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Poochi has been available in Japan and the USA for 2 years but now it has Nintendo 3DS capabilities. (via Nintendo) Oh, Japanese robot toys... they are at it again and back with a vengeance, it seems. Coming to the market is an old idea recycled for the new age of smart-everything. While Poochi, the robot dog, has already been on the market in Japan and the USA for two years now, it has been updated with new tricks and is fully compatible with the Nintendo 3DS.   Sega Toys has given ...
Sproutling Baby Monitor and iOS app interface (via Sprouting Baby)   Sproutling recently launched its pre-order campaign for what it calls the “world’s smartest baby monitor,” which learns the natural habits of a child and lets parents know when they can relax or need to tend to the baby. Maybe Sproutling should also call it the nanny robot.    Sproutling has been working on raising funds for the campaign since last year and after securing $2.7 million in inve ...
The SEFT-1 going en-route through Mexico’s abandoned railway documenting the sights and the people. (via Ivan Puig and Padilla Domene) Artists Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene are making an epic journey for a very interesting cause in their homemade vehicles.   As part of an artistic project, Puig and Domene decided that they were going to document the effect that the closing of a railway between Mexico City and the Atlantic has on the surrounding communities. Many of ...
Shots of the Origami bot in action folding from flat, to a walking stance. (via Wyss Institute/Harvard) The same team of MIT and Wyss Institute Harvard students that demo’ed a self folding inch worm at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) are taking their designs to the next level with an Origami robot. S. Felton, M. Tolley, E. Demaine, D. Rus, and R. Wood have recently published a paper in Science that outlines this interesting progress in low-cost ...
Promo of the Beacon tech (via indoors) I love technology that actually helps people. I had almost lost all hope after seeing a selfie toaster, but humanity has won over my heart again. Indoo.rs and San Francisco Airport are collaborating together to realize the first beacon system to help the blind navigate around the airport.   The technology was first demonstrated at the San Francisco Airport on July 31, 2014 with help from The Lighthouse for the Blind. There are currently about 30 ...
Hitchbot waiting for a ride! (via Hitchbot's Instagram)   This is a zany and fun pet project that is sweeping Canada and catching a lot of attention. University researchers David Harris Smith and Frauke Zeller created Hitchbot, a hitchhiking robot that is making an epic journey across Canada. This project is supposedly supposed to determine whether or not robots can trust humans. That may be what they said on their grant applications, but I suspect that they just wanted cute pictures of st ...
Nao Humanoid robots preparing for a game of football (via RoboCup)   With the 2014 Robot Olympics in Brazil already over, Tokyo has decided to declare it's ambitious plans for the 2020 Olympics. The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, has made a decision to show off Tokyo's already impressive robotics technology during the 2020 Olympic games by further investments and a simultaneous Robot Olympics. I can see it now - 'on the high-beam, R2-D2.'   Abe plans to triple the robotics ind ...
Cornell University’s PR2 robot is being trained to understand natural communication (via Cornell University) Robots perform their functions using specific software written for certain tasks. Some of them are able to understand rudimentary spoken word commands such as ‘rotate arm 30-degrees’ or ‘open and close left hand’. They usually are incapable of following commands given to them using ‘natural language’ or language that arises unpremeditated in ...

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