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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,…

Robots and Us
11/15/04 — Personal robots have been a long time coming. After R2-D2 and C-3PO whirred and clicked their way into the limelight in the first “Star Wars” movie 27 years ago, the mass entertainment world blossomed with their mechanical descendants. “Droids” and “bots,” some humanoid, some not, became as familiar a part…

Why the Robots will be Moving Into Your Home
11/15/04 — Couch potatoes will soon be able to spend every night slumped in front of the TV as experts yesterday forecast a world where we never need to lift a finger. Intelligent homes where curtains can be drawn at the push of a button, ovens switched on by phone and the…

Why, This Home is Automatic, it’s Systematic . .
11/15/04 — The automated homeowner of the 21st century can switch on the lights, the heat and his favourite rock band before he heads home from the office. Kevin Courtney explains the delights of the switched on house. Way back in the early 1980s, around the time CDs were being touted as…

PaPeRo, The ‘Bot With a Lot
11/08/04 — NEC designer Junichi Osada calls his latest robotic wonder his baby, and he isn’t kidding. NEC’s young genius has obviously developed a close relationship with the small robot that goes far beyond mechanical boundaries. Osada has programmed PaPeRo with a startling range of human responses. Up close, the machine responds…

Sweet RoboHome
09/22/04 — Life in the 21st century was always supposed to be awash with technology. From robot housemaids scrubbing floors to wall-size televisions entertaining the kids, the home of the future was somewhere everyone wanted to live. Now, in the first decade of the new century, many of those early visions have…

Say Hello to Jabberwacky, Our Best Human Computer
09/22/04 — A computer program will attempt to pull off the ultimate con trick tomorrow: fooling an adult into believing it is human - and in doing so claim the greatest prize in artificial intelligence. The program in question - called Jabberwacky - started life in 1982 on a Sinclair home computer.…




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