Murata’s new balancing robot loses a wheel, gains a trick
by Tim Stevens, posted Sep 24th 2008 at 7:04AM
Murata Seiko-chan robot rides unicycle
Loving the Machine: Humanoid learns to point, bow
Humanoid learns to point, bow A full-size humanoid robot that can communicate with natural human gestures and demonstrate some AI chops has been developed by Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology.
SYSTEC AKAZAWA PLEN
DigInfo : PC and Phone Controlled Walking Robot
“PC and Phone Controlled Walking Robot”
System Akazawa has demonstrated PLEN, a small bipedal walking robot 23cm tall and 700g in weight, using a Macbook Pro. Also controllable using a USB connected PC or Bluetooth-enabled cellphone handset from mobile phone carrier au, the robot has 18 diarthrodial (or freely moveable) joints. In addition to more than 20 preset movements, the user can make new ones using its Windows XP-based motion editor. PLEN can also roller-skate with an attached roller-skating unit. Other attachable accessories include a NiMH-6075 battery pack, a battery charger, and a USB cable. A digital servo and other accessories come available as options. The battery lasts about 25 minutes. System Akazawa has already started accepting online orders for the bipedal walking robot, which went into sale in July. The price is set at 262,500 yen. For the initial round, the company is limited to taking 50 orders with.
Akihabaranews.com : OSU ROBOTO, the guiding robot
The clients of the TAMANOIZU company (specialized in vinegar) may be surprised the next time that they are invited to visit the production plant, see by yourself…
Android shows off people-lifting skills ::: Pink Tentacle
In a public demonstration held in Tokyo on March 28, a human-sized android showed off its weightlifting skills by successfully picking up a 30-kilogram (66-pound) package from a desk and lifting a 66-kilogram (145-pound) humanoid doll out of bed.