Luna Robot from RoboDynamics

by Mark R

I believe it was the preview of the movie Bicentennial Man that promised that every home would have a robot by the year 2005. Well, we aren’t there yet, but RoboDynamics is promising a robot in every house by 2021.

The Luna robot is supposed to be a robot mobile platform. I believe that means we are looking at an “App Store”, but instead of a special program for an iDevice, this would be a program for a robot. I’m sort of looking forward to the days where you can download an app for walking the dog.

You can watch the video after the jump to see more of it, but you don’t really see much except a robot modeling to the main theme song from Chariots of Fire. However, you do get a close look up its ports, located conveniently in the backside.

In addition to this App store and ports, the Luna Robot should come with “personality packs” and an 8-inch touchscreen, two cameras, wireless connectivity, three-mic array, as well as a variety of sensors.

The Luma should be coming soon in standard, and then there is editions limited to about 1,000 pieces. The price should be “affordable”, so I guess we really are looking at that future of robot servants after all.

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One review or comment

Thomas Beck Says: August 23, 2011 at 2:05 am

So it’s a Linux computer on wheels with some software that makes it navigate a room without bumping into objects, but apart from that, it doesn’t really do anything. Instead, the makers are pointing out that the OS is open source, so they’re hoping “the community” will develop apps for it that will make it do really cool things, or even develop new hardware, like “real robot arms”. In other words, they’re hoping anybody else will develop the real robot parts, the real artificial intelligence. The company thinks, just because developers wrote a lot of software for the iPad, which apparently they consider useless out of the box without 3rd party apps, 3rd party developers will make this computer on wheels a real robot, and all the company itself has to do is sit back and wait and sell these devices for $3000.-? Honestly, I’ve read a lot of “reviews” of this thing, and nobody really knows what to do with it (but nobody asks this question, either). The answer is simple, you can’t do anything with it, and if you hope some open source developers will turn this thing into a useful robot in their spare time, dream on.

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