one for the putter and one for its head. It also has a chassis made from a Tamiya kit. He mounted the head/light directly on the servo for a better gravity center and because "it just looks cuter." A right stick controls the bot's movements and the left takes care of the head and putter.

Via Crabfu

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July 25, 2008

Robo-Fish Take to the Water

Kristi Morgansen, a roboticist at the University of Washington, and her team have developed some robotic fish that group together to track other fish or pollution. So far there are only three that are each controlled by an onboard computer, depth sensor, compass and radio transceiver. While being tested, the robo-fish keep in touch with each other and alter their course when necessary with two pectoral fins and a tail for propulsion.

Morgansen says that by using several at a time there is a better collection of data. "Artificial fish have been on the wish lists of oceanographers and the military for years. It is hoped that mimicking nature's propulsion methods could allow vehicles to be more efficient and maneuverable, and deploying them in shoals would allow more complex missions."

We get it. Our enemies would never guess that instead of submarines we have schools of robotic spies.

Via New Scientist

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July 23, 2008

Snakes and Locusts Go Robotic

Herose Fukushima Robotics Lab is working on robots that can move without legs. After studying how the reptiles can do this, they developed the Snake Robot. We didn't even know snakes had biomechanisms.

Now take a look at this prototype bot that can jump more than 24 times its own size. Based on the common locust, the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems' Self Deploying Microglider is 5 cm and weighs 7g, and has elastic elements and a linkage leg system for lift-off.

Via HF Robotics Lab and LIS

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Robot Girl Music Video Stars FemiSapiens

If you liked the song "Barbie Girl," then you will love this parody by Robots Rule's Robert Oschler entitled "Robot Girl." Starring a trio of WowWee's FemiSapiens, look for cameos from robotic Yoda, Miss Piggy, Robosapien, Tri-Bot, and Wall-E, among others. If you really dig it, you can download a free stereo MP3 of the tune.

(Thanks, Robert)

Via Robots Rule

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July 22, 2008

B21 Takes on Kitchen Duty

We can always use another kitchen bot. The B21 works by using the same tools that we do. Developed at the Technical University of Munich, this video displays a visualization of what it can do. The robotic chef uses RFID technology by embedding tags into each tool rather than its learning objects by shape. Even more impressive, the B21 can teach other robots. While it may not be fast food, it would certainly be efficient.

Via New Scientist Tech

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Crabfu Creates Cute Creatures

Crabfu makes very nifty bots, mostly of the animalistic kind. One of his latest is a R/C Tortoise that uses a 4-channel radio system. It features 4 sub-micro servos and each axis of its transmitter stick controls a servo. Check out his web site to see other creatures that include Swashbot and Flapper the fish.

Via Crabfu

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