January 25, 2010

Purex Builds Linen Bot

Purex Co., a Japanese company that builds automated machines for the linen supply industry, has devised a bot that can pick up clean pieces with one arm while the other places it on a machine that smooths them out. The company hopes to commercialize the linen bot by 2013 and is improving its prototype now to be able to handle different types of linen at the same time.

Via GetRobo

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January 20, 2010

I-Fairy Plays Receptionist


The I-Fairy made an appearance at the recent CES 2010. She can be used for a guide or receptionist as she has voice recognition and goes into her routine when approached by humans. She comes with text-to-speech and motion software and has a limited 9º freedom in her head and arms, although her wrists, fingers, knees, and toes must be moved manually. Perched atop a pedestal, the Tinkerbot costs ¥ 6,500,000 (~$70,000.)

Via Kokoro

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January 19, 2010

TalkingRobo Teaches Language


Learn a new language with TalkingRobo. With speech recognition, he understands language and will suggest chatting topics. He has face recognition to remember your profile and recognizes images. Show it a picture and he will identify it. Available in several designs, TalkingRobo comes with a dictionary, encyclopedia and a beam projector. He connects to the web for updates, making calls and/or surveillance. Contact the company for price and release date.

Via TalkingRobo

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Anti-Terrorism Robot Sent to Logan Airport


Black-I Robotics recently delivered a robot to Boston's Logan Airport that can help detect and disarm explosives. Paid for by $800,000 in Congressional funds, the Black Knight, named after the West Point mascot, replaces an outdated model, with its controller an Xbox console. The bot is one of three distributed and was dedicated to Army Ranger First Lt. Derek Hines, a West Point graduate who was killed in Afghanistan.


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January 18, 2010

Roxxxy - Now Everyone Can Have a Woman


One of the attractions at the recent Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas was TrueCompanion's Roxxxy, who is so triple X that you need to be 18 just to enter her site. Creator Douglas Hines says she will recognize you and converse with you in addition to her other "duties." Get your sexbot for $7,500 to $10,000 (depending on features) and for those of you that prefer males, note that Rocky is not far behind (no pun intended.)

Via TrueCompanion

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January 13, 2010

Bari-Bari-IV Rescues

Tokyo Institute of Technology's Kitagawa Tsukakoshi Laboratory developed the Bari-Bari-IV to aid in rescues while minimizing risk of hurting humans trapped in the wreckage. Built with 2 plates, it burrows into the site and jacks itself up slowly so that there is less disturbance while removing debris. The bot is also equipped with a camera and speaker to aid in its efforts.

Via TI Tech

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January 12, 2010

Cyber Quad Spies on Drilling Platform


Australia's Cyber Technology Pty. Ltd. has developed this take-off drone with built-in video camera that was recently used to survey an offshore drilling platform. Not only did the wireless Cyber Quad record footage at various levels, it landed on the platform, never missing a video beat. The device also houses sensors that can detect pollutants or chemical warfare agents. Look for the Cyber Quad in a war near you.

Via Wired

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January 8, 2010

Chiba University's Hummingbird Robot


Hiroshi Liu and team at Chiba University, Japan, have developed a hummingbird robot with a micro motor that can flap its four wings at 30 times/second. The flying bot is controlled by an IR sensor and can turn left or right, and go up or down. It can also fly in a figure eight. Liu says that the bot should be available next year and will be equipped with a micro camera for use in rescue efforts and seeking out baddies.

Via Washington Times

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January 7, 2010

Qatar's Robotic Traffic Controller


If you are in Qatar and need traffic controllers that can work 24/7 in the blustery weather and not complain, you simply team The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and the Qatar Science Club to build a bot that can do the work for you. Designed by Rashid Ibrahim, Assistant Secretary General of the club, the robot is made of light fiber and runs on solar power.

Via The Peninsula Qatar

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January 4, 2010

We Could Certainly Use an I-Shovel Now!


The I-Shovel automatically detects snow and will take care of that nasty chore for you. The prototype is made with with polycarbonate blades, wheels and handles, runs on rechargeable batteries with optional solar charging making it eco friendly. By the way, they are looking for investors and we are quite impressed even if too poor to contribute.

Via I-Shovel

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