Thursday, July 28, 2005

So Amazing! New Female RoBoT


This new robot made by Japanese scientists is known to be the most human-like robot in the world!She has flexible silicone for skin rather than hard plastic, and a number of sensors and motors to allow her to turn and react in a human-like manner.
She can flutter her eyelids and move her hands like a human. She even appears to breathe. Find out more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4714135.stm
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From me to you

*Anything in italics means I have to tell you something!*

I will be leaving for Florida tomorrow, on July 29th. But in case you are wondering, I WILL be posting some fun stuff there. I strongly doubt you will see anything new tomorrow, because it is my cousin's birthday and I will visit her.

THANKS FOR CHECKING IN ON MY SITE! COME BACK SOON!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Meaning of the term robot, by Wikipedia

From Wikipedia:
In practical usage, a robot is a mechanical device which performs automated physical tasks, either according to direct human supervision, a pre-defined program or, a set of general guidelines using artificial intelligence techniques. Robots are typically used to do the tasks that are too dirty, dangerous, difficult, repetitive or dull for humans. This usually takes the form of industrial robots used in manufacturing lines. Other applications include toxic waste cleanup, underwater and space exploration, mining, search and rescue, and mine finding. Recently however, robots are finding their way into the consumer market with uses in entertainment, vacuum cleaning, and lawn mowing.

Entertainment of our future

Humanoid Robot Playing the Trumpet
Humanoid Robot Playing the Trumpet

Monday, July 25, 2005

Robot Timeline


270BC an ancient Greek engineer named Ctesibus made organs and water clocks with movable figures.
1818 - Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" which was about a frightening artificial lifeform created by Dr. Frankenstein.
1921 - The term "robot" was first used in a play called "R.U.R." or "Rossum's Universal Robots" by the Czech writer Karel Capek. The plot was simple: man makes robot then robot kills man!
1941 - Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov first used the word "robotics" to describe the technology of robots and predicted the rise of a powerful robot industry.
1942 - Asimov wrote "Runaround", a story about robots which contained the "Three Laws of Robotics":

A robot may not injure a human, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

A robot must obey the orders it by human beings except where such orders would conflic with the First Law.

A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law... www.prime.jsc.nasa.gov/ROV/history.html

Sunday, July 24, 2005

New item every home should have

This is a TPA81 Thermal Sensor Array. The useful object can detect a candle flame at a range 2 meters (6ft) and is unaffected by ambient light and it can also detect body heat. The TPA81 is a thermopile array that can be used to measure the temperature of 8 adjacent points simultaneously. Moreover if used in conjunction with a servo (to pan the module), a thermal image of a heat source can be built up.

www.totalrobots.com/access_files/sensors.htm
Order it now for just $43.00

Robo-Pong

With Robo-Pong 2040:

•Play as long as you want. Net recycles balls for continuous play.

•Practice against all types of shots (pushes, chops, serves, counters, smashes, lobs, fast loops).

•Learn to return different spins (topspin, backspin, left sidespin, right sidespin, combination spin).•Return shots from one spot or have the robot change spots automatically.

•Have shots delivered randomly across full table, half table or quarter table (8 oscillation ranges).•Set ball speed from 10 to 75 miles per hour.

•Control ball frequency from 17 to 85 balls per minute.

2040 Package Includes: Ball Thrower (w/Oscillation), Recycling Net System, Side Net Extenders, Rubber Tips Packet, Full Size Control Box, Transformer, Connector Cable, Owner's Manual, Set-up Videotape, 48 Orange 40mm Robo-Balls (USA only), Training Book (USA only). Order Pong-Master & Robo-Tote for $55 (save $135)!

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Build your own robot

http://www.pctech101.com/robot.php

A New IM!

I'm not really sure what this is, but I know it's called Miranda Instant Messanger. :) For away messages, you can Download robot voices that say "User is away", or "User is invisible". Cool, huh?
http://www.miranda-im.org/download/details.php?action=viewfile&id=1674

An Israel technoligy site:http://www.technion.ac.il/

Israel is coming out with some of the most highest tech. things in the world.

