March 25, 2009

Hire an Atlas Robot for Your Next Party

Having a party? Company function? Convention? Think about hiring Atlas Robots. They will greet your guests, mingle and dance, roast your host, and show people to the nearest bathroom. These bots can be programmed to be specific in terms of names and/or company information. Heck, we figure you can turn 'em into singing telegrams if you can afford them. Of course, they have humans that control them, but you probably won't notice after the crowd arrives.

Spookiest of all, Atlas has this to say about their horde, "At parties, company picnics and hospitality suites our robots will add fun and excitement wherever they go." 'Nuff said.

Via Atlas Robotics

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March 24, 2009

CareBots May Take Over

Part of Japan's push for robotic service industry helpers has to include the CareBots. They have an onboard wireless webcam and follow their designated patient. They carry supplies, deliver bedpans and medication, take vital signs and report back to GeckoSystems in the event of an emergency. They babysit your tots when you are cooking or catching up with the latest ball game while their Security bot can guard or search and rescue without intervention. We think that with enough Gecko bots, we won't need any humans.

Via GeckoSystems

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March 20, 2009

T-53 Enru - Smaller, More Efficient, Just As Scary

In 2004, Tmsuk developed T-52 Enru for rescue work. Weighing about 6 tons, it features waldos designed to save victims of earthquakes, car accidents and other emergencies.


The company didn't stop there. After working with the national fire department in Japan, they came up with a new and improved model, the T-53, that is more compact and has better maneuverability. The bot was used in recovery efforts during the Kashiwazaki City earthquake. Check out Tmsuk's site. They have been working on service robotics from as far back as 1993 with their TMSUK-1, a receptionist.

Via Tmsuk

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March 19, 2009

Saya Goes to School


Saya was originally created by Hiroshi Kobayashi at the University of Tokyo as a service bot that could replace workers such as secretaries. It took about 15 years for him and his team to develop the humanoid bot that is now being tested as a teacher. Saya can speak different languages, perform roll call, set tasks and makes facial expressions, including anger, while doing so. We wonder how long she can perform before some nasty kid shoots a spit wad at her.

Via Telegraph

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March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day - Hic!

Look who we found all dressed up and ready for St. Paddy's Day! Enjoy the festivities but don't indulge in too much green beer!

(Thanks, Jamie)

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March 16, 2009

Robot Crawler Carries Victims to Safety


Look at Yokohama's new addition to their fire department. The robotic transporter carries a human from a disaster, such as an earthquake, to a safe place. Its 4 wheeled belts can crawl over obstacles and its motor can carry a human up to 110 kg (almost 250 lbs.) The crawler also measures vital signs, has infrared cameras and can be remotely controlled.

Via New Launches

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March 13, 2009

Pyuuun, Two Sugars, Please

Robo-Engine's LifeLog Robot may be your future best friend. Aside from serving you tea, Pyuuun has 8 sensors such as movement, sound, distance, infrared and temperature, which translates into an ability to let you know if someone is invading your private space or the temperature in the room takes a drop. It contacts you via WiFi and has 6 hours of usage on one 12-volt battery charge. Save your pennies. Pyuuun comes with about a $3,000.00 price tag.

Via Robo-Engine (translated)

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March 3, 2009

NY L Line Now Run by Computer - With a little help from its human friends


As of last week, the NY L line trains became fully controlled by a computerized signal system. The belief is that the NY Transit will be able to run them more often and closer together. The Brooklyn-Manhattan line will be utilized at first during off peak and overnight hours. A few conductors will oversee the $300 million Communications Based Train Control operation for a while. Although the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) had wanted to remove them, this apparently violated their contract. Makes you kind of wonder if you are the next to go.

Via NY Daily News

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February 12, 2009

T-34 Detects and Protects

T-34 is a new security bot that has been equipped with sound sensors and infrared heat to detect intruders within 5 meters. Once it does, the robot sends a video feed to the user's cell phone. Its owner must have a NTT Docomo FOMO phone to communicate by pushing keys to send instructions or speak to the intruder via T-34's loudspeaker. Weighing 12kg and at a size of 60 x 52 x 60 cm, the bot has a speed of about 10km/h and can, when prompted, launch its built-in net. Judging from the video, we think this would probably be a better weapon against small mammals and rodents rather than large humans. Once the prototype is released, it will be available for about ¥500,000 yen (~$5,570.00.)

Via Bouncing Red Ball

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January 19, 2009

Bob Guides Hotel Customers to Their Doors


The centralized computer system prototype Bob gets friendly with hotel visitors that have a little too much to drink or simply cannot find their room by internal navigation. Designed by Estonians Jan Graps and Ken Ruut, customers are given a sensor. Each has the name of the guest as well as directions to the room. Fingerprint readers are on each door and if the wrong room is reached, hotel reception and security is automatically alerted.

Via Design Boom

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