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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Home of the Future

The University of Tokyo has opened an exhibition showcasing a robotic "living room of the future". The living room has sensors in the walls and floor to track and respond to users. If you sit down by the desk and the robot lamp automatically swings over to illuminate your book. A humanoid robot serves a drink and washes up afterward. The robot is a a modified version of AIST's Promet humanoid and will be able to wash lunch boxes as well. Take a look att a short video report from Japanese television NHK.

Honda's Newest ASIMO Humanoid Robot Sprints to Its North American Debut At Consumer Electronics Show

A breakthrough version of Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO made its North American debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nev. The latest ASIMO incorporates several significant technological advancements including a streamlined new design, even more fluid and quick movements and the ability to run at nearly 4 mph. The running robot also has several other new mobility and artificial intelligence capabilities for enhanced human interaction. Read more.

Monday, January 08, 2007

High Levels of Technology Development Promote Growth of Japanese Robotics Market

This Frost & Sullivan research service entitled Japanese Robotics Market – An Overview provides insights into new developments in the robotics market along with a comprehensive analysis of its key drivers, restraints, and industry challenges. It also includes a detailed breakdown of opportunities by segments. In this research service, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following applications: industrial, service, and personal robotics.

High Levels of Technology Development Promote Growth of Japanese Robotics Market

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Claytronics - Microrobotics Reality

Imagine a material which can be programmed to form dynamic 3D objects, which can interact in the physical world and visually take on an arbitrary appearance. Put together millions of tiny robots, called catoms, that can move in three dimensions in relation to each other, so they can form whatever you like. What you have in your hands is Claytronics, a new material to make dreams a reality. Take a look what's coming next: Synthetic Reality about robots

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Robosapien Dance Machine

Controling a Robosapien with a remot control needs some training. It takes time to learn handling the 168 different functions the robot can perform. That´s too much for most of us. Robosapien Dance Machine is a free open source software program that helps to controll Robosapien with your voice, to create interactive dialogues. The program contains a complete, easy-to-use Script Editor for creating scripts.

Robot Control via IR

Get control over your robots with software from Q4 Technologies. Go-Robo! will be available for sale in spring 2007. It runs under Windows XP and can control a WowWee robot like Robsapien, RS V2, RS Media, Robopet, Roboraptor or Roboreptile via a USB IR Blaster - currently supporting RedRat3 and USB-UIRT. RedRat3 is the most powerful device with a claimed 10m range, it's also CE and FCC marked.

The Go-Robo IDE (Integegrated Development Environment) is inspired by the professional tools from Microsoft, Abode GRIDscript is the language of Go-Robo. Inspired by Logo

Robot talk at CES 2007

Latest video from CES 2007 i Las Vegas with WoWWee's RS Media Robot, a new robot creature and a singing head. Why not connect the talking head to the Net? In the future your phone will look like Elvis or Madonna. See at Engadget.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Bill Gates: A Robot in Every Home

In search of new applications for Windows Microsoft has identified home robots as a new growth market. Late but may be not too late the software giant makes a try to fill robot brains with the help of Microsoft Robotics Studio, a new software development kit for robotics developers.
Refering to the Japanese Robot Association that predicts that by 2025, the personal robot industry will be worth more than $50 billion a year worldwide, compared with about $5 billion today, it makes sense that Microsoft sees a Window of opportunity. The big question is, will robots really like to run with MS Windows?

Scientific American: A Robot in Every Home

Home robots at CES 2007

World leading robotics companies met again at CES 2007 in Las Vegas. The cleaning robot fight between USA and Asia continues. American leader iRobot fights with its lastest modells of Roomba Vacuuming Robot, iRobot Scooba Floor Washing Robot against Metapo and its chinese vaccum cleaner CleanMate QQ-2 model that can search for charging station and do self-charging when battery is low. It will continue to do vacuuming when battery recharging is complete. The korean robotics company Hanool Robotics Corp developing robots for military, research, cleaning and educational use enters the home arena with its cleaning robot OTTORO Hanuri-RD4, equiped with two cameras and a laser beamer, it knows where to clean.
The ROMI home robot from korean ETRI entertained the crowd by cleaning the stage via a voice activated command system. ROMI comes with a wireless/CDMA connection that enables it to transmit videos to your PC or phone.

The humanoid race shows the two extremes in contemporaty robotics. One the one side Hondas' ASIMO that enters the sceen as usual demonstrating japanese engineering excellens, as long as it doesn't fall down the stairs again. On the other side chinese based WoWWee with its ny multimedia robot RS Media - a boy toy for everybody.