11/01/2009, Should the future see Toyota Delivery Robots perform their tasks admirably, we guess jealous husbands need not fear their wives of starting a relationship or tryst with the well muscled delivery guy any more. The Toyota Delivery Robot is a prototype who was designed to retrieve items for people with limited mobility, making it a digitlal nursing dog without having the need to toilet train it. Other abilities include opening […]
11/01/2009, Will robots rule the world in the near future? Perhaps, but maybe not. They’d make excellent gaming companions though as you check out this robot who is slamming note after note accurately on Rock Band for the iPhone. Can you say “cheat”?
10/30/2009, Want to creep trick-or-treaters this Halloween? If only you had the technical know how to make the Creeper2 robot that is actually a spider pumpkin bot, moving around with a Jack-O-Lantern on its back to literally cause real screams from its unsuspecting victims. Running on an Axon microcontroller, it relies on all digital servos with the ability to lift over twice its body weight. The software enables six synchronous degrees […]
10/30/2009, Fujitsu’s ENON (Exciting Nova On Network) robot is now back and improved, where its Service Type Robot’s arm mechanisms has been changed from 4 to 5 DOF, doing so while lowering the overall size and weight to a mere 50kg. Voice synthesis and recognition capabilities make the ENON an extremely basic conversationalist, but if you’re looking for something that offers much more cerebral simulation, the ENON shouldn’t be your cup […]
10/29/2009, Team Osaka has create tiny robots that will qualify for the Teen Size league, where each of these robots will stand no shorter than 80cm tall, tipping the scales at 7.5kg each while coming with a total of 22 DOF. It will have a 500MHz system-on-chip running Windows XP, aided by a Vstone CPU for motor control alongside CCD cameras to help it get a look around. The Vstone810 will […]
10/28/2009, The ROPID (short for a combination of Robot and Rapid) is touted to be able to “run” and turn quickly in place, responding to verbal commands as well thanks to Raytron’s BSRM01-01E voice recognition chip embedded within. Capable of clearing heights of 8cm, this 38cm tall robot still has some issues to work out when asked questions – perhaps the software isn’t powerful enough to make the necessary adjustments for […]
10/26/2009, Remember the BigDog quadruped robot that doesn’t seem to be fazed despite getting kicked from the side while being able to maintain its balance? The very same brains behind BigDog have come up with PetMan, where this bipedal version will be able to dynamically balance itself thanks to a creepy human-like walking motion. Check out his action on the treadmill – will Nike or Adidas step in as a footwear […]
10/25/2009, Robots seem to get more and more commonplace these days, and AIM Lab’s Amio was specially developed to be a true bipedal humanoid robot that comes with three dozen DOFs, standing proud at 150cm tall while bearing a weight that most women would want – 45kg. He walks slower than a geriatric patient though at 1km/h, where he is aided by a couple of CCD cameras for vision, 8 inclination […]
10/25/2009, We’ve all seen Darth Vader hack of Luke Skywalker’s hand in dramatic fashion, which results in Luke getting a prosthetic hand in the end. Are we moving closer towards such technology? It certainly seems so. Researchers are the Lund University in Sweden and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy have come up with a Smart Hand which has sensors that can be attached to the nerve endings in the stump of […]
10/25/2009, Lots of people around the world are still worried about swine flu, and it’s good to see that medical experts around the globe are busy trying to see what they can do to tackle the issue. One of the things that the experts have come up with is this robot that actually embraces swine flu and exhibits the symptoms such as sweating, moaning and convulsing. If not properly treated the […]
10/23/2009, Remember the Pleo robotic dinosaur that offered a whole new way to interact with your toys as it comes with sensors and AI that is able to be soothed whenever you pet it? Well, it might have gone extinct a while back, but thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we don’t even need its DNA to resurrect the little bugger. Jetta, the company who purchased the rights to Pleo […]
10/23/2009, Just when you thought that Subaru made nothing but high-powered rally cars, they have come up with the AV-S1 robot that is able to clean up to 3,000 m²/hour – basically triple that of their human counterparts. Best of all is, they won’t be organizing a strike anytime soon even when you underpay them or remove their oil subsidies. Features include a bunch of obstacle sensors that will help the […]
10/21/2009, Meka Robotics has unveiled the Simon robot that comes with “ears” which resemble antennae, moving around and changing color accordingly. He does look pretty cute and might tug at your heartstrings, making us wonder whether he is more appropriate to serve the front desk than any other departments in a company.
10/21/2009, Those who attended the Security & Safety Trade Expo (RISCON) in Tokyo might have caught a whiff of this special robotic patient who actually exhibits the known symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus, where it was specially developed to be a realistic training aid for medical workers. Apart from its human-like skin, the robot is also able to sweat, convulse, moan and cry tears – nice thing it does not […]