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HEARBO dancing, and sensor location breakdown (via HONDA)   Whatever futuristic world you wish to build with robots, one thing must be certain; robots of the future will need highly sophisticated ways of communicating and understanding humans. For this to happen, the field of computational auditory scene analysis will need to be greatly improved upon.     That's the goal behind Honda’s HEARing roBOt, aka HEARBO. This sleek looking bot has an elaborate system for detecting ...
  Back in August (2012) Carnegie Mellon University unveiled that this year the inductee’s to the Robot Hall of Fame would be chosen by popular vote from the general public. After months of deliberation and tallying the voting (from over 17,000 of you), the tallies are finally in. Out of 12 nominees’ (chosen by a group of 107 ‘robotics experts’) the winner for the Education and Consumer category went to Aldebaran Robotics’ NAO robot (over iRobot’s Create a ...
  I'm sorry I hurt you! (via robot-dreams)   Sure Real Steel was an enthralling look at remote-control robot fighting, and who doesn’t like seeing robots beating the bolts out of each other, but could these bot-bouts be done in real life? It already is, albeit on a small scale, with Japan’s ROBO-ONE tournament. Held twice a year since 2002, the ROBO-ONE contest pits bi-pedal humanoid robots (with specific weight classes) on a one vs. one fight with the winner being the rob ...
At this point in time, we can automate and robotize almost everything, so why not a baby stroller? Sure, it may seem a tad unsafe at first, but company Xandon Frogget has figured out a way using of the shelf components.     First, they integrated motors on each of the back wheels of the stroller, each remarkably quiet and capable of pulling 300lb, so grownups can go for a ride or you can make your baby walk and use it as a motorized shopping cart. These motors are individually contro ...
  What a day we are living in. Science has done much for able-bodied people, but it has done seemingly miraculous things for disable people as demonstrated by a double amputee being able to run a race at the Paralympics. Scientists at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in California, are skipping miracles and surpassing science fiction. Researcher An Do and his team have come up with a robotic gait orthosis (fancy name for robotic exoskeletal legs) that are completely controlled by the mi ...
Flee jump sequence (via Flea-Inspired Catapult Mechanism for Miniature Jumping Robots)     We all know fleas spread disease (the great plague) and are able to jump up to 7 inches vertically and around 13 inches horizontally (ok maybe you didn’t know that last part). If that wasn’t bad enough, they’re now becoming robotic thanks to some scientists, led by Minkyun Noh, from Seoul National University in South Korea. The ‘flea inspired miniature robots’ have b ...
(via Learning to Select and Generalize Striking Movements in Robot Table Tennis)   Artificial intelligence may seem like a fantasy far into the future, but simple forms of artificial learning are already possible, and are quite formidable. Technical University of Darmstadt (TUD), in Germany have taught a robot the game of ping-pong, and it does not disappoint.     This game can be difficult for most humans as it requires high levels of hand eye coordination and learning hitting ...

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