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Archive for October, 2009

• ROPID

Tomotaka Takahashi has created a humanoid robot that can jump 1/4 of its body height and respond to voice commands.

Nissan & AIST create Ski-less Skis

Nissan and AIST have developed an unusual personal mobility device to compete with Toyota’s Winglet and Honda’s U3-X.

The Dancing Robot Project

AIST is working with an actress, a dance choreographer, and Tokyo University’s IRT Laboratory on a “Dancing Robot Project”, set to debut sometime in 2010.

Toyota Diversifies with General Life Support Services

Toyota’s automobile dealerships will soon include showrooms for general life support services including Toyota Housing, personal mobility devices, and Partner Robots.

• Mahru III

KIST and Samsung quickly replaced the Mahru II with this version, titled simply Mahru III. They did not make a companion Ahra for this model. Once again the exoskeleton has been completely redesigned.

Boston Dynamics’ PETMAN prototype

Boston Dynamics shows off its progress with its first humanoid robot, PETMAN.

• A.I. Artificial Intelligence

A.I. is a stunning film that puts a glossy new coat of paint on the story of Pinocchio and manages to be both thought-provoking and fun at the same time.

Ghost in the Shell to go Live Action?

Dreamworks owns the film right to Ghost in the Shell – will they drop the ball, or make good on this hot property?