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This family-friendly humanoid robot designed by Aldebaran Robotics is also a multi-functional robot with features including microphones, HD cameras, Wi-Fi connectivity, Hi-Fi speakers, pressure sensors, a voice synthesizer and much more. It has made appearances at events including the Shanghai Expo in China with a synchronized dance routine, at Robocup participating with its own football team, in the UK teaching autistic children, and even demonstrating a stand-up comedy routine in December 2011. Read more at http://realitypod.com/2014/10/the-top-five-mind-blowing-robots-of-2014/#TajsM2ZH5iDAbyEE.99
This robot created by artist and researcher, Patrick Tresset, is a sketcher shaped like an arm that is able to draw portraits of people. It was primarily designed for Tresset’s “New Work” gallery installation which occurred in London in 2011. Read more at http://realitypod.com/2014/10/the-top-five-mind-blowing-robots-of-2014/#TajsM2ZH5iDAbyEE.99.
Another robot by Aldebaran Robotics, this emotional humanoid bot is designed to be able to assess moods, and interact with humans. It is able to shake hands, dance and display messages on the display screen on it’s chest. Read more at http://realitypod.com/2014/10/the-top-five-mind-blowing-robots-of-2014/#HQIHMayVl2ASCduX.99.
is composed of two snake-like machines that attach via magnets to a UAV. After being carried to the site by the quadcopter, snake bots can detach themselves, slip through the holes and cracks of a collapsed building, for instance, and slither to their destinations.
It was inevitable that funding for these projects by the US Military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) would lead to spin-offs finding their way into private startups. There are now at least another three companies developing exoskeletons for commercial use and the focus is on creating them to help people with spinal injuries. A Swedish company, Ekso Bionics, makes a 20kg titanium and aluminium suit that costs $100,000 a pop, which has helped several crippled individuals walk again for the first time.
Have you heard of augmented reality or virtual reality? As wikipedia puts it, augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
There is a lot of research and products coming out on the market at the moment that can enhance the users perception of reality. The 3D motion controller by Leap Motion is one of them.
You now have the chance to try one of these products, since for a limited time only, the Leap Motion 3D Motion Controller is $10 Off. This promotion will run through 10/25 so don’t miss it.
The Leap Motion 3D Motion Controller uses multiple cameras and infrared light to detect hand motions in3D space – tracking the movement of both hands and all 10 fingers with incredible speed and precision. Just plug the Leap Motion Controller into your computer, download the software, and launch the Leap Motion SDK to get started.
Here are the main features of the Leap Motion controller:
Leap Motion has an active developer community where you can create, share, and discover a wide variety of open-source integrations, cool projects and fun hacks. Makers and hardware hackers can use the tracking data to control almost anything – from flying drones or manipulating robotic arms, to LEDs and 3D printers.
You can also integrate your Leap Motion Controller with an Arduino, attach it to a head-mounted display like the Oculus Rift, or drive a remote-controlled car over Wi-Fi. With the new raw image pass-through and head-mounted tracking software capabilities, you can literally reach into virtual and augmented realities, where the possibilities are truly endless.
Benefit from this promotion in order to start exploring virtual reality with the Leap Motion 3D Controller today.
the Multi-mission Robot
Modular, adaptable and expandable, the iRobot 510 PackBot can perform bomb disposal, surveillance and reconnaissance, CBRN detection and HazMat handling operations. Quickly configured based on mission needs, PackBot easily climbs stairs and navigates narrow passages with sure-footed efficiency, relaying real-time video, audio and sensor data while the operator stays at a safer, standoff distance.
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“We completely understand the public’s concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission,” Cyclone’s CEO Harry Schoell said in a press release in 2009.