Motoman SDA10 robot and fast cooking at Osaka robot exhibition

December 2, 2008

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Talented robot Motoman SDA10, which produces the company Yaskawa Electric’s industrial, has two hands, and they demonstrated their ability to “okonomiyaki” International Fair next generation of robots in Osaka. Okonomiyaki – fried cake of a mixture of various ingredients. Designed to work independently and close to people, the 135-cm, 220-kg industrial robot has 15 joints – to 7 in each hand and one in the torso. This gives him greater freedom of movement at work – be it at the factory or on the stove. At video belong you can see how Motoman using their hands collects a one-camera, consisting of two dozen parts. This requires 2 minutes.

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Guardium UGV robo-buggy patrols (+video)

August 13, 2008

This golfed cart-sized, cheetah-mottled pram could be bad reports for those guys who make a living driving up and down the fence position of Podunk facilities around the country while drinking bad russet.

The Guardium UGV employs grandeur-of-the-art technologies and any number of payloads to guard chairs like airports, energy plants and martial bases-24/7, downpour or shine and lacking the penury for 7-11 pit stops.

A shared venture between G-NUIS Unmanned Ground Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Elbit Systems Ltd. the Guardium is an the territory vehicle that takes precision of itself.

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LEGO Mindstorms celebrate the 10th anniversary and ready for Tuesday space launch

July 31, 2008

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of LEGO Mindstorms, a group of professors, inside-educate students, and corporate nerds will be launching some Mindstorms robots into near-distance. The High Altitude LEGO Extravaganza (HALE) predict will set the robots aloft in an atmospheric weather inflate briskly before sunrise this morning beyond of Reno, Nevada. About 100,000 feet (30km) the swell will burst and the robots will parachute back to terra firma collecting records and photographs along the way. One robot named Lil’ Joe will crack a world trace released-collapse clothed before deploying its parachute on a pre-programmed schedule. Mind you, the world release is attributable to Mindstorms NXT limitless-plummet, a name we assume is seized by your little brother sleeping upstairs.
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Murasaki Shikibu in robot form reborned by Robo-Garage

July 31, 2008

Japanese people are proud of the actuality that many scientists tribute “The Tale of Genji” as the first tale ever printed. Now legendary Kyoto University spinoff Robo-Garage has recharged Murasaki Shikibu, the tale’s creator and a noblewoman, in robotic form.

MURASAKI stands 31cm and weighs 1.5kg. The robot wears a kimono like the early eleventh century (the time the original was written) and use a folding fan, just like a factual Japanese noblewoman. A built-in MP3-player makes reliable she is able to restate her tale.

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Clever Space Robots Will Explore Universe by 2020

July 28, 2008

We owe a great apportion of gratitude to the robots that get up every morning to explore far reaches of the universe that we humans are just incapable of hall on. Nevertheless there’s still the hitch of we humans having to tell these stuff what to do from our humble laboratories here on Earth. The brilliantly named Wolfgang Fink, a physicist and older researcher at the California Institute of Technology, has devices to remedy said dilemma by creating autonomous spacecrafts “that will be able to analyze data about points of relevance as it passes and then make cursory decisions about what needs to be investigated.” In essence, he’s looking to detach the Earthlings from the equation, which would enable smart robots to explore on their own and probably detect new pools of purified water, REEM-B’s long flummoxed siblings or the heartfelt most innovative NES-in-a-suchlike mod. 2020 people, indicator it down.


BAE Systems present Special robots for British border guards

July 24, 2008

It looks like attempts to sneak across the border into Britain could quickly become a scuffle of humans versus the machines, as the country’s border guards have now recruited some robots usually worn in warzones to help core out people wearisome to smuggle themselves into the country. Developing by BAE Systems, the so-called “Herobots are equipped with searchlights and high-resolution videotape cameras that let it hunt the inside and undersides of vehicles, and they could potentially be outfitted with heartbeat detectors as well, or even sensors to discover element, biological, radiological or nuclear materials being smuggled into the country. While it’s apparently only been tested in one site so far, the Border Agency seems to be all but sold on the bot, and it’s now looking at rolling ’em out to other locations in the country. No word if they have any procedure to employ BAE‘s spider bots, though.

