Zbit Mini R/C Robots

by Edwin

Check out the Zbit Mini R/C Robots from ThinkGeek – these are tiny pocket dynamos that will definitely spruce up a boring day at the office as they zoom around at breakneck speed, spin 360 degrees, and even light up and make robot noises. All of them operate on different frequencies, so you won’t see any controlling error occur when you’re having fun with your friends. You can choose from …

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Husqvarna DXR 310 robot for demolition

by Mark R

The last time we were covering Husqvarna, they were working on robot lawnmowers that work like Roombas on the grass. Now they are working on this Husqvarna DXR 310, which is an “industrial demolition robot designed to work in hard to reach, or just plain dangerous areas”. As you can see, it has some treads to propel it where it need to go, albeit slowly. It then has some legs …

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AILA robot knows how to hold things

by Mark R

This is AILA. I have no idea what it stands for, but she (yeah, I’ll call her a she) was at the Hanover Messe 2010 event at the DFKI Bremen showcase. AILA uses SemProM, also known as Semantic Product Memory, which enables her (yes, I gave a gender to a robot once again) to figure out how to handle objects based on its shape, size, and fragility. See what that …

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Robot Report: Getting more human all the time

by Mark R

The last time we talked about Robovie, we mentioned that he looked like he was ready to take over all of us fleshy humans. It would appear that Robovie-R, a robot that is designed to assist the elderly, has been upgraded to Version 3 which now stands 120 cm tall and weighs 43 kg. You can see a video of it after the jump. If you really want to be …

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Mertz active vision robotic head from MIT

by Mark R

I have seen realistic robot heads like the Mertz active vision head robot before, and they are usually designed to see what it would be like if robots could display facial expressions. In that case, you might wonder why someone would design this robot head to look like a freaky baby head rather than a handsomer face. Actually, the purpose of this robot isn’t to test how a human will …

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Let these Red Robots be your guide

by Mark R

I have to admit that I have never heard of Santander’s Group City in Madrid before, but it is certainly one of the most advanced places that I have ever seen. Apparently this is the location of one of the largest banks in the world, and is employed by about 5,500 people. You can imagine that is easy to get lost in this massive place, which is why the robots …

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NEC PaPeRo serves as a check-out robot

by Mark R

I’m not certain if we are all looking forward to or dreading the day when all the “menial laborers” of the world, such as checkout clerks, will be replaced by robots. After all, my Safeway has four self-checkout stands. This PaPeRo robot is essentially designed to be a friendly presence at a self-checkout. There is a video here so you can see it in action, and this robot teddy bear …

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Samurai robots serve humans in Hajime restaurant, Thailand

by Mark R

Okay, I’ve already talked about PR2, a laundry folding robot, and now I’d like to talk about a robot that can do tasks that humans would not want to do, like serve food. These are the robots of the Hajime restaurant in Thailand. The owner, Lapassarad Thanaphant, decided that she wanted a Japanese restaurant, and instead of hiring a wait-staff, she set her place up for samurai robots. That’s right, …

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