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  Progression of robotic ability has developed from infantile to startling quietly in the background. DARPA’s Pet-Proto was probably slow dancing or playing soccer before it got arms and the ability to run. Pet-Proto runs up stairs, and uses it arms to stabilize itself on walls while jumping or maneuvering over and around obstacles like an ultimate ninja contestant. Even more impressively, Pet-Proto is capable of making autonomous decisions and will someday trek where it is not safe ...
Prototypes (via Nakajia Lab)   Wheel chairs traverse the smooth pavement without a problem, but how about when there are small obstacles such as a curb or a few steps in the way? Researchers from Chiba Institute of Technology, led by Shuro Nakajima, have built a concept robotic wheelchair that is capable of traversing small amounts of steps and obstacles. Integrating sensors and some deft algorithms, all users need to do is simply push a joystick in the direction they wish to travel and th ...
(Thank you  SmartKeitai)     It's not the fear of zombies or robots that keep me up at night, its the thought of people equipped with artificial muscle suit exoskeletons chasing me, just like the ones being developed by the Kobayashi Lab and the Tokyo University of Science.     The suit was demonstrated at this year CEATEC convention in Japan. The apparatus weighs a bit under 20 lb and straps around the user’s upper body with supports under their arms than includ ...
Drawing a person's sleep readings (via ibis)   In an effort to re-vamp their image an economy hotel chain Ibis, a subsidy of Accor, has enlisted the help of a robotic artist that paints your sleeping data gathered from a totally re-designed mattress. The robotic artist system is the result of a collaboration between Accor, ACNE robotics and BETC Digital to create publicity for their Ibis-run project known as ‘Sleep Art’. The robotic actuating arm paints a Pollock-esq representat ...
(via i-LIMB)   Building on being the first in the world to release a prosthetic finger solution with articulating digits in 2009, Touch Bionics has announced a new i-limb digits technology available to partial hand amputees. Historically, it is more common for people to lose one or multiple fingers rather than a whole hand. Despite the level of disability associated with losing dominant fingers, there has never been a reasonable option available for these amputees. I-limb technologies is h ...
Human Support Robot (via Toyota)   The Japanese Govt. recently passed a law that requires their public healthcare to pay 90% of the cost for robot assistance technology. This means that Toyota’s Human Service Robot (HSR) stands a chance at eventually realizing the futuristic vision of assisting robots in every home. Toyota’s Partner Robot program developed the HSR to aid disabled or elderly and allow them to live independently while remaining connected to important people via t ...

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