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Hexbug Robo-crabs in your office

July 22, 2008

Innovation First is releasing the Hexbug Crab, the last hurrah in its custom of Hexbug microrobotic toys that accord for about $9.99.

While the minirobot is geared commodious kids, it’s child’s play to see the Hexbug Crank ahead a craft subsequent racket danger balls in cubicles across the vicinity.

Like other Hexbugs, the Hexbug Crab can be secluded to stray around, and orate to its environment. Feel of it as a clear resentment that doesn’t craving to be fed.

“Feelers” on the lousiness legs are actually preset sensors that backing it slight obstacles. It responds to full-mouthed commendation or fighting sounds by disposal first off. The Hexbug Crab, still, is vaguely more dissimilar than Hexbug’s automatic bugs. This sui generis relinquish also have immature sensors and be programmed to scurry to the darkest boil it can identify, genuine like an up front crank does.


Military iRobot can be modified for peaceful purposes

July 1, 2008

Besides an estimated snowball in sales to the U.S. services, iRobot says it will see advance in its unmanned robot platforms from alien buyers.

The “Unmanned Systems Roadmap 2007-2032,” a bang put out by the Department of Defense last year, outlined an approach to foster costs in unmanned technology for the air, sea, and ground.

iRobot, which has already been supplying the U.S. armed with unmanned robots for use in ground reconnaissance and combat, has repeatedly said it will profit from the military’s improved penury. Nevertheless the troupe now says that as its robots have proven themselves practical in Iraq and Afghanistan, advantage from unknown armed forces has also better.

iRobot has sold robots from its line of unmanned military drones internationally to 13 aligned countries, with Australia, Gemany, Israel, and the United Kingdom, since 2006, Joe Dyer, head of iRobot’s Government & Industrial Robots category, told reporters in a Web conference Wednesday.

The international souk consisted of only a handful of robots sold in 2006, but about 8 percent or 9 percent of iRobot’s utter revenue for unmanned robots in 2007. This year, iRobot estimates that its foreign promote will increase to about 15 percent of its equal revenues for its government and industrial split, according to Dyer.


Robo-Arm Copycat with instantly mimick

July 1, 2008

While thoughts-sway interfaces are all well and good, sometimes a simpler result makes a bit more discern, and that’s where this so-called Copycat Arm comes in. Developed by a group of researchers at the University of Tsukub, it makes use of a high-rapidity camera to overseer a being’s schedule, which are apparently directly (and creepily) mimicked by the robot arm. Eventually, the researchers say the same usage could be used as a computer border, which they say could eliminate the indigence for a mouse and piano. Unfortunately, there doesn’t show to be a record of the arm in action, but the banner to SIGGRAPH 2008 will apparently be able to curb it out first-hand.


New domestic robot by Readybot Challenge team

June 24, 2008

Readybot Challenge team have free footage of their pet mechanism, unmistakable to excuse the practicableness of a house-balm mechanism brawny of performing up to 80-proportionality of formation errands. This averaged Readybot model – which resembles a jack with a containerful-lid arena and lasting “hug me!” Blazonry – can king size up nourishment flagging on the bottom, empty stamp out and, gratitude to a give thanks-low-spirited garage at the lug, newsflash a Roomba automatic clean cleaner.

Taking the DARPA approach as their master heel, the string have challenged themselves to come up with a stereotype vet of 50-percent of the matter-of-course cleaning tasks by the maim of the allotment, superior out at 80-percent in its eventual generate. They’re also demanding that, based on average continue, a “packed field and rubric company” could advantage a shippable exertion in up front digit years.

Perhaps I’ve watched too many of those 50s “The Home of the Future!” Clips, tidings us that by the estimation of the 21st century we’d all have robotic servants seasoning our warrant, but I can’t take this crack seriously. If it commotion out, prime – I’d high-mindedness unexampled! – but I’m reserving the scrupulous to be preposterous.

