Robotics

Janitor robot is tired of you messy humans

There are three different types of janitors. There are the ones that seem to be constantly grumpy and growl obscenities under their breath, the eccentric ones with a heart of gold, and now there is this nameless robotic janitor, simply called a Multipurpose Network Service Robot. The robot janitor is no everyday dust vacuum. It also comes equipped with a ...

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RoCo Robotic Computer Monitor feels your pain

A research project by MIT Media Lab’s Affective Computing Group has sprung up RoCo, an interesting robotic computer monitor prototype. RoCo is not your everyday monitor. This monitor will be able to cater to human emotions and needs. How can a monitor cater to human needs? …capable of recognizing and physically responding to human socio-emotive cues such as postural shifts ...

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The ultimate smokers’ phone HOLDS real cigarettes

In order to appeal to billions of smokers in China, a company has brought out this ultimate cigarette phone. Not only does it look like a pack of cigarettes (the exact size and the exact warning labels concerning health), it actually holds half a pack of REAL cigarettes on the back. All you need to do is to slide open ...

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R2D2 Mailbox spotted in the wild

About two weeks ago we reported on these R2D2 themed mailboxes in honor of Star Wars’ 30th anniversary being celebrated this year. Following-up on the story, like the well balanced journalists that we are, here are some photos of the droid R2 units being used in the wild, rather than sitting in a depot waiting to be placed. We believe ...

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The cute electronic slave for couchpotatoes

Okay this is nothing new really, we all have remote controllers at home, some of us are lucky enough to have a home network hooked up to all appliances so that you can control the microwave in your kitchen all the way from your neighbor’s house. Fuji Housing is showcasing this new household robot at their showrooms in Osaka. The ...

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Robots might benefit from dreams in their down time

In a recent paper by Dr. Christoph Adami entitled What Do Robots Dream Of, Adami claims that robots could benefit from dreaming in their down times just like humans do. Since modern research has determined that dreams are more than just sleep entertainment, but an aid to live out daily events and improve on obstacles, researchers are starting to think ...

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Mospeng-kun robot gives out free tissues to all

[ev type=”youtube” data=”hBBCcmw2nnA”][/ev] It might sound pointless, but Mospeng-kun, the tissue dispensing robot, seems to be a friendly addition to the workplace. Why they chose tissues to be the item given away is beyond us, but hey, it is Japan we’re talking about. The friendly Mospeng-kun detects the presence of a human life-form near by and then attacks…with smiles and ...

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Icebreaker Robot to record polar data, makes us cold just thinking about it

The Cool Robot is a real icebreaker. And you might be picturing some suave cyborg who walks around picking up chicks and mouthing innuendos, but in actuality, this thing is built for cold polar weather. The Cool Robot’s job is to carry testing instruments across long spans of seas and oceans to make observations and measurements of snow levels relating ...

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Scientists building super tiny robot hand for super tiny needs

UCLA engineering scientists are developing a microscopic robotic hand, which they hope one day will be used for surgeries that entail removing small bits of crap. The silicon robotic fingers will be controlled by air pressure rather then electricity, which we assume is to assure it lasts longer than a complex electrical device would. The only drawback for now is ...

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The HeadThere Giraffe Telepresence Robot

Talk about getting a heads up at work. The Giraffe Telepresence Robot lets you put your “head there” along with your coworkers or client. The Giraffe works with a video display and a camera attached to a robotic base. The base height can be lowered or extended depending if your coworker is sitting or standing, or a midget. The 2 ...

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