July 2, 2008

Readybot Hires Roomba

Ya gotta love the Readybot. It was devised by a team of engineers and designers in Silicon Valley who arranged a contest (a la DARPA Urban challenge) to build a kitchen cleaning bot. The result is the Readybot, who has been around for awhile, but has recently decided it needs help. So the team added a Roomba to pick up the little stuff. The group is hoping to expand the growing domestic robotics industry with its publicity. We thought we wanted one of these robots before, now we are convinced. Now if they would just teach Readybot to clean the cat box.

Via Readybot Home Page

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July 1, 2008

Tartalo Knocks Before Entering


The Autonomous Robotics and Systems Research Team at the University of the Basque Country are trying to increase autonomy in robots so that they can do more than simplified tasks. Tartalo, their latest creation, can identify different locations. The 1.5 meter tall bot has sensors to keep him from bumping into walls, and has been programmed to recognize rooms, corridors, front halls, and junctions. He also knows what a door is and knocks at those that are closed. The UPV/EHU researchers are hoping that in time Tartalo will be able to distinguish between faces, voices, and objects.

Via Space Daily

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