Robots, Robots, Robots Galore

Android Science – Hiroshi Ishiguro makes perhaps the most humanlike robots around–not particularly to serve as societal helpers but to tell us something about ourselves.

Babybot takes first steps – BabyBot, a robot modelled on the torso of a two year-old child, is helping researchers take the first, tottering steps towards understanding human perception, and could lead to the development of machines that can perceive and interact with their environment.

Korean Scientists Develop Female Android – Standing 1.6 meters tall and weighing about 50 kilograms, she can understand others, speak, blink with her eyes and makes several facial expressions.

She’s a robot – Movieclip of female android.

Robotic tentacles get to grips with tricky objects – Robotic “tentacles” that can grasp and grapple with a wide variety of objects have been developed by US researchers.

Robotic Action Painter – RAP (Robotic Action Painter), designed by Leonel Moura (with IdMind) for Museum or long exhibition displays, is completely autonomous painting robot that need very little assistance and maintenance.

Korea Unveils World’s Second Android – Korea has developed its own android capable of facial expressions on its humanoid face, the second such machine to be developed after one from Japan.

October to See Venture Into Space-Age Robot Utopia – The government has its eye on a 15 percent global market share in robotics, industry production of $30 billion, $20 billion in exports, and the creation of 100,000 jobs in the industry by 2013, which would place the country third in robotics in the world. Currently, with a volume of $350 million, the country is in sixth place. In 2004 some 6,000 cleaning robots were sold, a number that jumped to a promising 30,000 last year. As the New York Times said, Korea is moving fast towards a science fiction lifestyle where each household has its own robotic helper.

Flying robot attack ‘unstoppable’ – It may sound like science fiction, but the prospect that suicide bombers and hijackers could be made redundant by flying robots is a real one, according to experts.

The Robotic Giraffe – It walks, it blinks, it seats six, and it blasts Kraftwerk: Meet one man’s 17-foot-tall pet project

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