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Friday, February 29, 2008

Japanese Robot Show 2008

The Kennedy Center in Washington hosted in February a Japanese robot show including Honda's ASIMO and the Toyota Partner Robot playing the trumpet. Other robots on display included the humanlike Actroid DER2, Paro, a stuffed seal used for therapeutic purposes, Wakamaru, the Mitsubishi robot, and the robo-dog Aibo.

The show demonstrates Japanese robotics visions and engineering excellence but also lack of market successes. Sony´s Aibo and Mitsubishi´s Wakamaru are no longer aivailable on the market because of marekting and technical problems. Today the household robot market is dominated by US company irobot that has delivered more than 2,5 million vaccum cleaning robts and continues to develop new application such as mobile videobots for domestic and military use.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Robotics Conferences 2008

International Conference on Human Robot Interaction 2008
Amsterdam, The Netherlands Conference: March 12-15th, 2008

EUROS European Robotics Symposium 2008
Prague, Czech Republic Conference: March 26-29th, 2008

Int. Conference on Cognitive Systems (CogSys 2008)
Karlsruhe, Germany Conference: April 2-4th, 2008

ICRA '08 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Pasadena, California Conference: May 19-23rd, 2008

IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence
Hong Kong Conference: June 1-6th, 2008

2008 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference
Zurich, Switzerland Conference: June 25-28th, 2008

IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics
Xi'an, China Conference: July 2-5th, 2008

Munich, Germany Conference: August 1-3rd, 2008

MFI: 2008 IEEE Int. Conf. on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems
Seoul, Korea Conference: August 20-22nd, 2008

IROS 2008 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Nice, France Conference: September 22-26th, 2008

BioRob 2008 International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
Scottsdale, AZ, United States Conference: October 19-22nd, 2008

Japanese Android talks english

Actroid DER2 from Japanese robot company Kokoro was recently demonstrated at the Japan! Culture + Hyper Culture event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The robot talked to visitors and answered questions using voice recognition software AmiVoice of Advanced Media, Inc. The robot uses also pneumatics to create a human-like appearance and the range of gestures and facial expressions.

New Robot League

A robot called Nao from the French company Aldebaran Robotics has been selected by the RoboCup Organisation Committee to replace the Sony Aibo in the Standard Platform League, as of the 2008 edition of the competition.

The new humanoid robot includes voice recognition, vision, speech synthesis, "emotional expressions", a WiFi connections, and will is based on Linux. Nao stands 22 inches high and has 23 degrees of freedom. The exterior shell of the robot was created by Parisian designers Thomas Knoll and Erik Arlen. The robot's shell can be customizable by the user. The robot supports URBI (Universal Real-time Behavior Interface) scripting language.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Infonaut Robotland Library

"By the year 2050, develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world soccer champion team" according to the RoboCup vision. If this will happen, robots will become a very important part of our lifes as partners, friends and may be as our lovers. They will support humans and each other, they will repair, reproduce, play, teach and invent new and better robots. If you want to learn more about robots and our future, take a look at the brand new Infonaut Robotland Library a servce in association with

Wearable Robots for Superhumans

You may have heard about wearable computers, but have you ever heard about wearable robots? If you are paralysed you may have the dream to move again, if you are old and weak you may like to have some support to walk stairs or carry heavy shopping bags. If you have a heavy jobb or move in dangerous environments, you may want to amplify your body with a wearable robot, also called biomechatronic exoskeleton.

In this new book Wearable Robots: Biomechatronic Exoskeletons José L. Pons defines a wearable robot (WR) as a mechatronic system that is designed around the shape and function of the human body, with segments and joints corresponding to those of the person it is externally coupled with. Teleoperation and power amplification were the first applications, but after recent technological advances the range of application fields has widened. Increasing recognition from the scientific community means that this technology is now employed in telemanipulation, man-amplification, neuromotor control research and rehabilitation, and to assist with impaired human motor control.

The book gives a full overview of wearable robotics, providing the reader with a complete understanding of the key applications and technologies suitable for its development. The book will appeal to lecturers, senior undergraduate students, postgraduates and other researchers of medical, electrical and bio engineering who are interested in the area of assistive robotics. Active system developers in this sector of the engineering industry will also find it an informative and welcome resource.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Welfare Robotics in Norway

Foresight "Baby boomers" and Caregivers in Norway start recognizing that "end of life quality" will depend on access to smart technology at home and at caregiving institutions. When a growing shortage of health care staff will hit them over the next 5-10 years the need for household robots will grow. Robots may not only help human carers to lift and move elderly and handicapped people but may also enabling them to live longer and more comfortably in their own homes. Similar ideas have been promoted in recent years especially in Japan and South Korea. The development of Care and Welfare Robots for the Silver Generation is one of the great technological and industrial challenges in the developed countries. Outsourcing of elderly care to an army of welfare robots is not only an economical but also an ethical issue. What will drive the market, who will be in charge and who will pay for services?
PC World - Norway Eyes Robot Caregivers.