Originally unveiled at IREX 2007, Business Design Laboratory’s PoCoBot integrates the everyday functionality of a PC with robotics. Standing 40.6cm (16″) tall and weighing 6kg (13 lbs), PoCoBot’s square body houses an LCD touchscreen and all of its PC components, while its LED-laden head is equipped with a webcam. The head displays emoticons and its stubby arms (with newly added Melissa Hands by Crafthouse) provide some extra body movements. The robot makes use of software called PoCoBotWORKS to hold simple conversations with speech recognition, and controls the various peripherals (USB).
Though Business Design Laboratory’s website is no longer online (apparently due to bankruptcy stemming from some bad loans with Futaba last year), Prof. Hideyuki Takahashi (Tamagawa University) has recently tweeted about some revisions to the design, including ears and more LEDs in its face. You can also view recent videos of the robot at Pochiwanwannakuna’s YouTube Channel. A few more videos and photos follow after the break.
[source: Impress Robot Watch (JP)]
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