Archive for Robotics

  • i-Fairy Officiates A Japanese Wedding i-Fairy Officiates A Japanese Wedding

    In May, a couple in Japan was wed by a robot priest named "i-Fairy". i-Fairy was first seen at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas early this year. According to the company's representative, the robot can be “programmed with the user’s voice and accompanying body gestures that give the I-FAIRY a mo...

  • PR2 Sees, PR2 Does More PR2 Sees, PR2 Does More

    The first time I covered the story about PR2, was when he did multiple folding at a time. Last May, Willow Garage has announced PR2's Beta Program. And since it’s open source you can expect that PR2 will become more and more useful and functional in many ways, at work, play or rest. Now, PR...

  • Robot Fish Leads School Robot Fish Leads School

    A robot fish leading a school of salmon? That's absurd! There is nothing new to robot fish being let alone to swim in a pool or an ocean. But leading a school of fish is rather extraordinary. We know that fishes are hard to catch and even harder to tame. But this robot fish developed at th...

  • Qbo: Artificial Intelligence at Home Qbo: Artificial Intelligence at Home

    Another open-source platform is currently on the rise. The Corpora, is opening up its doors to robot enthusiasts and developers alike to make enhancements to their Qbo robot. Qbo, is an artificial intelligent robot purposely built for home use. Initially, the creator (name not revealed yet) p...

  • MABEL: A Bipedal Robot Walks Naturally With no Camera MABEL: A Bipedal Robot Walks Naturally With no Camera

    Mabel, a bipedal robot is unlike any other walking robots, ASIMO and QRIO mainly because it can walk on uneven terrain more efficiently. We know that ASIMO and QRIO are built with flexible and strong material and motors to walk and run. However, what makes MABEL different from these two other...

  • Robocup2010: Pre-Finals Robocup2010: Pre-Finals

    Robocup 2010 willl be held in Singapore in June. But pre-qualification finals are on-going everywhere early on this year to screen hundreds of robot participants. In the latest “RoboCup Japan Open 2010″, we saw several enthusiastic robot owners all wanting to win a place for the finals. ...

  • Iron Man in the Real World: Top 5 Exoskeletons Iron Man in the Real World: Top 5 Exoskeletons

    Have you watched the latest film "Iron Man"? Maybe while watching or even after watching it, you've wished you had the same super strength to overcome your weakness. Great news! The Iron Man does exist in the real world but of course you have to cash in hundreds or thousands of dollars to get one...

  • U.S. Air Force X37B Space Plane has Finally been Launched! U.S. Air Force X37B Space Plane has Finally been Launched!

    Originally a NASA's project, the X37B Space Plane has made its first launch on the runway of the U.S. Air Force, as an unmanned robotic orbital test vehicle. We first heard the news about this old spacecraft way back in October 2009. And after many years of engineering works, X-37B space plan...

  • Chinese Robot Sketch Artist At Work Chinese Robot Sketch Artist At Work

    The Science and Technology Museum in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality presented a brand new Chinese drawing robot. The museum received 20,000 visitors in just 3 days alone. But unfortunately the name of the robot’s maker was not mentioned. Though the robot looks like it’s drawing n...

  • Drozid: the tune-playing, gun-toting, unmanned autonomous mini-fridge Drozid: the tune-playing, gun-toting, unmanned autonomous mini-fridge

    Drozid is a mini-fridge mounted on what looks like the chassis of an electric wheelchair. On top of the cooler, there's a boombox, laser scope-equipped BB gun, and a robotic arm, which can hand you a cold one and your change. It also appears to have some obstacle avoidance capabilities. It ...

  • Japanese robo-suit promises superpowers for greying farmers Japanese robo-suit promises superpowers for greying farmers

    Professor Shigeki Toyama and his team developed the power-enhancing suit at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.The metal-and-plastic exoskeleton has eight electric motors that amplify the strength of the wearer's arms and legs. It responds to commands through a voice-recognition ...