Robotics

Softbank announces Sharp 812SH with 20 color variations

Softbank Japan made an official announcement of the Sharp 812SH this morning, a phone that we have already shown you the  leaked pics. The main selling point here is the availability of 20 color variations. The rest of the functions aren’t weak either. The Face-recognition security program for Felica electronic money and the remote-lock anti-theft function are all in place. ...

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Hunt ’em down with Tianyu’s B832 anti-theft multimedia phone

Tianyu B832 is a dualband GSM phone that doesn’t catch attention at first glance: just a plain, fail-safe Siemens-ish design. What’s so special about it would be its anti-theft features. Firstly when somebody steals your phone and changes a new SIM card, an SMS message will be automatically sent to your old number (which you can receive once you get ...

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Omnibot2007 i-Sobot: World’s smallest humanoid walking robot affordable, pocketable and available

Robots are relatively unpopular objects to crave for, they’re too huge, too expensive and you wouldn’t know what-the-heck-is-going-on in the industry most of the time. Takara-TOMY’s new Omnibot2007 i-Sobot is the world’s smallest humanoid (2 legs) walking robot, and the best part is its price: $312, comparing to robots of its same class that usually cost $1000 at least. The ...

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Would you like a cat stuck on your phone? Or a Benetton phone?

Willcom today also announced 2 design updates to their tiny “nico” phone (45x125x14.3mm 67g). As if the original design is not cute enough, they’ve decided to mount a cat cartoon character Koneko on top, they’ve also added the relevant wallpaper, ringtone and accessory to bundle with it. So now you can have a cat hanging out of your suit pocket ...

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Robot Nurses: The future of hospitals and strip clubs

Hospitals have become plagued with staff shortages, which results in more work for the current staff, and longer waits for us patients. Scientists think that the future of medicine lies in the hands of robotics. Prototypes have already been used in hospitals, but soon the technology community sees robotics taking even a stronger hand in medicine…with robotic nurses. The IWARD ...

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Anshin-Navi GPS phones for the kiddies

Japan’s second largest mobile operator AU KDDI announced 3 new phones this morning, but we are more interested in their upgraded service “Anshin-Navi”. The Sanyo A5525SA and Sweets Cute phones are targeted to young kids. Their parents can subscribe to the Anshin-Navi service which automatically detects the phone’s location by GPS, and check it on their phones or PCs. What’s ...

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Romi the robot, one step closer to being like the Jetsons

Whenever you were a kid and watched the Jetsons on cartoon network, you always wanted to have a robot that did all of the housework like they did. Well now your magical dream is one step closer with Romi, the cleaning robot. This new bot was developed by ETRI in Korea and will be presented at CES, just a few ...

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SpiceHood warp speeds your kitchen to the future

So you’ve seen it in the movies, someone is making dinner (probably pasta), and they drop too much of one ingredient into the sauce. Maybe this has even happened at your house (but not by you, of course). The SpiceHood takes care of this problem while serving other purposes simultaneously. It is a cooker hood that has an integrated spice ...

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