Japan: robots, artificial animals and anime-Stars

In hardly any other country in the world there is such a great enthusiasm for high-tech, robotics and artificial worlds, as in Japan. Various museums reflect this vehement wider interest and provide visitors with an impressive and comprehensive insight into the future, the already long since begun. Since October 2006 astounded the robot museum in Nagoya visitors with cutting-edge exhibits. At present, is in conjunction with the exhibition “Think Robo” the development of the robot from the beginning of the 20th Century until now at the centre. The special interest is the “humanoid” robots “Wabot” from the’70s on “ASIMO” from the House of Honda, whose course is similar to that of the people, to the household robot Wakamaru. Continue reading

Robot Walker Flame

Flame Walking Robot

The researcher Daan Hobbelen of TU Delft has created a new robot that works very advanced named Flame. The robot is not designed for commercial purposes, mias research, thus giving a fresh look at how people walk. This will help people who have trouble walking, improved diagnostics, rehabilitation, as well as equipment. Flame is smart enough to put his feet to avoid a potential fall, and it would be the walking robot, the most advanced in the world – but can he climb the stairs? I do not know if the robot Flame may be better than Honda’s Asimo, but he looks very cool.

ApriPoko the robot universal remote Toshiba

ApriPoko Robot Toshiba #1

Researchers at the company Toshiba have developed a robot speaking, can be used as a universal remote voice, to control various appliances. This little robot weighing 2.3 kilograms and measuring 21 x 27 cm, is therefore ApriPoko, and learns to order various equipment you watching (because it is equipped with a camera to identify users) and you questioning. Since the location you are positioned, the robot ApriPoko you notes and expects that you use a remote control. When the sensors detect infrared radiation emitted by the remote control, the robot speaks and ask: “What are you doing?”. When you have answered him, saying what you did ( “I turned on the radio” or “I changed for the next TV channel 58” for example), the robot ApriPoko record in his memory this operation. Continue reading

ASIMO – Honda latest generation of humanoid robot


The latest generation of Honda’s robot ASIMO humanoid gave Barcelona its European debut. Honda hopes that he could one day be so advanced that it is a real human assistance. The new ASIMO embodies several significant technological improvements over its predecessors, including a new, schnittigeres design, yet more fluid and quick movements and the ability of almost 6 km / h to run. The agile ASIMO has many other new capabilities in terms of its mobility and intelligence. Continue reading

The Hitachi EMIEW2 Distingue Human Voices

Le Hitachi EMIEW2 Distingue Les Voix Humaines

The latest robot Hitachi, EMIEW2 is intelligent enough to differentiate between three human voices simultaneously through 14 microphones embedded in his head that provide voice recognition capabilities. To this end, the voice recognition is a separate audio source and recognition profile noise. The first focuses on the direction of the person speaking, allowing the EMIEW2 to know who he speaks with a distance of 2 meters, ignoring all other noises. The EMIEW2 is 80cm high and it is suitable for the job of receptionist:). It moves through a wheel after each leg, and he can climb stairs.

Honda connects the brain to robot

The Japanese Honda, in particular specialized in industrial robots, has demonstrated the use of a scanner for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI or magnetic resonance imaging) that detects brain signals and transmit them to a robot in order to drive Hand artificially. Lorsque the person in the MRI has waved his hand and made the sign ‘V’, the robot’s hand movements has reproduced! The system is still limited to the detection of a few simple gestures, and it will take time before being decoded complex movements. Similarly, we have to evolve singularly PMI technologies to reduce the size and weight. However, the “brain machine interface ‘, the interface between the human brain and machine, developed by Honda Research Institute Japan, opens up new perspectives. Continue reading

Sony draws a line under Aibo robotic

chien Aibo Sony has announced the cessation of production of Aibo, the famous robot dog that can monitor your home when you’re not here to speak with a vocabulary of more than 1000 words and even, for latest developments, keep a blog! Launched in 1999, the Aibo adventure stops, lack of profitability, such as Qrio, the humanoid robot from Sony, which has never been marketed. Despite some 150 000 copies sold (unit price: about 2000 dollars), the pack of robots Aibo is not consistent enough to justify the cost it involves developments, especially on the segment of the general public robotics The competition – including American – prepares its weapons. Continue reading

Robots to voice commands Meccano Spykee Vox and Spykee Miss

Robots à commandes vocales Meccano Spykee Vox et Spykee Miss

Spykee introduced Spykee Vox and Spykee Miss, each apparently aimed at a specific gender. Each robot has an iPod dock, but it seems that is also compatible with other MP3 players. Vox and Miss are designed to obey the commands in English, French and Spanish (a language at a time) and can use its infrared module to control many appliances (TV, mini-stereo…). The user can customize it further by creating new movements and sounds on a PC or a Mac. Continue reading

A portrait robot

Un robot portraitisteYou know these street artists who look to have more talent than those in the local art gallery? Well, now you can have your own portrait done by a robot, instead of relying on human talent, thanks to the efforts of the researcher Sylvain Calinon. The developed robot can recognize a face in his field of vision, taking a digital photo and extracting the main features of the face. Once algorithms are en route, the robot will operate automatically as a tracer curves X / Y, by increasing the details slowly but surely. Continue reading