11/14/2009, Fiddling with high-voltage power lines is certainly a dangerous job, especially for humans. With that in mind, a Tokyo-based company, HiBot, is working with western Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co. to test a new robot next year that can inspect several power cables at once, and we’re fairly sure that no humans will be hurt in the process. We’re fairly sure that these robots don’t have any fear of heights […]
11/12/2009, Fujitsu has teamed up with the Yokohama National University and the University of Electro-Communications when it comes to developing an Office Delivery Robot. This bad boy is able to carry up items that weigh up to 20kg, relying on stereo vision, a laser range finder, and UWB (Ultra-wideband) TWR-TOA (two way ranging-time of arrival) for SLAM that is accurate to within 10cm to get around carefully so that nobody ends […]
11/11/2009, The Hitachi EMIEW (Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Work-mate) moves about on its wheels, relying on technology that can be found in the Segway as well. This allows it to zip about robustly compared to bipedal robots, hitting a maximum speed of 3.7mph with a reaction time of 100 miliseconds. The EMIEW has been usurped by its newer sibling, the EMIEW 2 which brings better technology to the table.
11/10/2009, This robot certainly looks like it’s built to play basketball, what with its 7-foot height. Dubbed Unit 33, it can walk, turn, twist, bow and even play football (though they really should have tried a basketball demo). Check out the video above, and see for yourself.
11/10/2009, You might have checked out Gramazio & Kohler’s bricklaying robot before, but this time, the duo from Zurich’s ETH Faculty of Architecture have brought the robot to America for the first time, and have digitally fabricated a wall on Pike Street in downtown Manhattan. Certainly something to check out if you’re passing by there. An exhibition will be running at the Storefront for Art and Architecture until November 14th. You […]
11/10/2009, It seems that Aerospace firms are quite busy competing for a classified UK MoD contract to build a robotic military stealth aircraft. Said aircraft would be rather special, seeing that it would be able to hover like a helicopter or fold its rotors and fly as an airplane. Of course, just flying around would be rather boring, that’s why it would also be able to deploy radical new weapons, such […]
11/10/2009, The Mini guide robot does not live up to its namesake in terms of size, and while it won’t be up and about to the amusement of visitors and guests, this guide robot will instead be seated in your office lobby or at exhibitions. It comes with an ultrasonic wave sensor that enables it to detech where a person is standing, allowing the Mini to look in that direction while […]
11/06/2009, Mitsubishi doesn’t just churn out wonders like their line of Lancer Evolution cars, but they have also delved into the world of robots with the Wakamaru being one of them. Of course, forking out $15,000 for one of these might just make you baulk, but the Wakamaru, like a pooch, was specially designed for family life. It will move along to your life rhythms, waking you up in the morning […]
11/05/2009, The ROLA (Robot Of Living Aid) intelligent home-care robot was developed by National Chiao Tung University of Taiwan. Capable of understanding Mandarin, Taiwanese and a smattering of English, ROLA will help keep a watchful eye on elderly occupants of a home and is capable of sending distress calls automatically in the event of an accident to a family’s cellphone or ambulance. This is made possible thanks to its live video […]
11/05/2009, Interested in homemade DIY robots? Well, check out “Giger”, a nice little robot that took its creator over 100 hours and more than $10,000 to build. Apparently the reason it cost so much was because the owner decided to use professional-grade servos instead of the bog-standard DIY stuff. Check out a video of the robot in action here.
11/04/2009, Robots are definitely cool, unfortunately they haven’t become commonplace just yet (no, the roomba doesn’t count). A team from Perception On Purpose (POP) has come up with a technology that could facilitate robotic understanding and responses to human behavior, and even conversations. One of the challenges that they encountered was attempting to integrate 2 different sensory models, which are sound and vision, but once they overcame that, the 2 senses […]
11/03/2009, At least, that’s the impression that we have with this rather curious robotic butler who seems to be in possession of Wall-E’s eyes, albeit with an overall shape and color scheme that point towards EVE as well. Apart from the droopy eyes, nothing else is known about this robot, but we’re pretty sure it doesn’t compact trash into little cubes and has no feeling for cockroaches, either.
11/02/2009, Doki is a new kind of robot that relies on computer vision software, enabling it to function as a PR tool for a company of its allegiance, where its greatest strength would be facial recognition that allows it to determine a person’s gender, estimating their age, ethnicity, and perhaps even let you know that you need to lose that flab around your belly. Doki is currently the Guiness Book of […]
11/01/2009, Guilherme Martins is the brain behind this “Talkie Walkie”, where the robot was built based on only one servo. It is full well capable of responding to sound in real time, where it will automatically control the movements of a lip-syncing paper mouth. Creepy thing to have on any desk if you ask us.