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• Genibo

GENIBO-headerDasatech’s Genibo (Genius Robot) is one of a handful of Aibo knock-offs, but after seeing some footage of it in action from the recent Robot World expo held in Seoul, I felt it warranted closer inspection. In all the Genibo has 17 loud servo motors which bring it to life, stands about 30cm (12 inches) tall and weighs 1.5kg (3.3 lbs).  It lasts close to 2 hours on a single charge. It’s also quite loud compared to an Aibo.

Like the Aibo, Genibo has a camera in its nose which can send photos to your cellphone or computer, touch sensors in its head and back that enable it to respond when you pet him, and tilt sensors so it knows if it has fallen on its side or back. It has speech recognition capable of understanding 100 commands (Korean only), and it can repeat simple phrases that it has learned such as phone numbers or your schedule.

Plastic Pals featured on G4′s Attack of the Show

What a great way to end the first month of posts.  Most likely thanks to Engadget featuring the ASIMO / HRP-2 Promet entry (here). Thanks for featuring the site!

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[source: G4's Attack of the Show]

• Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand

developed & published by Konami/2003.09.13
1 Player (2-4 link battle)/Cartridge, w/ built-in solar sensor/GBA


“In a place not too far from here and now, the end of the world approaches.

The Undead appear, breaking the natural cycle of life and death.
The evolution of species ceases, and one by one they become extinct…”

Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand is the brainchild of master game designer Hideo Kojima (creator of Metal Gear): a vampire-slaying quest-adventure in the vein of Zelda with the hide-and-sneak shooting action of Metal Gear.  This alone makes Boktai fun but what makes it great (as the title suggests) is the added unpredictable element of the sun.

Attack of the Clones


After SONY made a huge splash with AIBO, their robot pooch, companies around the world tried to cash-in on the robo-dog craze. Some of the clones were decent, but most were downright terrible. This is a list of just a few of them.

• R100


NEC’s R100 is a partner robot – designed to be a household companion rather than just an appliance.  Development began in 1997 with the intent to bridge the gap between computers and people who don’t use them (young children or elderly adults) by means of natural communication.  This brought with it many challenges, including what the robot should look like.  In an attempt to keep things simple, initial designs for the robot were nothing more than an amorphous blob with eyes.  By 1999 NEC was publicly demonstrating the one shown here, which can visually recognize members of the family, understand simple conversation and words, and move around the house autonomously without getting lost or bumping into things.