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Ibis Hotel Installs Robots to Paint Sleeping Guests
10/02/12 — Ibis hotels will select a happy few to test a new kind of bedding connected via 80 sensors to a robot. The sensors will capture the guests' sleep data to turn it into a work of art. As part of the "Sleep Art Project," 40 guests will sleep on beds…

New Series of Domestic Robots Respond to Your Family’s Needs
09/26/12 — At the International Consumer Electronics fair IFA 2012 in Berlin, Germany, Chinese robot company  Ecovacs presented new series of domestic Service Robots. Famibot is a companion robot to control household appliances through a cell phone via 3G or WiFi. Famibot owners can see what is happening at their home, monitoring various functions, i.e. to turn ON/OFF…

Thymio II: The Mobile Robot Educators Can Afford
09/18/12 — A group of researchers from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) had a goal to create an original pedagogical tool that could be used for practical introduction of technology and robotics to children. In collaboration with the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL), they developed Thymio II…

RobotShop Acquires Lynxmotion, a Leading Manufacturer of Educational Robot Kits
09/12/12 — RobotShop, the world's leading robot store for personal and professional robot technology, announced today the acquisition of Lynxmotion Inc., a manufacturer based in Illinois that designs and produces a variety of robot parts and kits destined for the ever growing educational market. RobotShop has been the most important distributor for Lynxmotion in Canada,…

Lego robotics brings mining to the classroom
09/06/12 — Students in Western Australia's Pilbara region are using a popular toy to help equip them with skills to pursue careers in the mining industry. It's a program being welcomed by the industry which is facing an increasing skills shortage. The Principal of Newman Senior High Milanna Heberle says teachers are…

Be The Robot: A Personal Companion for Android Fans
08/29/12 — Reality Robotics, a company set up by former WowWee employees - those of Robosapien fame - are planning to unleash a new robot pet for Android fans, and have turned to funding site Kickstarter to help them do it. Called Be The Robot - BERO for short - the 4-inch…

Honda’s First Mower Hits the Market
08/22/12 — Honda Motor Co. finally has its first home product packed with its prized robotics technology - a sensor-equipped lawn mower. Miimo goes on sale next year, only in Europe, where spacious lawns are often enclosed in gates, targeting 4,000 unit sales a year. The machine, which looks a bit like…

Robots Vulnerable To Hacking
08/21/12 — National headlines have been full of hacker-related news. Unencrypted surveillance data being hacked from military UAVs, cyberworms disrupting Iranian nuclear arms projects, and Chinese hackers aggressively pursuing the intellectual property of U.S. companies. The actual “attackers” can range from customers who inadvertently disrupt code to national governments willing to risk…

The Robot App Store Presents the First Encyclopedia for Consumer Robots
08/16/12 — The Robot App Store has begun building a much-needed resource for the robot-curious public in it's Robopedia. The encyclopedia includes information aimed at consumers on the consumer robotics products for sale as well as the companies behind them. In addition, this area of the site now includes general information on…

Double Robotics Introduces Affordable Telepresence
08/15/12 — Telepresence robots have been a tough sell in the business world. With a number of products emerging about the time of the U.S. economic collapse, updating office space wasn’t worth the price point involved. And telepresence robots are still expensive, costing an average of $8,000. But California-based Double Robotics is…

3D Systems Creates Printable Robots for Kids
08/01/12 — 3D Systems Corporation is bringing 3D printing to robotics with a new Cubify store “app” for making robots. The 3D printing company announced today the immediate availability of its new Cubify toy robots designed specifically for printing on Cube, the world's first home 3D printer. The Cubify 3D printer runs on…

Crafts Teach Robotics: Hummingbird Kit for School Kids
07/18/12 — Kids in classrooms get to spend time on arts and crafts, and if they're really lucky they get to spend time working on electronics and robotics. But what if the two were combined, and the artistic side of a kid could be expressed by what they made their craft do,…

Robotic Cardboard Claw Project Eases Chores Less
07/17/12 — It's amazing how a few straight forward household and garden chores can leave your back feeling a little sore. Weed picking, tidying, vacuuming or fishing stray socks from underneath the sofa, which can all affect the small of your back. Fortunately there are technology projects out there which could not…

AIBO Reborn As A Walking iPhone Canine
07/03/12 — Ever wonder what the children would look like if an iPhone mated with the AIBO robot dog? It turns out that you won't have to wait long to find out. Bandai is about to release a cute little robot dog that uses the iPhone as its head and brain, while…

The Robot Mannequin that Mimics You
06/27/12 — Professor Maarja Kruusmaa  working alongside Fits.me COO Diana Saarva has created a virtual fitting room which enables users to virtually try on clothes before buying them. All told, the robot is capable of replicating 2,000 body shapes. When a retailer signs up with Fits.me, they first send in their clothes. Each…

Galileo Robotic Stand Lets You Pan and Tilt an iPhone Remotely
06/15/12 — LapTop.com--Communication using an iPhone is tricky since, when mounted, the device usually limits your view to a stationary frame with no context of the elements outside of the shot. That’s where the Galileo robotic stand can help. This Kickstarter success story is an iOS-controlled mount — a product conceived by…

Smart Dog: Robotic Canine Obeys Smartphone
06/14/12 — Major Japanese toy manufacturer Takara Tomy is developing a new breed of robotic dogs. Similar to the company’s i-SOBOT humanoid robot, the i-SODOG also features several joints fitted with custom designed servo motors and comes with a dedicated remote control. However, the i-SODOG can also be controlled via your smartphone.…

Google’s Robot Auto Has New Rival in RoboCar HV
06/12/12 — ResponseJP—Last year, Tokyo-based robot venture ZMP introduced the RoboCar MEV mini car, single-person, 4-wheeled, autonomous, electric robotic vehicle. For 2012, ZMP has topped itself with robot car that this time really looks like a car. Watch out Google! The Robocar HV, based, according to Response JP, on the Toyota Prius,…




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