Toyota HSR Robot
The main goal of creating HSR is to help the elderly and people with disabilities, that’s why they designed this cool robot to do simple tasks but very hard for other people such as picking up objects, fetching things such as remote control and etc.
These kind of activities is quite easy for HSR because of its 2.5 feet long single mechanical arm that it uses to grasp for objects that weighs up to 1.2 kilograms. The robot’s arm uses a minimum amount of power and slowly moves to prevent harming people. When not in use, HSR’s single arm is designed to be retracted for easy maneuver. The robot can travel at a max speed of 1.8 miles per hour.
Toyota’s robot is 135cm tall and it is equipped with several cameras, like two for its head that serves as its eyes and Prosense (Microsoft Kinect) sensors embedded on its body. In addition, tablet can also be place on its head so that caregivers can communicate to the family of the disable person via Skype and other services available.
Although Toyota HSR is not cute and intelligent as Pepper Robot, one thing is for sure – it can perform the tasks designed to it by its creator, which is to assists people with back aches, balance issues or those people who use wheelchairs.
As of now, there is no information regarding its price, but the company will be demonstrating the Toyota HSR robot to the public this coming September 26th- 28th at Tokyo Big Sight as part of the “bleeding edge development of health care equipment” project.
For your information, it was way back 2012 when Toyota came up with the basic concept model for HSR, so this robot that they will demonstrating is the newer, more intelligent robot and of course high tech. To find more information regarding this latest robot, you can jump directly in Toyota’s robotics page.
Humanoid Robot Pepper
This news was announced recently by its creator Softbank, where in the enterprise model of Pepper will be available for per-orders this coming October 1st. The robot will be returned to SoftBank once the contract has expired.
The consumer version of Pepper was sold for $1610 each last June, and shockingly 1000 units where sold out in a matter of minutes. To give you a quick recap, Pepper is not the kind of robot that you may think off, help you sweep the floor, wash dishes, or any household chores that you think a regular robot engineers will design.
Pepper is actually a social-centered robot that can react to your feelings or emotions and recognize if you are happy or sad that is why – it is called emotionally intelligent robot. Peppers loves to have a conversation with us humans, where in I can say he’s very curious and want to learn more.
Pepper is capable of both adaptation and self-improvement, that’s why if you always interact with him he will recognize you and learn new things about you, sounds cool right?
Pepper for Biz is equipped of pre-installed apps designed for enterprise use which can be customize according to your business, such as including your own product names, images, and questions that will be adhere for your guests or walk-ins.
SoftBank said the enterprise Pepper can be used efficiently for marketing purposes, as it can analyze the characteristics and emotions of the person that will talk with him.
As of now, Pepper for Biz will only be available in Japan, but the company will be able to launch it globally as it received a $236 million investment from Alibaba and Foxconn last month. I’ll make sure to update you robot fanatics once latest news comes out!
If you want to learn more about this super cool robot, head through the link below
Looking for a cool new robot? Then you might want to read about BOCCO Robot. BOCCO is a family oriented Wi-Fi connected robot designed to keep you in touch of your loved ones wherever you are. BOCCO lights up and moves to let people at home know he’s got a message.
By sending a voice message using the BOCCO app, people at home can play it using BOCCO robot which is user-friendly for both children and the elderly as it has only two buttons which is record and play. To reply to someone’s message, just click record and he’ll send a message to your family member’s individual smartphones. Sounds cool right?
Not only that, BOCCO has also the ability to read out loud text messages and when you purchased it you will get a motion sensor to be installed at your door and BOCCO will notify you when your children or parents arrive at home or head outside.
The BOCCO robot successfully raised its funds this month via Kickstarter crowd funding website to make the jump into production.
Valkyrie NASA’s Female Robot
Designed and developed by a team from NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Valkyrie is a female robot that stands 6-foot tall robot and weighs about 275 pounds and was specially designed to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Valkyrie comes with a series of cameras, sonar, and other sensors spread across its body to help it move around without bumping into things.
This robot parts are modular which comes with 44 axes of movement and interchangeable arms and you can remove its arms in a matter of minutes simply by disconnecting one bolt and one connector. Valkyrie has also three-fingered hands with thumbs, allowing it to handle objects like a human. This newest robot is powered by a battery which can be remove easily. Unfortunately, the battery only lasts about an hour.
In a few weeks, Valkyrie will compete with other robots, including Boston Dynamics’ ATLAS, in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. There, the robots will perform tasks like walking over rocky surfaces, climbing, driving, and using a variety of tools.
Play-i Bo And Yana Programmable Robots
While searching for latest robotics for education purpose, I’ve found these cute little robots from Play-I named Bo and Yana. These two robots are educational toys designed to teach children to program. You might be wondering why a preschooler need to program early at their stage? An average five year old child may not know how to program literally, but they can tell stories, sing songs, and these are the skills that a child needs to program Bo and Yana.
“We believe programming is an essential skill that children should learn,” said founder and CEO Vikas Gupta in an interview with VentureBeat (Bo and Yana were also present). “In the 21st century, our kids should be creators with technology, not just consumers. Programming gives them a sense that the world is something they can conquer. They feel they can solve any problem.”
Kids can program Bo and Yana using a basic touch-screen interface that weaves in music, stories, and animation. Bo learns new skills as you play with it and becomes a more capable robot, or have Yana’s “eye” light up or make helicopter sounds when it’s shaken. They are designed to encourage kids to explore and be curious while also learning problem solving, logical thinking, and how to break down a large problem into smaller parts and build it back up again
These two robots will be made by Play-i through crowd funding, the company is hoping to start shipping these cool robots on summer 2014, Yana will be available for $49 now, and Bo for $149 prices should climb to a respective $69 and $199 when the robots reach the market. You can spend $499 to get a developer combo that includes both machines as well as early access to an API.
