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Archive for December, 2009

Plastic Pals 2009: Year in Review

A look back at some of the headline news of 2009.

1:1 Gundam Statue Returns

The Gundam statue will be erected once more, this time for almost a year!


KIST has developed a new telepresence teaching aid robot so that English teachers can give lessons in schools without qualified instructors.

“Hello, I’m A Robot!”

A cute Russian children’s book about robots.


PAL Technology & Icarus Technology are creating humanoid bipedal robots for the United Arab Emirates. Reem-B is the 2nd generation in their line of robots.

SPARKy Robotic Ankle

A robotic ankle that replaces traditional prosthetics with a motor and spring-driven mechanical lower leg that feels smooth and natural.

Neato Robotics’ Laser Ranger Finder a Boon to Hobbyists?

Neato Robotics’ new robotic vacuum cleaner, the XV-11, comes with a cheap laser range finder that could bring better SLAM capabilities to hobby robot builders everywhere.

• ApriAttenda

Toshiba’s ApriAttenda was intended to be a robotic nanny capable of looking after the very young and very old.