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.

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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.