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Why Humanoids?
03/10/06 — I would like you to try the following mind experiment. It is nothing on par with the mind experiments involving Einstein’s elevator or Schrödinger’s cat, but it does provide some insight into a debate within the robotics community, and a significant debate at that. To set the stage, picture yourself…

More Than 9,600 People Worldwide Answered LEGO MINDSTORMS Call for 100 ‘’NXT’’ Great Developers
03/06/06 — The LEGO Group’s robotics team has announced the selection of 100 new participants for its MINDSTORMS® Developer Program (MDP), an exclusive group of enthusiasts charged with helping guide the product development process for LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT, the next generation of LEGO robotics. 9,610 robotics enthusiasts, ages 18 to 75 years…

A Conversation with Robotis President Byoung-Soo Kim
02/24/06 — Seoul, Korea based Robotis sells three separate products, all of which are centered on their first product class, the Dynamixel family of serially controlled servos. The Dynamixel servos differ from conventional digital servos in that they communicate to the host controllers via a RS485, CAN or TTL half duplex serial…

WowWee Revolutionizes Affordable Consumer Robotics with Release of New Line of Robotic Companions
02/19/06 — WowWee Robotics, unleashed a revolutionary new line of robotic companions at the 2006 American International Toy Fair, the world’s largest annual youth product trade show held February 12-15 in New York. Prompted by the proven success of the Wowwee Robotics division including Robosapien™, Roboraptor™, Robopet™, Robosapien™V2, the company has reached…

Yujin Robotics Selects Evolution Robotics to Guide Their Home Robot, Jupiter
01/31/06 — Evolution Robotics, the leading provider of next-generation robotics technologies and component solutions, announced today that Yujin Robotics has selected its NorthStar(TM) product as the primary localization method for their home robot prototype, Jupiter. Jupiter has been used for pilot testing in ordinary households since the beginning of October 2005 and…

Tiny picoPSU Power Supply Enables Design of Small, Smart Appliances and Gives Robots Freedom to Roam
01/31/06 — Mini-box.com, a division of Ituner Networks today announced the picoPSU, the world’s tiniest PC power supply. Measuring only 31x45x20mm, about the size of two AA batteries, the picoPSU is 10 to 20 times smaller than standard PC power supplies. The tiny picoPSU delivers the same power as standard power supplies,…

Purdue Researchers Work With Japanese Researchers to Create More Human-Like Robots
01/20/06 — Purdue University is leading a four-year project to enable humanoid robots to move more like people and adapt quickly to new situations so that they can complete a variety of tasks they weren’t specifically programmed to perform. “We are trying to give humanoid robots the ability to behave and move…

Thin Film Lithium Technology May Power Christmas of the Future
12/22/05 — Battery-powered toys, radios, and portable electronic devices make fun Christmas gifts – until the batteries run down. But advances in rechargeable thin-film lithium battery technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory might one day provide a solution to the dead-battery dilemma. Traditional alkaline batteries can be short-lived in some devices, costly…

Researcher Gives Computers a ‘Human’ Face
11/17/05 — And while she can’t actually shake your hand in greeting, the unnamed, computer-generated character and her troupe of animated friends can be judiciously designed for online learning — at least if one Florida State University researcher’s vision becomes a reality . Amy L. Baylor, an associate professor of instructional systems…

2005 WowWee Robotics Signature Series Line Available at The Sharper Image
10/31/05 — HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 28, 2005--Sharper Image Corporation (NASDAQ:SHRP) and WowWee Robotics(TM) offer an exclusive line of today’s hottest robotic companions with the introduction of the 2005 Sharper Image Signature Series. Building on the success of the 2004 Signature Series Robosapien, this year The Sharper Image will offer a complete line…

Robotics Trends and Questex Media Group Partner On ‘Sensors Cluster’ at RoboNexus 2005
07/27/05 — Robotics Trends and Questex Media Group, Inc. today announced the addition of the RoboNexus Sensors Cluster, a series of specialized exhibits and sessions dedicated to the application of sensor technologies to mobile robotics and intelligent systems, to the RoboNexus Conference and Exposition. The RoboNexus Conference and Exposition, the business development,…

Korea Keys On Intelligent Robotics Industry
07/21/05 — An article in the Asian Times Online reveals that South Korean robot manufacturers will be releasing a flurry of new products in the second half of 2005, many of which are ‘intelligent” robots (see Korea’s Intelligent Robot Industry at http://www.atimes.com//atimes/Korea/GG20Dg02.html). The article goes on to state that the intelligent robotics…

RoboNexus Call for Presentations
06/06/05 — Robotics Trends’ RoboNexus Conference and Exposition is a multifaceted educational forum and exposition designed to bring together in once place, across three days, all of the key participants driving the burgeoning personal, service and mobile robotics market. RoboNexus provides dedicated, one day “events-within-the-event” specifically tailored to serve the educational and…

RoboNexus Wins EXPO Magazine’s Best New Show Award
04/27/05 — Overland Park, KS (April 27, 2005)—2004 was a good year to launch trade and consumer shows, as exemplified by the just-announced winners of EXPO’s 2005 Best New Show Awards. Winners range from Digital Life 2004, best in the Consumer Show category for its consumer technology and entertainment event that attracted…

Object Management Group to Hold ‘Computer Standards for Robotics’ Information Day
12/31/04 — The Object Management Group’s (OMG’s) Robotics Working Group is inviting interested parties to an Information Day devoted to Computer Standards for Robotics on Monday, January 31, 2005 in Burlingame, CA. The event will focus on on the integration of robotics systems based on modular components. Keynoted by i-Robot and anchored…

Japan Robotic Stepping Stones Serve as Freely Mobile Treadmill
12/09/04 — The Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) has developed a unique type of robotic system that adds new freedom of movement to the concept of a treadmill. A treadmill is a fixed platform that moves underfoot so a person can walk or run without actually going anywhere. The new robotic…

Sanyo Develops Jellyfish-Like House-Sitting Robot
12/09/04 — Sanyo Electric Co.’s robot development units tmsuk Co. and tmsuk Sanyo Co. announced Wednesday that they have developed a jellyfish-like robot that can house-sit and can be used for room lighting. The robot, named Roborior, is 25.9 centimeters high and weighs 3.25 kilograms. It has wheels underneath its round body…

Robotics Trends, Inc. Announces 2nd Annual RoboBusiness Conf.
12/06/04 — NORTHBORO, MA AND FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 1, 2004 – Robotics Trends and IDG World Expo today announced the 2nd annual RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition, the business development event for mobile robotics and intelligent systems (http://www.roboevent.com). The conference and exposition will be held at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Cambridge,…




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