Gostai Jazz Telepresence Robot
French robotics company Gostai has unveiled their latest robot called Jazz. This telepresence and telesurveillance robot can be controlled using a web-based interface. Gostai Jazz can move using a pair of wheels and a head that can turn in any direction which is equipped with a camera located on its forehead. This is very helpful when you want to see all angles of the office, room, etc. without actually moving the robot.
Gostai Jazz has also video recording and voice synthesis capabilities (if you’re using the Jazz at marketing events, you can prepare a text document and the robot will speak it aloud), already rely on the cloud and they plan to add more cloud-based capabilities soon. Its web-based remote control interface is really high tech because you can drive the robot just by clicking with the mouse on the video feed. Say you’re driving the robot and the video is showing a long corridor — you just click at the end of the corridor and the robot will go there. “It’s a bit like the 3D cursor of Google Street View,” is how Baillie puts it.
The Gostai Jazz can run for five hours and docks automatically at a recharging station, comes in three versions. Jazz Connect, for offices, original costs was 7900 euros. The Jazz Icon, for marketing events, comes equipped with a tray for carrying objects and has an original costs of 7900 euros, or it can be rented for 1800 euros. The Jazz Security, initial costs was 8400 euros and has more autonomy and a camera that can see in the dark.
Japan Humanoid Robot HRP-4C
This robot was powered by gynoid battery and it was designed as a real human having height of 5-Feet, weigh 95 pounds, had a black color hair, and look like a Japanese woman around age of 19-29, and it is said to have 30 motors on her body.
“Our robot can’t move elegantly like the real models that are here today,” Shuji Kajita, director of humanoid robot engineering at AIST, told Reuters news service.
“It’ll take another 20 to 30 years of research to make that happen.” This robot was designed by scientists from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology of Japan, the girlbot is meant to serve in amusement parks or as an exercise instructor in repetitive unskilled jobs rather than as a domestic or office assistant which will require a wider range of physical agility. The HRP-4C original costs was $200,000.
Automatic Tidying Pickup Robot
Are you tired of going into the sloppy room of your kids every day, because they keep on messing up with their things? Then you might want to check this latest technology, an Automatic Tidying Pickup Robot designed to keep your room tidy.
It can pick up objects using its 2 special arms and hands on its path automatically as long as it is on the range of its sight of 8-12-inches and load them to its cargo bay. You can let your kids maneuver it and control the robot using its remote or let the robot do its job. It also has sound effects like when it needs to reverse which is really cool. This tidying robot has six rubber wheels that can glide over smooth surfaces and it’s perfect for children 6 years old and above. This robot original price is $69.95 and can be purchased via hammacher.
Remember my post about the Beer Tracker? Where in it counts every beer you’ve opened? Now there’s a new technology which is somehow related to beer drinking, known as Heineken Bot.
This latest technology was made by the folks at Middlesex University. It features human moves like raising hands above, then you just need to wave your hand over it, and its tap will glow. That is the sign for the customers to put their cup on its holder, and it fills the cup afterwards. I’m not sure how the Heineken Robot knows if the cup is full.
Maybe it uses advanced technology that fast food chain uses in filling up sodas. After he serves up your order, he continues to wander along a pre-programmed path, waiting for other customers to take their orders.
Fujisoft PALRO Humanoid Robot
This invention is a humanoid robot, that can stands 39 centimeters tall, can dance, can talk, applications can be installed, and can capture pictures using a 3 megapixel camera and upload them on email, it can also communicate with other Palro robots wirelessly.
The Fujisoft PALRO is powered by an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, a 1Gigabyte of RAM, 4 GB of flash memory, a lithium ion battery, and it has 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. Fujisoft original plans to start shipping units in March 2010 for 300,000 yen (that’s about $3,300).
SRV-1 Blackfin Mobile Robot
Do you still remember Wall-E?, because robot is quite similar to Wall-E in terms of design. This latest invention is the SRV-1 Blackfin Mobile Robot which is a fully assembled miniature mobile robot that can be controlled virtually anywhere thru Wi-Fi using a web browser with live video feed. Sounds neat isn’t? It uses a 1000 MIPS 500MHz Blackfin processor, 32MB of SDRAM and 4MB Flash memory to store, process and execute instructions. Its chassis is built on a machined aluminum chassis equipped with a 1.3 Megapixel camera for surveillance, 2 laser pointers for ranging, and additional ultrasonic ranging modules and I2C sensors for navigation.
The SRV-1 can travel at a speed of 20cm – 40cm per second using tank like threads with differential drives motorized by four precision motors. Amazing Invention… It can last for 4 hours using a Li-poly battery pack.
Honda Improved ASIMO
Do you still remember the Robot created by Honda 15 years ago? Yes, Asimo. Honda has recently announced an update with their Humanoid Robot Asimo. They have upgraded the robot now with improved intelligence where it can recognize faces and voices of different people simultaneously which was unveiled in Belgium.
Not only that, Asimo can now run up to 5.6 mph (9 km/h) – 1.8 mph (2.9 km/h) even backwards and can jump, hop on one leg and climb up and down the stairs effortlessly.
They have also improved Asimo’s dexterity where it can now pick-up a bottle and twist of the cap, sounds unbelievable right? Not only that but also Asimo can perform sign language.
More greater than that – it Is now able to change its actions depending on what happens around it – such as moving out of a person’s way. With this kind of technology, Honda can bring us one step closer to a world in where robots can be employed at home or anywhere for practical purposes.