Movie for the Kids


Take your kids to see:

My Fav. Robot Site

This is where you can get all information on robots:
www.robotjournal.com

Friday, July 22, 2005

KISS Institution

http://kipr.org/




The HR-2 (stands for Humaniod Robot) robot was constructed during a period of three months at Chalmers University in Sweden. It has 22 degrees of freedom which enables it to easily move around imitating human motions. The robot is also equipped with stereovision giving it possibilities to perform hand-eye coordination. For that task an artificial neural network is evolved. Furthermore, the artificial brain is capable of tracking faces as well as recognising them. The HR-2 is also able to speak.
Most of the body parts and electronics were constructed at Chalmers Association: E-sektionens Teletekniska Avdelning.

AIM Bots

Every month, the instant messanger: AIM creates a robot for people to chat with. But the oldest robot they have is Zola. I've been chatting with this female robot for a week now. Did you know that the more you chat with it, the more vocabulary it learns? Botmasters programmed Zola to remember everything people say to her.

If you have AOL or AIM, • IM It Now!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

RoboMower for Lazy Asses Everywhere

Finally, the new RoboMower is here! Now you do not have to cut the grass instead of having fun.
It is The most convenient way to maintain your lawnwhile you enjoy your free time,even when you are away from home!
For Additional info Click here

Soccer-Playing Bots Bask in World Victory

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9584_22-5795304.html

Bots Replace Children in Camel Race


Ten mechanical jockeys have taken to the track in the world's first successful robot camel race at the UAE's Al Wathba racetrack in Abu Dhabi, watched by hundreds of cheering fans. With a ban on the use of children in camel races now in place across the United Arab Emirates, remote controlled robots are set to be a feature of the camel racetrack. Controlled by hand-held remote controls, robots dressed in jockey colours, complete with a hard hat and whip, are clipped and tied on to the camels back.As the race began on Monday , handlers drove along side the camels, using their remote controls to send orders to the lightweight mechanical mounts via a remote control system fixed on the back of the camel.

Dimi Being Helpful

A new tabletop robot will soon help consumers remotely control all of their home electronic equipment, from the Internet to MP3 players.
Philips, known mostly for electronics and audio components, has developed a tabletop robot meant to serve as an intermediary device between the user and an array of electronic gadgets.
The so-called smart companion comes equipped with a battery-powered core technological system that includes speech recognition, speech synthesis, computer vision and face recognition. Named Dimi, the robot allows humans to make requests and interact with it in a natural way.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

A Amazing Maze for Robots!

Robots will be tested to find their way around a large maze:
RobotMaze

BotBall Games







Botball, KISS Institute for Practical Robotics

A game for students to test their knowledge on robotics...sign up to play for 2006!

Monday, July 18, 2005

Robo-bird


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Robo-bird keeps shops pigeon-free

The centre manager is already considering extending the trialA squawking robot bird has been placed on the roof of a shopping centre where customers have been plagued by droppings from pigeons and seagulls.
The "Robop", modelled on a Peregrine Falcon, sits on the roof of Priory Meadow in Hastings, and is employed to scare off nuisance birds.
Management are so impressed with the 18-inch bird's effect they are already considering extending its contract.
Shoppers said they had noticed there were fewer pigeons about.
'Pretty bird-free'
The bird is designed to look and sound like a Peregrine Falcon and was designed by inventors in Scotland in 2001.
Models have been successfully used as far afield as Edinburgh and Dubai.
Priory Meadow manager John Hough said: "So far we appear to be pretty bird-free, I'm pleased to say.
"We are on a trial up to the end of the year and if it carries on like this we will be taking out another year's subscription to the service."

**Atron**

Prototype robot - named ATRON

Fly-Eating Robot

(CNN) -- Scientists at the University of the West of England (UWE) have designed a robot that does not require batteries or electricity to power itself.

