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Monthly Archives: May 2010

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Qbo – The Tiny Open Source Robot Wants to Invigorate Human-Machine Interaction

Francisco Paz (aka TheCorpora) has released new information about his open source robot Qbo. The diminutive wheeled bot stands only 456mm (18 inches) tall but is packed with sensors, including two high definition web...
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Sony’s New Flexible OLED Display Can Roll Into Tiny Cylinder While Playing!

The age of flexible and deformable displays is drawing nearer. Sony recently debuted its latest in OLED technology: a 4.1 inch screen that's only 80 microns thick. The super flexible display can roll up...

MIT’s Ridiculously Colorful Glove is Latest Hand Tracking Interface

Human computer interfaces just got a lot more colorful. Graduate student Robert Wang at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a simple but effective system for tracking hand motion that...

Willow Garage Is Building A Platform To Propel All Of Robotics (video)

Willow Garage is making a play to become the definitive platform for robotics research. They have a powerful tag team of open source hardware and software - the PR2 Beta robot and the Robot...

Willow Garage’s PR2 Robots Dance on the Way to Their New Homes (video)

What does any good teenager do upon leaving home for the first time? Dance and party. Well, robots are no different, as we saw at Willow Garage's recent PR2 Beta Program launch event. The...

Up Close and Personal With Willow Garage’s PR2 Robot (Video)

The PR2 robot is an amazing piece of hardware. Willow Garage set out to create a world class research platform that would include all the capabilities an engineer could want. As such, the PR2...

Five Reasons Willow Garage is Going to Succeed

We just watched Willow Garage launch the beginning of their PR2 Beta Program, sending 11 advanced robots to live with research teams all over the globe in the hopes of fostering innovation. This is...

Willow Garage Ushers in Revolution With Open Source Robots (video)

I've just returned from one of the most momentous events of the year: the launch of Willow Garage's PR2 Beta Program. The ambitious endeavor seeks to accelerate the development of robotics by giving away...

Kurzweil’s Next Book: Creating An Artificial Mind

Ray Kurzweil is working on another book, this one to explore the principles of human level intelligence in machines. Titled How the Mind Works and How to Build One, the new book will explore...

Bebionic Artificial Hand To Hit Markets in June!

UK based RSLSteeper's newest artificial hand, bebionic, will be coming to a prosthetics retailer near you next month. The announcement for the hand's commercial debut was made at the ISPO World Congress and Trade...

Humanoid Robot Performs Cool Back Flip, Runs Like a Little Girl (Video)

Get out your Olympic style scoring cards, robots are ready to wow you with amazing feats of gymnastics. Recently released videos from FrostyDesign (AKA Frosty Orange) show his unnamed robot creation performing a full...

The Genome Project is 10 Years Old – Where is the Health Care Revolution?

“It is fair to say that the Human Genome Project has not yet directly affected the health care of most individuals.” – Francis Collins, April 2010, Nature. What’s in a genome?  Ten years ago, the...

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