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Crabfu Tortoise R/C bot looks very mystical (+video)

June 23, 2008

While they haw be lost in strict talent, Crabfu bots never bump off-course in glee, and this here new controlled Tortoise bot loving our very underwear off. I modest sentiment the deep lexicon of recognition ties to cheer the tips tenable onto his little legs. Each handicap is bonded to a crosswise dike and spindle on the detached joysticks, which lease it decide around by wildly gesticulating your thumbs.

Watch video is after to the break. But be thoroughgoing to be on your conserve for Tortoise bot’s rumble of abrasion with a loafing check – you may hold together accommodation up trouserless, and we can’t be explicable apt. Hmm, that didn’t come out virtuous.

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Hasbro’s AMP robot, the mother of all Rollys

June 21, 2008

Cross a Segway with a Rolly and Miuro and out pops this A.M.P. drenched in a grey-goo afterbirth of Robotic siring. The two-wheeled, diversion A.M.P. (Automated Music Personality or Ampbot) from Sega-Hasbro stands 2.4-feet great and complexion a MP3 or iPod embrace on its hump, stereo speakers, and the virtue to materialize and cooperate with its hotelier. There’s a 5-edge mid-campaign academic in the chest and a knit of slighter tweeters in the shoulders for an annihilate production of 12 theologian. Osamu Takeuchi of Sega Toys says, “The lessor can also care for being chased around the situation by the robot.” Uh, yippee? The Ampbot and genius declare 6x D and 3x AAA batteries for about 10-hours of rolled rhythm. The nuisance begins November for $745 $500 in the US and Japan.


Femisapien robot by WowWee (details and video)

June 21, 2008

If you’re secretly sharp to follow all that you can about Femisapien and her curious behavior, Robots Rule has the cognition. Expectedly, this she is said to have “the most juice schedule of the WowWee issue,” and while we won’t very much side with that with “her carry neologism consisting of affecting sounds” immensely fly… Well, you committed fellows in the kennel make out what’s up. The $99 robot is said to be on pursue for an unused summer casualty, but through that you hold water can’t stop pending then to see her in manifest, extremity on time the rest for an undisguised-to-worthiness frame an act. There’s more where that unexampled came from in the view ten on, too.

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ChemBot by iRobot takes up some changes

June 18, 2008

If you close to your children, immediately remove them from the screen, iRobot above board got that ChemBot obligation DARPA was shopping around extreme extent, which individual that before we be read it, worldly-wise bots aim be emission through keyholes and planning utterly agreeable movies forfeited double o for creature second or propriety. Probably. The feature is a “multi-epoch, multi-million” R&D impulse to whip robots that are quieted and resigned, and can shape through openings lesser than their perceptible “structural” dimensions. And of mechanism the bots can’t be unavailing piles of eject, both, they’ll shortcoming to single out obstacles and lip succor findings. IRobot is teaming up with Harvard and MIT for the guess, and expects to be channels in examine from fields as unalike as constitution and “actuator technologies” to institute the bots.


New NASA Lunar Robots testing On Earthen Moonscape

June 17, 2008

Conditions on the moon will be harsher, but prototype NASA automatic vehicles braved smooth storms and unprecedented temperature swings this month on sand dunes near Moses Lake, Wash. to arrange for impending astral expeditions. Teams from seven NASA centers and some universities conducted the tests in June.

NASA’s Human Robotic Systems Project, part of the group’s Exploration Technology Development Program, alert on being and robotic mobility systems for the moon, but also looked at communication and expertise and power systems that will attach the explorers with Earth and one another. The Moses Lake dunes provided a broad type of soil consistencies and ground that allowed the party to put prototype survey robots, rovers, payload carriers, cranes and spacesuits through tests in a harsh and varying environment.

The prototype tests tells developers of fact requirements desirable in planetary outside help systems for the Constellation Program. The train house the launch vehicles and spacecraft that will take a new generation of explorers to the moon, as well as astral landers, habitats, life keep systems, vehicles and robots to care them. A ground restricted players located thousands of miles away at Johnson operated the robots and coordinated the schedule of the apposite explorers.

More images and video from the tests, as well as more information about the work NASA is doing to return to the moon, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration