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January 18th, 2010 No comments

With my return to GadgetMETER (after a several week winter vacation from blogging) I thought I’d start my blog year off with some super high-tech future gadgetry. The International Robot Exhibition was held back in November. Among the exhibits was the NAO next generation humanoid robot.

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Created by Alderbaran Robotics, this 23-inch tall robot has a full range of motion that allows it to walk, pick up small objects and process audio and visual data to navigate it’s way around. Also, it’s cute. Not incredibly useful, yet, but really really cute.
And it’s not even Japanese, it’s French. Color me surprised.
Here’s a little video of it in action:

Before you start thinking “oh, how underwhelming“, stop and think about how far we’ve come. It’s only the beginning (or beginning of the middle, maybe).

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Next, and this one I think is even cooler, also exhibited at the International Robot Exhibition, is the Shadow Dextrous Hand and CyberGlove, by the Shadow Robot Company.
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Anything with “cyberglove” in the title is going to have serious cool potential in my book. The robotic hand can be operated remotely by a human wearing the sensor glove to perform actions as delicate as cradling an egg, changing a lightbulb or writing with a pen.
Maybe it doesn’t have a lot of consumer applications, but how cool would it be to have “Remote robotics operator” as your job title?
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Humanoid robots, sooner than you think…

May 7th, 2009 1 comment

How many uses can you think of for a robotic hand that is dexterous enough to pick up a fragile light bulb without crushing it? I can think of at least five, none of them appropriate for discussing in a public forum. However, a team over at Virginia Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory have designed just such a hand.
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Pretty cool huh?
This is part of a larger project that plans to implement the first full size walking humanoid robot based entirely on designs done in the US. And what are they going to do with it?
You guessed it. Play Soccer!
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There is actually an event called Robocup. It’s held in Singapore.
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I know it’s not the cut throat style of Robot Wars. But still you gotta admit, this is pretty amazing stuff. So when do I get my robotic butler?

EETimes Robotic hand said to combine simplicity, dexterity via

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