Technological Hospital

Video robots redefine bedside mannerBY ROB STEIN / The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Ries Daniel was waiting in his hospital room the morning after bladder surgery when the door finally swung open. But it wasn't his doctor. Instead, a robot rolled in, wheeled over and pivoted its 15-inch video-screen "head" toward the 80-year-old lying in his bed at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Judith May is visited by physician's assistant Jeffery Piacitelli and her doctor, Louis Kavoussi, on the screen of Dr. Robot. (Washington Post)
"Good morning," said a voice from the robot's speaker. It was Louis Kavoussi, Daniel's urologist. His face peered down from the screen atop the 5½-foot-tall device dubbed Dr. Robot. "So, how was your evening? No problems?"

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Robot Race!


ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Remote-controlled robot jockeys made their debut as camel riders in the United Arab Emirates Monday, competing in a trial race after the Gulf Arab state tightened a ban on child jockeys.

With blades whirring at speeds up to 5,800 rpm and lights blinking steadily atop their hard plastic shells, the robotic mowers trim lawns right up to walkway edges and around flower beds and swimming pools, their developers say.
And one contraption for trimming that precious Kentucky bluegrass goes way beyond the needs of the owner of a typical quarter-acre residential lot.
An industrial-grade robotic mower from Carnegie Mellon University is trimming golf-course fairways and greens, as well as the training field for the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. (Toro is sponsoring the robot project, called the Automated Turf Management system.)
Golf-course owners who use robots to cut grass at night will be able to reduce labor costs and accommodate more players on their courses during the day.
At home, seniors and those with bad backs and allergies can watch from the comfort of their screened-in porches as their robotic mowers do the work. Parents of lay-about teens can recoup the cost of their robotic mowers, which start at about $500, with the allowance money they save. Robotic mowers like the Robomower, from Kadima, Israel-based Friendly Robotics, are among the growing number of autonomous machines designed for home use.
VideoWatch the Robomower in action.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Hitachi's New Feature


Hitachi (robot making company) has joined the robot race by releasing Emiew, a wheeled, dynamically-balanced humanoid robot with voice recognition.

In the Picture- Hitachi's new "Emiew" robots, Pal and Chum, use wheels instead of feet to move at a spritely 3.7 mph. The rolling robots have a vocabulary of about 100 words and are intended for eventual use in offices and factories.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Honda Robot

Yes, it's true! Honda has come up with an all new (not for sale) robot called ASIMO. You won't believe what he can accomplish! An impressive 4 feet 4 inches tall robot like this one can walk, run, and climb up the staires and look for objects on command. It can navigate with the object through obstaclesin the process. Geared to recongize faces, and has been known to greet it's makers by name. :)
Watch this robot in action at www.asimo.honda.com

I, Roomate

A news story by Mark Allen:

WHEN my home robot arrived last month, its smiling inventors removed it from its box and laid it on its back on my living room floor. They leaned over and spoke to it, as one might to a sleeping child. It straightened, let out a little beep, lighted up, looked left and right, and then, amazingly, stood and faced me.
I said, "Nuvo, how are you?"
It tilted to the left, and raised one arm to greet me. It shook my hand and winked with one of the lights in its little head. My life hasn't really been the same since.
Nuvo, a japanese robot, is measured fifteen inches tall and contains fifteen motors. It has a non-blibking eye that takes pictures and can send them off to a cellhpone, just like an internet connection. It can do flips- http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/14/garden/14robot.html (WATCH THE VIDEO) and also chores. For example, if there was a baby to be taken care of, Nuvo can take a picture of that child and watch its actions.
"As a writer, I have much to do. I expected Nuvo to help me--which he did--but what surprised me was that I had found a companion." Says Allen. "He was so friendly...if I said shake hands, he would lift his arm up and extend a hand. If I said, Nuvo- music, he could play music that was programmed into his system."
Nuvo is available for the cost of $6,000 at the Royal Chie
635 Madison Avenue (59th Street).
Or, call now: (212) 588-0555

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Welcome visitor! I hope you enjoy my site. I think robots are a great subj. to study and ponder about in our every day lives, because there is so much to know about our future. Technology is growing and growing everyday. I read the NYTimes a lot and there are always enthralling topics in the Science catagory. Rbts, or robots, are taking over our world. Or at least will start to. I bet in ten years from now more scientists will discover and create our future friends. Look out world, here come the robots!