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Prison robot guard render. (Via ETRI)   At the eastern most reach of the Iksan-Pohang Expressway sits a city of half a million people along the coast. There, criminals will face a new kind of prison guard, a 5' (150 cm) tall robot. Three of these 154 lb (70 kg) bots are schedules to take over the prisoner watch for a one-month  trial in March, 2012. The bots will patrol on four wheels, garnished with kid-friendly colors and a hard-plastic smile. Definitely, an odd choice of looks for a ...
  If hydraulics can be a locomotion option for robots, why not balloons, it is the same concept. Or so thought the engineers at Otherlab. Their 15 foot long inflatable Ant-Roach was using its inflatable appendages is the same way many multi-legged bots move. The balloon like body is actuated with inflatable muscles via a microcontroller and an array of controllable air-valves. The bot can carry several people as it moves around, up to 1,000 lbs. The bot can be collapsed down after use. Soun ...
  You would never think a stuffed animal robot would stop you from kicking whoever is making that horrendous sound aka snoring, but Japan made that happen. A pillow that is shaped as a polar bear not only is cute to look at but also does wonders. The pillow may help the millions who suffer “Sleep Apnea Syndrome” in Japan.   The  person with the chronic snores, pre-programs their vital statics into a terminal running program.  While sleeping, the person wears a si ...
Hacking the OWI535 Robot ARM Using RobotSee, the TI Launchpad, and the EMGRobotics Six Pack Booster by Eric Gregori (www.EMGRobotics.com)   You can download all the firmware and  RobotSee code used in this article from here: www.robotsee.com/Launchpad_SixPack_Booster/SIXPack_OWI535_RobotSee_Project.zip         The OWI535 robot ARM is an educational toy manufactured by OWI.  The ARM has four degrees of freedom and a gripper.  All four joints and t ...
    The TI Launchpad based robot walker is based on the Lynxmotion BRAT Jr. walking robot kit.  You can build this whole robot for less than $120.00. The TI launchpad can be used to control up to 5 servos with 16bit accuracy. The TI Launchpad is compatable with the Robot Vision Toolkit and RobotSee.   To learn how to build this robot, visit TI's Launchpad project page: http://e2e.ti.com/group/msp430launchpad/m/project/496334.aspx ...
  Scientists at MIT’s Chembots program have just introduced a self-contained,  self-propelling  robot.  The gimmick of this bot is to house its power cell and locomotion mechanism all in it structural housing.   This automaton, or self-operating  machine or mechanism, is made up of silicone bladders and moves with the aid of a pneumatic battery.  This battery uses hydrogen peroxide catalyst reaction that helps maintain a stable pressure inside the ro ...
  Have you ever heard of anyone making the comment that one day, “Robots taking over the world!” It is a bit of a cliche, but not far from the truth, in a way. In this case they are not taking over the world, but they are changing human-machine interaction aka controlling your movements. A French research team came up with this robot that controls human’s arm by tapping electrodes tape to the forearm and biceps of the arm where the robot sends electrical currents where it ...
First, she sang.   Then she was light on her toes.   Now she is walking tall.   The HRP-4C "Miim" humanoid robot from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has been taught to walk in a female human's stride. Not the best one mind you, but it still is an achievement.   Miim is based on the User Centered Robot Open Architecture, which includes real-time linux, openHRP3 (robot simulation software), speech recognition, and RT-middleware. ...
Example of the type of ground robot being controlled by the new system. This is an i-Robot SUGV   As we prepare for wars fought with robots, it is comforting to know that at least half of the people fighting will be safe at home. The US army's Long Distance Tele-Operation (LDTO) system allows for military robots to be controlled at any distance using cellular radio and secure web portals. That is right, a person from their home living room can operate a bot on the other side of the globe. ...
Latest PETMAN from Boston Dynamics     From the creators of BigDog and AlphaDog comes the most advanced humanoid robot to date, the Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin (PETMAN). This bot is designed to move with the same limitations of the human body. PETMAN was designed to be of average weight and size, at just under 6' tall it weighs 180 pounds. Even though this bot costs $26.3 million USD, funding from DARPA, its supposed will make all the development feel like a waste.   PETMA ...
Photograph of the University of Glasgow's Round Reading Room   These days, pretty much everyone owns a smart phone.  The cameras found on these phones have helpful tools that allow anyone to take a descent picture. However, there are still so many ways to mess up the photos.  Stephen Brewster, a researcher in human-computer interaction at the University of Glasgow, UK, is developing a new camera interface or the point of interaction, the communication between a computer and a huma ...

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