June 15, 2010

CareBot Undergoes Improvements

GeckoSystems has been improving on their CareBot software to make it simpler for users. The GeckoScheduler can now more easily set date, time, medication and TV show reminders. In this trial video, the woman (automatically referred to as "grandma",) goes into the kitchen and the CareBot is activated from sleep mode after she leaves the bedroom. Note how long the servicebot takes to get to the kitchen. Let's hope Grandma doesn't fall in the mean time and is not able to get back up.

Via GeckoSystems

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June 10, 2010

SWAT Sends in Robot to Assist Sacramento Standoff

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Sacramento police are now in the midst of a 2-day standoff with an armed 25-year old man who is accused of robbing 3 banks and firing at a police officer. When Anthony Alaverez holed himself up in an apartment with a 1-year old hostage, a SWAT team tried to convince him to come out, but to no avail. So they sprayed the apartment with fire hoses and, when that wasn't effective, sent in their robot to peek through a window. Alavarez shot at it, but we assume the bot was okay as it was recently seen again attempting to approach the building.

Note: After 3 days, the standoff was over and the apartment residents returned home. The tot was none the worse for wear, unfortunately Alaverez didn't share the same fate.

Via News 10

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June 7, 2010

SpaceJustin - Telepresence Break Dancer

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SpaceJustin was designed to head into the final frontier and assist his human counterparts. The musical bot made his debut at the recent International Aerospace Show in Germany and did a bit of break dancing via telepresence. Let's hope that the astronauts remember to give him plenty of room to do his thing.

Via io9

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June 4, 2010

Vgo Telepresence Bot Has Puny Head

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Gee, another telepresence robot is about to hit the market. This time it is the Vgo, a bot you can send to work while you hang around at home in your skivvies communicating via your PC. Sensors and cameras help the bot maneuver and a full charge lets your spokesbot run all day. The Vgo will set you back $5000 with a $1200 yearly contract. Sign up to be one of the first to get your very own this fall.

Via Vgo

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June 3, 2010

Romeo, the Assistant

This is Romeo, the latest entry into the service bot category for assisting the disabled and the aged. Only a concept at this point, the 10 million Euro project will be able to do simple chores and interact with speech and gestures. Aldebaran Robotics should have a prototype by the end of the year and the real thing by 2011.

Via Aldebaran Robotics

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May 31, 2010

Octavia Attends Fleet Week

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The Office of Naval Research has been funding a project at their Research Lab in Washington D.C. Octavia, named after sci-fi author Butler, made an appearance at last week's Fleet Week in New York City. The autonomous bot was designed to work with humans in a computational cognitive way. She has an expressive face, including moving eyes and head, workable hands and fingers, and gets around on wheels. Her sensor and camera system can react to her environment. Octavia is one of 3 MDS robots, the others being Isaac (Asimov) and Lucas (George.)

Via Fox News

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May 25, 2010

Waldo to Seek Oil in Loop Current

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Mote Marine Laboratory will be launching an AUV from a boat 15 miles off Key West today. Waldo can detect oil and chemicals and will seek out residue in the Loop Current. It will then collect the data and send it to researchers via satellite. Pay attention, BP. This is the second bot that Mote has sent out and there are plans for a third to be launched off SW Florida. It's somewhat comforting to see active involvement without the bureaucracy.

Via Naple News

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May 24, 2010

ROVs Provide BP Live Feed of Oil Spill

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If you want a real downer, you only need to spend a couple of minutes checking out BP's live feed of its oil spill. There is no plant or animal life, only the silent, endless gush of petroleum. This footage is brought to us courtesy of several robotics companies such as Oceaneering International Inc., Subsea 7 and C-Innovation.

The remotely operated vehicles are herded by pilots in this control room and navigated by joysticks. The ROVs also carry equipment, maneuver and drill. Perhaps it should be mandatory to make the feed a screensaver for everyone at BP until the hole is plugged up.

Via NPR

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May 18, 2010

Hire the DXR 310 for Your Next Demolition Party

The Husqvarna DXR 310 weighs 2 tons and loves to destroy. The compact demolition bot runs via user friendly remote control and is suited for both indoors and outdoors work. The company claims that it can climb stairs and operate on uneven surfaces. Put a jackhammer or claw in its hand and let the mayhem begin.

Via Husqvarna

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May 6, 2010

ABB Bot Packs Salami

What's missing in this video? The remotest presence of humans. What is here is a very efficient ABB Robotic System packing Peperami Salami Sticks that knows to leave the inferior pieces behind. Mmmm, salami. Check out ABB's YouTube site for more foody friendly examples, including packing pancakes and sausage, and cake decorating.

Via ABB Robotics

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