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Ten Robots to Rave About

Postby lucretiaX on September 20th, 2006, 1:03 pm 

Android-looking robots are so, well, passé. These robots—from femme bots to guinea pigs to trees—will leave a lasting impression.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2016599,00.asp

The Talking, Walking Einstein
Hard work never goes unrecognized. I think that's what is behind the Albert Hubo. Developed by Hanson Robotics using the patented Frubber skin, this Einstein-inspired robot utilizes over 62 muscles in its face to illustrate very humanlike features naturally. He can walk or roll on wheels and recognizes speech.

Strike a Pose
Designer Tomotaka Takahashi predicts that half of all robots made in the future will be female. I like his way of thinking! One of his latest creations, FT ("Female Type"), is a femme bot with 23 motors, enabling her to strut her stuff better than Heidi Klum on the runway. She operates on a lithium polymer battery, stands 14 inches tall, and is made of carbon and plastic.

A Jumping Jukebox on Wheels
Short for "music innovation based on utility robot technology", Miuro is another accessory for your iPod. However, this one is a jumping jukebox on wheels. Measuring 14 inches long and weighing 11 pounds, the battery-powered Miuro features an iPod dock that plays tunes from any third generation or later iPod through Kenwood speakers. It can even play songs from iTunes and other music applications through a wireless connection. But what makes this a robot? If you purchase the optional camera and sensors, it transforms into a programmable robot that bounces from room to room. Miuro sells for $930 in Japan and comes in four colors. Expect it to reach the U.S. by the second half of 2007.

One Krazy Kitty
Would you want a robotic feline near you? Nyaa Mii, Japanese for "Near Me", features 14 points of articulation and four sensors for touch, vision, audio, and motion. Many of its motions include opening and closing its eyes, meowing, and moving each of its legs. What's uncanny about this cat is that it recognizes when it's been spanked! Near Me is sold only in Japan for 36,750 yen (about $314 USD), and is available in white and American shorthair models. It ships with a charger, a battery pack, and an A/C adapter.

A Sensitive Guinea Pig
Not a cat lover? Perhaps a guinea pig would make a better pet. Gupi the Intelligent Robot Guinea Pig is a bit creepy but cute at the same time. It produces more than 30 sounds and can interact with other Gupis while sharing his food. But don't ignore Gupi—he'll get scared and run away from you. For exercise, he loves to find his way through a maze, and he'll follow around the included plastic carrot when he's hungry for a recharge. At least you don't have to worry about midnight feedings or cage cleanings! He sells for $71.91 at IWantOneOfThose.com

A Tree Grows in Switzerland
Breeze, the robotic maple tree, is something you'd expect to see in a fairytale. Its creators, however, beg to differ. Breeze's branches consist of actuator wires made of Flexinol that twitch when a person walks by. In addition, it can sense and react through 360 degrees, allowing it to reach out and touch you.

A One-Eyed Wonder
The Muu Socia 3.0 robot isn't meant for scaring kids, like the one-eyed "Mike Wazowski" from Monsters, Inc. Created by ATR and Systec Akazawa, Muu Socia acts as a communicator for the Autistic. In the eye is a sensor that uses voice, face, and speech recognition.

A Roller-Skating Robot
The Plen is a robot that effortlessly roller skates, controlled via Bluetooth or your cell phone. Use the included "Motion Editor" software to program the robot's motions in 18 points of articulation. Then you can wirelessly control him to roller skate down the street or through your grandmother's rose garden. Plen weighs about 24 ounces, and its NiMH-6075 battery lasts for about 25 minutes after a single charge. You can take him home for 262,500 yen ($2,255 USD).

Pretty Woman
Another femme bot that could easily serve as a backup prom date is Rong Cheng—the first Chinese beauty robot. Not only does she respond to 1,000 Chinese words, but also dances, bows, and greets. She cost a whopping $37,500 to build.

A Robot with Good Taste
"Sommelier" is French for a person with extensive knowledge of food and wine pairings. In this case, the sommelier is a robot, developed by NEC System Technologies and Mie University. In its left arm is an infrared spectrometer, which analyzes the chemical composition of food or wine. For example, when wine is placed in front of it, the sommelier bot tells you in a childlike voice the brand of wine, how it tastes, and food to complement the wine. It also has the ability to alert you when it detects sugar, salt or fat in food.

To see them: http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/0,1206,l ... 790,00.asp
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Re: Ten Robots to Rave About

Postby zetreque on May 29th, 2015, 2:40 pm 

This is pretty amazing.
New Scientist - Cheetah robot leaps over hurdles
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Re: Ten Robots to Rave About

Postby Watson on May 29th, 2015, 6:08 pm 

Ya I posted a vid on a similar looking robot, somewhere on here. From Boston Dynamics I think.
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Re: Ten Robots to Rave About

Postby zetreque on May 29th, 2015, 7:06 pm 

I seen it before, maybe from you, but I hadn't seen them running it on a treadmill. It's getting pretty good. Too bad we can't eat them. They need to de-extinct the auroch, and maybe until then we can have robotic ones.

I think the other video I saw had it running around outside.
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Re: Ten Robots to Rave About

Postby Watson on May 30th, 2015, 6:55 pm 

Yes and there were two. First was a smaller one and then one more like a bull.
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Re: Ten Robots to Rave About

Postby gjenkins on June 30th, 2015, 11:28 am 

Really amazing. I’ll be throwing 5 stars for "Sommelier" because of its practical use. Not sure about Muu Socia 3.0 if it helps to communicate with autistics. For the others yes they’re good for entertainment but I am more on the practical application when it comes to robotics.

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