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Performer operating a Fembot (via Culture Japan & Tokyo's Robot Restaurant)   It comes as no surprise that robots play a prominent part in the Japanese industry and just about every facet of the culture, but now they’ve moved into Tokyo’s ‘red-light’ district where they work as part of some rather unusual entertainment. Showcased at the newly opened Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo, the 12ft tall ‘fembots’ ‘driven’ and manipulated like ...
  People have been making do-it-yourself robots for quite a while now, but they usually consist of metal and plastic of some kind and most require circuit boards along with in-depth programming to get them to function. Apparently that’s no longer the case, as Japanese paper-modeler Kikousya has taken paper-craft to a whole new level with his Mechanical Paper Model robots.   Kikousya designed the PR-III (Paper Robot 3 pictured above) using pieces of folded paper (looks as though ...
Robotic Board Eraser (via YinYang Robotics)   To my professors, it was always annoying when the previous class left the board full of writing. For the students, it was always annoying trying to take notes and struggling to hear, as the professor faced the board to erase it.  Le Zhang and Michael Lathrop, seniors at Cornell, created an autonomous eraser robot that may someday relieve professors from wasting precious lecture time. (Yes, I actually liked going to class)     Th ...
    If "making a better mousetrap" isn't on the mind of engineers, we will never see innovation. This is a perfect example. Robert Howe and his team from Harvard's BioRobotics laboratory have been working on a different approach to a robotic hand. Their creation, which they call the Shape Deposit Manufacturing (SDM) hand, can easily adapt to different shapes of an object and yet is remarkably durable. Unlike many robot hands that use multiple motors and imaging techniques to sense an ...
Hi all,   I got a notice from the Chibots group about this new book on robots and I was lucky enough to find it at one of my local libraries.   As the title suggests, this book is about mobile robots and is intended to be a textbook for undergraduates over about one quarter. First, do not let the math scare you. A lot of the ideas are presented with simple algebra and the text does a good job of explaining what they are doing with the math to help the robot navigate and plan moveme ...
NAO (via Aldebaran Robotics)   Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science department is set to roll-out the celluloid carpet once again for this year’s (2012) Robot Hall of Fame inductees. The prestigious University started the Robot Hall of Fame, beginning in 2003, to recognize the achievements associated with robotics technology and the contributions made to society in general by roboticists. This year’s inductees include robots from both the science fields (for techn ...
How Shimi may look, Holiday 2013 (via Tovbot.com)   When it comes to music, I always welcome new recommendations and a buddy to dance along to new music beside me. Unfortunately, this does not happen very often. But a team at the Center for Music Technology at Georgia Tech is developing a musical companion robot that incorporates musical suggestions and dancing among many other functions and it will always be ready to rock.     The robot is called Shimi and it is capable of unpr ...
  This next invention may reflect the laziness of the current consumer, but it is a testament to the diligence of Japanese inventor Modder FRP. He has used the Kinect camera in a simple creation that robotizes the trashcan.     FRP has created a moving trashcan that can detect flying garbage and move accordingly to catch it. This inventor did everything himself. This includes the AutoCAD design of the moving base and components, writing all of the necessary code and the PCB layo ...

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