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Robots

ETRO – The Social Robot From South Korea

by Johan on August 27, 2011

ETRO - The Social Robot From South Korea

The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has unveiled a completely new version of ETRO social robot from South Korea. The new robot responds to people nearby with simple phrases and changing facial expressions (through its RGB LED array). This version features more complex arms than its predecessor, as well as an omnidirectional mobile base, ultrasonic sensors, and PSD sensors. The robot has a single camera located on its chest. It contains embedded boards built specifically for image recognition, speech recognition, and speech synthesis, commissioned from a supplier called WithRobot. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Toshiba Smarbo VC-RB100 Vacuum Cleaner

by Johan on August 25, 2011

Toshiba Smarbo VC-RB100 Vacuum Cleaner

Toshiba has unveiled a new robot vacuum cleaner, the Smarbo VC-RB100. It is capable of cleaning an area of 100 square meters in around 90 minutes. The autonomous vacuum cleaner features a couple of unidentified CPUs, a camera, and a set of 38 sensors including gyro, acceleration, and range detection. Just like the Roomba, the Smarbo circumvents objects in its vicinity and returns to its charging station automatically after it’s done. Toshiba will release the Smarbo VC-RB100 vacuum cleaner in the Japanese market on October 1st, 2011 for around $1,175 (after conversion). [TechCrunch]

LG has proudly introduced the new VR6172LVM vacuum robot, which is designed to operate silently (around 48dB). The autonomous vacuum cleaner also features a “Smart Diagnostic” button. When you press this button for at least 3 seconds, the vacuum robot will self diagnose for around 30 seconds and check up to 14 different components. It will automatically inform you whether there is anything that requires your attention to get it fixed. The LG VR6172LVM will be released in South Korea later this month for 779,000 Won ($730). [Akihabara]

MSI iCleaner M800 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

by Johan on June 7, 2011

MSI iCleaner M800 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

The MSI iCleaner M800 autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner has a similar design to the Roomba. The gadget comes equipped with a highly sensitive ultrasonic sensor, allowing it to slow down, brakes, and changes directions when it approaches obstacles. Measuring 320mm x 90mm and weighing approx. 2.6 Kilograms (including battery), the super-slim robot vacuum cleaner also features full-angle double brushes and is only 5 cm tall to get under tight spots. When the iCleaner M800 runs out of battery, it will automatically return to its recharging cradle and recharges its high-capacity Lithium Ion battery for around two hours. Additionally, it comes with a large-capacity dust collector, so you don’t need to clean it as often. No word on pricing at this time. [Ubergizmo]

DLR Hand Arm System

by Johan on May 15, 2011

DLR Hand Arm System

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have built what’s probably the most advanced and tough robotic arm ever. Known as the DLR Hand Arm System, this robotic hand has an anthropomorphic design and packs 52 motors, ultra-miniaturized control electronics, a supercapacitor-based power supply, and a web of synthetic tendons stronger than Kevlar. What makes the DLR Hand Arm System special is that its ability to withstand collisions, thanks to ingeniously designed joints and actuators that can absorb and dissipate energy. Watch the video after the jump. Read more