I just read on Wired’s GadgetLab about a Ramen shop in Nagoya, Japan that uses robots to make “perfect” bowls of ramen.
I never made it to Nagoya but am surprised I didn’t come across this elsewhere in the country. It’s pretty cool, and definitely a novelty to watch, especially the little shows they put on when there is no ramen to make. Though seriously, how hard is it to make a good bowl of ramen? It’s noodles and broth. Sometimes there are toppings. I never had a bad bowl of ramen the whole time I was there. And trust me, I ate a lot of it.
Not that there is anything wrong with pointless technology (or is there?).
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.
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!
There is actually an event called Robocup. It’s held in Singapore. Robocup2010
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?
Do you remember that Will Smith movie iRobot and how realistic the robots behaved with humans? Well, it’s getting really scary how close that reality has become. Toyota has been known to give talent to their robots. This next break through is a robot playing the violin. I think music is special in a sense that music is a bridge between humanity and science and that the robot is crossing that bridge. Well, check it out. Let us know what you think.