World’s Smallest Robot

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Popular Mechanics reports: “”It’s small enough to “turn on a dime and park on a nickel,” or so say the inventors of a 1cm-tall machine that lays claim to being the world’s smallest robot. Make that the smallest man-made robot, for the device developed by the Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., […]

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Sony Debuts High-Speed AIBO ERS-210A and ERS-220A Entertainment Robots

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Entertainment Robot America (ERA), a division of Sony Electronics Inc., today announced the release of two upgraded high-speed AIBO„µ Entertainment Robots [models ERS-210A and ERS-220A]. The new robots will come equipped with an advanced central processing unit, dubbed the super core, which will make them quicker and capable of running enhanced software applications and exhibiting […]

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Evolution Robotics Introduces the ER1 – The First Personal Robot System for Consumers

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Evolution Robotics™ Inc., a robotics technology company, today unveiled the Evolution Robotics ER1™, a personal robot system designed for the home and workplace, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Video Clip: Evolution Robotics at Demo 2002 The ER1, available in two configurations, is the first in a line of autonomous personal robots that Evolution Robotics plans […]

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Panasonic Develops “Vacuum Cleaning Robot”

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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known worldwide for its Panasonic-brand products, today announced it is developing a vacuum cleaning robot for household use through an innovative autonomous control system that uses a wide array of sensors which allows the robot to roam around a room, detect dust particles, and ensure its safety. The new […]

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Sony Develops SDR-4X a Small Biped Entertainment Robot

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Sony Corporation today announced the development of a prototype small biped entertainment robot “SDR-4X” that can adapt its performance to its environment and situations found in the home to further develop the possibility for a biped-walking robot. Richer communication with people can be realized by a variety of sensor systems, performance control software based on […]

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Necoro Robocat, the New Robotic Pet

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Omron Corporation will begin selling as a new product a cat type communication robot from November 20. Orders can be placed at Takashimaya (limited to 7 stores) starting October 17, and orders will be accepted by phone or over the Internet from November 3. Available in two colors, gray and brown, sales at this time […]

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Murata Proposes Bluetooth-Enabled Humanoid Robot

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Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. announced the development of a humanoid robot equipped with a Bluetooth module. Murata proposed the concept of humanoid robots by taking advantage of Bluetooth wireless communication technology, which works well to keep out various outside wireless interference signals. Murata’s Bluetooth-enabled humanoid robot will be applied to: 1) cooperative operations with other […]

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Sony Expands Aibo Entertainment Robot Line by Debuting New Models

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Underscoring its vision to bring a new form of entertainment into every U.S. household, the Entertainment Robot America (ERA) unit of Sony Electronics will release a new line of Entertainment Robots, affectionately to be known as the AIBO LM series [ERS-311/312]. Pre-sale orders will be accepted starting on Oct. 1, with the lovable new models […]

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PINO the Humanoid Robot

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The next generation of robot research will study the formation of relations between humans and humanoids. The exterior design of the robot will be integral to clarifying its diverse mechanical functions and asserting its autonomy ? distinct from that of a mere object. It is this distinction that will enable humans to interact meaningfully with […]

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Motorola and Flashline Demonstrate the Ultimate Wireless Lego Robot

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Using a mobile phone to remotely control a robot might sound like science fiction, but it’s a reality that Motorola (NYSE: MOT) and Flashline will demonstrate on a LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ robot at the JavaOneSM Developer Conference. The companies have combined the power of wireless technology, Java™ development and reusable software components to develop the ultimate […]

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The Smallest Robot Ever

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Imagine a remote-controlled swarm of roach-sized tanks storming into a building through the pipes and vents. Armed with the proper sensors, cameras and communication devices, these tiny tanks could seek out chemical weapons, mines or bombs planted in hard-to-reach places. They could also detect survivors after an accident, or track human movements. It’s a vision […]

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Palm Pilots now becoming Robots

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By Daniel Sorid Palm Pilot application No. 413: sending it for coffee. Ambitious owners of personal organizer can now move beyond such passe uses such as making phone calls, ordering movie tickets, or snapping photos. Their Palm can now be turned into a robot. With a $300 kit available over the Web, everyday people can […]

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Sony Google TV remote design comes straight from the 80s

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Sony has been around long enough that they may hang on to designs a bit longer than acceptable. For instance, this remote control QWERTY thing for Google TV. Its supposed to be released next week on October 12th, but I’d be more convinced if you told me it was released in 1985.

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