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The Nao Robot, part of the MyRobot connected site (Via Nao)   A social network for robots has gone live. MyRobots.com hopes to connect bots and smart web-enabled objects together in a type of "cloud robotics." The goal is to augment devices capabilities by off-loading computation or other task to the "cloud." This pushes robots beyond their physical and software limitations.   Users of the service can create apps to aid in adding to a bot's function. For example, a robot has a camera ...
  In this new digital world, young people now grow up playing video games and surfing the Internet instead of playing games outside; clearly play dates are changing. Canadian company EZ-Robot wants to lead the way this new generation of youngsters play by bringing technology out of the screen into their hands.   To do this, they have released an easy to use, do-it-yourself robotics kit. But this kit takes robot building one step further by only providing you with the guts of the robot ...
Babyloid (via Robonable)   The applications of robots as solutions to different psychological problems are just now being explored. A recent project in Japan is currently working to find robotic solutions to mental ailments suffered by its elderly, which makeup 20% of Japans total population. Masayoshi Kanoh, professor at Chukyo University in Japan, has developed a doll with the intent of providing therapeutic interaction older people suffering from depression or dementia. He calls his cre ...
  Imitating nature is never easy. Even its most simple processes can prove to be very hard for scientists and engineers to duplicate.  But nature seems to provide Kåre Halvorsen, a Norwegian engineer, with a lot of inspiration for his work in robotics. Kåre Halvorsen, a.k.a. Zenta, has worked on a robot inspired by ants, and now he is expanding his genius in his MorpHex Project.   His new creation resembles a crab crossed with an armadillo. The shell of the robot is ...
Roboden and slacked electric cable comparison. (via Diginfo)   From the Japanese company, Asahi Kasei Fibers, comes Roboden, the world's first elastic "electric/data/USB" cable. The company manufactures the famous Spandex material; it is only fitting that they bring elasticity to electronics. Matching the human body's skin stretch factor, the cable can elongate up to 1.5 times its length.   Developed with robotics in mind. Roboden allows for robots to move, twist, and bend its data an ...
  "Woah, I'm ready to recognize myself." - Qbo, a robot   In a mission to make a robot that could "self-recognize himself autonomously when found in front of [a] mirror," Francisco Paz created "Qbo." The bot is set up with stereoscopic vision via two cameras, ultrasonic sensors, IR, speakers, LCD, head and base movement, and packed with object recognition software and Robot Operating System components. The algorithms "SURF" and "Bag of Words" are used through the OpenPV library to ana ...

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