Friday, February 29, 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
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
IEEE RO-MAN 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
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.
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
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
PC World - Norway Eyes Robot Caregivers.