10/28/2011, As careful as senior citizens might be, some of them still suffer from falls – and many a fatal injury has been caused by a fall, so walking aids will definitely come in handy to prevent such unwanted tragedies. The Electric Walking Aid that you see above is something else – developed by Murata Manufacturing, this is basically the prototype version of an electric walking assistance car. Relying on current […]
10/25/2011, When it comes to a nation’s security, the whole game changed when 9/11 happened – air travel became a whole lot more inconvenient, and there was this super long list of ‘Don’ts’ issued. It is nice to see technology work on the side of the law though, as it gives a sense of security and peace of mind. One of the more creative and newer methods of combating crime and […]
10/25/2011, Great, not only do we have ever increasingly realistic robots that would certainly give some of us the creeps, here is word that Stanford researchers have taken yet another step towards the uncanny valley through the use of carbon nanotubes – by developing touch-sensitive, gooey skin for AI sensing, prosthetics, and who knows – robots? Such skin will deliver robots the touch-sensitivity that has long been in the realm of […]
10/25/2011, Some of us keep dogs as a form of security instead of companionship, and unless you are going to train that pooch really well in the right way, I’d suggest investing in a proper security system instead. Or at the very least, don’t purchase a friendly breed like a labrador who would most probably welcome any would-be thief. Instead of flesh and bone, why not settle for something more mechanical […]
10/25/2011, Remember the Actroid-F robot that we covered earlier this year, bringing us nearer to the uncanny valley when one is face-to-face with it? Well, AIST decided that it is not good for the Actroid-F to be alone, hence coming up with a male version (what will it be called – the Actroid-M?). Mechanically, these two are the same, and if you rid them of their wigs, they’re more or less […]
10/21/2011, NEC and their pet robot project, PaPeRo, has certainly come up with a fair number of iterations to date, but somehow or rather, it has never made it past the commercialization stage. I guess all of that is about to change now as NEC’s household communication robot PaPeRo, might take that route next year – a good half a decade after this particular research and development project kicked off.
10/19/2011, When it comes to autism, there are many ways to help these specially gifted children (have you seen some of them draw out of memory? Totally amazing stuff!). Well, it seems that technology has advanced even further now to help them by the way of robots. Yes sir, mechanical lifeforms that are intended to make emotional connections with autistic children, considering how these kids tend to struggle when it comes […]
10/13/2011, Table tennis is not a game for those who are slow in reflexes, and to see how robots are actually able to hold a game is rather interesting. Chinese scientists (who else would we expect, considering they top the game at most of the major sporting events) have managed to churn out humanoid robots who are able to play table tennis. These robots have been specially programmed to serve, return […]
10/12/2011, I would suppose that sometime down the road, there will be another barrier that needs to be breached – that of human-robot relationships. We’re talking about interaction and relationships on a far more physical level, instead of robots merely being subservient to us. That’s still a long way off even if it is remotely possible, but efforts like Meka Robotics’ S2 Humanoid Head certainly help the cause.
10/11/2011, I thought we had GPS navigation systems with their traffic control capability to let you know whether to take a particular route to work or home or not, depending on just how heavy the traffic is at that point in time. Well, how about a smart car that has just gotten smarter, where it is able to make decisions on your behalf without the help of a dedicated GPS navigation […]
10/10/2011, Anyone remember the Tintin comics by Herge, where Captain Haddock, the foul-mouthed, rum loving seaman tends to shout, “Blistering barnacles!” at different moments in the comics? Well, barnacles in real life might seem to be rather innocuous when you first lay your eyes on them, spotting them on the undersides of breaching whales, but when they make their homes on the underside of a ship, a significant amount of drag […]
10/06/2011, There is a reason why some people head off to the local hair salon to get their hair washed – they just love the human interaction as well as massaging done to the head, but it seems just like those massaging chairs that keep on coming out, there are also robots that wash your hair – especially this one from Panasonic that boasts 24 “fingers” to provide your scalp with […]
10/06/2011, I suppose if the Transformers were to have their own version of a puppy, then the Playful Puppy Robot would pretty much come close, although I don’t know what it will transform into – a robotic mound of turd? OddBot decided to share his new project known as the Playful Puppy Robot which you can see in greater detail after the jump. This is an Arduino compatible robot that requires […]
10/06/2011, Life right now might not be the same as what the Jetsons cartoon envisages, but that doesn’t mean robotic technology is lagging too far behind. The PR2 robot is not only smart enough to be able to fetch food from the fridge, but with the little help of a technology known as semantic search, it is even clever enough to bring you a sandwich, never mind the fact that it […]