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Robots

Honda MIIMO Robotic Lawnmower

by Johan on August 21, 2012

Honda MIIMO Robotic Lawnmower

Honda will release the MIIMO robotic lawnmower in Europe starting 2013. This robotic lawnmower is designed to cut 2-3mm of grass at a time, ensuring your lawn is always beautifully cut. The MIIMO also supports self-charging. The device constantly monitors the levels of its lithium-ion battery and automatically returns to the docking station when it needs to recharge. The MIIMO will be available in two versions such as the MIIMO 300 and MIIMO 500. As its name suggests, the MIIMO 300 offers a maximum perimeter cut of 300m, while the MIIMO 500 has a maximum perimeter cut of 500m. Sadly, there is no info on pricing or availability so far. [Newlaunches]

iRobot Roomba 650 Cleaning Robot

by Johan on August 14, 2012

iRobot Roomba 650 Cleaning Robot

iRobot has rolled out the Roomba 650 cleaning robot. The robot vacuum cleaner uses a patented three-stage cleaning system to clean carpets, tile, laminate, and hardwood floors. Additionally, the Roomba 650 also adopts the AeroVac Technology and a new brush design, allowing it to handle fibers like hair, pet fur, lint and carpet fuzz. The Roomba 650 retails for $399.99. [iRobot]

Double Robotics' Telepresence Robot For iPad

Double Robotics has created the telepresence robot for Apple’s iPad. Dubbed as the Double, this robot enables you to move around and join people in any location. It is easy to use. You just need to insert your iPad, and then touch the power switch to activate Double’s self-balancing sensors, keeping itself upright. The Double also has a retractable kickstand that will automatically deploy to conserve power when you are not moving around. The Double will be launched in December 2012 for $1,999. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Hovis Eco Dancing Robot

by Johan on August 12, 2012

Hovis Eco Dancing Robot

The Hovis Eco is a plastic-clad humanoid robot, which is designed by Dongbu Robot. What makes this robot special is that it has the ability to do Tai Chi and dance. Measuring 16-inch tall and weighing four pounds, the Hovis Eco is upgradable and programable. You can upgrade the Hovis Eco with more sensors, a new head unit and servos. The Hovis Eco is piced at $900 for the plastic-clad version (the Eco) and $730 for the more barebones model (Lite). Video after the jump. Read more

The World First Microbot That Can Jump Across The Surface Of Water

Researchers in China have successfully created a microbot that can repeatedly jump across the surface of water. Weighing at only 11 grams, the robot has a super water-repellant nickel foam coating to help the microbot’s legs to stay afloat with every 5.5 inch (14 cm) leap. The ability to leap will make the microbot more agile and better able to avoid obstacles it encounters on the water’s surface. [Engadget]

The Hagent Robotic Heat Redistributor

by Johan on February 7, 2012

The Hagent Robotic Heat Redistributor

Designed by Daniel Abendroth and Andreas Meinhardt, the Hagent robotic heat redistributor uses a heat sensor to find a warm cozy place such as next to the fireplace. The device will absorb all of that heat, storing it as energy. Once the temperature drops, the Hagent robotic heat redistributor will move around to where it is cold and release the stored heat. Watch the video after the jump to get more details. Read more

Gymbot Personal Trainer Robot

by Johan on February 5, 2012

Gymbot Personal Trainer Robot

Designed by Massimo Battaglia, the Gymbot is a concept humanoid robot that features articulated joints that mimic human movement, speed and precision. This personal trainer robot has several sensors that will measure your heart rate and blood pressure. The robot is equipped with a 3D video camera, a thermal camera and a microphone. See more pictures after the jump. Read more

TOUGHBOT Robotic Platform

by Johan on January 16, 2012

TOUGHBOT Robotic Platform

As its name suggests, the TOUGHBOT is a rugged robot that is designed for surveillance, reconnaissance and inspection. The lightweight robot is equipped with an infra red camera, a water resistant shell and the ability to turn on a dime. The TOUGHBOT Robotic Platform is priced at $4,990. [Product Page]

Aldebaran Robotics Releases NAO Next Gen

by Johan on December 12, 2011

Aldebaran Robotics Releases NAO Next Gen

Aldebaran Robotics has recently introduced the NAO Next Gen. The robot is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel processor, which is capable of handling two HD video streams simultaneously. This processor also enables the robot to recognize objects and faces faster that its predecessors. The NAO Next Gen also features smart torque control and self-collision avoidance. Watch the video after the jump to get more details. Read more

Honda Introduces Smarter Version Of ASIMO Humanoid Robot

Honda Motor has proudly introduced the all-new ASIMO humanoid robot that is equipped with the world’s first autonomous behavior control technology. The smarter version of ASIMO is able to change its behavior and interact with its surrounding situations. This robot uses pre-set space sensor to predict the direction a person will walk within the next few seconds to avoid collision. The all-new ASIMO also features faces and voices-recognitions technology, allowing it to speak with multiple people simultaneously. What’s more, the ASIMO is equipped with a highly functional multi-fingered hand. [Honda]