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Video from Incheon World Festival 2009

Icheon2009-giraffeAs reported late last week, South Korea’s Incheon World Festival is now underway. Aving was there to score some video of the educational animatronic animals and insects at the Robotic Zoo pavilion.  There are also displays of some of the robots being developed in South Korea, such as Yujin Robot’s iRobi-Q household robot, and Robot Soccer events taking place.

The robots don’t appear to do too much, but they are certainly a strange attraction that is bound to excite the kids, and certainly worth checking out in the video below.  Mr.Suguira, the creator of Dynamizer, is also at the event and has posted some photos on his blog.

[source: Aving News Network]




• REEM-A

Reem-A observes its surroundingsThe United Arab Emirates are equally known for their wealth and frivolous spending habits, with Dubai being home to the world’s tallest building.  It seems cutting-edge architecture is but one of their pursuits; with Abu Dhabi bankrolling Barcelona Spain’s PAL Technology Robotics lab to create humanoid robots to compete with those of other nations.

The REEM-A (named after an island off Abu Dhabi’s coast) is an advanced bipedal robot that can recognize people, walk around inside a building autonomously avoiding obstacles, recognize and pick up objects in its hands (eg. moving chess pieces around the board during a match), and has voice recognition/synthesis technology for taking verbal commands and responding.

• AIBO ERS-311 “Latte” & ERS-312 “Macaron”

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SONY decided to appeal more to the female demographic with the ERS-311 and ERS-312, released in September 2001.  They have a distinctly comical pug-like appearance, a much rounder overall shape, and even feature a horn-like lamp for expressing emotions (similar to one of the early prototype conceptual models).  They’re the only AIBOs to be marketed as a pair, with Sony even giving them cute names (Latte and Macaron) for the ad campaign, and sometimes referred to as “LM” models.  Latte is said to have an “adorable” personality while Macaron is said to be “mischievous”.

• Jumping Flash!

developed by Exact, Ultra/published by SCEA/1995.04.28
1 Player/1 CD-ROM/SONY PlayStation 1/PSP/PS3 (download)

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Exact is a fairly unknown Japanese game developer, having produced only 3 PlayStation titles (Jumping Flash! 1 & 2, Ghost in the Shell), but have made a name for themselves by always taking advantage of the 3D playfield in new or unique ways.  In Ghost in the Shell, it was the ability to crawl on any surface (including walls and ceilings), and in Jumping Flash! it was the ability to leap hundreds of meters high into the sky.

Celebrating 25 Years of Field Robotics

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Carnegie Mellon University celebrates 25 years of field robotics with fascinating video lectures, freely available to the public via webcast.

Field robotics are for many reasons quite interesting, not the least of which because they must be practical! Don’t know which videos you might be interested in watching? Here’s a handy list describing their subjects. The presentations are streamable or downloadable from CMU’s website (files are between 150-250 MB each, and will require a flash player to view).

Taipei International Robot Show 2009

p19bTIROS runs from August 5th ~ 9th at the World Trade Center’s Nankang Exhibition Hall, where 91 companies and institutions are displaying their industrial manufacturing and service robots.  Other activities are robot competitions and panels where researchers can discuss their work.  The “Experience Robots” section is the only area open to children in the show. In this section, kids can play with different robots and participate in DIY activities and educational courses.

GeStream presented the latest version of their record-setting BeRobot, known as the World’s Smallest Humanoid Robot in Production (Guinness Book of World Records).  The new version cuts out joints in the legs and arms which makes it even smaller (9 cm) compared to the last one (15 cm).  However, by simply removing servos in the legs and arms the robot is now even less capable than it was before.  The BeRobot is also quite expensive given its capabilities (and compared to Takara Tomy’s I-Sobot) at a price of around $360 USD (ouch).  Videos of some of the robots after the break.

[source: China Post]

Kwangwoon University’s Ro-bits bust a groove

Robits-RoboOneKwangwoon University of South Korea has developed their own hobby-kit style humanoid robots.  The students had some fun with their creations by hauling them around town for impromptu dance performances, and put the following video together.  Not that they didn’t have reason to celebrate: the Ro-bits competed at Robo-One in Japan earlier this year and went home with the championship, which is enough to make even the most hardened metallic gladiator want to get jiggy.  The Ro-bits also made an appearance at a a summer youth camp where they led swimming students in a round of exercises.

[source: Kwangwoon U.]

• SILO4

SILO4-headerCSIC’s SILO4, developed circa 1999 and tested through to 2003, is a quadrupedal walking robot.  Originally designed for R&D and education in gait generation, the robot was used primarily by institutions in Spain and France.  The central housing unit is a 31x30x30cm aluminum cube which houses all of the internal electronics, and weighs 18kg.  The legs are based on an insect-type configuration, which allows it to easily change direction.  The robot’s motion was tested using the Yobotics simulation software.

The SILO4 would be replaced by the SILO6, which is a hexapod type robot.

・CSIC SILO4 site (EN)