Thursday, March 29, 2007
The main result of the CYBERHAND project was the development of a new kind of hand prosthesis (i.e., a "cybernetic prosthesis") able to re-create the natural link which exists between the hand and the Central Nervous System (CNS). The Demonstrator can be considered the first tangible result towards the implementation of a "bionic hand" completely interchangeable with the natural one.
Monday, March 26, 2007
The international research award is for graduate and postgraduate students worldwide, who have completed or are about to complete their degree. The award promotes groundbreaking ideas and exceptional talent, and is worth a total of EUR 20 000. Young academics from all faculties and any nationality can submit a summary of their graduate or postgraduate thesis. Finals papers of Bachelor's and Master's Degree courses are also eligible for submission.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
In 2005 MyVoice surveyed 17,958 people registered in the MyVoice community; 42% male and 39% in their thirties.
Q1: Do you think you’d want to use a robot in your home?
I absolutely want to use (13.9%), I probably want to use (36.0%), I can’t say whether I want to or not (29.6%), I don’t really want to use (12.2%), I absolutely don’t want to use (8.3%)
Q2: What sort of robot functions do you want to use? (Multiple answer)
Cleaning the house (58.4%), Crime prevention (55.3%), Home minding (39.2%), Tidying up after meals (34.4%), Clothes washing (26.8%), Ironing (23.1%), Cooking (22.1%), Carrying baggage (21.8%), Healing (19.9%), Play (18.9%), Nursing (17.7%), Driving car (16.9%), Work or study help (15.3%), Communication or chat (15.1%), Health management (12.0%), Child minding or child eduction (10.4%), Others (2.2%), I don’t want to use a robot (11.3%), No answer (0.2%)
Note: the difference between “crime prevention” and “home minding” is probably that “crime prevention” implies detection of intruders, whereas “home minding” is more just monitoring the house, answering the phone or the door, watching the cat, etc.
Q3: If you bought a robot, up to about how much would you pay?
Up to 10,000 yen (11.9%), 10,000 to 100,000 yen (37.8%), 100,000 to 200,000 yen (13.4%), 200,000 to 300,000 yen (7.0%), 300,000 to 500,000 yen (5.2%), 500,000 to 1,000,000 yen (5.0%), 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 yen (1.1%) Over 10,000,000 yen (0.2%) I don’t think I want to buy (18.0%), No answer (0.5%).
Q4: Are you uneasy about the spread of home robots?
I feel completely uneasy about it´(6.7%)
I’m a little uneasy about it (27.4%)
I can’t say whether I am uneasy or not (34.1%)
I don’t really feel uneasy (22.4%)
I don’t feel uneasy at all (8.4%)
No answer (1.0%)
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Similar robots with camera and Wi-fi remote control are sold in Japan as home security robot or pet sitters, e.g. Nuvo from ZMP.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
This year RobotGames also host the Federation of International Robot-soccer Association annual Robot World Cup. Soccer playing robots from around the world will compete in seven different classes - from bots as small as a quarter to androids that are almost 3 feet tall.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Forget the robo-babe metallic leggings of Balenciaga, the Chanel pans or Hussein Chalayan´s cyber skirt, they are old fashion. Think future and invest US $ 5000 in Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) a robot suit from japanese Cyberdyne which can expand and improve your physical capabilities. With HAL-5 you can hold up to 40 kg load by arms and can increase the maximum weight of leg press from 100 kg to 180 kg. HAL can be used for heavy physical labor supports at factories and plants, rescue supports at disaster site, care personnel supports, entertainments. HAL is originallly developed to help elderly or disabled people walk around with their own legs and HAL-3 achieved the primary goal in 2000. In 2005, the latest model HAL-5 was given upper body limbs as well as weight saving and more compact power units, longer life battery, much smaller control unit and spectacularly designed outer shells.
HAL is 1600 mm height, and the full body type weights approx. 23kg, lower body approx.15kg. HAL is deriven by battery with continuous operating time of approx. 2 hours and 40 minutes. HAL can be used for daily activities indoor or outdoor such as standing up from a chair, walking, climbing up and down stairs, hold and lift heavy objects etc.
Cyberdyne Inc will co-operate with Daiwa House Industry Co to produce 400 HAL units per year. Daiwa House has investered approx. 1 billion yen (about 1 million dollar) in Cyberdyne to establish infrastructure for massproduction. Cyberdyne will use Daiwa Houses sales network to offer HAL for rehabilitation and elderly care rent. The renting fee will be 60.000 yen - 200.000 yen per month. HAL-lelujah!
Who will serve you when you get old and disabled i nthe future? Who will take care for your elderly parents?n the future. Who will prepare their meal, come with their medicine, get them from bed to bathroom or a wheelchair? Public health care assistents, personal nurses, your children? Well, forget your children, they have no time for home health services, they are needed as tax payers. Personal nurses are becoming increasingly costly and will be hard to find. Public health care will have problems to serve the rising number of retirees with increasing demands. So, the future is seems not so bright when you get older.
Are non-human caregivers are the solutions? Some belief robots could do the job. If they can become affordable they could revolutionize the way healthcare is provided. The only problem is that experts disagree about how these intelligent machines should be designed and operate.
Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor in Osaka University's Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, believes robots should look, act, and even feel like humans.
Stephen Keeney, the project leader for Honda America's North American Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility (ASIMO), says they will have to look more artificial and like something out of a sci-fi movie before humans will accept them.
Who cares, only they can care in time without reboot.