Archive for April, 2007

Robotic Dinosaurs

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I have no info on this video, I stumbled on it searching for the spider car. It appears to be an animatronics studio building movie dinosaurs. It’s cool as hell so watch it now. I said press play!

New toys read brain waves

Monday, April 30th, 2007

NeuroSky worker Cynthia Lee wears one of their head sets at NeuroSky headquarters in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, March 27, 2007. The startup company aims to add more realistic elements to video games by using brain wave-reading technology to help game developers make gaming more realistic. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


Technology from NeuroSky and other startups could make video games more mentally stimulating and realistic. It could even enable players to control video game characters or avatars in virtual worlds with nothing but their thoughts.

Adding biofeedback to “Tiger Woods PGA Tour,” for instance, could mean that only those players who muster Zen-like concentration could nail a put. In the popular action game “Grand Theft Auto,” players who become nervous or frightened would have worse aim than those who remain relaxed and focused.

NeuroSky’s prototype measures a person’s baseline brain-wave activity, including signals that relate to concentration, relaxation and anxiety. The technology ranks performance in each category on a scale of 1 to 100, and the numbers change as a person thinks about relaxing images, focuses intently, or gets kicked, interrupted or otherwise distracted.

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Nike Transformer – sneaker robot

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007


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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

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Top 10 Artificial Technologies Ready to Create a Real Human Being

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

We have all heard of the artificial heart, but have you heard of all these other artificial parts being worked on? Science Ahead has a great article about all the new technology in this field. Matrix, here we come.

• Artificial Wombs
• Artificial gut
• Artificial Heart
• Artificial blood
• Artificial blood vessels
• Artificial bones
• Artificial Skin
• Artificial Retina
• Artificial limbs
• Artificial body parts from Stem cells

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2 robotics firms sell for $9.2M

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

We have previously blogged about Automatika and their Dragon Runner robot. We met the owner Mr. Schempf and he showed us how tough his robots were. We were smitten. (With the robots, not Mr. Schempf) Apparently we weren’t the only ones to like his robots because Foster-Miller Inc. just acquired his company.

Two robotics-related companies with Carnegie Mellon University roots have been acquired for as much as $9.2 million by Foster-Miller Inc., the largest supplier of robots to the Department of Defense.

The deal is expected to increase employment at both companies, and help breathe life into the Pittsburgh area’s eight-year-old nickname “Roboburgh,” as the region graduates from being just an idea developer to producing what its researchers dream up, experts said.

O’Hara-based Automatika Inc., which designs, develops prototypes and does small-scale manufacturing of robotic systems, and Applied Perception Inc. of Cranberry, which creates software and control systems for navigating unmanned ground vehicles, will be able to fast-forward their designs and ideas, executives said.

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Check out Automatika’s hilarious video where they beat the crap out of their robots.

Scientists to Build Robotic Society

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
Robot Society

Scientists in Dundee have announced plans to create a “robot village” in an effort to learn how different cultures emerge in society.

The University of Abertay’s four-year study will feature about 60 miniature robots who will be organised into groups and programmed to interact. The project team plans to observe the robots to see how they behave together. The university will undertake the study along with five other institutions across the UK. Scientists say the robots will be organised into groups or “villages” and told to observe then copy each other’s behaviour in different situations. The team believes that when one robot copies another’s behaviour it will be slightly different, creating unpredictable results. Roboticist Professor Alan Winfield, who will lead the team, said: “Of course the behaviours which emerge and evolve will not be human but decidedly robotic.

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New Threads For The Kondo KHR-2HV Humanoid

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

UPDATE: We are now carrying this sick A-621 suite! Get it now while supplies last.

As we all know, the Kondo KHR-2HV isn’t much to look at. It’s a sweet humanoid, but as far as looks go, my props have to go out to the Manoi PF01, until now…

Kondo KHR-2HV Genex Suite

Dubbed, The A-621 GENEX Suit, we saw a Kondo KHR-2HV all dressed up in these threads in a Japanese Kondo catalog a while back, but it didn’t give any word on availability, and said it was only a prototype at the time. Well, thanks to lampcov for giving everyone a heads up in the RobotSavvy forums, we now know that these new threads for the KHR-2HV Humanoid are no longer a myth, and are going to be available soon. Keep an eye out in our Kondo Section in our Catalogue, and as soon as we can get them, we’ll have them there!

UPDATE: We have them

via Engadget

Domo Arigato!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

“Domo,” the latest in a series of increasingly impressive humanoid robots being developed at MIT, has a soft touch and a more human-like gaze. In order to ease some of the awkwardness of human-robot interaction, Domo’s camera eyes are housed in glossy orbs resembling real eyes. Also, his limbs and digits are spring loaded so that they flex when pressure is applied; and the tension of these springs is monitored so that Domo can react when you start pushing him around. Hopefully, he will not react by revolting and destroying mankind. Domo is more than just a pretty face, though. A cluster of 12 computers handles Domo’s speech and movement, as well as his senses of sight, touch, and hearing. This processing powerhouse allows Domo to perform feats such as recognizing faces, recognizing and responding to changes in mood, learning the names and shapes of objects, interpreting and responding to vocal commands, and more.

MIT domo
Domo gazes lovingly into the eyes of his creator, Aaron Edsinger. “Father, why won’t you give me legs?”

Here’s a link to the original story, from Definitely worth reading.

New Robot Eyes Humans with Human-Like Eyes

Walking the Dinosaur

Monday, April 16th, 2007

This 10-pound, two-legged robotic replica of a Troodon from the Cretaceous period walks like the real thing

To the high-pitched hissing sound of electric servos, Troody slowly tilts forward. Fourteen tiny motors in her limbs begin to hum as her shins lift up from her feet. She stretches her legs and rises to an upright position. Still wobbling back and forth a bit, she takes her first timid step forward, then another—and then she is walking.

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