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Monthly Archives: February 2011

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Robovie PC Wins the Robot Marathon – Only Two Teams Even Finished!

This past weekend's marathon in Osaka was a widow-maker for its contestants. Assuming, of course, that robots have widows. Of the five contestants competing in Vstone's first full scale marathon for miniature bipedal bots,...
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Your Car is the Arcade: Driving Simulator Uses Real Vehicle in Virtual Worlds

Daredevils have an insatiable need for speed, but they play with fire when pushing their vehicle or driving abilities too far. Tag Systems offers a unique solution by transporting the motorist and their physical...
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Advertising Robot Follows You Everywhere (video)

Belgian shoppers may be too polite to deal with the terror that is the future of advertising. Marketing agency Duval Guillaume came up with a brilliant strategy for their client Alfa Romeo: robotic signs...

While NASA’s Robonaut 2 Is In Orbit, Its Hype Has Escape Velocity

Sorry to kill your buzz, NASA and GM, but your jointly developed humanoid robot, the Robonaut 2, is way over hyped. The 300 pound bot, which consists of a torso, two arms, and shiny...

Another Robot Teacher Enters Korean Classrooms

In the next three years, South Korea is going to suffer a massive invasion. Not from the North, but from robots conquering its classrooms. As part of the nation's big plans for introducing automated...

Get Ready for RoboGames 2011! Coming in April to San Mateo (video)

The robots are coming, the robots are coming! This spring, the San Mateo Fairgrounds will host RoboGames, the annual international event that sees robots face off in a variety of exciting competitions. Robots battle...

Watch the Bipedal Robot Marathon Live Feb 24-27th! (i.e. Now!)

History is in the making in Japan, as humanoid robots compete to see who will be the first to run a full length marathon (26.2 miles/42.2km). You can watch the whole thing live on...
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Starbucks’ Interactive Storefront Window is Latest in Digital Trend (video)

As if they needed more ways to draw you in, Starbucks is experimenting with interactive touchscreens to attract customers to their stores. Two Canadian branches of the international coffee shop are sporting displays that...
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Toyota Robots Play Trumpet and Violin In Tokyo (video)

There are many things that make humans unique, but apparently a love of music isn't one of them. Toyota had its violin and trumpet playing robots on display recently during several public performances at...
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Manchester Airport Hires ‘Holograms’ (video)

Visitors to Manchester Airport may be a little startled when they meet customer service reps John and Julie - these newest additions to the staff are 'holograms'. Created by UK based Musion, the EyeSay...

Lasers, Magnets and 3D maps…Zapping Your Fat Goes High Tech

Looking to get rid of your love handles, or perhaps an extra chin?  Be ready to, quite literally, feel the burn.  Okay so you don’t actually feel the burn (thank you, anesthetics) but Osyris...
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Becoming Cybernetic: 3D Custom-Fit Knee Implants from ConforMIS

Like the treads on car tires, the all important cartilage within our knees is slowly wearing down. By the age of 65, in fact, nearly 50 percent of us are likely to suffer from...

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