Tokyo’s “Robot & Human Concert”
Toyota recently showcased their i-REAL personal mobility vehicle and brought along their musically gifted Partner Robots to set the mood. A violin playing robot and trumpet playing robot performed with human musicians as the i-REAL was being demonstrated. Check out (wo)man and machine playing the violin in harmony.
Here’s the i-REAL in motion.
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Turn Plastic Bags to Fuel at Home
Those of us who haven’t been eco-friendly enough to carry our own bags to the supermarket, have wasted countless numbers of plastic …
Robot Baby Head
Meet Affetto (Italian for affection), he’s a robot designed to look like a human infant of about 1 to 2 years old. Affetto is currently only a head, but researchers have put a lot of effort into his realistic facial expressions. His skin is made of soft rubber and beneath are a motors and wires attached to different points on the face. These are used the simulate different facial expressions, for example his eyebrows a can move up and down, his upper lip can protrude, his eyes move …
Make Music by Touching Your Friends
Ningen Gakki (Human Musical Instrument) is a new toy from Takara Tomy that turns the body into a musical instrument. A sound is produced when one person holding the Ningen Gakki taps another, up to four people can join in the fun. The toy makes a variety of sounds depending on the combination of it’s 4 diodes being touched.
Bluetooth-capable Digital Pen
The AirPenPocket can wirelessly transmit and store characters and imagines drawn on paper. This means you can take notes and draw pictures while out and …
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Sony Dominated the Media
The most hype this week went to Sony with the release of a follow up to their PSP. The Internet was alive with rumors of about what features the PSP2 would have, and thanks to Sony’s presentation at Play Station Meeting 2011, we now know what to expect from “the next generation portable”, NGP.
That’s not all from Sony this week. Mock-up pictures of the “Play Station Phone” started showing up on blogs as early as August last year. Engadget finally got their hands on one. Here’s their …
Ultra Tiny DLSR Cameras
If you’re fan of cute miniaturized things that takes pictures, then rejoice. Japanese retailer JTT recently released the Chobi Cam One. These Ultra tiny DSLR cameras take pictures and video, and can use magnetically attached interchangeable lenses. As expected, the images captured by these little things aren’t of the highest quality, but aren’t they cute?! A Chobi Cam One costs about $120.
Source: JTT via: Akihabara News
Kinect Controlled Robot
Remember when people used to talk about the Kinect, they were talking about video games? Here is yet another …
Looking for a house that can survive the apocalypse? Well, Japan’s got you covered with this 10 ton bunker. The EDV-01 was designed to be transported away from an affected area in the event of a catastrophe. It’s equipped with satellite connectivity in the event of cellphone network failure, and it’s own power via fuel cells and solar panels. There’s also a bathroom, beds, and a kitchen so you can enjoy a bit of normalcy while the world outside is being destroyed.
This is a creation of Daiwa House Industries who …
Though not quite yet KITT from Knight Rider, RoboCar can drive itself and is probably the smartest car on the planet. The single-seater EV is equipped with a stereo camera, an IMU (inertial measurement unit), speed sensor and a laser range finder which it uses to determine it’s location and steer. RoboCar® MEV was developed for research in the field of EVs and next generation transport.
The RoboCar® comes in 3 models.
Type A which has a drive-by-wire function and can autonomously reduce its speed. $34,728
Type B which has a steer-by-wire …
Super Cooled Supercomputer
One problem with supercomputers is that they produce massive amounts of heat. The energy required for cooling these systems is about 30 to 50 percent of their total energy consumption. The Tokyo Institute of technology plans to leave the cooling to nature by using ice, snow and underground water from colder regions such as Hokkaido. If this 5 year project is successful it could mean large amounts of energy would be saved.
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Hot Booze Creates a Superconductor
Who said alcohol was good for nothing?
3D Headset Prototype
At CES 2011, Sony showed-off a futuristic prototype for a 3D headset. It has two 720p HD OLED displays, one for each eye. The headset can be calibrated for each users’ unique viewing preference. More at GizMag.
Robo Dinosaur Security
If you don’t like dogs but you still need a pet to watch the house while you’re gone, then you should get one of these robot dinosaurs. The respond to voice commands and can also be controlled via cellphone. The robots also have a camera so you can take pictures …
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These Kinect hacks coming out keep blowing my mind. Here is Japanese YouTube user hogehoge335 demonstrating his heroic transformation into Ultra Seven, a version of the popular super hero Utraman. Watch Hogehoge don the Ultra suit, shoot energy beams at real objects and even fly.
It would have been cool if the entire suit was 3D, but this is pure awesome. Agent 340 would be impressed.