Archive for June 18th, 2007

Robotic Servants Almost Practical

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Ever wish you didn’t have to hire a babysitter to watch the kids? Well, that time is certainly near, if it isn’t already here if Korea-based KornTech (English translation) has anything to do with it:

Rogun

At 1-metre tall, Rogun, a robot babysitter and security guard uses two cameras for eyes for facial recognition abilities and is able to recognize “good guys vs. bad guys”. While Rogun runs around your home playing with your kids, it can broadcast video wirelessly so that you can check up on your kids throughout the day. It can also act as a videophone and wireless Internet, so when everyone is gone or asleep, and there’s a stranger lurking around in your home that Rogun doesn’t recognize, it’ll give you a call so you can sneak back into your home and beat the stranger with a wooden spoon!

Rogun is the culmination of only three years’ worth of Korean bipedal robot research, and although prototypes have been very expensive to produce, KornTech expects that a mass-produced Rogun will reach a predicted price point of around US$5000.

Read the full article via Gizmag