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[14 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
Beer Can Robot in Disguise

Check out this transforming robot beer can from Ron Tajima. This genius created a Wii-mote controlled walking bot disguised as a cold one. Probably perfect for a reconnaissance mission at a house party. Let’s just hope no one crushes it on their head.


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[2 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Punching Robot by Makers of the Kid Walker Mech

Last year Sakakibara Kikai got a lot of attention for creating the Kid’s Walker; a mini-mecha that shuffles along, driven by a pint sized pilot. After getting a whole lot of internet love, the company was able to sell 8 units of the mini-mech for $21,000 USD each.
They’re back in the lab again, now designing a human piloted punching robot. Though nothing like those monstrosities in movie “Real Steel”, this bot seems faster than their previous creations. I see them being used in amusement parks, pitting patrons against each other …

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[15 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Never Mind the Huge Floating Head, that’s My Boss [Video]

Telepresence is kinda like teleconferencing with a major upgrade. It gives the user not only the ability to have a video conversation with people thousands of miles away but also makes it possible explore and interact the environment. We’ve been seeing quite a few telepresence robots these days, even class room teachers that hope to change the language education system in Korea.
But one problem cited with telepresence bots is the issue of mobility. It can be difficult to pilot a robot around obstacles, up and down stairs or in a …

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[10 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Robot Lightsaber Battle

An epic lightsaber battle between good and evil, Jedi and Sith.. robots. This display is thanks to Yaskawa, makers of industrial robots who decided to geek out for their exhibition at this year’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Shanghai, China.

Kinda slow though. Wonder if I could take ’em.
source: Automaton

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[25 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Robots Recruited to Help Battle Radiation Problem

Robots have joined in the fight to contain the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. As the brave employees battle to prevent a meltdown, robots have arrived to monitor the radiation levels and help clean up.

First on the scene was MoniRobo (Monitor Robot), a 52 inch tall, 1300 pound bot designed specifically for operating at lethal levels of radiation. It was developed by the Japanese Nuclear Safety Technology Center after the 1999 nuclear accident in Tokaimura which resulted in 2 deaths .
The robot is equipped with a radiation detector, …

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[9 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Elfoid Portable Telepresence Robot

Here is an interesting concept; a mobile phone one that is actually a genuine android. The Elfoid is a robotic cellphone that acts as an avatar for the user on the other end of the line. This creepy looking phone aims to use a camera and a motion-tracking system to mimic the head movement and facial expression of the user.

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[21 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Feb 19

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 …

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[22 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Jan 22

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 …

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[16 Jan 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Knight Rider’s Car is Almost a Reality

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 …

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[5 Jan 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
Robots to Replace Native English Teachers

EngKey (English Jockey) robots started the year in 21 schools in South Korea. This is a part of an ambitious program which hopes to “ be able to replace native English speakers in 3 to 5 years.” The current English education system employs over 30,000 teachers from native English speaking countries such as the US, the UK, Australia and others. The problem according to the South Korean government is that it’s too expensive to hire these teachers and it’s often difficult to find teachers for rural areas. Some may speculate …

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