Archive for January 11th, 2007

Solar Weed-killing robot

Thursday, January 11th, 2007
weed robot

This is a robot that already made the rounds last year, but we like it so we are going to repost it and that is something you are just going to have to deal with. What’s wrong with a little repetition people? You have the same pictures on your walls at home every day don’t you? Geesh…

If going out and spraying weed killer on weeds in your yard is too much of a hassle for you, why not get a friendly robot to do the dirty deed for you? Engineers at the University of Illinois have developed a solar powered robot that can search out weeds and then kill them with extreme prejudice. It utilizes GPS, robotic vision, and ultrasonic to find its way around your yard. When it finds a weed, it reaches out and slices it down with it’s cutting arm, then sprays it with herbicide to get the job done. Trucking along at 3 MPH, it’s a total killing machine. This guy isn’t for sale, but perhaps if you promise to make a generous donation to the University of Illinois they’ll let you borrow it once in a while.

Via Robot Gossip, SCi Fi Tech, ubergizmo  

New Video of Nao, a Linux-based Robot

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

A French company called Aldebaran Robotics has released several video clips of a new robot they’re developing, called Nao. They claim their humanoid robot will include voice recognition, vision, speech synthesis, “emotional expressions”, a WiFi connections, and will be based on Linux. Nao stands 22 inches high and has 23 degrees of freedom. The exterior shell of the robot was created by Parisian designers Thomas Knoll and Erik Arlen. The robot’s shell will be customizable by the user. The robot will also support the URBI (Universal Real-time Behavior Interface) scripting language. This probably means they’ll integrate Gostai’s proprietary URBI interpreter. The URBI the SDK libraries are Free Software licensed under the GNU GPL, however, so we can probably look forward to a free implementation of URBI in the near future if it gains popularity. For more on the Nao robot see the Linux Devices story

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Snake-like Robot And Steady-hand System Could Assist Surgeons

Thursday, January 11th, 2007
steady-hand system

Drawing on advances in robotics and computer technology, Johns Hopkins University researchers are designing new high-tech medical tools to equip the operating room of the future. These systems and instruments could someday help doctors treat patients more safely and effectively and allow them to perform surgical tasks that are nearly impossible today.

Johns Hopkins medical robotics researchers are testing this steady-hand system that may someday enable surgeons to inject vision-saving drugs into tiny blood vessels in the eye.

read more via Science Daily