April 15, 2010

Retired Engineer Cooks Up Robotic Chef


After retiring, Chinese engineer Liu Changfa wasn't content with hanging around the house or playing golf. Instead he took an induction cooker, a computer, a cell phone, a few spare parts and developed a robotic chef. At a height of 1.5 meters tall, he can cook several dishes from a preset menu after the raw ingredients are tossed into the cooker. Dishes can be customized with spices kept in his chest and he beeps when he is finished. A local restaurant has agreed to test Liu Changfa's invention. So much for retiring.

Via Oddity Central

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April 12, 2010

Döner Robotu Cooks Kebabs

Germans consume about 2.5 billion Euros worth of kebabs each year and this robot is probably the world's first that can cut the mustard meat. Created by Ahmet Kalyoncu, Döner Robotu is operated by remote control and has a cam on it for blade guidance. The creator would like to sell to the over 15,000 businesses in Germany. Yummy.

Via New Launches

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April 9, 2010

Adept Quattro USDA Approved


We didn't know that the USDA had (or wanted) the power to give a thumbs up to a robot used in food handling but that is just what they did with the Adept Quattro s650HS. The rapidly moving bots have four arm kinematics that make them faster than average. They can be used for meat and poultry processing in the areas of packaging, material handling and assembly applications.


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April 7, 2010

Firegard Aids in Disasters


This unique concept could help firefighters in many situations where they cannot go. The autonomous Firegard records pictures and information with built-in cameras and sensors and sends the information back.

Via Design Blog

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April 5, 2010

UC Berkeley's PR2 Folds Towels

You know those Willow Garage folks make some of the best robots. Under the guidance of Asst. Professor Pieter Abbeel, a team at UC Berkeley used an algorithm and got their open source PR2 to fold towels, pick them up, catch the corners and after finishing, put them on the table. They say they had a 100% success rate when the bot folded 50 at the 2010 ICRA. We can't wait until they teach it about sheets, tablecloths, pillow cases...

(Thanks, Jim)

Via UC Berkeley

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March 24, 2010

CIROMI Greets Theater Goers



Imagine walking into a theater to see a robot film and you are greeted by one. ED Corporation teamed with a newly renovated theater to turn So. Korea's ARO into CIROMI (Cinema, Robot, and Dreams.) So far he amuses customers with ads on an LCD screen after detecting them by laser range finder. He will also play games, take photos and send email. The future for the moviebot includes speech recognition for conversation and the ability to take tickets. ED's robots are also being placed in train stations and restaurants for patrons' amusement.

Via buzz (translated)

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Power Tube Fish Can Dive, Resurface

The Faculty of Engineering at Osaka City University have a robotic fish they call the "Power Tube." Fueled by a single solid-polymer cell, the 10cm fishbot can swim, dive and head for the surface by utilizing a frontal joint. While it started off with motor power, its creators switched to a magnet system to use less power and have plans to allow it to swim for 3 days on a single charge. The scientists plan on using the fish for rescue work and maritime research.

Via CrunchGear

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March 23, 2010

Robop Scares Those Pesky Birds


Instead of installing a plastic owl on your roof to scare away other pesky birds, try Robop. Developed by Edinburgh, Scotland resident John Donald, the robotic peregrine falcon can be controlled with your WAP enabled phone. Donald suggests that you move Robop around occasionally or the other birds might suspect that he is not the real deal. Not convinced? Download the 38 page guide that tells you all about the $4,200.00 security bird. We especially liked the part that explains why your bird population may increase when the "psychological warfare device" is employed.

Via Robop

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March 22, 2010

G182 Vacuums, Plays Security Guard


The G182 vacuum will clean your floors, automatically docks for recharging, then can become your very own security unit. The Smart Robot features a 360º degree pan and tilt, a WiFi IP camera and microphone so you can get the bugger to not only watch out for your stuff, but berate those who may covet it. Its virtual wall will keep it from running over your cat or falling down stairs. The vacuum comes from Chinavasion, a site that has a cheaper less expensive version of almost everything, except in this case as the G182 will set you back $494.78.

Via Chinavasion

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March 19, 2010

Recycler Teaches Grade School


David Buckley has been building robots since the 70's and one of his best is the rapping Reycler. He was designed to teach the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) to grade school kids in the UK. Not as modern as most, he is accompanied by a Recyclerteer (Education Officer) when he makes his appearances. There must be plenty of waste across the pond as he seems to be earning a cool £450 (~$670.00) per day.

Via Waste Watch

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