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.


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.