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  I foresee a future where all clothes are made at home from professional designs, custom to the individual. Flip through a catalog, see something in an ad, or on the street would require nothing more than scanning a code with whatever type of portable device we will all carry. Seems sci-fi, but it is closer than ever.   Using a robotic arm designed by Moll Automatische Nahsysteme, geared towards assisting doctors during surgery, European company Leapfrog is developing a way to use it ...
  Starring at glowing rectangles starts at an early age. Children watch then in cars, at home, and now in mobile robotic platforms. The Korea Robot Research Institute (or just Robot Institute) in trying to promote their new "Kiro" bot as a lovable teaching aid for the classroom. The embedded screen (glowing rectangle) displays educational videos and interactive games. Wireless keycards (laden with RFID) activate different programs within Kiro. At least one teacher is claiming higher concent ...
  People of all ages love robots that express behaviors. Like the toy Furby, or the movie Batteries Not Included, or Short Circuit, people like anthropomorphic robots. I think Harvard's Kilobot should be available for purchase. Not only a great way to learn about electronics, programming, and robotics, give children and adults access to the inexpensive Kilobot, $15 each, but a great way to see some rather innovative uses from the masses. Until then, we have to see what the researchers can d ...
A true robot in disguise. Ron Tajima has created the CanBot, a beer can transformer robot that can walk around. What captured me most about this bot is the way it can use rolling for locomotion. It seems to move quite a bit faster with better control in this configuration. Single servos control the leg mechanics, but with several layers of legs, the bot could control the direction of its rolling, but that is getting ahead of the design. The control of the bot is performed through a Wii remote. T ...

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