December 31, 2009

RoboVault Keeps Valuables Safe

The RoboVault, located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, was created to protect "your most valuable possessions from... Everything!" Once you place your car on a pallet, it goes through a security scan and heartbeat detector. Then, a robotic arm takes it to your assigned steel mesh space. The building consists of 465 units made of concrete and steel that can withstand weather related disasters, fires and bullets. The vault also houses smaller spaces for valuables, such as wine and jewelry. Prices start at $440 per month for vehicles.

Via RoboStorage

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December 30, 2009

Coolerbot Goes Bird Watching

Steve Norris recently completed his Coolerbot, designed for nature photography and surveilance. The rugged, waterproof device consists of a Coleman cooler, Nikon DSLR cam, infrared video camera, motors, wheels, 10Ah batteries and solar panels for charging. Two Parallax HB-25s control the motors and the robot itself is run by a 912MHz transceiver.

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Norris has also been working on phase 2 of his Chessbot, which can be played with humans, chess engine software or via a social network site like Twitter.

Via Norris Labs

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December 18, 2009

British Library Warehouse run by Robots

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The British Library recently opened its new $43 million dollar warehouse that is mostly controlled by bots. The 7 service robots retrieve items requested by human librarians. Eventually the automated building will store about 7 million items from the library's collection that will be stored in more than 140,000 bar-coded containers.

Via BBC

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December 16, 2009

Fuji Develops Farmbot

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Fuji Heavy Industries has a new autonomous farming robot that runs on gas and uses laser signals to get a proper orientation from reflective plates that are 30 ft. from each other. The over six foot long robot can be utilized in greenhouses at a cost of about $100,000.00.

Via Engadget

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December 14, 2009

What Service Would You Like From Your Robot?

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The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies held a poll asking, "If you had a personal robot that could do only one thing, which ability would you prefer it to have?" Odd that sexbots came in second, leading us to believe that there are scads of humans that have lousy love lives, but then the organization is geared towards ethics in robots. Having robots clean the house, the first choice, certainly won't surprise anyone who dreams of the day when their Roomba is replaced by Rosie the Robot.

Via IEET

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December 9, 2009

Clean Up With Autonomous Bot

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Fuji, Subaru and Sumitomo unveiled their new cleaning bot, powered by a 24V battery that will last for 2.5 hours. So far unnamed, it is a glorified Roomba that will vacuum and clean up garbage while avoiding obstacles with its sensors and laser system. Priced between $35,000 and $46,000, it would still be cheaper than maid service. The bot on the right is their previous model.

Via CrunchGear

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December 8, 2009

Autom, Your Dieting Buddy

Need some help with that diet? Autom was designed to sit on your counter and remind you that you don't need that extra piece of pumpkin pie stashed in your fridge. She keeps track of what you eat and when you exercise, then provides feedback, advice and encouragement. When CEO of Intuitive Automata Cory Kidd tested the bot on humans, the results were that not only did they not want to give her back, they stayed on their diet for at least 8 weeks. Due out next year, perhaps this cute service robot would be much better than a nagging spouse/partner.

Via Intuitive Automata

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December 4, 2009

Sanuki Shokunin Super Noodle Server

The Sanuki Shokunin robot can make up to 700 servings of noodles in about an hour. Its settings can be altered to make different kinds, from Japanese soba to Chinese lo mein. While it is being used as an enticement for possible customers, maybe they could pair it up with Momozono for a complete ramen meal.

Via Dvice

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November 26, 2009

GeckoSystem Tests CareBots

GeckoSystems has begun in-home evaluation trials for their CareBot. They will be monitoring and reporting on the social interaction between the service bot and its care receiver. We are not sure who gets the first batch for testing, but hey Gecko, we could certainly use one around here if you have a spare.

Via Gecko Systems

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November 25, 2009

Robot Cafe Serves Defense Bot Builders

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IMTechnology's Robot Cafe System may be a better way enjoy a meal while avoiding the H1N1. The mini-robot, wearing a chef's hat, delivers coffee to the Korean diners. When they aren't busy creating cute bots, the company mainly concentrates on military defense bots.

Via Ubergizmo

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