Japanese wedding officiated by a robot “I-Fairy”

by Mark R

Whenever you get married, you have to plan a lot of things. One of them is who is going to officiate at the wedding. This one couple in Tokyo decided to opt for a robot to officiate, and there is a video of “I-Fairy” in action after the jump. The I-Fairy is made by a Japanese company Kokoro. The bride, Satoko Inoue, works for Kokoro, and groom Tomoshiro Shibato is …

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LOLA walking robot knows where she/it is going

by Mark R

Remember that robot named AILA that we reported on a while ago? She was the white one with a female form that knew how to hold things. Well, it isn’t the only robot to come out of Germany, for here is LOLA. LOLA is a humanoid robot presented by the Technical University of Munich and the Institute of Technology Autonomous Systems in Munich. I have a video of it after …

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Giant Baby at Shanghai Expo

by Mark R

I really wish I was Shanghaied right now, because there is a huge Expo going on. This is one of the exhibits there, a giant 21-foot baby. Insert giant diaper-changing or breast feeding joke here. Seriously, this mammoth robot baby has been named Miguelin, and it is designed by a Spanish film director named Isabel Coixet, who is the human in the picture. She worked with an effects company known …

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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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